Letter From Congress

Dr. Benishek Works to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking

on Monday, 28 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Benishek: "Child trafficking has become a real problem in the United States, we need to stand up and acknowledge that victims of these despicable acts can be found in even the smallest communities."

Dr. Benishek Works to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking

By the office of Congressman Dan Benishek

Today[July 25, 2014], Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) voiced his support of strengthening the response to and prevention of child trafficking. Several bills passed on the House floor this week that will increase prevention efforts and strengthen responses to trafficking, as well as provide care for victims of these horrible acts.

Blackburn Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans from Obama’s Lawless Border Policies

on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Blackburn: "This false hope created by the Obama Administration is putting children’s lives in danger as they are escorted by individuals who have been known to abuse these children during their journey and even leave some for dead."

Blackburn Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans from Obama’s Lawless Border Policies

By the office of Congressman Marsha Blackburn

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today[July 22, 2014] introduced a bill to prevent the continuation or expansion of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Blackburn’s legislation will serve as the House companion to a bill recently introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Senator Johnson Responds to Today’s Court Decision

on Tuesday, 22 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Sen. Johnson: "Americans increasingly — and correctly — believe that their government in Washington is out of control, out of touch and lawless. By its decision today, the court has chosen not to address the important constitutional issues at hand."

Senator Johnson Responds to Today’s Court Decision

By the office of Senator Ron Johnson

Today[July 21, 2014], the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin issued a decision denying Sen. Ron Johnson legal standing before the district court. This means that Senator Johnson will not be allowed to present the merits of his case against the Obama administration’s actions that provided special treatment to members of Congress and their staffs, unless the decision is overturned on appeal. Senator Johnson made these remarks:

Rohrabacher: Allergan Takeover Not in Americans’ Interest

on Monday, 21 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Rohrabacher: "We have to protect companies committing resources to research and development from being targets for foreign takeover bids that cost American jobs and American industries."

Rohrabacher: Allergan Takeover Not in Americans’ Interest

By the office of Dana Rohrabacher

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Thursday said that a possible takeover of Allergan Inc. by a Canadian pharmaceutical firm will deprive Americans of future medical alternatives. The congressman called into question the hostile takeover attempt in a hearing the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology.

Wyden Submits Net Neutrality Comments to FCC, Calls for Reclassification of Broadband

on Thursday, 17 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Senator Wyden: "The answer is to preserve an open Internet by classifying today’s Internet as what it is -- a telecommunications service. This does not mean over-regulating the Internet."

Wyden Submits Net Neutrality Comments to FCC, Calls for Reclassification of Broadband

By the office of Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Federal Communications Commission to preserve free and open competition on the Internet, in comments filed today. In his submission, Wyden called for the commission to do that by reclassifying broadband providers as Title II common carriers, enforcing rules to ban paid prioritization and ensuring more transparency for consumers.

Rep. Gosar Passes 3 Amendments Targeting $400 Million in Wasteful Spending

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Gosar: "The IRS is guilty of targeting innocent Americans, now... I am targeting them."

Rep. Gosar Passes 3 Amendments Targeting $400 Million in Wasteful Spending

By the office of Congressman Paul A. Gosar

Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House passed 3 of his amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015:

Daines Introduces Bill to Stop Over-regulation of Legal Ivory

on Monday, 14 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Daines: "Given the limited resources of Fish and Wildlife Services and the enormous poaching problem in Africa, is confiscating bows from the Budapest Orchestra really the best use of taxpayer dollars?"

Daines Introduces Bill to Stop Over-regulation of Legal Ivory

By the office of Congressman Steve Daines

Representative Steve Daines and Representative Jeff Miller (FL-01) announced legislation today to stop the Obama administration’s over-regulation of legal ivory that is often found in antique firearms, musical instruments and other family heirlooms and antiques often sought by collectors.

Stockman Files Motion Ordering The Arrest of Lois Lerner

on Friday, 11 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Stockman: "How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked? It is up to this House to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President."

Stockman Files Motion Ordering The Arrest of Lois Lerner

By Congressman Steve Stockman

Congressman Steve Stockman Thursday filed a resolution directing the House Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest former IRS Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress.

Smith: Not a Funding Problem, an Enforcement Problem

on Wednesday, 09 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Smith: "I’d be happy to give the President $3.7 billion to secure the border if I thought he’d actually do it. But time and again President Obama has shown that he cares more about the interests of illegal immigrants than of law abiding citizens."

Smith: Not a Funding Problem, an Enforcement Problem

By the office of Congressman Lamar Smith

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion additional taxpayer dollars for immigration efforts.

Jones Blasts Obama for Causing Border Crisis

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Jones: “The president has all but invited the flood of illegal immigrants across our borders.”

Jones Blasts Obama for Causing Border Crisis

By the office of Congressman Walter B. Jones

Today[July 7, 2014], Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce U.S. immigration laws, which has resulted in a 40 percent decrease in interior removals and incentivized illegal border crossings, particularly for children:

Common Core: A Big Government Assault on K-12 Education

on Monday, 07 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Stockman: "All of this is a great affront on our nation’s children, who should not be forcibly spoon-fed politicized education so bureaucrats can gleefully receive more federal funds."

Common Core: A Big Government Assault on K-12 Education

By Congressman Steve Stockman

There’s something rotten in America, and it’s called Common Core. This new approach to educating children in our country is a top-down, rotten-to-the-core set of educational standards that is being imposed on states through federal bribery.

Congressman Bridenstine Denied Access to UAC Housing at Ft. Sill

on Wednesday, 02 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Bridenstine: "There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held."

Congressman Bridenstine Denied Access to UAC Housing at Ft. Sill

By the office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK) was denied access yesterday to the HHS facility at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma currently housing up to 1,200 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who illegally crossed the southern border into the United States.

Wyden Releases Details of Backdoor Searches of Americans’ Communications

on Tuesday, 01 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Sen. Wyden: "The findings transmitted to me raise questions about whether the FBI is exercising any internal controls over the use of backdoor searches including who and how many government employees can access the personal data of individual Americans."

Wyden Releases Details of Backdoor Searches of Americans’ Communications

By the office of Senator Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement in response to a letter provided by the Office of Director of National Intelligence, which details the number of backdoor searches performed by U.S. intelligence agencies. As this response makes clear, intelligence agencies are searching through communications collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – an authority that Congress intended to be used to target foreigners – and are deliberately conducting warrantless searches for the communications of individual Americans.

Congressman Poe Speaks on the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act

on Wednesday, 25 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Poe: "Technically, the United States can export natural gas, but the approval process is slow as molasses. It is the government. The government takes too long to make a decision, and the Department of Energy wraps companies in red tape."

Congressman Poe Speaks on the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act

By Congressman Ted Poe

Mr. Chairman, 5 years ago, companies were building terminals to import natural gas at the cost of billions of dollars because analysts agreed that the United States economy was going to need natural gas from overseas. Today that scenario has flipped on its head, and import terminals are dormant. The Department of Energy has 19 applications waiting to get permission to export U.S. natural gas.

Obstruction at the IRS

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Sensenbrenner: "That thousands of emails simply vanished into thin air at the exact time of a congressional inquiry is as believable as a unicorn sighting in...Wisconsin. It is ludicrous and, frankly, insulting to Congress and the American people."

Obstruction at the IRS

By Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner

Beginning in March 2010, the IRS blatantly singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Such political discrimination of lawful organizations is the mark of oppressive dictatorships, not of the most successful democracy in world history.

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