Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

Iowa Congressional Delegation Asks Committee Leaders to Keep Iowa Items in Final Water Bill

2016/09/30

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Steve King, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Dave Loebsack, Rep. Rod Blum, and Rep. David Young are asking the top House and Senate committee leaders to retain Iowa projects in the final version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 for potential congressional consideration later this fall. 

The Iowa projects are:            

Cedar River, Cedar Rapids.  The language calls for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the completion of the authorized project for flood damage reduction and flood risk management.

Cedar Rapids endured a 500-year flood in 2008 and worked with the Corps of Engineers to develop a project to address that flood risk.  Congress authorized the project in the Water Resources and Reform Act of 2014.  To date, no construction funds for this project have been budgeted.  This provision clearly shows the intent of Congress for this project to be a priority at the Corps of Engineers.  This provision was included in both the Senate and House versions of the bill.

Corps levees that affect community-owned levees.  The bill language says that where federally owned and operated levees increase flood risk and compromise the accreditation of community-owned local flood protection systems, it shall be the policy of the Corps of Engineers to act expeditiously with actions required to authorize, fund, identify, and implement improvements to reduce and negate negative impacts to community-owned flood protection system accreditation.

Des Moines’s DM-I levee is hydraulically connected to the Red Rock Reservoir Remedial Works – Southeast Des Moines/Southwest Pleasant Hill Remedial Works (SEDM) Levee.  The SEDM levee is primarily operated and maintained by the Corps of Engineers Red Rock Project Office.  FEMA considers the DM-I and SEDM levees as part of the same system of flood control so it is required that SEDM be accredited in order for DM-I to be accredited.  This provision instructs the Corps of Engineers to act expeditiously with all actions that impacts Des Moines’ flood protection system accreditation.  This provision was included in the House version of the bill. 

Dubuque.  The bill language calls for a study to determine the feasibility of modifying the flood protection system to increase the level of flood protection and reduce flood damages.

Dubuque is actively working on addressing all of its flood protection needs.  This study will assist Dubuque’s efforts by determining if additional protection or modifications are needed along the Mississippi River.  This provision was included in both the Senate and House versions of the bill.

A Government Accountability Office study on the Corps of Engineers’ methodology and performance metrics used to calculate benefit-cost ratios and evaluate construction projects.

There are concerns with projects in Iowa, such as in Cedar Rapids, and across the country regarding the methodology used to calculate benefit-cost ratios during the feasibility study portion of construction projects.  This ratio is used by the Office of Management and Budget to prioritize projects.  This study will review the methodology and performance metrics used to calculate the benefit-cost ratios used by the Corps of Engineers. This provision was included in both the Senate and House versions of the bill. 

Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers Comprehensive Flood Risk Management.  The bill language calls for a study of the levees along the upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers on a system-wide basis, to evaluate the flood damage risks on a system-wide rather than local basis, and justify projects on that basis.

This review was recommended by the Corps of Engineers in a 2008 study and by the Secretary of the Army in a 2009 letter to Congress to address the fact that a rehabilitation of a levee at a single location often cannot be cost-justified but each location is an integral part of a levee system that provides essential flood protection benefits. This provision was included in the Senate version of the bill. 

The delegation letter to the leaders of the relevant committee leaders is available here.  The text follows. 

 

September 29, 2016

The Honorable James Inhofe                                      The Honorable Bill Shuster

Chairman                                                                     Chairman

Senate Committee on Environment &                        House Committee on Transportation &

            Public Works                                                               Infrastructure

Dirksen 410                                                                 Rayburn 2251

Washington DC 20510                                               Washington DC 20515

The Honorable Barbara Boxer                                    The Honorable Peter DeFazio

Ranking Member                                                        Ranking Member

Senate Committee on Environment &                        House Committee on Transportation &

            Public Works                                                               Infrastructure

Dirksen 410                                                                 Rayburn 2251

Washington DC 20510                                               Washington DC 20515

Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members:

We respectfully request the following provisions be retained in the final version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. 

Cedar River, Cedar Rapids.  The Corps of Engineers shall expedite the completion of the authorized project for flood damage reduction and flood risk management.        

Corps Levees that Affect Community Owned Levees.  Where federally owned and operated levees increase flood risk and compromise the accreditation of community-owned local flood protection systems, it shall be the policy of the Corps of Engineers to act expeditiously with actions required to authorize, fund, identify, and implement improvements to reduce and negate negative impacts to community-owned flood protection system accreditation.

Dubuque.  Study to determine the feasibility of modifying the flood protection system to increase the level of flood protection and reduce flood damages.

Government Accountability Office study on the Corps of Engineers’ methodology and performance metrics used to calculate benefit-cost ratios and evaluate construction projects.

Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers Comprehensive Flood Risk Management. Study of the levees along the upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers on a system-wide basis, to evaluate the flood damage risks on a system-wide rather than local basis, and justify projects on that basis.

