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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California


June 19, 2013 Speeches
The Farm Bill is now before us, a measure originating in the House of Representatives whose majority was elected on a clear mandate to stop wasting money. Yet all this bill does is to continue to waste money. Yes, it tightens up a little on automatic eligibility for the food stamp program and that's a good thing. Yet this modest reform is a poor substitute for the complete overhaul that is desperately needed.
June 18, 2013 Speeches
In the early 1760's the Royal Governor of Massachusetts began issuing "writs of assistance" as general warrants to search for contraband. They empowered officials to search indiscriminately for evidence of smuggling.
June 12, 2013 Speeches
Last week, the nation learned of the plight of Sarah Murnaghan, the ten-year- old who will die within weeks unless she gets a desperately needed lung transplant. There are no pediatric lungs available - but there are adult lungs, which her doctors say would be entirely satisfactory for her condition. But because she is nearly 11 years old but not 12, the bureaucratic regulations prohibited it.
June 5, 2013 Speeches
Since 1835, the Rules of the House have limited appropriations to only those purposes actually authorized by law. Unless and until the program is authorized, the House may not appropriate funds for it under this long-standing rule. Yet this rule is routinely ignored by the appropriations committee and by the House. Last year, the eleven appropriations bills reported out of committee contained over $350 billion for programs that had either never been authorized, or whose authorizations had lapsed years, and sometimes decades ago.
May 21, 2013 Speeches
One of the most disturbing aspects of the unfolding scandal involving the misuse of the IRS is what can only be described as an insatiable appetite for names, names, and more names.
May 21, 2013 Speeches
Since the Arab Oil Embargoes of the 1970's that ravaged the American economy and produced mile-long lines around gas stations, an avowed goal of our nation has been to reduce our reliance on Middle East oil. In addition to the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, the Keystone pipeline will bring up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil A DAY into the American market - about HALF of what we currently import from the Middle East.
May 16, 2013 Speeches
Just a week after the President extolled the benign virtues of big government and told university students to ignore those who warn of its dangers, Americans woke up to headlines that this government has been targeting groups and individuals that it doesn't like for intimidation and harassment. I appreciate the President's sudden interest in getting to the bottom of this. But I must remind the House that more than a year ago, I and other members rose on this floor to warn of these tactics directed at Tea Party groups by the IRS.
May 13, 2013 Speeches
April 2012 House Floor Remarks: "A defining aspect of the American tradition is that groups of citizens band together for a wide variety of civic purposes."
May 13, 2013 Speeches
Across the country, employers are holding office meetings and the announcement goes something like this: "We love you guys. But here's what we make; here's what Obamacare will cost us; we can't stay in business with Obamacare. But if we cut back everybody to 29 hours per week, we can avoid the mandate and stay in business."
May 7, 2013 Speeches
Amidst all the controversies gripping Congress, certainly we should all be able to agree that the full faith and credit of the United States - the very trust the public has when it loans money to the government - should not hang in the balance every time there's a fiscal debate in Washington.