Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

King Votes YES to Block State GMO Labeling Requirements

2016/07/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in regards to voting YES on senate amendment to S. 764, an Act to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes:

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

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King Offers Davis Bacon Repeal Amendment

2016/07/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following House Floor statement on his Davis Bacon Repeal Amendment to H.R. 5538, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:


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King Questions Attorney General Lynch on Failure to Indict Hillary Clinton

2016/07/12

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following questioning of Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing of the Department of Justice. Mr. King examined both the DOJ’s failure to press criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information and the Attorney General’s secret meeting with former President Bill Clinton in light of FBI Director Comey's announcement.

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

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Chairman King’s Statement in Executive Overreach Task Force Hearing on Enforcement and Infrastructure

2016/07/12

Washington, D.C. – Chairman Steve King released the following statement at the opening of the House Judiciary’s Executive Overreach Task Force’s hearing on “Executive Overreach in Regulatory Enforcement and Infrastructure.”  Mr. King is the chairman of the task force.

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King Introduces Sarah’s Law in Honor of Sarah Root from Iowa

2016/07/06

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King introduced Sarah’s Law today in honor of Sarah Root, a 21 year-old girl from Iowa who graduated from Bellvue University with a 4.0 degree in crime investigation. Sadly, her life tragically ended when she was murdered by 19 year-old Eswin Mejia, an illegal immigrant:

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

Sarah’s Law requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take into custody illegal aliens who have been charged in the United States with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst from Iowa and Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse from Nebraska introduced a companion bill in the Senate last week.

To read Mr. King’s oped detailing more about Sarah Root’s story and his time spent with her family, click here.

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

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Chairman King’s Statement in Executive Overreach Task Force Hearing on Spending and Entitlements

2016/07/06

Washington, D.C. – Chairman Steve King released the following statement at the opening of the House Judiciary’s Executive Overreach Task Force’s hearing on “The Federal Government on Autopilot: Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis.”  Mr. King is the chairman of the task force.

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Task Force to Examine Federal Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis

2016/06/30

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the Task Force on Executive Overreach will hold a hearing titled, “The Federal Government on Autopilot: Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis.”

Since the 1930s, the federal government has grown exponentially through the creation of entitlement programs to deliver retirement and health benefits to the American people, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, unemployment insurance, the Earned Income Tax Credit, disability insurance, and others. With many of the entitlement programs growing automatically, it has had a dramatic impact on other government spending, including funding for the military and for operation of the federal courts, the deficit, and overall fiscal health. At the hearing, members of the task force will examine the issues surrounding federal mandatory spending. 

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, Urban Institute
  • Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute

Below is a statement from Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Task Force, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on the hearing.

“Our nation’s entitlement programs are on autopilot, driving our nation further and further into debt and putting a tighter and tighter squeeze on spending for important functions like funding the military and the federal courts. This path is unsustainable. The Task Force on Executive Overreach will examine the many issues fueling our nation’s entitlement crisis and look for ways to rein in this growing problem.”

This hearing will take place in 2237 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at http://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

Background on the Task Force: The Task Force on Executive Overreach is authorized for six months and is studying the impact the increase in presidential and executive branch power has had on the ability of Congress to conduct oversight of the executive branch, the lack of transparency that furthers unchecked executive power, and the constitutional requirement of the President to faithfully execute the law. Additionally, the task force is reviewing the tools at the disposal of the Congress to restore the proper balance of powers and hold the executive branch accountable. It will make recommendations where there are deficiencies, including legislative solutions.

https://judiciary.house.gov/press-release/task-force-examine-federal-mandatory-spending-entitlement-crisis/

 

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King Response to SCOTUS Striking Down Texas Abortion Law

2016/06/28

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Texas abortion access law, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt:

“Today, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down a Texas law which placed reasonable restrictions on abortions, creating another example of gross overreach by the Court to further entrench a radical, progressive, godless agenda on the American people and cut down the power of the states,” said King. “Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly sixty million innocent babies' lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government. 

Every year, nearly 1,000 Texas women are hospitalized as a result of botched abortions. The Texas law, requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the abortion facility and the abortion facility to have the same minimum quality standards as an ambulatory surgical center, would have taken major steps to reduce that disturbing number. This law would have insured that abortions performed in Texas were done with the maximum safety of patients in mind. 

The Supreme Court has once again overreached and decided it knows better than the reasoned judgment of the State of Texas. This further perverts the original understanding of the Constitution that specifically reserves these rights to the states. This case further underscores the importance of presidential appointments to the federal bench. It is even more important that Senator Grassley continues to hold the line until the next president so that we have the best chance to reform the court.

Human Life is sacred in all of its forms. I will continue to fight to protect the lives of the innocent unborn and the original meaning of our Constitution.

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King Response to SCOTUS Striking Down Texas Abortion Law

2016/06/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Texas abortion access law, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt:

“Today, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down a Texas law which placed reasonable restrictions on abortions, creating another example of gross overreach by the Court to further entrench a radical, progressive, godless agenda on the American people and cut down the power of the states,” said King. “Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly sixty million innocent babies' lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government. 

 

Every year, nearly 1,000 Texas women are hospitalized as a result of botched abortions. The Texas law, requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the abortion facility and the abortion facility to have the same minimum quality standards as an ambulatory surgical center, would have taken major steps to reduce that disturbing number. This law would have insured that abortions performed in Texas were done with the maximum safety of patients in mind. 

