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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Speeches

August 7, 2018 Speeches

For many years, forest management and fire-prevention took a back-seat at these summits, but now nature is screaming its warning at us as fires rage throughout the west: the Tahoe Basin is on borrowed time.  The fires all around us present a stark question: How much longer does Tahoe have?  Will the view at next year’s summit be one of burned out structures, blackened vistas and an ash-choked l

July 31, 2018 Speeches
I was deeply saddened to learn that the Ferguson Fire has taken the life of yet another firefighter, Capt. Brian Hughes of Squaw Valley, on Sunday and that bulldozer operator Don Ray Smith of Pollock Pines died Thursday while fighting the Carr fire. Their deaths remind us how much we owe every one of the thousands of dedicated men and women who stand between these fires and our homes and families. They know the dangers better than any, yet day after day and year after year take the front lines to stop these monster fires.
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July 19, 2018 Speeches
Congressman McClintock delivered the following tribute to fallen fire fighter Braden Varney before the House of Representatives:
 
Mr. Speaker:
 
June 27, 2018 Speeches
My amendment takes all the policy reforms in the budget resolution and writes those savings into the reconciliation instructions. This does not change a single recommendation that we have been debating. It simply implements them – about $3.55 trillion over ten years after removing interest payments and non-reconcilable items under the Byrd Rule.
June 19, 2018 Speeches
It is a federal crime to cross the border illegally.  If it was not a crime, our borders would be meaningless.
 
When a person commits a crime, they are arrested.  We do not arrest their children.  If their children do not have a relative to care for them, we take them into custody until they do.  That is the same for U.S. citizens as it is for illegal immigrants.
May 17, 2018 Speeches
Farm subsidies – essentially taking money from taxpayers to inflate the price of their groceries – was never a good idea. They are the poster children of corporate welfare. After all, the vast proportion of them go to large corporations – not small family farms.
May 17, 2018 Speeches
This amendment does two things. It increases from 20 percent to 70 percent the percentage of able bodied adults in SNAP who would be required to comply with the work requirements in the bill. And it requires the use of the e-verify system to assure that job training is provided only to those legally residing in this country and entitled to work here.
May 11, 2018 Speeches
A recent editorial in the Modesto Bee ridicules the “naming” bills that I have authored, especially the naming of a mountain in the Sierra as “Sky Point.” Each of these laws honors young men from our district who died in combat. “Sky Point” was named in honor of Marine Staff Sergeant Sky Mote who died defending his station in Afghanistan in 2012.
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May 8, 2018 Speeches
I don’t claim to be an expert in the intricacies of the Byzantine web of price supports, insurance subsidies, commodity rules, Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, Marketing loans, disaster aid and all the other components of the mess we’ve made of our agricultural markets. What I do know is this. Prices, if left alone, convey a wealth of information upon which consumers depend to make rational decisions. Those rational decisions, in turn, direct all production to the greatest need and all investment to its highest possible use.
April 27, 2018 Speeches
I have offered this amendment whenever the opportunity has presented itself, because it tests whether there is any program in the federal budget that Congress can bear to cut.

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