WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the American Health Care Act:
Unfortunately, we allowed the perfect to become the enemy of the good, and because of that, Obamacare remains fully intact. Clearly there are differences of opinion within our Conference on how best to legislatively repeal and replace Obamacare under the current process – differences that might have been avoided if the United States Senate would simply change its rules to allow bills to be passed with 51 votes. Nevertheless, I was proud to stand with President Trump and Speaker Ryan today in our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Our Conference is blessed to be led by a great conservative like Paul Ryan. He’s a man of impeccable integrity who has an unyielding passion for the cause of freedom. He showed phenomenal leadership and negotiated in good faith throughout this process. It is my hope that we can regroup and rally behind him and the President as a Conference to deliver on our promise to provide relief to the American people who are currently forced to buy health care they cannot afford and cannot use under our current system.Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint:
“Left unchecked, our nation is driving at a breakneck speed toward a spending-driven fiscal cliff. If we go off this cliff and into a full-blown debt crisis, we will be a nation where downsized dreams and fewer opportunities become the new norm. Washington simply won’t have the ability to do all the things that Americans expect of the federal government either– whether that is making good on the health and retirement security promises made to current and future generations of American seniors or protecting our nation and ensuring that our men and women in the armed forces have all the tools needed to do their jobs.
“This future doesn’t have to be our destiny if we make the responsible fiscal decisions today. The President’s budget submission to Congress represents the beginning of the budget process. President Trump has put forward a budget proposal that shows how we can shrink Washington while still prioritizing taxpayer dollars on things like rebuilding our nation’s military and securing our borders. This budget illustrates the real choices that must be made, and it is a welcome relief from the past eight years where budgets were unrealistic, unsustainable, and seemingly indifferent to our nation’s mounting debt.
“And, while this budget blueprint takes us in the right direction, more work needs to be done if programs like Social Security and Medicare are going to be placed on a financially sustainable path. Certainly those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo in Washington will protest any reduction in their particular funding stream with dire predictions. But, if we are going to truly have a healthy economy with greater growth, opportunity, and prosperity for all, we cannot continue to grow Washington’s economy at the expense of the Main Street economy. I look forward to the continued budget process and working with President Trump and Members of Congress to restore fiscal accountability in Washington.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) announced he will host a live tele-town hall event across the 5th Congressional District of Texas on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 7 p.m. CT.
For the first time, Congressman Hensarling is broadcasting his tele-town hall live over the web. By participating in this interactive forum, constituents are able to submit their questions directly to the Congressman. Click here at 7 p.m. CT to connect to the tele-town hall over the web. Those who do not wish to participate over the web can call (855)-756-7520 Ext. 34686# to be connected to the tele-town hall.
“Tele-town halls are a great way for me to reach thousands of Texans across the 5th Congressional District all at the same time, and I am especially glad we are expanding access through the internet,” said Congressman Hensarling. “During these forums, we typically cover a wide range of issues, and I get to hear from a cross-section of residents who might not otherwise have the ability or time to get to an in-person town hall. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for me to hear directly from constituents about what’s most important to them. I hope everyone can join us.”
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released the following statement after former Texas Governor Rick Perry was confirmed by the Senate to be the next Secretary of Energy:
“I extend my full congratulations to my good friend Governor Rick Perry on his confirmation to be Secretary of Energy. He is uniquely qualified to execute President Trump’s vision to make America energy independent, create jobs, and lead the Department of Energy into the 21st Century. As Governor of Texas, he led our great state through a sustained period of economic growth where we gained over 2.2 million jobs. He was a champion of Texas energy – whether it was oil, natural gas, or wind – and he helped to make energy more affordable for families and businesses, both in our state and across the nation. I look forward to working with him in his new role to cut red tape and regulations that are holding our country back from true energy independence.”
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress:
“President Trump is taking bold action, and his presidency marks the beginning of a new era for our nation. Tonight, during his first Joint Session address, he laid out a strong agenda to make America safer, more prosperous, and more free.
