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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California


January 23, 2012 Speeches

Long ago, Jefferson warned, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”  The exceptions to that rule have been few and far between recently, and ought to be celebrated when they occur.

December 20, 2011 Speeches
In all this debate, I fear both parties have missed a critical point. Both versions of this bill impose a permanent new tax on every mortgage backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
December 15, 2011 Speeches

One of the items of unfinished business remaining before this session is extending the payroll tax cut of last year that funds Social Security. 

December 14, 2011 Speeches

I rise in opposition to Section 1021 of the underlying Conference Report (H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act).  

This section specifically affirms that the President has the authority to deny due process to any American it charges with “substantially supporting al Qaeda, the Taliban or any ‘associated forces’” – whatever that means.

December 6, 2011 Speeches

Topping the list of unfinished business this year is the impending collision of two closely related crises: the expiration of the payroll tax cut and the acceleration of Social Security’s bankruptcy.

 Last year, Congress voted for a payroll tax cut that averages roughly $1,000 for every working family in America. 

December 1, 2011 Speeches

In the Sierra Foothills in northeastern California lies the little town of Colfax, population 1,800, with a median household income of about $35,000. 

Over the past several years, this little town has been utterly plundered by regulatory and litigatory excesses that have pushed the town to the edge of bankruptcy and ravaged families already struggling to make ends meet.

November 16, 2011 Speeches

Today the House will consider HR 822, a long-overdue measure to assure that states recognize the concealed weapons permits issued by other states.

November 2, 2011 Speeches

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.  November 2, 2011.  Mr.

October 26, 2011 Speeches

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.  October 26, 2011.  M. Speaker:  The government’s continuing failure to address our nation’s gut-wrenching unemployment stems from a fundamental disagreement over how jobs are created in the first place.  

 We are now in the third year of policies predicated on the assumption that government spending creates jobs. 

October 13, 2011 Speeches

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.  October 13, 2011.  Mr. Speaker:  Forty years from now, a beloved high school history teacher at Tahoe High School named Garrett Fant should be celebrating his retirement surrounded by generations of his students and by his children and grandchildren.  They would have all told affectionate stories of how Mr.