Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the United States Senate defeated a “skinny repeal” bill that would have allowed the Senate to continue working to repeal ObamaCare, a goal long sought by King and a priority of President Trump.
“Last night, the Senate voted to leave ObamaCare unchanged by a vote of 51-49. ObamaCare is a law that ought not exist, and I will continue to advocate for its complete repeal.”
“Obamacare passed initially by one vote: that vote belonging to Senator Al Franken whose 2008 Senate victory was tainted with accusations of election irregularities. Among the votes saving ObamaCare last night was Lisa Murkowski’s. Murkowski is a Senator who was initially appointed to her position by her father, and whose 2010 write-in campaign was essentially a revolt against GOP primary voters.”
“As a final point, John McCain recently told the Senate he would return and ‘give all of you cause to regret the nice things you said about me.’ He kept his word.”Read More
Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the “Census Accuracy Act of 2017.” King’s legislation seeks to improve the quality of data collected by the United States Census, particularly with regard to its ability to document the number of aliens who are in the country illegally.
“For the last 15 years, I have heard the same figure advanced by Amnesty proponents regarding the number of illegal aliens in the country. I do not believe that the static number they offer is accurate as it seems more like a well-established talking point. In fact, I believe the number of illegal aliens in the country is far higher than many suppose. The Census should be better equipped to measure this number so that policy makers can take appropriate actions to reduce the deleterious impact illegal immigration has on our nation.”
King’s legislation will amend the census questionnaire to ensure that those answering are provided a question regarding whether they are citizens, aliens who are in the country lawfully, or aliens in the country illegally. In addition, the bill will require that those who answer that they are aliens in the country lawfully identify which federal program or law granted them the status that they are claiming.
A copy of Congressman King’s bill is available here.Read More
Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3486, the “Ending the Sanctuary Capitol Policy Act of 2017:”
“The Capitol Police, a federal law enforcement agency, do not have explicit statutory authority to enforce our immigration laws,” said King. “Without clear authority they are not investigating the immigration status of protesters openly claiming they are here illegally while disrupting Committee proceedings and shutting down Congressional offices.
My bill, ‘Ending the Sanctuary Capitol Policy Act,’ simply empowers a federal law enforcement agency to enforce federal law. The House and Senate cannot call for an end to sanctuary cities while their offices serve as sanctuaries for lawlessness. The Rule of Law rests on reliable enforcement everywhere and Congress needs to take the sanctuary plank out of its own eye.”
To view the original bill text, click here.
Congressman Steve King released the following video of statements he made during Judiciary Committee debate of legislation requiring the Attorney General to provide copies of any document, record, audio recording, memo, correspondence, or other communication that refers or relates to a number of troubling aspects of James Comey’s tenure as FBI director.
In the course of his remarks, Congressman King recounted a litany of facts and events that reveal the corruption that surrounds many of the nation’s most prominent Democrats, as well as their disturbing pattern of using American taxpayer money to interfere in foreign elections. King’s entire remarks can be viewed here.
King concluded his remarks by asserting the trail of Democratic election corruption leads to Barack Obama, and that the examples he cites should be investigated fully.
On Barack Obama’s election interference in other countries:
“It’s pretty clear the Obama administration sent their people over to Israel to work against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pretty much openly. Significant dollars invested in that campaign over there. The President of the United States, with at least the moral support of the people that had worked for him, in the country of Israel, [sought] to shift the results of the election against the seated Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu.”
“The Obama administration is a long ways from clean on this, as far as being involved in elections in other countries.”
On George Soros’ Use of Taxpayer Money to interfere in election in the Balkans:
“I just came back, not long ago, from the Balkans. . .there I learned the United States government, borrowing money from China and Saudi Arabia, had handed over at least $5,000,000 in contracts transferred through USAID into George Soros’s organizations that were used to manipulate elections in the Balkans.”
On the need to reopen investigations into Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner:
“The long string that we should be looking at with this investigation and special counsel that is our request here goes a long ways back. It goes clear back to Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, 650,000 emails, which we still have access to.”
