Salt Lake City, UT. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) joins Deputy Secretary of Interior, Joe Balash, for the signing of the Sevier Playa Project at BLM event. Crystal Peaks Minerals’ potash mine, to be located in central Millard County, will benefit not only Millard County, but also Beaver, Juab, and Sevier counties.
This project will maintain 175 full-time employees. During the construction phase, up to 100 additional temporary jobs will be made available. This has about the same economic impact as 15,000 jobs in Salt Lake County.
“The Sevier Playa Project is great news for Utah. It will have a huge impact on the local economy by creating good, family-supporting jobs. It’s also exciting to see more potash being produced domestically, especially in Millard County. I am pleased to have Crystal Peaks Minerals operating in my district and am proud to be a part of today’s event.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
More about the Sevier Playa Project:
The project is a potash mine proposed on 124,223 acres of Federal and State mineral leases.
Potash is listed by the Department of Interior as a “critical mineral.” Potash, and 34 other critical minerals, are essential to the economic and national security of the United States, have a supply chain vulnerable to disruption, and serve an essential function in the manufacturing of a product. The absence of which would have significant consequences for the economy or national security. Currently, we import approximately 93 percent of the potash used in the U.S. This project will bolster national security by producing more potash domestically.
The Crystal Peaks Minerals mine will be located in central Millard County in southwestern Utah. The Sevier Playa is a large terminal playa that is normally dry on the surface and contains subsurface potassium-bearing saline brines. The playa is approximately 26 miles long and averages 8 miles wide.Read More
Roy, UT – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02) celebrated the groundbreaking of Northrop Grumman’s new facility today, near Hill Air Force Base, to serve as future headquarters for its workforce and nationwide team supporting the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program. This new facility has the opportunity to add 2,500 jobs in the state of Utah.
Rep. Chris Stewart joined Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Sen. Mike Lee (UT-R), Sen. Mitt Romney (UT-R), Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01), and other local community leaders to break ground on the facility and demonstrate the company’s commitment to supporting the U.S. Air Force’s strategic deterrence mission.
“Utah and Hill Air Force Base play a vital role in the defense of our country. This project will add thousands of jobs to Utah’s economy while developing crucial national security technology. I welcome Northrop Grumman’s addition to our great state.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
“Modernizing the current ICBM system is a national security priority, and we are proud to be here today to reinforce our commitment to the U.S. Air Force on GBSD and our readiness to deliver on this critical mission,” said Warden. “For more than 60 years, Northrop Grumman has supported the Air Force’s ICBM programs, from our nation’s earliest missile systems to today’s sustainment work, much of which is performed here in Utah.
We look forward to this facility serving as home to a diverse and talented workforce, dedicated to developing this next-generation capability that will advance the strategic deterrence mission for the U.S. Our world-class, nationwide team is ready to support the GBSD program through the 21st century.” – Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.
Northrop Grumman is currently the largest security and defense company in Utah with more than 5,100 employees across the state, primarily located in Bacchus, Clearfield, Ogden, Promontory and Salt Lake. The new facility is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, H.R. 4194, with leading co-sponsors: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT). This bi-partisan legislation designates “9-8-8” as the universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which currently operates through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line.
“I am truly honored to lead on the Utah-based initiative to get a three-digit, easy-to-remember, dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Suicide hits close to home with an average of two Utahns taking their life every day. This dialing code is an essential step in providing critical resources to those in emotional distress.” – Rep. Chris Stewart
"This bill will save lives. When your house is on fire, you don’t have time to look up the fire department’s phone number—that’s why we have 9-1-1. In the same way, you should know what number to dial when a friend, a loved one, or you yourself are experiencing a mental health crisis," Moulton said. “This is a major milestone on the road to where mental healthcare in America is just part of healthcare, period. It’s one part of ending the stigma around mental health and making Americans healthier and stronger.”
