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Rep. McClintock Earns the Highest Score in the House from the National Taxpayers Union

By admin on September 18, 2014

For the second year in a row, Rep. Tom McClintock received the highest score in the House of Representatives from the National Taxpayers Union, for his votes in the 113th Congress. NTU also named Rep. McClintock a "Taxpayers' Friend."

NTU’s annual Rating sets the standard for fiscal scorecards by not simplistically focusing on only a handful of equally weighted “key votes”, but on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy – appropriation, authorization, and tax bills; budget target resolutions; amendments; and certain regulatory or procedural votes that could affect overburdened taxpayers.

Lake Tahoe Summit

By Tom McClintock on August 19, 2014

I want to thank Senator Feinstein for hosting this year’s summit and for directing its attention to the threat of catastrophic wildfire, the greatest natural threat facing the Lake Tahoe region.  It utterly destroys forests and their habitats; it makes a mockery of all of our air and water quality laws; it threatens life and property throughout our mountain communities.  It consumes vast resources to fight and it depresses tourism and the local economy that depends on it.

In recent years, our forests have been devastated by a dramatic increase in wildfires, as well as pestilence and disease. 

In Defense of Israel

By Tom McClintock on July 30, 2014

Mr. Speaker:

We are watching the rise of Islamic fascism on a scale unprecedented in modern times.  It may be wrapped in different symbols and trace its genealogy through a different line, but at its core, it is fascism.  Listen to its virulent anti-Semitism, the explicit promise of genocide, the utter rejection – indeed, disdain – for fundamental principles of democracy, justice and human rights.  There can be no doubt what is happening.

European fascism might have consumed all of Europe except for one gritty holdout – for more than a year, Great Britain stood in the breach.  Had it fallen, the consequences would have been unthinkable.
   

The Border Crisis

By Tom McClintock on July 25, 2014

Mr. Speaker:

Wherever I go, people express a growing anger over the illegal immigration that is overwhelming our southern border.  People ask me:

•    “How can we talk about securing the border in the Ukraine or Iraq while our own border is wide open?” 
•    “How can we talk about supporting the population of Central America when we’re $18 trillion in debt?” 
•    “How can we talk about giving jobs to millions of illegal immigrants when fewer Americans are working today than when the so-called recovery began?” 
•    “If the federal government can’t defend our own border, what good is it?”

Mr. Speaker, I cannot answer them.

Ending Energy Subsidies

By Tom McClintock on July 10, 2014

Mr. Chairman:

This amendment requires energy companies of all kinds to fund their own research and development programs rather than continuing to require taxpayers to subsidize their activity to the tune of $3.1 billion.

If we are serious about an all-of-the-above energy policy, we have to stop using taxpayer money to pick winners and losers in the energy industry and require every energy technology and every energy company to compete on its own merits.

For too long we’ve suffered from the conceit that politicians can make better energy investments with taxpayer money than investors can with their own money.  It is this conceit that has produced a long line of scandals best illustrated by the Solyndra fiasco.

Yosemite Sesquicentennial Celebration

By admin on June 30, 2014

I want to thank all of you who have worked so long and hard to make this sesquicentennial celebration of the original Yosemite Grant Act so moving. 

The earliest description of this valley comes to us from Dr. Lafayette Bunnell, a member of the Mariposa Battalion that pursued a band of Ahwaneechies into the valley in 1851.  

Korean War Memorial

By Tom McClintock on June 28, 2014

They call the Korean War America's forgotten war.  It must never be forgotten, and all of you who are here today, and all those who made this memorial possible, assure that it will never be forgotten.

It was 64 years ago this past Wednesday that the North Korea dictatorship, supported by the communist governments of the Soviet Union and China, launched a massive attack upon the South.  Thus began the Korean War.  

Three years later, 54,000 American soldiers had been killed in action; 103,000 American soldiers had been wounded in combat - this was a war that was vastly more costly that our recent wars in the Middle East.    

Statement of Chairman Tom McClintock Before the House Subcommittee on Water and Power Oversight Hearing

By admin on June 24, 2014

The Subcommittee meets today in response to urgent protests made by a wide range of state and local governments, farmers, ranchers, public land users and private land owners in response to threatened action by the EPA and the Forest Service to vastly expand their authority over water use at the expense of long established state jurisdictions, rights and prerogatives and in direct violation of the constitutional separation of powers.

This Subcommittee met two years ago to discuss how the Forest Service planned to extort ski areas of their water rights in exchange for operating permits. The House passed a bill to remedy that.

Amendment Forbidding Defense Dollars Being Spent on "Green Energy" Mandates Adopted

By Tom McClintock on June 19, 2014

Mr. Chairman:

The amendment before the House forbids Defense dollars from being spent to fund two executive orders and several other provisions of law that require the military to squander billions of dollars on so-called "Green Energy."

For example, according to the GAO, the Navy has spent as much as $150 per gallon for jet fuel. In 2012, the Navy purchased 450,000 of biofuel for its so-called "Green Fleet," at the cost of $26.60 per gallon, at a time when conventional petroleum fuel cost just $2.50.

What taxpayer in his right mind would pay $26 per gallon to fill up his car when next door they're selling it for $2.50?    

Thank you for the tremendous victory in the primary

By admin on June 9, 2014

Memorandum

To: Interested Parties

Fr: Chris Baker, General Consultant to McClintock for Congress

Re: Moore is Less

Date: June 6, 2014