On James Comey’s sham investigation of Hillary Clinton:
“This [Comey’s Investigation of Clinton] is what looks like, on its face, a sham investigation. Plus, they destroyed a tremendous amount of information: at least 30,000 emails, crushed hard drives, bought bleach bit, hired outside contractors to scrub emails up. And we’re to take James Comey’s word for this, that there wasn’t enough substance there to bring a prosecution, even though a year ago, July 5th, James Comey delivered 15 minutes of a summary of prosecution that was completely convincing to me until we got down to the last couple sentences of that presentation which was, ‘well, we can’t prove intent.’ Well, curiously there is no requirement for intent in the two statutes that appear to be violated.”
“I look back in the records to the previous October and previous April, Barack Obama stated into the news media record ‘Hillary Clinton would never intend to put our national security at risk; Hillary Clinton would never intend to harm America’s security. That’s the previous October and April. Well, James Comey latched onto that word, ‘intend’, and they made up new law and gave Hillary Clinton an exemption for this intent that they said they couldn’t prove which is absolutely proven by the facts [Comey] delivered to us in the summary that day.”
On Loretta Lynch:
“Not only does this trail lead through Hillary Clinton and James Comey, but the Loretta Lynch component of this as well. When you put this in place, and look at the example of them on the tarmac, it’s hard to imagine they sat there for 45 minutes and discussed grandchildren.”
On allegations Democratic Operatives went to the Ukraine to get dirt on Candidate Trump:
“That brings me to Alexandra Chalupa who went off as a DNC contractor to Ukraine to try to gather dirt on the Trump people. So, bringing this around, Mr. Chairman, I’ll conclude with this: the trail leads also to Barack Obama and we need to investigate all of this.”
As Congress takes action to repeal and replace Obamacare, it should address Obamacare’s failure to rein in the absurd legal costs of practicing medicine. Perhaps the most significant action Congress could take is to pass my legislation, H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act (PACA). President Trump has indicated a willingness to sign this bill, and the Senate should follow the House’s lead and pass this bill so that he has an opportunity to do so.
I introduced PACA because Iowa faces a problem right now that the entire country is projected to face soon: Iowa has a shortage of doctors.
As reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa “ranks 42nd when it comes to the number of physicians per capita” and “51st for the number of emergency-medicine physicians per capita.” The Gazette also reports that Iowa has the “second lowest number of OB-GYNs per 10,000 women.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Post has reported that the “United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025.”
These shortages have real-world consequences. Shortages mean that health care consumers not only have fewer choices, but also that the costs of healthcare services are artificially high. To make matters worse, as healthcare costs rise, federal spending on healthcare programs also increases, placing even greater demands on American taxpayers.
The Protecting Access to Care Act targets a key factor reducing the supply of doctors: the high cost of practicing medicine created by trial lawyers abusing the system in pursuit of egregiously large non-economic damage awards in medical malpractice cases. Non-economic damages, which are highly speculative and which vary from case to case, are a major driver of costs in our healthcare system. These awards not only increase the cost of malpractice insurance, they contribute to the wasteful practice of “defensive medicine.”
This is where my legislation steps in. Among its important reforms, the Protecting Access to Care Act would place a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages (these are awarded for purely subjective things like “mental anguish” and “punitive damages”) while also limiting the amount of contingency fees a trial lawyer can take away from a successful plaintiff. Importantly, PACA would continue to allow injured plaintiffs to receive 100 percent compensation for all of their economic losses, which includes real, measurable costs like medical expenses and lost wages.
The net effects of all of the reforms in my bill are significant. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that enactment of the reforms contained in the Protecting Access to Care Act would result in a savings of at least $50 billion in federal health care dollars. The CBO has also estimated that “premiums for medical malpractice insurance ultimately would be an average of 25 to 30 percent below what they would be under current law,” meaning this cost would be significantly reduced. Like farmers, doctors need the ability to engage in risk management, and strengthening their ability to manage exposure to risk will strengthen the medical marketplace.
Enactment of H.R. 1215 would quickly lead to increases in the supply of doctors willing to work in high-risk specialties, while decreasing the number of doctors driven out of practice by abusive lawsuits. Not only does my legislation address an existing problem in Iowa, but it also confronts a problem of significant national concern that experts agree is looming.
