Letter From Congress

Jones Votes to Disallow Funds For Warrantless Government Spying

on Monday, 23 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Jones: "We must demand accountability from a government that has broken the trust of the American people and shown a blatant disregard for their freedom."

Jones Votes to Disallow Funds For Warrantless Government Spying

By the office of Congressman Walter B. Jones

Last night, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted in favor of a provision to rein in the government’s unlawful spying on U.S. citizens. The proposal, which passed the House of Representatives as an amendment to this year’s defense appropriations bill, would prohibit the use of funds for the warrantless surveillance of American citizens’ communications. It would also prevent funds from being used by the government to require or request that any company “alter its product or service to permit the electronic surveillance of any user of said product or service.”

In Letter to President, Barletta Questions FEMA’s Role in Border Crises

on Wednesday, 18 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Barletta: "Our agents should not be babysitters. They should be doing the job they are trained to do-- protect our borders. Asking them to do otherwise is an operational flaw."

In Letter to President, Barletta Questions FEMA’s Role in Border Crises

By the office of Congressman Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today[June 16, 2014] sent a letter to President Obama asking for an explanation of the administration’s plan to place the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in charge of the government’s response to the surge in unaccompanied children at the U.S. border with Mexico. Barletta wrote the letter in his role as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, which oversees FEMA.

Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Johnson Lawsuit on July 7

on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Senator Johnson: "I am pleased that the court has recognized that this case presents significant legal issues and important constitutional questions."

Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Johnson Lawsuit on July 7

By the office of Senator Ron Johnson

Sen. Johnson made these comments on Judge William Griesbach’s decision to schedule oral arguments in Johnson v. OPM:

Coats: What Obama Could Learn From Germany's Failed Experiment With Green Energy

on Monday, 09 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Senator Coats: "President Obama often has seen elements of European socialism as something he would like to impose on Americans. This is one time when he should learn from European mistakes."

Coats: What Obama Could Learn From Germany's Failed Experiment With Green Energy

By Senator Dan Coats

As the Obama administration announced a sweeping new rule for coal-fired power plants on Monday, my mind immediately turned to our friends in Western Europe.

Wyden Statement at Intelligence Committee Hearing: Why Hasn’t The Executive Branch Stopped Vacuuming Up Americans’ Phone Records?

on Friday, 06 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Senator Wyden: "The director admitted to me in a letter that these warrantless searches are taking place. And I’m going the next step, and saying, ‘How many of them?’ When will I get a letter telling me how many of them have taken place?"

Wyden Statement at Intelligence Committee Hearing: Why Hasn’t The Executive Branch Stopped Vacuuming Up Americans’ Phone Records?

By the office of Senator Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., emphasized the need to pass a true reform bill that guarantees the end of overreaching mass surveillance programs, and asked why the executive branch hasn’t ended unnecessary and intrusive collection of American’s records, during a rare open session of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today[June 5, 2014].

Roby: Taliban Transfer Puts Americans at Risk

on Thursday, 05 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Roby: "Today our soldiers fighting in Afghanistan are in greater danger because of an ill-advised, secret deal brokered by the Secretary of Defense and the President to release Taliban combatants."

Roby: Taliban Transfer Puts Americans at Risk

By the office of U.S. Representative Martha

The Obama Administration's decision to release five “mid- to high-level officials from the Taliban regime” in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl endangers deployed military personnel and threatens national security, U.S. Representative Martha Roby said today[June 3, 2014].

Boozman Statement on Proposed Carbon Emissions Plan

on Monday, 02 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Senator Boozman: "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce predicts that the President’s plan will shrink the economy by at least $51 billion and destroy more than 200,000 jobs each year between now and 2030."

Boozman Statement on Proposed Carbon Emissions Plan

By the office of U.S. Senator John Boozman

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s war on affordable energy:

The House’s Historic Vote to End Bulk Collection

on Sunday, 01 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Sensenbrenner: "The days of the NSA indiscriminately vacuuming up innocent Americans’ communications are over. Most importantly...if the government again violates our trust, Congress and the public will know about it."

