WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) voiced his disapproval for the “Medicare for All” single-payer, government-run, healthcare system. As a member of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Stewart joined his colleagues to examine the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report detailing the risks of imposing a one-size-fits-all health care system.
70% of Utahns are on some type of private or employer-sponsored healthcare plan. By implementing “Medicare for All”, 70% of Utahns would no longer will be able to choose a health care plan that fits their individual needs but instead be forced to switch to a one-size-fits-all plan.
"One set. One choice. You either opt-in or you opt-in. Those are your choices…You are compelled to go on the government program…
…all of us want to provide insurance for those who don’t, but I also know that around 60% of Americans don’t want to lose their private insurance…
…If you provide for people to op-out, after you’ve raised their taxes and doubled them in order to pay for it, who’s going to be able to afford to do that? …The rich opt out and leave the rest of us to suffer under the government program.”- Rep. Chris Stewart
Watch Rep. Stewart’s full remarks here.
More about “Medicare for All”:
A single-payer health care system would eliminate health care choice and radically alter how hundreds of millions of Americans currently receive their health care. The CBO report states: “Because the public plan would provide a specified set of health care services to everyone eligible, participants would not have a choice of insurer or health benefits. Compared with the options available under the current system, the benefits provided by the public plan might not address the needs of some people.”
Additionally, this plan would cost trillions of dollars. According to estimates from the Urban Institute and the Mercatus Center, current single-payer proposals would add at least $32 trillion to our national debt over 10 years. The Mercatus Center estimates that even doubling all federal individual and corporate taxes would still not cover this cost.
If a single-payer system is designed to include private insurance, like in England, the rich will likely opt out, buy extra insurance through the private sector, and ultimately receive better care. This would not be an option for the moderate to low income population. Resources will follow the money—resulting in prioritization and rationing of care.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) secured an additional $3 million for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in FY2020 Appropriations bill, totaling $20 million. This amendment, championed by Rep. Stewart, will build capacity in states with the highest need. This will allow officials to quickly respond to the steadily increasing call volume and uneven coverage throughout the Nation.
Utah’s suicide rate has been consistently higher than the national rate for more than a decade. An average of 627 Utahns die from suicide and 4,574 Utahns attempt suicide each year. Suicide is now the leading cause of death in Utah for 10 to 17-year-olds.
“Suicide is truly a crisis that is especially evident in Utah. Our state has recently seen an increase in the amount of suicides, particularly among our youth. This funding is critical in engaging our states and building a stronger network to reverse this tragic trend and potentially save thousands of lives. Thanks to the amazing individuals at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention who worked hand-in-hand with my staff to make this a possibility.”- Rep. Chris Stewart
More about the amendment:
On August 14, 2018, President Trump signed Rep. Stewart’s National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act. This new law asked the FCC and SAMHSA to conduct a study examining the feasibility of designating a three-digit dialing code and provide overall recommendations for improving the Lifeline. SAMHSA’s completed portion of the study revealed that the greatest challenges to the effectiveness of the Lifeline are its capacity to respond rapidly to the steadily increasing call volume and uneven coverage among states.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) joins Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) in introducing the Tobacco to 21 Act. This Legislation will establish 21 as the legal age for sale of tobacco products nationwide.
“Combating tobacco use by children has been a priority of mine since first taking office. I truly believe that it is an epidemic among our youth. I am confident that this bill will significantly reduce underage tobacco usage and ultimately save lives.”- Rep. Stewart
“Congress has a responsibility to enact laws to protect the public’s health – and right now, tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in our country,” Rep. DeGette said. “Unlike other bills drafted by the industry, our bill has no special-interest carve-outs or limitations on state and local governments. Unlike other bills, our bill was drafted with one simple goal in mind and that’s to protect public health by keeping tobacco products out of the hands of young people.”
More about Tobacco to 21 Act:
Each day in the United States, more than 2,000 youth under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette. Studies show that an estimated 5,600,000 youth aged 17 and under are projected to die prematurely from a tobacco-related illness if prevalence rates do not change. This bill seeks to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old. Increasing the minimum legal sale age will help prevent young people from starting down a path that often leads to addiction, disease, and premature death.
“The Tobacco to 21 Act takes bold and necessary action to reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “With 95 percent of tobacco users having started their life-threatening habit before age 21, raising the minimum sales age for all tobacco products to 21 nationwide will reduce tobacco use, nicotine addiction and tobacco-related disease and death. The American Heart Association is proud to support this important public health legislation, and we are grateful to Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) for their leadership on this issue. This bill is an essential step in reaching the tobacco endgame of eliminating tobacco use and nicotine addiction in our nation.”
This legislation is endorsed by: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and American Heart Association.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The anticipated report summarizes years of investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. Following the release, Rep. Stewart issued the following statement:
“Mr. Mueller conducted a detailed and thorough investigation that mirrors what we found in the House Intelligence investigation—no collusion or conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia. Now that the American people know the truth, I look forward to moving beyond the political theatrics and coming together to work on behalf of the American people.”- Rep. StewartRead More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Stewart joined fellow GOP Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in calling for the panel’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, to step down.