Limiting damage awards on noneconomic claims should not be controversial. Politicians from the left, such as Gov. Jerry Brown of California, and politicians from the right, such as former President Ronald Reagan, have both endorsed PACA’s common-sense reforms. Gov. Brown signed a version of these reforms into law in 1976, and PACA’s proposals were endorsed by President Reagan’s Tort Policy Working Group in 1986. In fact, if you spend time on health care policy, it quickly becomes clear that among the people most interested in obstructing this legislation are the trial lawyers’ special interest groups and the political beneficiaries of their large and numerous donations.
Americans deserve a healthcare system that allows consumers a greater choice in service providers, that encourages doctors to enter, or remain, in high-risk fields, and that protects their tax dollars from being spent on needlessly excessive healthcare costs. The Protecting Access to Care Act achieves all of these goals. Congress should not hesitate to send my important legislation to President Trump. The House has passed my bill. The Senate should do so, too.
This article originally ran in the Des Moines Register on July 14.Read More
For years, people have heard me say that “I want to rip Obamacare out by the roots as if such act had never been enacted.”
Well, today, the House of Representatives took a step towards placing a Root in the law. A Root named Sarah. By passing “Sarah’s Law,” a law I wrote in honor of Iowan Sarah Root, the House has enhanced the government’s ability to keep dangerous illegal aliens locked up and off of our streets.
And I am confident that from this Root, Justice will grow.
Sarah Root was a beautiful young woman and an exceptional student. She graduated from Bellevue University with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in Criminal Investigation. She had her entire life in front of her: a life that was to be dedicated to preserving the Rule of Law.
But all of that ended on the night of January 31, 2016, when an illegal alien killed her. Sarah had been celebrating her recent college graduation with friends. As she was driving home, her car was violently rear-ended by a drunken illegal alien involved in a street race. The illegal alien, who had a history of prior encounters with law enforcement, had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit.
The impact of the collision left Sarah unrecognizable. Her parents, Michelle and Scott, were only able to identify their daughter through her “Live, Laugh, Love” tattoo. Her organs were donated, and subsequently led to saving six people’s lives. I often wear a “Sarah Saved Six” bracelet to honor her memory.
Since that terrible January night, I have gotten to know Michelle and Scott Root and their only remaining child, Scott Jr. They are terrific people who, like so many other American families that are victims of illegal alien crime, have had to suffer a terrible, inconceivably painful loss. They are not just constituents to me. Over time they have become friends.
But they are also more than that. They are the embodiment of why I have spent 15 years in Congress championing the need for greater enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. No American should have to wake up in the early morning hours, as Michelle and Scott Root did, to confront the loss of a loved one at the hands of an illegal alien. These crimes are 100% preventable. These crimes most assuredly are not “accidents,” and it is offensive for anyone to suggest they are. If Sarah Root’s killer had not been in the country illegally, or if he had been locked up behind bars until he could be deported, Sarah Root would be alive today.
Often, mine was a lonely voice. In 2006, ten long years before President Trump made the promise to “Build The Wall” the core of his successful presidential campaign, I was on the floor of the House of Representatives with blueprints for an ocean-to-ocean border wall and a scale model of my own. Over the past decade, I’ve taken numerous trips to our Southern Border to see for myself what is, and isn’t, being done to secure our country. I’ve worked with the Border Patrol, and I have great respect for them and for the men and women who serve as ICE agents. We need at least 10,000 more. I’ve passed numerous amendments designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to secure our borders and enforce our laws.
All of a sudden, though, my lonely voice calling for stricter immigration laws and tighter border controls is being joined by others in Congress who are singing from the same hymnal. President Trump deserves credit for driving this change. His focus on cracking down on illegal immigration has begun to win over growing number of Congressional converts to my career defining cause.
I welcome these new voices.