The House’s Historic Vote to End Bulk Collection

By Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the USA FREEDOM Act by a vote of 303-121. It was the culmination of nearly a year of hard work to restore trust in our intelligence community and bring much-needed reform to our government’s surveillance authorities.

Jones Votes Against Bill That Permits Unnecessary Government Spying

on Thursday, 29 May 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Jones: "Unfortunately, what started as a bill aimed at protecting the American people will now only serve to further erode our right to privacy."

Jones Votes Against Bill That Permits Unnecessary Government Spying

By the office of Congressman Walter B. Jones

Last week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against legislation that would allow the federal government to continue violating the privacy of American citizens through unnecessary spying. The USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) was originally introduced as a bill to rein in the National Security Agency (NSA), but multiple revisions resulted in the inclusion of language that actually legalizes the government’s mass collection of information. 

Roby: Obama Should Fire VA Secretary

on Monday, 26 May 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Roby: "We know there is increased demand, so why not utilize this existing Patient Centered Community Care program to contract out services to local providers and get veteran patients the care they need."

Roby: Obama Should Fire VA Secretary

By the office of  U.S. Representative Martha Roby

President Obama should fire Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and make it clear mismanagement of our veterans healthcare system truly won't be tolerated, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) said today[May 22, 2014].

Stockman Slams Justice Department Scheme to Stamp Out Businesses Obama Disagrees With

on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Stockman: "Unable to pass gun control in Congress Obama is seeking to stamp out gun ownership through the kind of threats and harassment you’d expect from Third World dictators or Mafia bosses."

Stockman Slams Justice Department Scheme to Stamp Out Businesses Obama Disagrees With

By the office of Congressman Steve Stockman

Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) demanded the Obama administration suspend the Justice Department’s “Operation Choke Point,” in which government agents are pressuring banks to close the accounts of legal and law-abiding businesses engaged in commerce contrary to the political views of Barack Obama.

Rep. Gosar On VA Resignation: "That Don't Impress Me Much"

on Sunday, 18 May 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Gosar: "This looks like a classic scapegoat show resignation. And that don't impress me much."

Rep. Gosar On VA Resignation:

By the office of Congressman Paul A. Gosar

Today[May 16, 2014], U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) issued the following statement after learning of the resignation of Robert Petzel, Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill To Stop Congress From Flying First Class Using Taxpayer Funds

on Monday, 12 May 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Gosar: "At a time of massive deficits and with a national debt in excess of $17 trillion, members of Congress should not be using taxpayers' hard-earned money to buy luxury airline seats."

Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill To Stop Congress From Flying First Class Using Taxpayer Funds

By the office of Congressman Paul A. Gosar

Today[May 9, 2014], U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) and three of his colleagues in the House of Representatives - Reps. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Walter Jones (NC-03) and John Barrow (GA-12) - introduced the If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then so Should Congress Act (H.R. 4632), which would prohibit members of Congress from flying first class using taxpayer funds. The four original co-sponsors released the following statements after the bill was introduced:

Poe Responds to IRS Targeting Scandal

on Thursday, 08 May 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Poe: "Treating law-abiding Americans like criminals for their beliefs violates every principle this nation was founded on."

Poe Responds to IRS Targeting Scandal

By the office of Congressman Ted Poe

Today[May 7, 2014], Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of H.Res 565 and H.Res574. Both resolutions passed the House with Congressman Poe’s support.

Oversight Requires Truthful Testimony

on Monday, 05 May 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Sensenbrenner: "Once again, the Administration that promised to be the most transparent in history has fallen short. It has hidden monumental Fourth Amendment abuses behind the veil of national security."

Oversight Requires Truthful Testimony

By Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner

The separation of powers—reinforced through checks and balances—is a bedrock principle of our political system. It limits overreach by the executive branch and prevents the over-centralization of power. The primary mechanism of the legislative branch to thwart executive branch overreach is congressional oversight.

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