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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Speeches

February 8, 2012 Speeches
This bill presents us with a simple question: "It is possible - just possible - that from time to time Congress has passed a spending bill or two that ought to have had greater scrutiny?" The answer to this question might elude some members of the House, but I assure them it is self-evident to everybody else.
February 8, 2012 Speeches
Thank you for the invitation to join you again this year. What has brought me to support Indian gaming is not just the commerce and prosperity that it produces. There are two more fundamental principles at stake that make this a just and noble cause. One is the tribal sovereignty that made the once impoverished Indian reservations islands of freedom in an ocean of anti-business regulations emanating from local, state and federal governments.
February 7, 2012 Speeches
A family that excludes from its budget the mortgage payments it knows it must make is deluding itself and sabotaging its own finances. That's precisely what the federal government is doing right now with respect to billions of dollars of liabilities because of its ill-fated sponsorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
February 7, 2012 Speeches
The subcommittee on Water and Power meets today to consider what steps need to be taken to remove government-imposed impediments to the construction of new dams and reservoirs. The need for action can be summarized quite succinctly: The Bureau of Reclamation has built over 600 dams and reservoirs in the last century, but two-thirds of them were built in the first 60 years of its existence – more than 50 years ago.
February 2, 2012 Speeches
The simple question now before us is whether it is better for Congress to have more information or less information when it is deliberating on matters that directly affect the economy of this nation. The answer should be self-evident, but apparently, some members of this house prefer blissful ignorance than having to go to the fuss and bother of actually assessing the full ramifications of the policies they are enacting.
February 2, 2012 Speeches
Today I have introduced a bill to name the United States Post Office in Granite Bay, California in honor of United States Marine Corps Private First Class Victor Dew. This young man was only 20 years old when he left his family and friends in late September of 2010 for Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Just three weeks later, on October 13th, Private Dew was killed in action when his convoy was ambushed.
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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.

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