Saturday, June 27, 2015

AZ Rep Matt Salmon Actions and Statements

Congressman  Matt Salmon
SOS #7 - Rose Rosette Disease Grant
Washington, D.C.— Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the Seventh Shrink our Spending Initiative bill focused on highlighting and cutting wasteful, taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate federal funding for the Rose Rosette Disease Grant, Salmon released the following statement:
“Though there is nothing wrong with funding research on agricultural diseases, I believe that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) must prioritize the research that will protect our agricultural security.
Rep. Salmon Introduces Seventh Shrink our Spending (SOS) Bill to Defund Landscape Rose Disease Research
Washington, D.C.—Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the Seventh Shrink our Spending Initiative bill focused on highlighting and cutting wasteful, taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate federal funding for the Rose Rosette Disease Grant, Salmon released the following statement:
“Though there is nothing wrong with funding research on agricultural diseases, I believe that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) must prioritize the research that will protect our agricultural security.
Protecting Americans from Onerous Rules
This week I introduced my latest Shrink our Spending bill, which would save taxpayers a whopping $4.6 million on a grant through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) that funds research into Rose Rosette Disease, a mite that affects landscape roses.  The U.S. rose industry draws a healthy $400 million annually, so I’m sure they can find the funds to cover this program’s annual price tag without too much difficulty.
Rep. Salmon Comments on Supreme Court Ruling in King v. Burwell
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell.
“Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court may have upheld the legality of Obamacare, but it does nothing to stop health insurance premiums from skyrocketing, healthcare costs from continuing to rise, and the government’s role from continuing to expand.
Salmon Asks Secretary Kerry About Troubling Reports of Border Crossing Card Theft in Mexico
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement following reports of the hijacking of a delivery truck and the theft of American Border Crossing Cards (BCCs) in northern Mexico.
“Border Crossing Cards are valuable documents that show a bona fide, legal right to be present in our nation.  The theft of these important documents could allow criminals to circumvent all of the protections currently in place at our borders. This is deeply disturbing and must be addressed immediately.
Rep. Salmon Letter to Secretary Kerry About the Theft of American Border Crossing Cards
The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Mr. Secretary:

I write today to highlight my concern over the recent hijacking in Mexico of a truck containing 11,500 personalized Border Crossing Cards (BCCs) and to request a full accounting of this incident and the investigation.  
Media reports, citing State Department statements made on 24 June, 2015, indicate that a truck carrying 11,500 BCCs to the U.S. Consulates in Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico was hijacked on 7 June, 2015 in northern Mexico.  To date, no arrests or claims of responsibility for the theft have been made.
I value our vibrant, bilateral commercial relationship with Mexico.  Economic opportunities abound between the State of Arizona and Mexico that create jobs and prosperity for both countries.  However, the troubling levels of insecurity that exists in Mexico places a strain on the U.S.- Mexican commercial relationship, and threatens our own nation’s security.  Security in Mexico and our trade agenda are mutually inclusive topics.  Our potential to achieve a positive trade agenda declines as security in Mexico deteriorates.
This particular incident needs to be addressed and a thorough accounting should be provided to Congress in a timely fashion.  I respectfully request an immediate briefing to answer at a minimum the following questions:
  • What are the circumstances surrounding this hijacking?  Was this truck targeted due to the contents of its cargo?
  • Can these BCCs be altered or manipulated in a way that could provide future security threats?
  • What has the Department done to mitigate any future threat to sensitive border crossing documentation?
  • How does this hijacking pose a threat to our ability to secure our borders?
  • Have there been other incidents where U.S. secure documents have disappeared in Mexico?
  • Why was the press advised of this theft while Congress received no notification?
  • Why did the Department take almost three weeks to make available the scant information that it did? 
Providing for security at our borders is one of Congress’ most urgent priorities; facilitating trade and legal cross border traffic is another.  Addressing this security situation is an urgent matter and if not handled properly will have long term consequences to our relationship with Mexico and security along our border.  I look forward to receiving a full briefing on this theft and its consequences as soon as possible.
Sincerely,

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