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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Speeches

June 5, 2012 Speeches
This is the final amendment I will offer on this subject - taken along with the others it removes government from subsidizing energy companies - this one pertaining to fossil fuel industries. The coal, oil and natural gas industries are profitable and proven and have never had any trouble finding investors to pay for legitimate research.
June 5, 2012 Speeches
On Friday, I offered an amendment to eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the so-called renewable sector and this amendment eliminates them to the nuclear sector, saving another half-billion dollars. It does not affect the surcharges electricity consumers have already paid for waste disposal or for military applications or the essential maintenance of our nation's radiological facilities.
June 1, 2012 Speeches
This amendment saves nearly one and a half billion dollars by ending the failed Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program. If we're serious about an "all of the above energy policy" we've got to stop using taxpayer money to pick winners and losers based on their political connections, and instead require every energy company to compete on its own merits as decided by the customers it attracts by offering better products at lower cost.
May 9, 2012 Speeches
The Export-Import Bank dragoons American taxpayers into subsidizing loans to foreign companies, making it cheaper for them to buy products from politically-favored American companies which in turn use those products to compete against less-favored American companies.
May 8, 2012 Speeches
Here is an appropriations bill originating in this House that still has outrageously wasteful and indefensible spending. Perhaps the flagship of this folly is the $182 million in unauthorized - there's that word again: unauthorized - spending for the Economic Development Administration. This is solely and simply a slush fund that gives away money for the most dubious of local projects.
May 8, 2012 Speeches
This amendment cuts more than a quarter billion dollars of unauthorized appropriations from the International Trade Administration. What does it do, exactly? The ITA has some legitimate functions enforcing trade agreements and treaties. This amendment leaves these functions untouched. But it also - to quote from its own material - provides counseling to American companies in order to develop the most profitable and sustainable plans for pricing, export, and the full range of public and private trade promotion assistance... as well as market intelligence, and industry and market specific research." That's well and good, but Mme. Chairman, isn't that what businesses, trade associations and the Chamber of Commerce are supposed to do with their own money?
April 27, 2012 Speeches
Under the Fourth Amendment, if the Government wants to snoop through a person's email, it must first convince a judge that there is probable cause to believe that person has committed a crime and it must specify the documents it believes are relevant to that charge. Yesterday the House passed a measure that makes a mockery of this cherished protection.
April 27, 2012 Speeches

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April 19, 2012 Speeches
The House just passed HR 9 that purports to give a temporary tax cut to small businesses. I say "purports" because it doesn't cut spending at the same time and thus it merely shifts current taxes into the future. Once a dollar has been spent, it's already become a tax, taken either from today -- or from tomorrow to pay for today's deficits.
April 17, 2012 Speeches
A defining aspect of the American tradition is that groups of citizens band together for a wide variety of civic purposes. They recruit volunteers, raise funds and spend those funds to promote whatever project or cause brings them together.

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