Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy

SOUTH CAROLINA's 4th DISTRICT

Gowdy Statement on the Anniversaries of the 9/11 and Benghazi Terrorist Attacks

2014/09/11

Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., issued the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack and the second anniversary of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya:

“History has shown when America turns a blind eye to terrorism, the terrorists will seize the opportunity to try to blindside us. It is a lesson we learned painfully as a nation in 2001 and again in 2012.

“As we mark the anniversary of the two 9/11 terrorist attacks, and those who lost their lives, we are reminded of the real cost of terrorism and the importance of remaining vigilant. It should not take the rise of ISIS or Boko Haram or AQAP to force vigilance on the part of our nation and its leaders. And we should not have to relearn the lesson of vigilance every couple of years through the spilled blood of American citizens.


“Today we honor the memories and lives of those we lost in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We also honor the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods. 

“It is for them that we must establish all of the facts of what happened in Benghazi, beyond any reasonable doubt. And it is for the American people, and those who serve our nation overseas—to restore their faith and confidence—that the Committee will establish the facts in a fair and impartial manner.”

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House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill Preventing Libyans from Training as Pilots and Nuclear Scientists in the U.S.

2014/09/10

The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 21-11 the Protecting the Homeland Act (H.R. 5401), a bill authored by Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Oversight and Government Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to stop the Obama Administration from lifting a 30-year prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, to work in aviation maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science. In July, the Office of Management and Budget approved a final regulation to lift this decades-old policy. Once Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson signs this regulation, it will become effective unless further action is taken.

The Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), which represents 51,000 pilots who fly for 31 airlines in the U.S. and Canada, today expressed strong support for H.R. 5401. In their letter to Chairman Goodlatte, Captain Lee Moak notes the dangerous conditions in Libya and states that “given the political instability in Libya and the transitory nature of the government, ALPA is concerned that information relevant to a background check on Libyan nationals would be unreliable if not entirely unavailable.”

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy, Chairman Goodlatte, and Congressman Chaffetz released the statements below praising today’s approval of this legislation by the House Judiciary Committee.

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy: “The chief responsibility of government is the security of its people, and as those entrusted to govern, we must be vigilant in fulfilling this duty. Yet, the Administration has not been clear as to why repealing this longstanding rule now, while the situation in Libya is more uncertain and dangerous, will benefit our national security. I am pleased the committee passed our bill, the Protecting the Homeland Act, to stop this policy reversal.”

Chairman Goodlatte: “Given the ongoing terrorist activity in Libya, it is unconscionable that the Obama Administration is carelessly forging ahead with its plan to allow Libyans to attend flight school or study nuclear science in the United States. The Obama Administration justifies its plan by claiming that the United States’ relationship with Libya has ‘normalized,’ but it is anything but normal. This summer, Americans working at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli were evacuated due to rival rebel groups battling each other for control of the area. And less than two years ago, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists, leaving four Americans dead.

“Lifting this longstanding ban is not in the best interest of the American people and needlessly places our country at risk. I am pleased that the House Judiciary Committee today approved the Protecting the Homeland Act to stop President Obama from implementing this foolish and dangerous plan so that we protect Americans and our national security from threats in Libya.”

Congressman Chaffetz: “The Obama Administration continues to turn a blind eye to the current situation in Libya. The country is far from normal and remains vulnerable to unchecked terrorist activity. Lifting a decades-old security ban on a country challenged by instability threatens the safety of both countries. The Protecting the Homeland Act will stop the Administration from carelessly lifting this ban. I encourage my colleagues in the House and Senate to swiftly pass this legislation.” 

Background: The prohibition on Libyans from studying nuclear science or training as pilots in the United States was originally put in place in the 1980s after the wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans. Not even two years after the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, the Obama Administration justifies lifting this ban by claiming the United States’ relationship with Libya has “normalized.” However, the terror threat continues and numerous news reports document recent terror-related activities coming from Libya. Recently, the employees at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli were evacuated due to violence between rival militias near the facility. Since then, many foreign governments have closed their embassies in Libya and evacuated staff as the violence has spread throughout the country.