Because enforcing our laws and breathing life into the concept that we are a nation governed by the Rule of Law is what Americans want Congress to spend its time on. We don’t need to be distracted by fake news stories about the latest supposed outrage ginned up by cable news in their never-ending quest for ratings. Instead, we need to be taking action that will help ensure that Americans like Sarah Root aren’t needlessly cut down in their prime. Sarah deserves to be more than just some statistic in an unread FBI Crime Report. She was a living, breathing, exceptional person who could, and most likely would, have made significant contributions to her community and her country.
But, because we don’t vigorously enforce our immigration laws, Sarah wasn’t given the chance to do so.
This has to end.
We can no longer be a nation that, as happened during the failed presidency of Barack Obama, decides to abuse “prosecutorial discretion” to turn a blind eye to crimes committed by illegal aliens. We can no longer be a nation that allows one political party to prioritize supplementing its dwindling ranks through the importation of new voters over protecting the lives of Americans and safeguarding our nation.
Thankfully, the House of Representatives shares my long-held concerns and is beginning to act on them. The House passed three serious pieces of enforcement legislation this week, all of which bear my name. One bill will deny federal funds to sanctuary cities, a change I have been pushing for since 2005 when the House passed my amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act denying funds to cities enacting sanctuary policies. This bill will also allow illegal aliens convicted of drunk driving to be held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The second bill, named “Kate’s Law” in honor of Kate Steinle, will provide judges with the ability to increase the length of prison sentences for illegal aliens who re-enter the country illegally.
And, finally, there is “Sarah’s Law.” This legislation, which I first introduced on July 7, 2016, requires 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.
If we had tougher immigration laws on the books, and we made enforcing them a priority, we would be discussing Sarah Root for her investigations of violations of the law, rather than discussing her as a potential provision in the law.
From this Root, Justice will grow. Congress should send my bills to President Trump for his signature.
To see the article as it apeared in Breitbert on June 29 click here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following remarks after voting for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA authorizes appropriations for military activities of the Department of Defense. King delivered these remarks during a Facebook Live broadcast this afternoon.
“On balance, it’s a very good bill to move forward to support our military. It provides an increase in pay for all of our military personally actively protecting our defenses. It protects our bases, at least for this round, so we won’t be shutting down bases. It keeps Guantanamo Bay alive and functioning and prohibits it from being shut down.”
In his full remarks, Congressman King also pointed to the defeat of amendments that would have prevented the military from utilizing biofuels, the increase in funding for missile defense programs, and the reforms which expand TRICARE eligibility as important considerations for his vote.
The NDAA passed the House on a vote of 344-81. In addition to King’s support, the NDAA also has been endorsed by the Iowa National Guard.
To watch Congressman King’s full remarks, either click the embedded image or clink the link here. If you would like to watch these Facebook Live events as they happen, you are invited to follow Congressman King on Facebook under the @SteveKingIA tag.
Congressman Steve King today introduced a resolution calling upon courts within the United Kingdom to allow Charles “Charlie” William Gard, and his mother, Constance Rhoda Kelly Yates, to seek innovative medical care in any country where such care may be available. Charlie Gard is a critically ill, eleven month old child whose parents want the opportunity to bring him to the United States so that he may receive an experimental treatment for his rare genetic condition. Charlie’s parents have raised over $1.6 million to pursue this treatment, and they have received invitations from specialists in the United States and Italy who believe they can assist Charlie.
“It will be a horrific affront to every parent’s innate right to care for their children if British courts refuse to allow Charlie Gard’s parents to pursue offered treatment for their son,” said King. “Congress should pass my resolution and take a firm stand for the rights of parents and for the life of little Charlie. British courts should not be allowed to subject an innocent, eleven month old child to the equivalent of a death sentence when hope for a cure exists, and when his parents wish to pursue it at their own expense. The world is watching this story unfold, and the British legal system is being judged harshly.”
King’s resolution reads as follows:
“IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. KING of Iowa submitted the following resolution;
Encouraging the courts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to allow Charles William Gard and Constance Rhoda Keely Yates to pursue innovative medical care for their son.
