Letter From Congress

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.

Blackburn: We Have a Moral Obligation to Protect Women and Babies from Dangerous Late-Term Abortions

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

Rep. Blackburn: "It is time the blight of late-term abortion was taken seriously by Senate Majority Leader Reid and time we learn where Senate Democrats stand in the fight to protect viable life."

Blackburn: We Have a Moral Obligation to Protect Women and Babies from Dangerous Late-Term Abortions

By the office of Congressman Marsha Blackburn

On the one-year anniversary of the House acting to protect women and babies from dangerous late-term abortions, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is calling on the Senate to take up and pass H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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].

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