Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement following the U.S. military strikes in Syria.

Chairman McCaul: “I commend President Trump’s decisive actions in Syria and fundamentally believe that the United States cannot and must not accept the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on innocent civilians to become the norm. While the U.S. would prefer a political rather than a military solution to this conflict, the fact remains that you cannot negotiate with tyrants. Passiveness in Syria is what has exacerbated this situation and allowed for adversaries such as Russia and Iran to exert their influence at the expense of U.S. national security, all the while allowing ISIS to flourish. Tonight’s military strikes in Syria are a signal to the world that the days of blank threats are long gone and under this Administration credibility will be restored.   more...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Paul A. Gosar (AZ-04) and Steve Pearce (NM-02) released the following statements after the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) withdrew a proposal to list two Colorado River fish under the Endangered Species Act (ESA):

“I am hopeful that the announcement by the Service to withdraw the proposed listing of the headwater chub and roundtail chub signals a new dawn where commonsense and science drives decision-making within the agency,” stated Congressman Gosar. “For too long, unwarranted species listings—not supported by verifiable evidence—have been detrimental not only to local stakeholders, but also to the species themselves. I’m proud to have teamed up with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and several of my colleagues in the House to help prevent these misguided listing proposals that would have had significant consequences for Arizona and New Mexico.”

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House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes today issued the following statement:

“Several left wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power. Despite the baselessness of the charges, I believe it is in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee and the Congress for me to have Representative Mike Conaway, with assistance from Representatives Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney, temporarily take charge of the Committee’s Russia investigation while the House Ethics Committee looks into this matter. I will continue to fulfill all my other responsibilities as Committee Chairman, and I am requesting to speak to the Ethics Committee at the earliest possible opportunity in order to expedite the dismissal of these false claims.”   more...
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released the following statement in applause of the committee’s legislative accomplishments thus far in 2017.

“The American people gave a clear order last November that they wanted our country to go in a new direction. As a result, our committee returned in January and worked with Congress to immediately pass the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which is the sum of 11 pieces of stalled legislation to strengthen and reform agencies and programs that administer basic research while creating well-paying jobs for hardworking Americans. This bill was signed into law on January 6.

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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement in response to reports that a chemical attack in Syria’s opposition-held territory has killed dozens, including children:

“The images and video we are seeing from Syria today are sickening. Some show children suffocating. Others document scores of dead civilians in the streets, and the rubble of a hospital bombed shortly after the chemical attack.

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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today met with Russian democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, who recently survived a second suspected poisoning by the Putin regime:

“I am glad to see Vladimir Kara-Murza is recovering physically and his spirit remains as strong as ever. His commitment to establishing democracy and freedom in Russia is truly unshakeable.”   more...
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