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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California


November 13, 2013 Speeches
This summer, the biggest fire in the history of the Sierra Nevada Mountains burned 400 square miles of forest land. The fire left behind an unprecedented swath of environmental devastation that threatens the loss not only of the affected forestland for generations, but sets events in motion that could threaten the surrounding forests for many years to come.
November 11, 2013 Speeches
The oath of the uniformed services, taken by every living veteran in this country, including each and every one that we honor today, is clear and to the point: "To preserve, protect and defend THE CONSTITUTION of the United States." Think about that. The oath is not to "preserve, protect and defend the United States of America." It is not to "preserve, protect and defend the United States Government." The oath is specifically to "preserve, protect and defend THE CONSTITUTION of the United States."
October 29, 2013 Speeches
It has become obvious over the past few weeks that we are now watching nothing less than the collapse of the American health care system. Millions of Americans are losing their health plans and are being set adrift into a dysfunctional system where they cannot find comparable affordable policies.
October 23, 2013 Speeches
This nation has gone through 18 government shutdowns in the last 37 years. Fifteen of those 18 shutdowns occurred when Democrats controlled the House.
October 9, 2013 Speeches
This October crisis is punctuated by three developments that are becoming increasingly obvious and disturbing. The first is the refusal of the Senate and the President to resolve their differences with the House through negotiation and compromise on the one bill that would fund this government and end this shutdown.
October 9, 2013 Speeches
The debt limit exists for a simple reason: to assure that public debt isn't recklessly piled up without Congress periodically acknowledging it and addressing the spending patterns that are causing it. If a debt limit increase is supposed to be automatic, as the President suggests, there really is no purpose to it. A new dimension has now appeared in this discussion. Unlike every one of his predecessors, this President has vowed that unless Congress unconditionally raises the debt limit, the United States will default on its sovereign debt.
October 9, 2013 Speeches
On September 30th, after two previous attempts to keep the government fully funded, House Republicans adopted a measure that fully funded the government, fully funded Obamacare, but simply delayed the individual mandate for a year. This proposal was summarily rejected by House and Senate Democrats and the government shut down.
October 3, 2013 Speeches
I want to thank you for holding this hearing today and for the speedy consideration of HR 3188. It is estimated that up to one billion board feet of fire-killed timber can still be salvaged out of the forests devastated by the Yosemite Rim fire, but it requires immediate action. As time passes, the value of this dead timber declines until after a year or so it becomes unsalvageable.
October 2, 2013 Speeches
"Last month I received a letter from the Human Resources Manager at my place of employment that states I am going to receive a 23% pay cut as a result of Obama Care. They say they are required by the Employer Mandate to provide insurance for every employee or face a fine. My 23% pay cut is equal to $22,000 and will financially devastate my family, as I am the primary income of our family...
October 2, 2013 Speeches
Last night, the House attempted to re-open our national parks. Twenty two Democrats defied their party leaders and joined with the majority to provide this vital relief. The little towns around Yosemite National Park depend on tourism for their economies. They're still reeling from the Yosemite Rim Fire that brought tourism to a near standstill last month.