Thank you for your time and attention to these important provisions for Iowa.

Sincerely,

 

            _________________________                                  _________________________

                  Senator Chuck Grassley                                                  Senator Joni K. Ernst

               

            _________________________                                  _________________________

               Representative Steve King                                      Representative David Loebsack        

           

            _________________________                                  _________________________

                 Representative Rod Blum                                         Representative David Young

 

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King Introduces Substitute Conservative CR

2016/09/28

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after submitting his substitute conservative Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J. RES. 99, that would set the discretionary budgetary level at $1.04 trillion, and will include defunding fourteen of President Obama’s unconstitutional major policies and programs:

“It is the obligation of Congress to restore its Article I Constitutional authority by ultimately working towards balancing the budget,” said King. “As a result of Congress failing to make any progress in that direction, I have introduced a substitute conservative CR that would set the discretionary budget at the $1.04 trillion level, fulfilling the promise Congress made to the American people in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and making a nearly $30 billion annual savings from the current level. It would also eradicate the fourteen following provisions:

1.Defund President Obama’s amnesty programs for illegal aliens; specifically: DACA, DAPA, and the Morton memos.

2.Defund Obamacare.

3.Defund the President’s attempt to bring refugees into the U.S.

4.Defund the President’s agency guidance dealing with trans-gender bathrooms in schools.

5.Defund the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule.

6.Defund EPA’s new WOTUS definition.

7.Defund the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule.

8.Defund the Clean Power Plan Rule.

9.Block any federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood.

10.Defund the President’s Iran Nuclear Deal.

11.Defund any and all executive action that upholds policy products of the COP21 Conference agreement.

12.Defund executive enforcement of the Obergefell Supreme Court decision.

13.Defund Dodd-Frank in its entirety.

14.Defund internet domain transfer.

Running through February 2017, this CR would defund wasteful and unconstitutional spending while supporting and defending Congress’s Constitutional authority. It is time Congress fulfilled the promises we all made to our constituents in 2014. Right now, the future of our nation and the future of the next generation hangs in the balance. Instead of kicking the can down the road by passing a clean CR, we are situated to actually fight to defund these items, fight for our budget, and fight for the American people.”

Original Co-Sponsors:


Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX-36]

Rep. Mo Brooks [R-AL-05]

Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX-01]

Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ-04]

Rep. Andy Harris [R-MD-01]

Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA-10]

Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R-KS-01]

Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA-01]

Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC-09]

Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL-03]

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

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King Comments on Iowa Flooding

2016/09/26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the serious flooding in Iowa:

“Iowans have been impacted by severe flooding, in some areas above 2008 levels,” said King. “I recall the epic 2008 flood and the way neighbor helped neighbor throughout much of the same area. Iowans are lifting each other out of the water and muck again, setting the standard. I have been reviewing flood damage in the communities impacted including Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene and Charles City today and hearing from those affected, emergency workers, and volunteers. My staff has also been out sandbagging and helping in whatever way necessary. My prayers are with all who are being tested – Iowans will rebuild and my staff and I are here to help in anyway that we can.”

To stay up to date in real time please visit my Facebook page.

More important information below:

Be Informed/Know the Danger:

Keep track of severe weather and flood forecasts, and take them seriously.  To do that: 

  •   Monitor newspaper, radio and TV reports of current and predicted weather conditions; 
  •   Keep a NOAA Weather radio turned on and charged up to get alerts around the clock;
  •   Set mobile devices to alert with the latest weather information.  Make it easy by downloading and using a free FEMA app, which provides real-time weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations anywhere in Iowa or the nation.  The app also provides valuable safety tips to help families prepare for, and recover from, more than 20 natural and man-made hazards, including how to make a family communication plans, a customizable checklist of emergency supplies and maps of open shelters and disaster recovery centers. The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Plan for the Worst: 

Severe weather can strike suddenly so have a plan to stay safe and take life-saving action if needed. The plan should include: 

  •   Actions to take if it’s necessary to shelter-in-place;
  •   Where each person/pet will go to get out of danger;   
  •   How each person/pet will get to a place of safety;
  •   How family and friends will communicate with one another if evacuation to or from different locations becomes necessary.

For more information on creating an emergency plan, visit www.Ready.gov or www.beready.iowa.gov.

Be Ready:

  •   Gather essential items in one place if evacuation is needed. Those should include:
    •    Wallets, purses, car/house keys, eyeglasses, cash, credit cards;
    •    Medicine and basic first-aid supplies;
    •    Daily living supplies for infants/young children, family members who are elderly or have access and functional needs, and pets;
    •    Important information such as numbers for bank accounts, insurance policies (health, auto and property) and credit cards; 
    •    Important phone numbers of relatives, employers, schools and medical professionals such as pharmacies, physicians and veterinarians;  
    •    Chargers for mobile devices;  
    •    One or more changes of clothes. Include long pants, socks, boots and/or sturdy shoes;
    •    Bottled water and high-protein, non-perishable food such as a peanut butter, tuna and nuts.
  •   Talk through the emergency plan with all family members so that everyone knows what to do.