 

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Gowdy, Goodlatte, and Chaffetz Introduce Bill to Stop the Administration’s Plan Allowing Libyan Pilots and Nuclear Scientists to Train in U.S.

2014/09/08

Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Oversight and Government Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) today introduced the Protecting the Homeland Act (H.R. 5401) to stop the Obama Administration from lifting a longstanding prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, to work in aviation maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science. In July, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a final regulation to lift this decades-old policy. Once Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson signs this regulation, it will become effective unless further action is taken.

The prohibition was originally put in place in the 1980s after the wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans.  Not even two years after the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, the Obama Administration justifies lifting this ban by claiming the United States’ relationship with Libya has “normalized.” However, the terror threat continues and numerous news reports document recent terror-related activities coming from Libya. Recently, the employees at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli were evacuated due to violence between rival militias near the facility. Since then, many foreign governments have closed their embassies in Libya and evacuated staff as the violence has spread throughout the country. Additionally, it has been reported that Islamist militias stole 11 commercial jetliners last month at the airport in Tripoli, and intelligence agencies have warned that they could be used in terrorist attacks.

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy, Chairman Goodlatte, and Congressman Chaffetz released the statements below following the introduction of their bill to stop the Obama Administration’s policy reversal from taking effect.

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy: “Considering the deteriorating situation in Libya, it is hard to understand why DHS is moving ahead with repealing this 30-year old rule. We still have not heard from the Administration why this policy is going to improve national security. Is post-revolutionary Libya secure enough to change the rules? Why now? This is a risk to our national security and compels us to act. Our legislation would codify the current regulation and prevent the Administration from unilaterally carrying out this change. 

Chairman Goodlatte: “Given the ongoing terrorist activity in Libya, it is unconscionable that the Obama Administration is carelessly forging ahead with its plan to allow Libyan pilots and nuclear scientists to train in the United States. The Obama Administration justifies its plan by claiming that the United States’ relationship with Libya has ‘normalized,’ but it is anything but normal. This summer, Americans working at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli were evacuated due to rival rebel groups battling each other for control of the area. And less than two years ago, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists, leaving four Americans dead.

“Lifting this longstanding ban is not in the best interest of the American people and needlessly places our country at risk. The Protecting the Homeland Act will stop President Obama from implementing this foolish and dangerous plan so that we protect Americans and our national security from threats in Libya.”

Congressman Chaffetz: “Libya is in chaos. Violent threats in the region continue to grow. Even our embassy in Tripoli was evacuated due to militia violence close to the compound. Lifting the ban to allow Libyans to come to the U.S. to train in aviation and nuclear sciences is not only bad policy, but it threatens the safety of this country. I appreciate Chairmen Goodlatte and Gowdy for their leadership on this important issue.”

Text of the Protecting the Homeland Act can be found here. The House Judiciary Committee will markup this legislation on Wednesday.

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Gowdy, Scott Issue Joint Statement on ISIS, Call for Presidential Leadership

2014/08/26

 Rep. Trey Gowdy and Senator Tim Scott today issued this joint statement:

"We are increasingly concerned about the horrific actions and brutality of ISIS spreading across Iraq and Syria and the lack of a clear plan of action from the President. Religious minorities and innocents have suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of these oppressors.

"Our nation’s current foreign policy is nearly impossible to decipher while ISIS grows emboldened by the day. We call on the President to clarify and communicate to the Congress and the American people his strategy for how he is going to counter this growing threat to humanity and our national security."

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Gowdy, Welch Amendments Included in House Education Bill

2014/07/23

Today two amendments proposed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) were included in House-passed education affordability legislation, H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013.

“Too many students and families are struggling under the rising cost of higher education and student loan debt. The House is working to encourage innovation in our higher education system, promote flexible learning opportunities and reduce the cost of higher education,” Gowdy said. “Our amendments included in today's bill will help reduce unnecessary and burdensome government regulations that can contribute to costs and prevent institutions from pursuing innovative solutions for students.”