Whereas human life is sacred and deserving of care and preservation at all stages of development;
Whereas a baby is not a statistic to be managed but rather a life, to be supported in every way possible;
Whereas an experimental treatment exists in the United States that could prolong the life of Charles Matthew William Gard (‘‘Charlie’’);
Whereas a hospital in the United States has offered to admit Charlie for such treatment;
Whereas President Donald J. Trump, moved by Charlie’s struggle, has extended a hand of help to his parents from the United States; and
Whereas parents retain an inherent right to protect and provide for their children, and to seek out all resources and services available to secure life-saving treatments, wherever they may be found, for their children: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the courts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island and the European Court of Human Rights should allow Charles William Gard and Constance Rhoda Keely Yates to pursue innovative medical care for their son, Charles Matthew William Gard (‘‘Charlie’’ ), in any country where such care may be available, in order to give Charlie the chance to be cured in accordance with his parents’ wishes.”
In recent days, figures such as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Pope Francis have expressed their hope that the UK Courts respect the parents’ wishes. Charlie Gard’s parents are pursuing relief before Britain’s High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of London. To date, the British courts have sided with a determination made by London’s Great Ormond Hospital that the child should die, despite his parent’s desire to seek available treatment elsewhere at their own expense
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following photo and statement after meeting this afternoon with members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Representatives of the Iowa Farm Bureau were in Washington today to offer their perspective on legislative issues coming before Congress, including the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, the need for regulatory reform, and the importance of ensuring market access for Iowa’s agricultural products in international trade.
“It was a pleasure meeting with the Iowa Farm Bureau to discuss the reauthorization of the Farm Bill and other important priorities for Iowa agriculture,” said King. “Agriculture is the lifeblood of the 4th District, and I always appreciate receiving the input and insights that Iowa Farm Bureau members offer about how the actions we take in Washington affect them. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I will be taking an active role shaping the Farm Bill, and I appreciate having the opportunity to hear firsthand from those who have a stake in making sure Congress gets it right.”
Congressman King meets in his office with members of the Iowa Farm Bureau.
Communities throughout the 4th District were well represented in the meeting with Congressman King. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation members attending today’s meeting live in Everly, Westside, Schaller, Manson, Mason City, Grundy Center, Rock Valley and Moville.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) have jointly introduced important gun rights legislation that removes silencers and mufflers from federal regulation. The legislation is known as the “Silencers Help Us Save Hearing” Act of 2017 (SHUSH Act). If enacted, the SHUSH Act would remove suppressors from federal regulation, ensuring that they are treated the same as other gun accessories. As a result, the purchase of a suppressor would no longer be subjected to the costly and burdensome process required under current law.
“Allowing gun owners to purchase suppressors absent federal regulation is important not just because they have a Constitutional right to do so, but because there is no rationale behind treating suppressors differently than other firearm accessories,” said King. “While liberal elites and Hollywood have demonized suppressors as something that criminals use, in truth suppressors serve a safe and rational purpose for law abiding gun owners like any other accessory. Suppressors reduce muzzle blast and recoil, improving accuracy and allowing for more effective communication on shooting ranges, or on a hunt, ensuring better safety. They should be treated like other gun accessories.”
Senator Mike Lee offered the following comments upon the introduction of his Senate companion legislation: “Suppressors can make shooting safer for the millions of hunters and sportsmen that exercise their Constitutional right to use firearms every year. The current process for obtaining a suppressor is far too expensive and burdensome. Our bill would remove these unnecessary federal regulations and make it easier for firearms users to protect themselves.”
The King-Lee legislation has the strong support of the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), a Second Amendment advocacy group composed of over 4.5 million members. NAGR President Dudley Brown has indicated that this bill will be a priority item for his organization. “Rep. King and Sen. Lee are champions for gun rights, and their joint legislation displays their dedication to restoring the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans,” said Brown. “Most in Congress who support silencer freedom want full deregulation, and that’s exactly what King and Lee are doing with H.R. 3139 and S. 1505.”
In the House of Representatives, Congressman King’s legislation has been designated H.R. 3139. Senator Lee’s Senate companion bill is designated S. 1505. H.R. 3139 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and to the House Ways and Means Committee. Congressman King is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
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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.
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