Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

Congressman King: “President Obama’s Water Grab Has Finally Been Flushed.”

2017/06/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it is repealing the controversial “WOTUS Rule” (Waters of the United States) imposed by the Obama administration. Obama’s “WOTUS Rule” gave the EPA unprecedented authority to regulate the nation’s waterways. The rule had come under criticism from advocates for small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and private property owners. Last November, Congressman King joined with 4 other members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation on a letter asking President Trump to scrap this misguided rule.

The EPA’s announcement that it is withdrawing President Obama’s ‘WOTUS Rule’ is a win for farmers, ranchers, and private landowners throughout the country,” said King. “I thank EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his leadership on this issue. After two years, President Obama’s water grab has finally been flushed. Had it been left in place, the EPA could have claimed the authority to regulate 97% of Iowa with dire economic consequences for both the state and the nation. Good riddance to this misguided Obama-era economic assault on rural America.

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Congressman King’s Remarks at Launch of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime

2017/06/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video of remarks he delivered at an event today announcing the launch of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), a new 501c3 organization dedicated to promoting American safety and security. AVIAC was founded by families who have been victimized by illegal alien crime. Joining King at today’s event were Don Rosenberg, Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, Michelle Root, Maureen Maloney, and Brian McCann. Congressman King was introduced by AVIAC’s Niles Barnhart, who described him as “a man of principle; a man of compassion; a true patriot who isn’t afraid to tell the truth and fight for what’s right: protecting each and every American life.”

“In the effort to restore the Rule of Law, these families are the equivalent of Gold Star Families,” said King. “They’ve lost their loved ones because we didn’t do our job of enforcing the law.”

Don Rosenberg’s 25 year old son, Drew, was killed by an illegal alien from Honduras who had been granted temporary immigration status. Mary Ann Mendoza’s 32 year old son, Brandon, was killed by a drunk driving illegal alien who had been in the country for over 20 years. Sabine Durben’s 30 year old son, Dominic, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by an illegal alien from Guatemala who had two previous convictions for driving under the influence. Michelle Root’s 21 year old daughter, Sarah, was killed by an illegal alien drunk driver from Honduras who had a history of prior run-ins with law enforcement. Maureen Maloney’s 23 year old son, Matthew, was killed by an illegal alien from Ecuador. Brian McCann’s 70 year old brother, Denny, was killed when he was run over by an illegal alien from Mexico with a felony history while crossing the street.

Sarah Root’s death led Congressman King to introduce “Sarah’s Law,” legislation that is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week. “Sarah’s Law” requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of illegal aliens charged in the United States with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. A related King bill, “Kate’s Law,” is also expected to pass the House of Representatives this week. “Kate’s Law”, which amends federal law to impose a sentencing enhancement for any illegal reentry offense, was introduced in response to the killing of Kate Steinle by an illegal alien who had been deported multiple times.

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

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Congressman King Introduces America to “Tanzania’s Miracle Kids”

2017/06/23

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following Special Order speech, in which he took to the floor of the House of Representatives to introduce America to “Tanzania’s Miracle Kids.” The “Miracle Kids,” Wilson, Sadia, and Doreen, are the only survivors of a horrible bus accident which killed 36 people on May 6. The children’s lives were saved through the combined efforts of many people, including Congressman King, Dr. Steve Meyer of Sioux City, Rev. Franklin Graham of the Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, and missionaries Kevin Negaard, Jennifer Milby, and Manda Volkert of the Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries. “Tanzania’s Miracle Kids” are currently recuperating from their injuries in Sioux City, Iowa, where they have been receiving care through Mercy Hospital.

“We join together in these efforts when we can be Americans and reach out with the American heart and spirit and help others when they are in dire need.”

