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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

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October 16, 2019 Vote Notes on Legislation
I believe the President chose the least of very bad alternatives in ordering the withdrawal of U.S. Forces in Kurdish-held regions of Syria. It is true that the withdrawal has caused a military vacuum which has drawn in Turkey, Russia and remnants of the Islamic State and has driven the Kurds to ally with the regime of Bashar al-Assad. None of this is desirable, but none justifies keeping American soldiers in harm’s way without a strategy or commitment to accomplish anything other than continuing stalemate. The Kurds and the Turks have been enemies for centuries, and there is no American interest that justifies maintaining U.S. troops in the cross-fire. I believe the President is attempting to restore fundamental principles that guided our country until the Korean War: that the United States does not attack another nation unless we are attacked and that when we are forced into war, Congress must formally declare it, put the full resources of our country behind our troops and annihilate the enemy as swiftly as possible. After the attack on September 11th, we did none of these things, resulting in nearly two decades of aimless and irresolute policy, the sacrifice of thousands of brave American youth and the squandering of trillions of dollars of our national treasure.
October 9, 2019 Press Release
I realize that PG&E is caught in a Hobson’s choice, but I do not support its decision for preventative power cut-offs due to high winds. They are balancing the possibility of a wildfire ignition due to wind damage against the certainty of deliberately causing millions of dollars of damage to their customers and creating major public safety hazards...
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October 9, 2019 Press Release
I agree with the presidential counsel’s letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The House has denied fundamental due process rights to the House minority and to the President as required by the Constitution, and it has violated precedent that requires a formal vote of the House to initiate an impeachment inquiry. Until the House adheres to these fundamental conditions of fairness, any subpoenas it issues in this matter are not legally binding.
September 27, 2019 Speeches
For 43 years, the President of the United States has had the statutory authority granted by Congress to declare a national emergency and to re-program unobligated military construction funds to meet that emergency. Fifty-eight times, previous presidents have invoked this authority to address such matters as civil unrest in Sierra Leone and Burma. Only when THIS President invoked his authority for the 59th time to address the most serious national security risk our country has faced in our lifetimes – the collapse of our southern border – do we hear protests from the left and its disciples in the House...
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September 20, 2019 Speeches
This bill purports to assert a very important constitutional right: the right to trial by jury in civil actions. But it does so by denying another very important constitutional right – the freedom of unimpaired contract – the right of two parties to agree to exchange goods and services according to their own best judgment.
September 12, 2019 Speeches
If the majority wants to exercise the House's power of impeachment, all you’ve got to do is ask the House to do so...vote on those 18 words...Why won't you do that? It's because you want to give the illusion of impeachment, without the reality...You can have your impeachment and deny it too...
July 16, 2019 Speeches
Congressman McClintock today delivered the following remarks on the House floor.  The Congressman voted NO on H. Res. 489.
 
H. Res. 489
July 16, 2019
 
Mr. Speaker:
 
July 15, 2019 Vote Notes on Legislation
This bill requires the administration to determine who was responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, impose sanctions based on these findings, and demand that Saudi Arabia take a range of actions on human rights before the sanctions can be lifted. Khashoggi, an early associate of Osama bin Laden, was not a U.S. citizen and was not murdered on U.S. soil. It is likely Khashoggi was assassinated by Saudi operatives in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, in retaliation for his criticism of the regime. As heinous as his murder was, Congress has no business imperiling our government’s relations with Saudi Arabia at a time when it is playing a critical role in containing Iranian expansion in the region.
June 11, 2019 Speeches
There’s a reason for the abusive rhetoric from the left. For two and a half years they pedaled a monstrous lie that Donald Trump is a traitor colluding with a hostile foreign government. They concocted it with a phony dossier commissioned by the Clinton campaign and promoted by the highest officials in the FBI, our Intelligence agencies and the Justice Department -- first, in a failed attempt to interfere with the 2016 Presidential election and then, to undermine the constitutionally elected President of the United States.
June 4, 2019 Speeches
Instead of taking the simple measures necessary to secure our borders and reserve our asylum laws for the truly persecuted, the House meets today to grant blanket amnesty to roughly 2 ½ million illegal aliens, encouraging millions more that they, too, can violate our borders with impunity.

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