If there is time, consider making a more complete emergency supply kit for homes and cars.  To learn how, visitwww.Ready.gov or www.beready.iowa.gov.

Know What to Do:

  •   Understand severe weather terms and know what to do for each.  

o    Watch means a specific type of threat (flooding, tornadoes) could be forming; 

o    Warning means take action. Life/property threatening conditions are occurring or imminent.

  •   Heed emergency instructions.  If told to evacuate, go immediately!
  •   Move immediately to higher ground if flash flooding is possible. Don’t wait to be told. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOOD WATER, even if you know the road. Turn around, don’t drown!
  •   Abandon mobile homes. They offer little to no protection, even if tied down.
  •   Don’t touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards, downed lines and gas leaks to the police and utility companies.
  •   Don’t re-enter damaged structures without first checking to see if they are safe.

Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Find regional updates from FEMA Region VII at www.twitter.com/femaregion7. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities atwww.twitter.com/craigatfema.  The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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King Introduces “Choices in Education Act”

2016/09/22

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing H.R. 6119, the Choices in Education Act of 2016. This bill would both promote and protect school choice by ensuring States the ability to carry out their education voucher program and by giving parents the ability to choose the best form of education for their children.                        

“As the spouse of a former Iowa teacher, I understand that it’s the right thing for our children to take their education decision out of the hands of the federal government and put it back in the hands of parents who know how best to meet the educational needs of their students,” said King. “The Choices in Education Act does just that by repealing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and therefore, limiting the authority of the Secretary of Education. This bill will ensure that the Secretary is properly making payments to the States regarding voucher programs and that the States are complying with school choice requirements.

To receive a grant or voucher under my legislation, the State must ensure that the funds would be distributed appropriately on a per pupil basis. Additionally and most importantly, this bill makes it lawful for the parent to make the ultimate decision between public, private or home-school education for their children. This form of school choice will result in parents being able to send their children to safer, better schools by taking Federal dollars from failing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Common Core programs and giving families direct control over important educational decisions. This is an opportunity to work for the well-being of our country by reclaiming our culture. This bill puts competition back into our K-12 schools. The result will be better, more effective schools, public or private.

Finally, this legislation also includes my previously introduced bill - the No Hungry Kids Act which would repeal the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new standards that have left children across the nation hungry during the school day because of calorie rationing.  The original goal of the school lunch program was – and is – to ensure students receive enough nutrition to be healthy and to learn. The misguided nanny state, as advanced by Michelle Obama's ‘Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act’ and interpreted by Secretary Vilsack, forces every child on a diet because some kids are overweight. This act replaces those standards, prohibits the USDA's upper caloric limits, and protects the right of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice. Schools must be serving our students as much nutritious food as they need, so that our students can grow, learn and excel, in school and out of school – in the classroom and on the playing field.”

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

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King Questions IRS Commissioner Koskinen During Impeachment Hearing

2016/09/21

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following questioning of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during this morning’s House Judiciary Committee’s “Hearing on the Impeachment Articles Referred on John Koskinen, Part III.”

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

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King Calls Upon Secretary of Homeland Security to Denounce Muslim Brotherhood

2016/09/07

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after he, Representative Randy Weber and Representative Louie Gohmert sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, The Honorable Jeh Johnson, calling on him to publically renounce the Muslim Brotherhood and any further dealings with organizations like the Islamic Society of North America.

“It is appalling to know that the Secretary of Homeland Security for the Unites States, Jeh Johnson, appeared last Sunday before the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest Muslim Brotherhood front in our country today,” said King. “The Brotherhood has been more than vocal about their intent in America: ‘destroying Western Civilization from within.’ Furthermore, ISNA has been identified as the first of 29 groups the Brotherhood has openly referred to as ‘our organizations and organizations of our friends.’

The letter to Secretary Johnson states, ‘Congress and the American people are increasingly seized with the danger posed by this sort of “civilization jihad” in our country. As evidence of the American people’s concern for the threat posed by the Muslim Brotherhood, H.R. 3892, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015, has 64 bipartisan cosponsors and was favorably reported out of the House Judiciary Committee this past February….It is astounding that the individual principally charged with defending the homeland would legitimize, let alone pander to, an organization or its proxy that poses a threat to our constitutional republic and its people.’

Therefore, I have called upon Secretary Johnson to publicly renounce the Muslim Brotherhood and suspend any further dealings with the Islamic Society of North America.”

Click here to read the full letter. 

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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:


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

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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.

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

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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