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

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Chairman King’s Opening Remarks in Hearing on Examining Ethical Responsibilities Regarding Attorney Advertising

2017/06/23

Washington, D.C. – Chairman Steve King released the following opening remarks in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing on Examining Ethical Responsibilities Regarding Attorney Advertising:

 

 

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

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Congressman Steve King’s “Sarah’s Law” and “Kate’s Law” Legislation Re-Introduced Today

2017/06/23

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Steve King released the following statement after legislation he wrote, “Sarah’s Law” (named after Iowan Sarah Root) and “Kate’s Law” (named after Kate Steinle) was re-introduced as components of legislation written by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte designed to strengthen illegal immigration enforcement measures and to combat dangerous sanctuary city policies that expose innocent Americans to predation by individuals who are not in the country legally. “Sarah’s Law” is contained in H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, while “Kate’s Law” will be introduced as stand-alone legislation, H.R. 3004. Congressman King and Chairman Goodlatte are original cosponsors of both H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004.

“I thank Chairman Goodlatte for his support and leadership combatting illegal immigration,” said King. “The bills we are introducing today contain two key provisions I have been advancing: ‘Sarah’s Law’, in honor of the memory of Iowa’s Sarah Root, a 21 year old killed by a 19 year old illegal alien who had previous run-ins with law enforcement; and ‘Kate’s Law’, in honor of the memory of Kate Steinle, a 32 year old woman killed by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions and who had been deported from the United States five times.”

“Sarah’s Law requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of illegal aliens charged in the United States with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. Kate’s Law amends federal law to impose a sentencing enhancement for any illegal reentry offense. Both of these reforms would protect all Americans from crimes committed by those who were not here legally in the first place.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte offered the following comments:

“For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies have failed the American people and cost too many lives. The deaths of innocent Americans, such as Kate Steinle, Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck, and too many others, are tragic. Their deaths are especially devastating since they could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced.”

 “The House Judiciary Committee is working to improve our nation’s immigration laws and policy, and today I have introduced two, straightforward bills to enhance public safety. The bills crack down on dangerous sanctuary policies that needlessly put innocent lives at risk. They enhance penalties for deported felons who return to the United States and ensure unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving, or arrested for other dangerous crimes, are detained during their removal proceedings. We owe it to the families of those who lost loved ones to take action to prevent these horrible crimes. They have waited far too long.”

Congressman King introduced “Sarah’s Law” on July 6, 2016. The press release accompanying the introduction of that legislation can be found here.

Congressman King introduced “Kate’s Law” on Jan 6, 2017. The press release accompanying the introduction of that legislation can be found here.

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Chairman King’s Opening Remarks in Hearing on Lawsuit Abuse and Telephone Consumer Protection Act

2017/06/13

Washington, D.C. – Chairman Steve King released the following opening remarks in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing on Lawsuit Abuse and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act:

 

 

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

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King: “The Constitution grants the power to regulate interstate commerce to Congress, not to California.”

2017/06/02

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee,  released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging California’s unconstitutional law regulating agricultural producers in other states. The case had been brought by the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

The United States Constitution grants the power to regulate interstate commerce to Congress, not to California. Since California’s enactment of its unconstitutional Proposition 2, which prohibits the trade of agricultural products with states who do not adopt California’s mandates, I have worked to reassert the proper understanding of the Commerce Clause on behalf of agricultural producers in Iowa and the other 48 states.

While some entities who have been hostile to producers, such as the Humane Society’s Wayne Pacelle, welcome the United States Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case brought by the State of Iowa and others at this time, I do not. It is important that this Congress work to reaffirm federal supremacy in interstate commerce, especially when one considers the serious economic harm the California law is currently causing to egg producers and consumers in Iowa and elsewhere.

My bill, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, will protect against rising costs, allow consumers greater choice, and shield producers throughout the country from the anti-farmer whims of California’s voters and legislature. I’m working to stop California’s unconstitutional attempt to regulate America’s agricultural production methods.

Congressman King has been a consistent advocate for Iowa agriculture. Previously, he worked to successfully gain inclusion of his legislation in the House passed version of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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King Introduces Seven Amendments to the Omnibus Spending Bill

2017/05/03

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after submitting seven amendments to the omnibus spending bill:

“During the November election, all Republicans including President Trump vowed to uphold our Constitution, cut spending and listen to the American people,” said King. “The 2017 omnibus spending bill provides Congress the unique opportunity to uphold those promises and that is why I have introduced 7 separate amendments to the omnibus spending bill.

