More on Congressional Issues
Launch of the Congressional Algae Caucus (10-23-13)
FOUNDED: October 23rd, 2013
This week the House took action to establish a budget for the United States. Such an action shouldn’t be cause for celebration, but with the Senate’s refusal to take up spending bills over the last 6 years, the fact that we are once again being responsible with our nation’s finances is suddenly noteworthy.
This week the House addressed the need for sunlight and transparency in the federal rulemaking process. In order to create high-quality rules, federal agencies must be required to use data that is publicly available. Moreover, those interpreting that data must be vetted and qualified before assuming their post.
This week the House voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of this fiscal year. While many have applauded this vote, I feel it has endangered our Constitution—subjugating the powers of Congress to an out-of-control executive intent on placing fiat over duly enacted legislation. During the debate, I spoke on the floor to object to the funding measure.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) reintroduced the Ozone Regulatory Delay and Extension of Assessment Length (ORDEAL) Act, designed to delay the EPA’s existing timeline to review and revise air standards and quality criteria. The bill would prohibit the EPA from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing a revised standard until 2019 and set future timelines for review at 10 years. Upon introduction of the bill, Rep. Salmon issued the following statement:
REP. MASSIE: “At this time, I yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Arizona.”
SPEAKER: “The gentleman from Arizona is recognized for two minutes.”
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after the House voted to approve H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.
“Today, the House voted on a bill to fund our Department of Homeland Security. In doing so, it also voted to fund an unconstitutional action: the President’s edicts on immigration. My constituents have called, they have visited, and they have written letters all asking and urging me to take action. I’ve been doing just that.
This week was marred by the Senate’s continued refusal to pass a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS would have experienced a lapse in funding on the midnight of February 28th without a new bill appropriating funding for their operations.
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve one week of short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security.