“As a former chief psychiatric nurse, I have spent my career advocating for more accessible mental health resources in our communities. In my home state of Texas, thousands of lives are tragically lost to suicide every year – averaging a life lost every two hours. This bipartisan effort to designate a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will simplify access to these resources for our constituents in their times of need.” – Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
“Our nation faces an epidemic of suicide, and Montanans tragically are all too familiar with it.” Gianforte said. “This bipartisan bill provides an essential resource for anyone facing a mental health crisis and helps our communities grow healthier and stronger.”
More about Rep. Stewart’s National Suicide Hotline Designation Act:
Last year, Congressman Stewart’s National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act became law. This legislation called for a study to determine the best three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Under Stewart’s Directive, the FCC released its report last week recommending “9-8-8” as the best three-digit dialing code for the lifeline. Read the full press release here. The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act assigns the FCC’s recommended number as the easy three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
This legislation authorizes states to collect a fee limited to supporting local crisis call centers that are affiliated within the national network or enhancements of such services. This allows states to fund the suicide hotline services similar to that of existing emergency services.
In addition, this legislation sets a deadline of one year for the FCC to complete the nationwide upgrade of the legacy switches to support 9-8-8. It also requests a report from the FCC to determine the feasibility of providing an automatic dispatchable location for 9-8-8 calls.
This legislation is endorsed by the following organizations: American Association of Suicidology, Association for Behavioral Health & Wellness, Behavioral Health Link, Behavioral Health Response, Centerstone, Connections Health Solutions, The Jason Foundation, Kevin & Margaret Hines Foundation, The National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, The National Association for Rural Mental Health, Now Matters Now, InSight Telepsychiatry, RI International, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, and The Trevor Project.
Governor Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Cox sent Congressman Stewart the below letter supporting this new legislation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released “988” as the recommended three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This comes as a result of Rep. Chris Stewart’s National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, which became law last year, that called for a study to determine the best three-digit dialing code for the lifeline.
Following the release of the FCC’s report, Congressman Stewart issued the following statement:
“Utahns have faced the tragic effects of suicide at some of the highest rates in the nation. Today’s announcement by the FCC is another important step to provide critical resources to address mental health and suicide in our state and country. This will save lives.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, tweeted the following:
RICHFIELD, UT – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) facilitated the discussion on suicide prevention between local organizations and community members at the Central Utah Youth Suicide Prevention Congressional Round Table.
Central Utah has seen a spike in recent suicide attempts and deaths. The local community gathered to hear how Congressman Stewart, as well as local organizations, plan to combat the tragic trend of youth suicide and make existing resources more accessible to those in emotional distress.
“Everyone of us has been impacted by suicide in one way or another. This includes our neighbors, co-workers, family members, and friends. We have seen an alarming increase in suicides in our state, particularly among our youth; even as recent as this past weekend. It is our responsibility to reach out to those with mental health issues to intervene and help them realize they are not alone.
Today’s discussion brought me hope. Hope that through kindness and support, we can help more families avoid this tragedy. We must share this hope. Hearing from those brave enough to share their stories, I learned that in addition to existing resources, we ourselves can be a source of strength to those struggling with thoughts of suicide.”- Rep. Chris Stewart
More about Rep. Stewart’s efforts on youth suicide prevention:
Suicide Prevention has been one of Congressman Stewart’s top priorities during his time in Congress.
Last year, Congressman Stewart’s National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act became law. This legislation called for a study to determine the best three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Read the full press release here.
The final study is expected to be released next week.
The Congressman also became lead co-sponsor of the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act. This legislation aims to raise college students’ awareness of existing suicide prevention resources. Read the full press release here.
In addition, Rep. Stewart, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, secured an additional $3 million (for a total of $20 million) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Read the full press release here.
Organizations in attendance during today’s discussion include: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Utah Shooting Sports Council, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Safe UT, Utah State Board of Education, Intermountain Medical Center, and local officials.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) joins Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) in introducing the Smoke-Free Schools Act, H.R. 4019. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the problem of e-cigarettes in schools.
This bill amends the Pro-Children Act of 2001 to explicitly include e-cigarettes in the smoking ban currently enacted in educational and childcare facilities.
