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...
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
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.
Marijuana decriminalization may be one of the few issues upon which bipartisan agreement can still be reached in this session. It doesn’t require endorsing cannabis – on the contrary. There is clear evidence that marijuana use can cause long-term neurological problems in children and adolescents, and no one should approach the use of any drug without caution and moderation. I believe we should do everything we can to prevent its use by children and warn of its use by adults. But it should be crystal clear that our laws have not accomplished their goals...
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.
June 3, 2019 Vote Notes on Legislation
This bill shamelessly uses disaster assistance as an excuse for billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects unrelated to the disasters. Only 30 percent of this bill is emergency disaster spending and only 14 percent was actually requested by the administration. It includes $2.4 billion for the scandal-plagued “Community Development Block Grant” program which has funded such past boondoggles as “doggy day care centers”...
June 3, 2019 Vote Notes on Legislation
The “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” program, or TANF, replaced the old food stamp program as part of the 1996 welfare reform act. It introduced strict work requirements for able-bodied recipients and was instrumental in getting people back to work and reducing the welfare rolls. Unfortunately, those work requirements have largely disappeared over the years...