May 27, 2020 Speeches
Just a few months ago, America enjoyed the most promising economic expansion in our lifetimes, lifting millions of Americans out of poverty, boosting wages for American workers and producing the lowest unemployment rates in fifty years. Today, the American economy lies in rubble, with tens of millions of Americans thrown into unemployment, poverty and despair.
May 15, 2020 Speeches
Three trillion dollars divided by 129 million households means the average family will have to pay more than $23,000 for this single bill either from their future taxes or from inflation robbing them of their savings and retirements.
May 15, 2020 Speeches
The word “Congress” literally means “the act of coming together and meeting.” The Constitution calls for representatives to “attend,” “assemble” and “meet.” Congress is a deliberative body and by its very nature that requires the people’s representatives to interact with each other both through formal proceedings as well as through the countless informal conversations that are the unique product of “coming together and meeting.”
April 28, 2020 Columns
Quarantine is the forced confinement of a person who has contracted or been exposed to an infectious disease. Although it is a long-standing police power of governments, it is seldom used because seldom needed – sick people generally stay home on their own. When it must be used, it is subject to due process: the right to contest the order in court, to present evidence that the order is invalid, and to have it vacated. What is happening today is radically different and profoundly un-American: the indefinite and indiscriminate home detention without due process of perfectly healthy people on the pretext that they might catch a contagious disease...
April 23, 2020 Speeches
When we passed the Paycheck Protection Program, I warned that serious flaws would deliver a windfall to businesses that do not need it, at the expense of those that do. That is exactly what happened, exhausting the fund within days...
April 15, 2020 Columns
The accumulating death toll from Covid-19 can be seen minute-by-minute on cable news channels. But there’s another death toll few seem to care much about: the number of poverty-related deaths being set in motion by deliberately plunging millions of Americans into poverty and despair...
March 27, 2020 Press Release
Congressman Tom McClintock released the following statement regarding the CARES Act:
March 24, 2020 Columns
The anguish in people’s voices as they call our office every day is heart-breaking. Many are wondering how they can pay their bills, whether their job will still exist in a week, whether their retirement savings have been decimated or whether they’ll lose the shop they’ve spent their lifetimes and life savings to build.
Benjamin Franklin warned that “Passion governs, and she never governs wisely.” Exhibit A is HR 6201, the so-called “Families First Recovery Act.” The House passed this bill literally minutes after it was introduced, with no analysis, no cost estimates, virtually no debate and in a general state of political panic.
February 13, 2020 Vote Notes on Legislation
The so-called equal rights amendment passed the Congress in 1972 with a seven-year deadline for ratification. In that period, it failed to get the required 38 states to ratify it. This year, 40 years late, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify it, while five states have rescinded their earlier ratifications. No matter. With this resolution, the Democrats propose to retro-actively repeal the clear expiration date in the amendment, count all states that have ratified it AFTER it expired and ignore all the states that have since rescinded their ratifications and declare it the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. This is the stuff banana republics are made of.