“E-cigarettes have made their way into schools across the country and have quickly become an epidemic among youth. E-cigarettes need to be taken as serious as combustible cigarettes and this bill is a great start.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
“We are in the midst of an adolescent tobacco epidemic. Too many children are being exposed to e-cigarettes in schools, threatening the progress we have made in reducing tobacco use. This bill provides our teachers and school administrators with federal support to tackle this public health crisis and prevent another generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.” - Rep. Eliot L. Engel
More about the “Smoke-Free Schools Act”:
The use of e-cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (“ENDS”) has increased at an alarming rate in schools and among today’s youth. From 2017-2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recorded a nearly 48% increase in e-cigarette use among middle schoolers, and a nearly 78% increase in e-cigarette use among high schoolers.
This legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).
Endorsing organizations include: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National PTA (PTA), National School Boards Association (NSBA), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), American Lung Association (ALA), Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, & New Mexico PTA.Read More
Following the vote, the Congressman released the following statement:
“This two-year budget agreement provides strong funding for our men and women in uniform, excludes Democrat poison-pill riders, ensures taxpayer funds don’t pay for abortions, and excludes Democrat’s prohibition on border wall construction.” - Rep. Chris StewartRead More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) acknowledges the humanitarian, national security, and political crises at our southern border during House Budget Committee hearing remarks.
“I don’t think we have a crisis at the border, I think we have three crises. One of them is obviously humanitarian, something that every one of us in this room cares about, one of them is security, and the third one is political; our political crisis here in D.C. and our inability to fix this. And I think frankly, the political crisis may be the more difficult to fix.” – Rep. Stewart
While addressing the humanitarian crisis, Rep. Stewart shares his knowledge from the House Intelligence Committee regarding the alarming reality of human trafficking at the border. He shared how infants can be purchased for $80 to be used to enter the United States and then recycled for the same purpose—each ultimately crossing the border 40-50 times.
"The difficulties these individuals face on their journey, especially the children, are truly heart breaking. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have voted numerous times to support keeping children with their parents whenever possible. I am pro families. I am pro legal immigration.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
Watch Rep. Stewart’s full remarks here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chris Stewart’s (UT-02) amendment in the first appropriations package, which allocates $200,000 to save retired war dogs, passes the House.
Currently, if a military dog retires from service in a non-combat zone overseas, it is up to the handler who wishes to adopt him to pay for the dog’s ride home. However, hundreds of dogs who are not adopted, are abandoned in foreign countries or even worse, put down. This amendment ensures that military working dogs are returned to the United States upon completion of their service.
“These incredible military dogs have faithfully served our country and are each credited for saving hundreds of U.S. Military lives. It is up to us to make sure they return safely home." -Rep. Chris Stewart
More about the War Dogs Amendment:
Stewart’s $200,000 amendment to Division C of H.R. 2740 is expected to save 200 war dogs this year. Funds will be made available later this year, when the bill is signed into law by President Trump.
This amendment is supported by Mission K9 RescueRead More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) joins Congressman J. Luis Correa (D-CA) in introducing the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act, H.R. 3192. This bipartisan legislation aims to raise college students’ awareness of existing suicide prevention resources.
This bill simply requires colleges and universities to provide the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; Crisis Text Line; and a campus mental health center, if applicable, on student identification cards. For colleges and universities that do not provide identification cards to their students, schools must ensure that the information is available on their website.
“A loss of life at any age is tragic, but it is especially heartbreaking losing students at such an exciting and pivotal time in their lives. This bill will make existing critical resources more visible for those in crisis and improve mental health across college campuses.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
More about the “Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act”:
In 2017, there were more than 47,000 suicides nationwide, making it the tenth-leading cause of death. Among teenagers and young adults, the suicide rate is particularly alarming, with suicide reported as the second-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. In Utah, suicide is the number one cause of deaths among 10 to 17-year-olds.
Suicide is a major public health problem. Providing information on existing suicide prevention resources can help students experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional distress and potentially save lives.
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced a companion bill in the Senate. This legislation is supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Crisis Text Line, and Active Minds.Read More
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Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.
Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.
Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.
Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.
Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee.
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