This vote stands as a defining moment in this crisis. Every rating agency has warned that an increase in the debt limit without a credible plan to balance the budget will damage our nation’s credit. Worse, fiscal experts warn that without such a plan, we risk a sovereign debt crisis within just a few years.
M. Chairman: This amendment saves $166 million by relieving taxpayers of having to subsidize another year of handouts to the solar industry.
Solar power is not a new technology. Photo-voltaic electricity generation was invented by Edmund Becquerel in 1839 – more than 170 years ago.
M. Chairman: This amendment would save roughly ten percent from this appropriations bill, or $3 ¼ billion, by getting the federal government out of the energy subsidy business.
Mr. Chairman: For more than three months, our nation has been amidst a quiet constitutional crisis that carries immense implications.
The Gentleman from Florida is sadly mistaken to dismiss this as a meaningless philosophical discussion. This issue strikes at the very heart of our Constitutional form of government.
Congressman Tom McClintock today made the following remarks on the House Floor in opposition to HR 2278 relating to Libya.
In Opposition to HR 2278
This bill purports to cut off funding for combat in Libya. In doing so, it simply forbids what the Constitution already forbids: the waging of war without explicit congressional authorization.
Congressman McClintock questioning witnesses at a National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee oversight hearing about the importance of forest access by the public, June 22, 2011.
M. Speaker: Lets be clear: without prior Congressional authorization, under the War Powers Act, the President may only commit armed forces to hostilities for sixty days if there is a direct attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions or its armed forces.
House Water and Power Subcommittee, Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1837, “The San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act". Statement by Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock.
June 2, 2011
Opening Statement by Congressman Tom McClintock, Chairman, House Water and Power Subcommittee. Joint Water and Power and Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on “Protecting Long-Term Tribal Energy Jobs and Keeping Arizona Water and Power Costs Affordable: The Current and Future Role of the Navajo Generating Station”
May 24, 2011
Orange County Water Summit, Anaheim, California. May 20, 2011
A generation ago, the principal objective of our federal water and power policy could be summed up in a word: Abundance.
It was an era when vast reservoirs produced a cornucopia of clean and plentiful water and power on a scale so vast that many communities didn’t even bother metering the stuff.