 

The Supreme Court has once again overreached and decided it knows better than the reasoned judgment of the State of Texas. This further perverts the original understanding of the Constitution that specifically reserves these rights to the states. This case further underscores the importance of presidential appointments to the federal bench. It is even more important that Senator Grassley continues to hold the line until the next president so that we have the best chance to reform the court.

Human Life is sacred in all of its forms. I will continue to fight to protect the lives of the innocent unborn and the original meaning of our Constitution.”

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King’s Statement on the RFS in Energy and Commerce Subcommittee

2016/06/22

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement that was submitted into the record at the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power in regards to the Implementation Standards of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS):

“I want to thank Chairman Whitfield and Ranking Member Rush for accepting my testimony today on the importance of maintaining the RFS program, said King.

Energy is at the heart of the American economy. Energy powers our homes and businesses, and it is vital that America has access to the most affordable and most extensive sources of energy possible. Moreover, our national security is also tied to the energy sector. If we rely on sources of energy that come from abroad, then we expose our nation to the whims of tyrants and terrorist sponsoring states. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was created with these goals in mind: to promote the development of affordable, low pollution, domestically produced fuel sources. Not only have these goals been met thus far, but the RFS and the work and innovation of our biofuels industry over the last few decades has allowed the fields that have fed the world, to fuel it as well.

To examine further the benefits of the RFS, I want to highlight an academic work done by professors Dermot Hayes of economics and finance at Iowa State University, and Xiaodong Du of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their analytical report entitled “The Impact of Ethanol Production on US and Regional Gasoline Markets: An Update to May 2009”, showcases the breathtaking and positive effects that ethanol and the RFS have had for the American economy. Their work concluded that in 2010 alone the effect of ethanol being blended into the fuel market lowered the price of the average gallon of gasoline by $0.89, saving Americans around $120 billion per year at the pump. They also concluded that if ethanol were suddenly removed from the fuel market altogether, the resulting gasoline price spike would be between 41% and 92%, crippling the US economy and almost certainly plunging our fragile economy back into recession.

Beyond the substantial economic benefits for American families, a Congressional Research report from 2012 asserts that in the first six years after the implementation of the RFS oil imports declined by 33%. Furthermore, this report forecasts that over the next 20 years US oil imports will be less than a third of what they would have been expected to be prior to passage of the RFS. This dramatic decrease in imported oil helps to safeguard the national security interests of the United States by insulating our economy from the supply shocks and price volatility that is intrinsic to the world’s petroleum market. Due to the irregularity of global production of crude and refined petroleum products, a reliance on these goods for energy exposes our nation to possible catastrophe. The oil crisis of the 1970s and the resulting stagflation serve as a warning and a reminder of the danger of relying on a 100% petroleum mandate. The oil crisis of the 1970s also reminds us of the damage that Iran, a known state sponsor of terrorism, can inflict on the US by manipulating their oil production. The RFS has tremendously reduced the amount of US dollars that have been sent to terrorist sponsoring nations, such as the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is no serious doubt that if we had the RFS and our present biofuels industry in the 1970s, it would have substantially mitigated the very serious damage to our economy while, at the same time, limited or even eliminated the Great Farm Crisis of the 1980s. 

In my home of Iowa we all know the benefits of biofuels that I have outlined here, but unfortunately not everyone does. This is why I have championed the fight to maintain the original volumes of biofuels in the RFS. The biofuels industry has created countless American jobs and has spurred economic growth across our country. The biofuels sector has directly added $5.6 billion of GDP and 62,000 jobs to the state of Iowa alone. In Iowa we produced about 30% of the nation’s ethanol, saving Americans tens of billions of dollars at the pump each year. Furthermore, we can thank the ethanol industry for having reduced the annual carbon footprint of the United States by the equivalent of 27 million cars. It is thus imperative that the RFS not only continue to remain a policy of the United States, but one that is administered in accordance with established law.  

Unfortunately, this Administration, in a blatant violation of Congress’s Article I authority and in contravention of established US law, has begun to alter the RFS based on biased and arbitrary positions. Whether or not you agree with the plethora of hard science and academic work that illustrates the positive effects of the RFS, we must stand firm against the abuse of the program by this administration. It is with this in mind that I must stand in opposition to H.R. 5180, a bill that would reward this administration by enshrining into law the very abuse that this President has committed thus far. H.R. 5180 would grant legal cover to the EPA to continue its currently illegal policy of arbitrarily reducing the level of biofuels in America’s fuel economy.  The effect of this bill would be to undo the progress of the biofuels industry and the RFS thus far. The President’s abuse of the program has already stunted economic and job growth, leaving fuel prices high, and our nation more susceptible to foreign manipulation of the oil markets. H.R. 5180 would raise the petroleum mandate to 90.3%, weakening the United States and increasing the probability of another oil and economic crisis, similar to that of the 1970s. H.R. 5180 would only serve to aid this President in these endeavors, and to weaken our nation.

I urge Congress to preserve our Article I authority, and hold firm to established law. It’s time to reaffirm our support of the RFS; a program that has improved the quality of life of every American, and strengthened our national security. The RFS has been great for Iowa and great for America. It is the only tool that provides market access to ethanol and other renewable fuels so they can be sold in competition with the petroleum industry, which has benefited from a century of Federal subsidies and support. It strengthens our national security, decreases our dependence on foreign sources of energy, gives consumers lower cost options at the pump, and creates jobs for Americans. To weaken, reduce, or eliminate the RFS, as HR 5180 does, moves the US in the direction of a 100% petroleum mandate.”

 

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Contact Information

2210 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4426
Fax 202-225-3193
steveking.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Agriculture

Judiciary

Small Business

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