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    Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye — Budget Deal Vote

    Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye By Congressman Tom McClintock The great irony of the Republican decision to bust the budget sequester is that barely two months ago, congressional roles were reversed.  The Democrats insisted on funding the government according to existing law.  The Republicans sought one simple change: that the individual insurance mandate under Obamacare be delayed for one year.  They were trying to spare | Read More »

    The Debt Crisis

    The Debt Crisis October 14, 2013 House floor remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) Mr. Speaker: The debt limit exists for a simple reason: to assure that public debt isn’t recklessly piled up without Congress periodically acknowledging it and addressing the spending patterns that are causing it.  If a debt limit increase is supposed to be automatic, as the President suggests, there really is no | Read More »

    Our Nation’s Wake Up Call

    Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) delivered the following remarks on the House floor regarding government seizing of phone and internet records: Our Nation’s Wake Up Call June 18, 2013 Mr. Speaker: In the early 1760’s the Royal Governor of Massachusetts began issuing “writs of assistance” as general warrants to search for contraband.  They empowered officials to search indiscriminately for evidence of smuggling. These warrants were challenged | Read More »

    An Appeal to a Higher Court

    In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” the House will once again take up the imperative of repealing it.   But the Supreme Court decision has much more dire implications for our nation and its cherished freedoms than merely affirming the government takeover of our health care.   In reaching its conclusion, the Court obliterated a fundamental distinction | Read More »

    Subsidizing Failure

    “But that’s still not a reason for taxpayers to foot the bill.  It’s a reason for the actual research and development to be paid for by the companies that will profit from this long-promised breakthrough, and if they’re not willing to finance it with their own money, we have no business forcing our constituents to finance them with theirs” — Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), House | Read More »

    IRS Harassment of Tea Party Groups

    IRS Harassment of Tea Party Groups Remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock House Chamber, Washington D.C. April 17, 2012 Mr. Speaker: A defining aspect of the American tradition is that groups of citizens band together for a wide variety of civic purposes.  They recruit volunteers, raise funds and spend those funds to promote whatever project or cause brings them together. For more than a century, our | Read More »

    Cracking Freedom’s Foundation

    Cracking Freedom’s Foundation House Chamber, Washington, D.C. December 14, 2011 Remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) Mr. Speaker: I rise in opposition to Section 1021 of the underlying Conference Report (H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act).  This section specifically affirms that the President has the authority to deny due process to any American it charges with “substantially supporting al Qaeda, the Taliban or any | Read More »

    Putting Freedom Back to Work

    House Chamber, Washington, D.C. October 26, 2011 M. Speaker: The government’s continuing failure to address our nation’s gut-wrenching unemployment stems from a fundamental disagreement over how jobs are created in the first place.   We are now in the third year of policies predicated on the assumption that government spending creates jobs.  We have squandered three years and trillions of dollars of the nation’s wealth on | Read More »

    In Opposition to Klamath Dam Removal

    House Floor Remarks Congressman Tom McClintock September 22, 2011   Mr. Speaker:   This generation is facing spiraling electricity prices and increasingly scarce supplies.  Californians have had to cut back to the point that their per capita electricity consumption is now lower than that of Guam, Luxembourg and Aruba.  What is the administration’s solution? Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday that the administration is moving | Read More »

    Libya – Constitutional Crisis with Immense Implications

    House Floor remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) in support of the Amash/ Kucinich Amendment to HR 2219 to deny authorization for the use of funds for the war in Libya    Mr. Chairman: For more than three months, our nation has been amidst a quiet constitutional crisis that carries immense implications.  The Gentleman from Florida is sadly mistaken to dismiss this as a meaningless philosophical | Read More »