Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)

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Obama’s Constitutional Crisis: What Should the House Do?

Obama’s Constitutional Crisis: What Should the House Do?

The constitutional issues involving President Barack Obama’s executive orders on amnesty far transcend the issue of illegal immigration. The president’s action strikes at the very heart of our separation of powers.  The Constitution reserves to Congress alone the power to

Putting Fish Before People

Putting Fish Before People

Today on the House floor the release by the Bureau of Reclamation of more than 70,000 acre feet of water from dams on the American and Stanislaus rivers in Northern California was highlighted by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA). The water

California Water: It's the Storage

California Water: It's the Storage

President Obama visited the drought-stricken Central Valley of California in February to announce his solution: another billion dollars to study “climate change.” Here’s a bulletin for those who missed the Holocene Epoch: the planet has been warming–on and off–since the

Exclusive: McClintock-The Great Question: Will Our Constitution Stand?

Exclusive: McClintock-The Great Question: Will Our Constitution Stand?

Last week the House Judiciary Committee raised the overarching question of our generation: will the American Constitution stand? All the laws passed under that Constitution have well-developed and well-armed agencies to enforce them, but the Constitution itself has no such

End The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program

End The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program

But that’s still not a reason for taxpayers to foot the bill.  It’s a reason for the actual research and development to be paid for by the companies that will profit from this long-promised breakthrough, and if they’re not willing

Investigate IRS Harassment of Tea Party Groups

Investigate IRS Harassment of Tea Party Groups

A defining aspect of the American tradition is that groups of citizens band together for a wide variety of civic purposes.  They recruit volunteers, raise funds and spend those funds to promote whatever project or cause brings them together. For

Obama SOTU: We've Heard this Song Before

After President Clinton took a drubbing from voters in the 1994 Congressional election, he realized his policies weren’t working. He promptly declared, “The era of big government is over,” and he then went about making good on that declaration: •

Freedom and the Internet: Victorious in SOPA Fight

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. One

The Problem with Both Payroll Bills

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. To pay for an additional two months

Indefinite Detention: Cracking Freedom's Foundation

[youtube QTTdkiQh_qQ] Mr. Speaker: 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

Putting Freedom Back to Work

Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) made the following statement to the House Chamber on October 26, 2011: [youtube XUdCFRim7Lk] Mr. Speaker: The government’s continuing failure to address our nation’s gut-wrenching unemployment stems from a fundamental disagreement over how jobs are created

Cutting Off Funding For Military Operations In Libya

Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04) House Floor remarks in support of an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act to deny authorization for the use of funds for the war in Libya. Speech in Support of the Amash/ Kucinich Amendment

Cutting Off Funding For Military Operations in Libya

Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04) House Floor remarks in support of an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act to deny authorization for the use of funds for the war in Libya. Speech in Support of the Amash/ Kucinich Amendment

The Attack on Libya Crossed a Very Bright Constitutional Line

When the President ordered the attack on Libya without Congressional authorization, he crossed a very bright Constitutional line that he himself recognized in 2007 when he told the Boston Globe “The President does not have power under the Constitution to

Letter to President Obama Regarding Libya

March 23, 2011 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: I have read your letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of

The Patriot Act Is a Threat to Our Liberty

Last year I voted to extend the PATRIOT Act for one year. I regret that vote and was glad to have been able to correct it, although I am pained that the House voted otherwise yesterday. During this past year,

A Response to Mexican President Calderon

Representative Tom McClintock (R – California) delivered the following remarks on the House floor in response to the address to Congress by President Calderon of Mexico. Excerpt: “I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of