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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California


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October 11, 2016 Speeches
The oath taken by every FBI Agent is not to fight crime, uphold the laws, stop terrorists, or protect the country or its government. Certainly they do all these things, but the ONLY oath an FBI agent takes is to “Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States.”
September 28, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation

Senate Amendment to HR 5325 – Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Resolution: YES.  This bill avoids a government shutdown on October 1st by extending current spending authority through December 9th.  This is the WORST way to fund the government, because it fails to exercise congressional oversight through the budget and appropriations bills.

September 28, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 5303 - Water Resources Development Act:  YES.  On the plus side, out of a total of $10.5 billion for projects across the nation, this bill authorizes $1.6 billion for flood control projects in the Sacramento Delta.  (Of course, this would have been unnecessary if the Auburn Dam had been completed, but at the moment that’s, um, water under the bridge).

September 28, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation

S. 2040 Override of President’s Veto – JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act): YES.  If a foreign government pays terrorists on U.S. soil to attack the United States, victims can sue for damages.  If that SAME government pays those SAME terrorists on foreign soil to attack the United States, those SAME victims CANNOT sue.  This measure closes that loophole.

September 16, 2016 Columns


Zika Funding

A recent letter writer asks my position on Zika funding and why Congress has not acted.

September 14, 2016 Speeches
This subcommittee measures bills according to three over-arching objectives for federal lands management: to restore public access to the public lands, to restore sound management practices to the public lands and to restore the federal government as a good neighbor to the communities directly impacted by the public lands. Of all the bills we have seen during this Congress, I believe no one has tried harder to adhere to these principles than Chairman Bishop in the bill before us today, the Public Lands Initiative (PLI).
September 8, 2016 Speeches
When we talk of PILT funding, we should never lose sight of the fact that it is a very, very poor substitute for revenues generated locally by healthy economic activity. Our ultimate objective should be not to institutionalize PILT funding, but to restore a healthy balance between federal land ownership and productive private ownership of the lands within each county in the nation.
September 7, 2016 Speeches
I want to thank Congressman Gohmert for organizing this discussion of federal lands policy, and to highlight the Federal Footprint Map at Or just google Federal Footprint. When you do, you’ll have a complete picture of how much land the federal government owns and how much of your state and your community is affected. And it may surprise you.
July 14, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation
Mankind has genetically modified crops and livestock since the dawn of recorded history (it’s called cross-breeding, and it gives us seedless grapes and sweeter corn). A movement has recently emerged that contends – despite every scrap of available scientific evidence – that genetic modifications are dangerous and demands that all foods be labeled as to their genetic modifications.