“A college education has always been the gateway to the American middle class,” said Welch. “With college costs up 1,120 percent over the last 30 years, and with students nationwide racking up $1.2 trillion in college loan debts, a college diploma is slipping further and further from the reach of young Americans.  I am pleased that the House today approved our bipartisan amendments that will lead to lower college costs 

The amendments included in HR 3136 would:

  • Create a Regulatory Reform Task Force charged with cutting unnecessary and burdensome federal regulations that contribute to college operating costs. Task Force membership includes:

o  The Secretary of Education or the Secretary’s designee

o  A representative of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance established under section of the Higher Education Act of 1965

o  Representatives from the higher education community

  • Permit participation of dual enrollment programs in the competency-based demonstration projects set up in the bill. 

Last October, Gowdy and Welch introduced these proposals as part of the Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act


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Gowdy Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

2014/06/30

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:

"As I tried - without much success - to explain to former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, this is not a political question, or even a medical question; it is a legal question. Can government require people, including business owners, to violate their religious beliefs if a less restrictive alternative exists to accomplish the same governmental goal?  And of course the answer to that question is "no." The real surprise this morning was that four Supreme Court Justices really believe requiring others to provide “free" contraception is less restrictive than government providing it itself."

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Gowdy Statement on Supreme Court NLRB Decision

2014/06/26

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the President's NLRB “recess” appointments as unconstitutional:

“These ‘recess' appointments were void ab initio.  Even a cursory understanding of the Constitution dictates the conclusion that the definition of ‘recess' does not change depending upon which political party is in power, which is why the Supreme Court ruled 9-0.”

“For the President, who once taught constitutional law, to force the Supreme Court to do what the plain language of the Constitution makes clear is not leadership.  In the process, he has left the NLRB in a state of legal flux and compromised litigants, employees, and employers. “

“The Constitution is not a tool to be wielded for political expediency.  It is the supreme law of the land and the President's responsibility is to take care that it is followed, not outmaneuvered.”

 

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Gowdy Statement on Democratic Members Named to Select Committee

2014/05/21

Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this comment on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s announcement naming five Democratic members to the committee:

"The Republican members of the Benghazi Select Committee welcome our colleagues named today by Minority Leader Pelosi.  I respect Mr. Cummings and his work in Congress. I look forward to working with him and the members of the committee toward an investigation and a process worthy of the American people and the four brave Americans who lost their lives in service to our country." 

The Democratic Members named to serve on the committee are:

•  Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member

•  Adam Smith (D-WA)

•  Adam B. Schiff (D-CA)

•  Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA)

•  Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

 

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Gowdy Names Phil Kiko as Select Committee Staff Director

2014/05/15

Today, Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi Trey Gowdy (R-SC) announced Phil Kiko as Majority Staff Director for the Committee.

“Phil brings with him years of experience serving in various capacities in the House and the Executive Branch, including top positions for three Committees,” Gowdy said. “He has a proven record of effective leadership and management, and I am pleased to have him on our team as we conduct a serious, fact-driven investigation to ensure our fellow Americans know the full truth about what happened in Benghazi.”

Most recently, Kiko was Vice Chairman for the Smith-Free Group. His experience in the House of Representatives includes serving as Staff Director/General Counsel for the House Administration Committee, General Counsel/ Chief of Staff for the House Judiciary Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff for the House Science Committee, and Chief of Staff for Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Kiko served in two Executive Branch Cabinet agencies as well.


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Gowdy Statement on Select Committee Membership

2014/05/09

Washington, DC— Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this comment on the Speaker’s announcement naming the majority members to the House Select Committee on Benghazi:

“I look forward to working with these Members. Speaker Boehner has thoughtfully put together a team to seek out the truth and uncover the facts. Facts are not political, and this should not be partisan exercise. I want to work with our counterparts from across aisle on uncovering the truth for the American public and the families of the victims. We have a big task ahead of us. It’s time to get to work.”

Speaker Boehner announced the members of the Select Committee here.

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Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.

Representative Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ethics, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the Judiciary Committee. In these capacities, Representative Gowdy has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in history, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”

For 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.

As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. Terri works for the Spartanburg School District as a teacher’s aide. Watson is a sophomore at Clemson University and Abigail is a rising 10th grader at Spartanburg High School. The Gowdy family also includes three dogs: “Judge”, “Jury”and “Bailiff.”


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