“For too long, we’ve seen the heavy hand of government grow evermore intrusive in our daily lives. As a consequence, top-down Washington mandates have upended the health insurance market, slowed economic growth to a crawl, and trampled on our individual liberty. Under eight years of Obama-led foreign policy, we have seen our enemies emboldened and our allies lose confidence in our partnerships. Illegal immigrants have skirted the relaxed rule of law and flooded through our porous borders.
“Undoing the damage of the past eight years won’t happen overnight, but the president is off to a running start. As someone who has been listening to working people across the country, this president knows the best path to economic growth is to fix the needless government regulations that are choking innovation and job creation. He knows individuals want the freedom to choose their doctor and their health insurance plan—not have it dictated for them by Washington bureaucrats. His plan to reform our tax code would allow hardworking Americans to keep more of their paychecks and determine their own financial future. His plan to cut Washington red tape will give American job creators the ability to make their hard work and dreams a reality. The president also made clear that he will do everything he can to keep Americans and their families safe both at home and abroad.
“President Trump is a doer, and I am heartened by his remarks tonight because they represent a new direction for our nation. With our new leadership, I am confident in our future and know great opportunities lie ahead for ‘We the People.’”Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent action on national security:
“President Trump made clear that keeping America safe is a top priority for his Administration, and it is refreshing to see that he is willing to take swift and decisive action to achieve that goal. And, while the rollout of his executive action could have gone more smoothly, I believe most Americans, and particularly the East Texans I represent, would agree that it’s just common sense to take a closer look at people trying to enter the U.S. from nations with broad terrorist networks.
“In fact, more than a year ago Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a bill that placed a higher threshold for entry into our nation. The legislation blocked people who have traveled since 2011 to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria from entering the United States through our Visa Waiver Program—no matter their country of citizenship. Several months later, the Obama Administration added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to that list. These seven countries, are the exact same countries included in President Trump’s executive order. And, while critics claim this temporary pause in immigration amounts to a Muslim ban, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, more than 40 countries with Muslim majorities were not included on President Trump’s list at all.
“America is a nation of immigrants, and should continue to be. Although we can’t take in the world, we should strive to find places for people who come here legally, seeking freedom and opportunity. But, we need to make sure those seeking to come to America mean us no harm.
“In the coming days and weeks, Congress should exercise its responsibility to take a careful look at the underlying policies to ensure they are effective in achieving the goal of making America safer and preventing terrorists from coming to our shores.”
WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed, and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) voted for, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7). This bill permanently prohibits federal funding for abortion and funding for any insurance plan that includes abortion on demand.
“Today—just days before hundreds of thousands of people will participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.—I am proud to have taken a stand in solidarity with them to protect the rights of the unborn and prevent taxpayer funding for abortion,” said Hensarling. “As Americans, we share a sacred responsibility to protect innocent life and defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves. It is my strong belief that human life begins at conception, and every life—even the life of an unborn child—is worthy of protection.”
H.R. 7 passed 238 to 183 and codifies into law the Hyde Amendment, which doesn’t outlaw abortions but simply says that federal taxpayers will not be compelled to subsidize them.
In fact, a majority of Americans agree taxpayers should not foot the bill for abortions, including those who identify as pro-choice. A poll conducted by Knights of Columbus-Marist about six months ago found 61% of Americans believe taxpayer dollars should not be used for this life-ending procedure.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released the following statement to mark the 44th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade:
“As we mark the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade, it is my hope that we will take this opportunity to remember the millions of precious human lives ended by the unspeakable tragedy of abortion.
“As Americans, we share a sacred responsibility to protect the innocent and defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves. As a matter of morality, history, science, reason, and most of all faith, I can come to no other conclusion but that every human life begins at conception and every life is worthy of protection.
“On January 27th, thousands of citizens will take action to defend life by participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Many more in Texas and across the country will stand with them at local events fighting for the rights of the unborn. I applaud all those who choose to take part in these demonstrations and continue to pray for the day when all Americans will decide to protect the unalienable right to life.”
