August 19, 2014 Speeches
I want to thank Senator Feinstein for hosting this year's summit and for directing its attention to the threat of catastrophic wildfire, the greatest natural threat facing the Lake Tahoe region.
July 30, 2014 Speeches
We are watching the rise of Islamic fascism on a scale unprecedented in modern times. It may be wrapped in different symbols and trace its genealogy through a different line, but at its core, it is fascism. Listen to its virulent anti-Semitism, the explicit promise of genocide, the utter rejection - indeed, disdain - for fundamental principles of democracy, justice and human rights. There can be no doubt what is happening. European fascism might have consumed all of Europe except for one gritty holdout - for more than a year, Great Britain stood in the breach. Had it fallen, the consequences would have been unthinkable.
July 24, 2014 Speeches
Wherever I go, people express a growing anger over the illegal immigration that is overwhelming our southern border. People ask me: "How can we talk about securing the border...
July 23, 2014 Speeches
The Endangered Species Act serves a great cause: to prevent the extinction of any species because of human activity. But as Eric Hoffer warned, "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." Unfortunately, in the last four years, the ESA has become the basis for an explosion of lawsuits seeking to force hundreds of new species listings. Many of these suits are funded at taxpayers' expense, which in turn require federal, state and local agencies to spend even more taxpayer money to respond.
July 10, 2014 Speeches
Requiring energy companies of all kinds to fund their own research and development programs rather than continuing to require taxpayers to subsidize their activity to the tune of $3.1 billion.
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?