The letter, signed by all nine Republican members of the Intelligence Committee, comes after Chairman Schiff’s repeated claims that there was “more than circumstantial” evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Schiff continued to make these claims after Attorney General William Barr delivered a letter to Congress summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 22 month long investigation.
The summary letter, quoting Mueller, states that “[the Mueller] investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” The letter quotes Mr. Mueller again stating that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference."
“Chairman Schiff’s actions are unbecoming as Chairman and he risks permanently damaging our crucial role in overseeing the intelligence work of the United States.
You can’t say that he [President Trump] has committed treason, and say ‘but we’re ok with that, we’ll allow him to stay in office’. It isn’t one or the other. And for these reasons I call on Mr. Schiff to step down as Chairman.”
Watch Congressman Stewart’s remarks from the hearing here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) asked for the House of Representatives to immediately debate and vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act ensures any infant born alive after a failed/attempted abortion receives the same protection of law as any newborn and penalizes doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn.
“This is the 19th time that House Democrats have rejected our call to save children born alive. It is unbelievable to me that there are people in this country who say that you can take a baby moments before they are born, or in the case of a botched abortion, take the life of a baby who has just been born.”- Rep. Chris Stewart
Click here to view the Congressman’s request.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) hailed the House passage of their bill, the Keeping Russian Entrapments Minimal and Limiting Intelligence Networks (KREMLIN) Act.
Prior to the vote, Rep. Stewart spoke on the House floor. Click here to view the Congressman’s remarks.
More about the KREMLIN Act:
This bill requires the Director of National Intelligence to produce three intelligence assessments on the political intentions of Vladimir Putin’s regime in the wake of attempts to sabotage elections across the world. These assessments would address the intentions of Russian Federation political leadership toward potential military action against NATO members, potential responses to an enlarged United States or NATO presence in eastern Europe, and potential areas where the Russian government could exploit weaknesses and divisions amongst the governments of Western adversaries.
“Russia is continuing its campaign to undermine democracies and our allies in NATO,” said Congressman Stewart. “This bill is a common-sense measure that will help our country understand the breadth of actions undertaken by Russian agents to drive our alliances apart.”
“In 2016, the health of American democracy was threatened by Russian attempts to interference in our elections.” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “Unfortunately, this danger remains as the Russian Federation continues to deploy many of the same tactics against our NATO allies across Europe, threatening our collective and national security. Today my colleagues and I took another step towards holding the Kremlin accountable by making sure that the United States, and our NATO allies are better prepared to thwart future attacks that aim to weaken our democratic institutions.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today S. 47, The Natural Resources Management Act. Included in this package are two of Congressman Stewart’s bills: The Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act and The Judgment Fund Transparency Act.
Following the President signing the bill into law, Rep. Stewart released the following statement:
“This legislation prioritized local voices and made public land decisions the correct way. I’d like to thank Ranking Member Bishop and President Trump for listening to Utahns and including two of my priorities. One bill provides increased transparency to the American people. The other will increase funding for Utah’s public education system. Two wins I think everyone can agree on.”- Rep. Chris Stewart
More about The Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act:
This legislation allows Utah's School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) to acquire certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land within limited portions of the Pony Express Resource Management Plan area for the benefit of Utah's public education institutions. SITLA would be permitted to acquire these lands, which have already been identified by BLM as available for disposal, by using outstanding land credits granted by the Utah Enabling Act.
More about The Judgment Fund Transparency Act:
This bill increases government transparency by requiring the Treasury Department to publicly disclose the following information about Judgement Fund Settlements: names of government agencies involved in the lawsuit, names of plaintiffs and counsels, the amounts awarded in the settlements, and a brief description of the facts of the claim. If payments are made to foreign governments, the Treasury Department must also publicly disclose: the method of payment, currency denominations used, and the name and location of each financial institution that is controlling the payment.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Stewart voted against H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019”.
“H.R. 1 is the single worst bill we have considered since I’ve been in Congress. It is authoritarian and anti-free speech.”- Rep. Chris Stewart
About H.R. 1:
H.R. 1 is intended to expand access to the ballot box and “take big money out of politics”. One of the ways this bill attempts to accomplish this is by using federal tax dollars to fund elections. Small donations, for example, are given a 6:1 match from the Federal Government.
This legislation also grants additional federal jurisdiction to elections, by forcing states to adopt same-day and online voter registration. State voter ID laws are disregarded under H.R. 1, allowing sworn statements to take the place of other forms of ID at the voting booth. Despite these requirements, no additional protections against criminal fraud are added pertaining to elections. It also prohibits certain inaccurate statements regarding federal elections or candidates in federal elections.Read More
Washington, D.C. – The preliminary report relating to Rep. Stewart’s suicide hotline bill, signed by the President last year, was released.
Stewart’s National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2345) asks the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to conduct the following study:
The SAMHSA Hotline Improvement Act report goes into great detail about the hotline’s challenges, the benefits of a three-digit dialing code, and recommendations for improving the Lifeline including increased public education and improved infrastructure. The VA also released their report on the hotline.
The full report, including the three-digit number recommendation, is due to Congress in August.
“Too many people have been affected by suicide, including those in my home state of Utah. We must expend every effort possible to reverse this tragedy. I am excited to see progress being made to designate a 3-digit dialing code.”- Rep. Chris StewartRead 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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