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after voting for the FY 2017 Budget Resolution that will enable the repeal of Obamacare through budget reconciliation:
“Today’s vote marks the most important step to date in the process to once and for all repeal Obamacare and to provide patient-centered health care reform in its place.
“Under President Obama’s ‘signature accomplishment’ premiums and deductibles have soared, patient choice has dwindled, and insurance markets have begun to collapse. Despite promises that people who wanted to keep their insurance plan and doctor could do so, many Americans have lost one or even both. Beyond Obamacare’s impact on their health care, hardworking Americans who were already struggling to make ends meet had their hours cut at work because their employer couldn’t afford Obamacare’s onerous taxes and penalties.
“Republicans have a better way, and thanks to a special process known as reconciliation – which prevents a minority of the Senate from being able to block legislation through filibuster –we can get Obamacare repeal on President Trump’s desk and focus on reforming our broken health care system. We can make patient care more affordable, portable, and accessible, while increasing competition and decreasing cost. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the new Administration to put individual people and families, not Washington bureaucrats, back in charge of their own health care.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-3) announced that he will retire at the end of the 115th Congress:
“My heart felt a little heavy today when I learned of Sam Johnson’s plans to retire at the close of the 115th Congress. Very few have dedicated their lives to the service of our great nation the way Sam has, and his shoes will be hard to fill. But, if anyone deserves some rest and relaxation in retirement, it’s Sam. From serving in the Air Force for 29 years and enduring years of torture as a POW, to tirelessly serving the constituents of the 3rd District of Texas for more than two decades, Sam is a true American patriot and hero with a servant’s heart. I look forward to working with Sam over the next two years as he enhances the strong legacy he has already forged.”Read More
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First elected to Congress in 2002, Jeb Hensarling is a strong conservative and an outspoken advocate for limited government and unlimited opportunity.
As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb is a leader in promoting consumer choice, competitive markets, and smart regulation in our financial markets. He was the only member of Congress to have introduced comprehensive reform legislation for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the credit crisis, lauded in the media as “a concrete plan for fixing Fannie and Freddie.” Jeb was recognized by The New York Times for “leading the GOP Vanguard against the Bailout,” and was the only member of Congress to have introduced a legislative alternative to TARP during the heart of the credit crisis, which would have minimized taxpayer exposure and the politicization of the market.
A lifelong conservative dedicated to advancing the principals of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom, Jeb was chosen by his colleagues during the 112th Congress to chair the House Republican Conference—the fourth ranking leadership position in the House—and in the 110th Congress, he was elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee—the largest conservative caucus in the House. The Associated Press recently recognized Jeb’s consistency on conservative issues saying, “he made cutting federal spending, ending earmarks and reducing the size of government his priorities before the tea party came into existence.”
In recognition of his relentless fight to cut wasteful Washington spending and remove barriers to job growth, Jeb was appointed to serve on the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and was most recently appointed co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Prior to the 112th Congress, Jeb served as the number two Republican on the House Budget Committee—under now Chairman Paul Ryan—and has consistently fought to reduce our debt and stop out-of-control Washington spending. He is a co-author of the “Spending, Deficit, and Debt Control Act,” a landmark budget reform bill that was heralded as the “gold standard” of budget enforcement legislation by a coalition of conservative groups, including the Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens United Against Government Waste, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the National Taxpayer Union. Jeb also authored the “Spending Limit Amendment”—a Constitutional amendment that would limit federal spending to no more than 20% of the economy—the historic average since WWII. For his work to rein in wasteful Washington spending and put our country back on a fiscally sustainable path, the National Review Online dubbed him “Rep. Budget Reform,” and The Dallas Morning News called him a “truth teller” who “has become one of the most important GOP members of Congress.”
Born in Stephenville, Texas, Jeb grew up working on his father’s farm near College Station. He earned a degree in economics from Texas A&M University in 1979 and a law degree from the University of Texas in 1982. Before coming to Congress, Jeb spent ten years in the private sector, serving as an officer for a successful investment firm, a data management company, and an electric retail company.
Jeb and his wife, Melissa, are members of St. Michael and All Angels Church, and reside in Dallas with their two children, Claire and Travis.
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