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Baseline Budgeting

By Tom McClintock on April 8, 2014

Mr. Speaker:

Our Constitution assigns the principle responsibility over the public purse to the House of Representatives.  Under that Constitutional doctrine, a dollar can't be spent by this government unless the House says it gets spent.

Yet today, spending increasingly seems to be out of our hands - driven automatically by a variety of provisions and practices that thwart the very design of the Constitution.

Roughly 2/3 of our spending is for legal entitlements, over which we have lost any direct control in the appropriations process.  That's the big problem.   But there are other problems as well that this bill addresses.

2015 Budget

By Tom McClintock on April 8, 2014

Mr. Speaker:

In August of 2010, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs warned that the greatest threat to our national security was our national debt.  That was $4 trillion of debt ago. 

In fact, since Inauguration day, 2009, we have accumulated more total government debt than we had run up from the first day of the Washington Administration through the third year of the George W. Bush administration.

We were told this would jump-start the economy.  It hasn't.

HR 1874: Pro-Growth Budgeting Act

By admin on April 4, 2014

The question before the house is whether we are going to continue to ignore the economic consequences of the major actions we take - or start recognizing that incentives matter and that the legislation we pass has profound economic consequences that must be taken into account.

Why does Amsterdam have the narrowest houses on earth?  It is because they tax by street frontage.  Incentives matter.

What would happen to our revenue if we taxed all of a person's $100,000 income?  Static scoring upon which we currently depend says that we will raise $100,000.

An Urgent Appeal

By Tom McClintock on April 1, 2014

Dear Friend: 

Breitbart recently rang the alarm on a new tactic being tested in my district.  It is made possible by the new California primary rules - by manipulating the candidate field going into the June election, it is possible to produce an internecine Republican vs. Republican battle on the November ballot.  That's what is now going on in my district.

Will the Constitution Stand?

By admin on March 24, 2014

Speech given to the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association on March 21, 2014.

You've asked me to expand on remarks that I made on the House floor a few months ago, outlining what I believe is the overarching question of our generation.  It is a question that I believe transcends everything else we are dealing with in our country today and is integrally related to them.  That question is, "Will the American Constitution stand?"

When Lincoln made his way to Washington, the second night he stopped at Independence Hall in Philadelphia where he laid out his entire political philosophy with these words.  He said:

California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions

By Tom McClintock on March 19, 2014

House Natural Resources Committee
Fresno, California
March 19, 2014  

Mr. Chairman: 

Four years ago -- long before the current drought -- the Central Valley suffered from the deliberate diversion of 800,000 acre feet of water promised under the Bay Delta Accord.  Instead, it was dumped into the Pacific Ocean for the amusement of the Delta Smelt.   

This wanton act caused the loss of a quarter-million acres of the most productive farmland in America, it threw thousands of families into unemployment, and it devastated this region.  

Now, a natural drought has compounded the regulatory drought. 

FreedomWorks PAC Endorses Congressman Tom McClintock

By admin on March 13, 2014

FreedomWorks PAC has endorsed Congressman Tom McClintock's re-election in a strongly worded letter.  FreedomWorks PAC is a grassroots service center to millions of activists who are dedicated to fighting for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom in every Congressional district in America.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Congressman Tom McClintock

By admin on March 11, 2014

Today, Congressman Tom McClintock announced that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed his campaign for re-election to California's 4th Congressional District.

Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber said, "On behalf of the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, I am pleased to inform you that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Board of Director's has endorsed your candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives."

California Water: It’s the Storage

By Tom McClintock on February 27, 2014

Mr. Speaker:

Two weeks ago, President Obama visited the drought-stricken Central Valley of California.  He announced his administration's response: he wants to spend another billion dollars to study climate change.

Here's a bulletin to those who missed the Holocene Epoch.  The planet has been warming - on and off - since the last ice age, when glaciers covered much of North America.  The climate has been changing since the planet formed, often much more abruptly than it has in recent centuries. 

Committee Statement on HR 1192

By Tom McClintock on February 26, 2014

HR 1192 renames Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park in honor of Jesse Benton Freemont.  It comes to us from the National Parks Promotion Council with the support of the El Dorado County Historical Society and other local historians from throughout the region, to recognize this pioneer who played a significant role in the establishment of Yosemite National Park. The National Parks Promotion Council exists to promote the national parks as a premier tourist destination.

The testimony in support of HR 1192 makes the strong historical case for the bill, which I will not repeat.  I do want to address the administration's opposition to the bill.