For years, the American people have been demanding that we defund DACA and DAPA, ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood, the Iran Nuclear Deal, sanctuary cities and strike out any expansion of H-2B visas. Furthermore, we must provide the funding for a wall in order to secure our borders. Republicans and all of Congress must be held responsible for election promises made and thus, I believe these amendments should be brought to the House floor for a vote. Today, I am putting the marker down on where I stand, and I challenge my colleagues to do the same.

This is our opportunity to put American people’s priorities at the forefront of the House’s legislative agenda, and I am hopeful we can turn the page and start fresh.”

Mr. King’s Seven Amendments to the omnibus spending bill:

1. Defund President Obama’s DACA, DAPA programs.

2. Defund Obamacare.

3. Defund Planned Parenthood.

4. Defund President Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal.

5. Defund all sanctuary cities.

6. Blocking any expansion of the H-2B Visa Program.

7. Fund the building of a border wall.

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King op-ed: Two Birds With One Stone

2017/03/30

On May 20, 2003, my wife Marilyn and I attended a dinner at the Park Hyatt Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. We were there to hear the guest speaker, President of the Philippines Gloria Arroyo.

President Arroyo thanked America for all contributions made to Filipino life by Americans over more than the past century. She said, “Eight million Filipinos … live and work abroad and generate billions of dollars a year in revenue for our country. [Filipinos are] highly skilled, well educated, English-speaking [and because of this] comparative advantage, millions of Filipinos [are] working in over 140 countries in the world.”

Mrs. Arroyo continued, “[The] value[s] embedded in our people [are] in part … the legacy of America’s involvement in the Philippines. America gave the Philippines a great public education system. … Send us more Thomasites … the American teachers who went to the Philippines at the turn of the century and educated our people in English and many other things western, and that’s why we seem so similar today.”

Records show there where only 1,074 Thomasites, but this teacher corps built an education system in the Philippines that mirrored that of the United States. Filipinos were educated and trained to take over the education system, which they did well. The American language, culture, work ethic, free enterprise, values and way of life was infused into the Philippines. We are bonded together to this day with the third-largest English-speaking country in the world. The Philippines developed into a sustainable country built upon the foundation of the American civilization.

Thomasites were the precursor, the de facto pilot project, the inspiration for the Peace Corps. Only 1,074 teachers a century ago transformed the islands’ population of 8 million and placed them on a self-sustaining path, and today 8 million Filipinos are working in 140 countries on multiple continents, lifting up many millions more around the world. And today, there are just over 7,000 active Peace Corps workers scattered in as many as 140 countries. They make a significant difference in helping lift the Third World out of poverty and in building relationships between the United States and receiving nations. Americans support the Peace Corps because we have a humanitarian heart that lifted the Philippines and many other countries from despair.

What, then, could 750,000 Thomasites do for Mexico and Central America? What could be a better economic, social and cultural improvement plan, especially for our neighbors to the south? What could better bond us together, expand trade, establish an effective education system, and the rule of law? What better program could possibly be devised to help bring our neighbors to the south into the first world?

But where would we find 750,000 young American educated “volunteers” who speak English, carry with them the American work ethic, a paid-for American education, the American culture, and experience with the rule of law? Wouldn’t it be better if they were bilingual, fluent in the host country’s language, too? Even better if many already had familial relationships in some of the most poverty-stricken areas of the Third World?

Fortunately, President Obama has built a database (though unconstitutionally) that identifies exactly the universe of people who are perfectly poised to come to the aid of the impoverished and corrupt nation-states of the hemisphere and the world. It is the Dreamer database, otherwise known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, 750,000 individuals who exactly fit the criteria described above. How could the United States and primarily the Western Hemisphere be so fortunate as to have a perfect, ready-made solution poised to solve such an otherwise unsolvable problem? And just at the time when we have a president who has given his oath to do so.

President Trump pledged to end DACA and DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, on the first day of his presidency. More than 60 days in, the Trump administration continues to issue new permits and extend existing permits. It’s late, but not too late, to end the unconstitutional and lawless DACA program and return lawbreakers to their home countries where they were born. They will go back to their homes and their home communities.

Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, has stated on the Senate floor, “They are amazing.” If the Dreamers are of such value to their adopted country, how much greater value will they be to their countries of legal residence? And when they finish their tours of duty, they will be in the back of the line to come back to America, if they qualify. My bet? Dreamers would outperform Peace Corp workers and Thomasites by a country mile. One day, a future president of Mexico will give a speech in Washington, D.C., thanking the United States for our part in restoring the rule of law — in both countries.

To view the original source, click here

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King Introduces Repeal of the EB-5 Visa Program

2017/03/10

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing his repeal of the EB-5 investor visa program:

“Developers have monopolized the EB-5 program since its creation, exploiting its flaws and fighting against any compulsory reforms,” said King. “These developers messaged and ‘sold’ the program to investors as an easy way to acquire green cards all the while claiming the current market will not support domestic investment amounts. Under the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional and open immigration policy, applications for EB-5 visas suddenly skyrocketed and now, there is an eight year waiting list. The result is they are selling access to citizenship and selling it cheap. While the fraud and abuse of the EB-5 program has been disguised as popularity, the American worker and economy continues to be undermined.

“Furthermore, the program has been derailed to the point where terrorists can easily target it as the perfect tool for access into American society. I have introduced the repeal of the EB-5 program as Congress cannot continue to turn a blind eye to our flawed immigration laws, hoping terrorists don’t exploit our weaknesses.”

To view the original text of the bill, click here.

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Steve King grew up in a law enforcement family in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Denison Community High School, where he met Marilyn Kelly, whom he married in 1972. They have lived in Kiron for 38 years and are members of St. Martin’s Church in Odebolt. Steve and Marilyn have three grown sons and five grandchildren.

King studied math and science at Northwest Missouri State University. He started King Construction in 1975 and built the business up from one bulldozer. He brings valuable knowledge to Congress as an agribusinessman and a small business owner for 28 years. King’s oldest son now runs the construction business.

He served in the Iowa State Senate for six years where he assumed roles as Chairman of the State Government Committee and Vice Chairman of the Oversight Budget Subcommittee. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, Business and Labor Committee and the Commerce Committees. He worked in the State Senate to successfully eliminate the inheritance tax, enforce workplace drug testing, enforce parenting rights, including parental notification of abortions, pass tax cuts for working Iowans, and pass the law that made English the official language in Iowa.

King was elected to Congress in 2002 to represent Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District. During the 2012 election cycle, Iowa was redistricted to four districts. King now represents the Fourth Congressional District in the 113th Congress which includes: Ames, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City and Spencer. He brings personal experience, Constitutional principles, traditional marriage and family values and the perspective of representing one of the top producing agriculture districts in the nation to the people of Iowa’s new Fourth Congressional District.

King serves on the Agriculture Committee and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition. He has long been dedicated to adding value as close to the corn stalk and bean stubble as possible, as many times as possible. The Fourth District is one of the leading agricultural production districts in America. It will lead the nation in egg and pork production and will be near the top in corn and soybean production. The Fourth District will also rank first among all 435 congressional districts in ethanol and total renewable energy production. King’s very first bill in Congress was an expansion of a tax credit to small ethanol and biodiesel producers. His language was included in the Energy Users Act of 2005, which President George W. Bush signed into law.

As 97% of Iowa’s businesses are small business, King received a special waiver to serve on the House Small Business Committee so he could work to restrict government regulations that impede the growth of business and jobs. He continues to sit on the Small Business Committee as he serves Iowa’s new Fourth District and he brings with him to the Committee firsthand knowledge of challenges faced by small business owners. He also sits on the following Subcommittees within Small Business: Agriculture, Energy and Trade; Healthcare and Technology; Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access; Contracting and Workforce.

King is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. He believes the Constitution means what it says and that it should be read with the intent of our Founding Fathers in mind. King is never caught without a copy of the Constitution in his coat pocket.

King also chairs the Conservative Opportunity Society, a powerful and legendary House caucus that is best known for energizing Republicans to regain the majority of the House of Representatives in 1994.


Serving With

Rod Blum

IOWA's 1st DISTRICT

David Young

IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT