July 10, 2014 Speeches
Ever since 1835, the Rules of the House have forbidden spending money for purposes unauthorized by current law. Yet last year, the eleven appropriations bills reported out of the House Appropriations Committee contained over $350 billion for spending on unauthorized programs.
June 30, 2014 Speeches
I want to thank all of you who have worked so long and hard to make this sesquicentennial celebration of the original Yosemite Grant Act so moving. The earliest description of this valley comes to us from Dr. Lafayette Bunnell, a member of the Mariposa Battalion that pursued a band of Ahwaneechies into the valley in 1851. He wrote, "Domes, peaks, spires, and cliffs were capped with fresh snow, their walls and slopes dappled with it, marking in strong relief the various sculptured forms. Some were veiled in wisps of cloud...
June 28, 2014 Speeches
They call the Korean War America's forgotten war. It must never be forgotten, and all of you who are here today, and all those who made this memorial possible, assure that it will never be forgotten. It was 64 years ago this past Wednesday that the North Korea dictatorship, supported by the communist governments of the Soviet Union and China, launched a massive attack upon the South. Thus began the Korean War.
Opening Statement of Chairman Tom McClintock: The Subcommittee meets today in response to urgent protests made by a wide range of state and local governments, farmers, ranchers, public land users and private land owners in response to threatened action by the EPA and the Forest Service to vastly expand their authority over water use at the expense of long established state jurisdictions, rights and prerogatives and in direct violation of the constitutional separation of powers.
May 26, 2014 Speeches
For many of our fellow citizens, Memorial Day marks the commencement of the summer holidays. For those who gather today at events like this, it has far deeper meaning. It is the day we set aside to honor those who gave their lives in defense of -- what exactly?
May 8, 2014 Speeches
We cannot demand that our people scrimp and save and stretch and ration every drop of water in their parched homes while at the same time, this government treats our remaining water supply so recklessly, so irresponsibly and so wastefully.
May 7, 2014 Speeches
One of the biggest complaints I hear is the practice of forcing taxpayers to underwrite the losses and risks of politically well-connected companies. THEY reap the profits while American taxpayers pay for their losses. Today, the House considers a bill that perpetuates this policy with the objective of creating jobs - not in America, but overseas.
April 29, 2014 Speeches
A few months ago, Folsom Lake was almost empty. The drought was the catalyst, but the reason was unnecessary water releases from this Dam and a lack of additional water storage upstream.
April 10, 2014 Speeches
Oversight Hearing: Energy Independence - Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California's Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil
April 4, 2014 Speeches
The question before the House is whether we are going to continue to ignore the economic consequences of the major actions we take - or start recognizing that incentives matter and that the legislation we pass has profound economic consequences that must be taken into account.