Kenny Marchant

Kenny Marchant


Let’s Build on Texas’ Successful Free-Market Policies to Create a Stronger U.S. Economy


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) spoke today on the House floor to recognize Texas being ranked the top state to do business for the 11th year in a row. Additionally, Marchant called for support of policies that would continue to promote free enterprise and open markets.

Below are Marchant’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker: Policies that support free enterprise and open markets are the key to building a strong economy. Texas is a prime example.

“For the 11th year in a row, Texas has been ranked by Chief Executive Magazine as the number one state to relocate your business. And for more than 20 years straight, Texas job creation has outpaced the rest of the country by a factor of 2-to-1.

“Behind this lasting success are policies that have enhanced economic freedom and allowed Texas-made goods to be sold in markets across the world. It’s no surprise Texas has also led the nation in exports for the past 13 years running.

“Allowing free enterprise and open markets to thrive has fueled decades of Texas growth. It has also created millions of good-paying jobs for Texas families.

“Let’s build on these successful free-market policies and bring lasting strength to our American economy.

“I yield back.”


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WSJ Editorial Board: <em>An American Trade Watershed</em>


An American Trade Watershed

The stakes are large for the country, and the Republican Party.

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
May 18, 2015

Republican leaders sound increasingly optimistic that they have the votes to pass trade-promotion authority this week, but the fight isn’t over. Apart from the Iran nuclear deal, this is probably the most important vote that Members will take in the 114th Congress. It’s therefore crucial to understand the stakes of the trade vote—economic, political and strategic.


Start with the economics, which comes down to whether the U.S. is still going to lead the world or shrink from global competition. The U.S. needs “fast-track” trade approval in particular to conclude the pending pact with 11 Pacific nations, which would be the most important trade deal since the early 1990s. These deals invariably benefit the U.S., which tends to have lower tariffs and fewer trade barriers. Trade deals are crucial to opening these foreign markets to U.S. goods and services, as the economic facts show.

The U.S. has trade pacts with 20 markets around the world, and those markets account for 47% of U.S. goods exports, according to the U.S. International Trade Administration. U.S. goods exports to trade-pact countries rose 64% from 2009 to 2014, far more rapidly than the 45% growth with the rest of the world.

Exports have increased by 415% with Chile (trade pact in 2004); 378% with Mexico (1994); 111% with Canada (1994); 90% with Australia (2005); 84% with Singapore (2004); 74% with Central America (2006); 61% with Peru (2009); 42% with Colombia (2012) and 26% with Panama (2012) since the respective trade deals took effect.

Opponents cite the slow 2.3% annual export growth rate to South Korea since the 2011 trade pact. But that’s the result in part of slower growth in Korea, and it ignores the 25% growth in U.S. services trade with South Korea between 2011 and 2013. Seoul has opened up legal services to U.S. firms, and American investors can now own telecom operations in the country.

Protectionists focus on the U.S. trade deficit, but American manufacturers and consumers benefit from cheaper foreign imports. In any event, the U.S. last year ran trade surpluses with trade-agreement partners of $36.4 billion in machinery, $17.7 billion in plastics and $14.3 billion in aircraft.

According to the U.S. Trade Representative, exports have spurred one million new U.S. jobs since 2009. The highest export job growth has occurred in Texas (251,000), Washington (107,000), California (81,000), Louisiana (68,000) and Michigan (62,000). Exports have also fueled substantial job creation in Georgia (56,000), Illinois (56,000) and South Carolina (42,000).

Farm states in particular would benefit from agreements with the 11 Pacific Rim countries and the European Union, which like Japan imposes prohibitive regulatory and tariff barriers on U.S. agricultural exports. Both regions are also fertile markets for U.S. intellectual property and biotechnology. Politicians who vote against trade agreements are opposing these typically high-paying jobs.

The political stakes are also high—for the Republicans who now run Congress and the U.S. political system. Republicans complain with cause that they can’t accomplish much with President Obama in the White House, but he’s on their side on trade. It’s true he’s delivering precious few Democratic votes, but with GOP control comes responsibility. The GOP image as a pro-growth party would suffer a damaging blow if the trade vote fails.

So would the reputation of the U.S. around the world. Republicans have been telling foreign officials and American business leaders that the U.S. retreat from world leadership has been Mr. Obama’s choice. If a GOP Congress fails on trade, the message will be that both major parties have lost the will to lead. The unavoidable conclusion will be that America is choosing decline.

The big strategic winners in that event would be America’s adversaries, especially China, which is busy building economic alliances as a tool of its soft power. Chinese leaders are aiming to replace the U.S. as the dominant regional power in the Western Pacific, and a U.S. trade failure would speed that along.

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HEARING ADVISORY: Ways & Means Health Subcommittee to Examine Ideas to Strengthen Medicare Access and Competition


The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, will hold a hearing entitled, “Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access.

The hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building.

To view the full hearing advisory on the Ways and Means website, please click here.


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Marchant Votes to Strengthen Accountability in Iran Nuclear Deal


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act:

“Iran’s march toward a nuclear weapon is a grave threat to the United States, our ally, Israel, and the stability of the Middle East as a whole. The stakes are too high to deny Congress and the American people the opportunity to review and debate the terms of a potential nuclear agreement. That is why I voted to pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. This legislation provides Congress the opportunity to examine the agreement and allows for Congressional disapproval of a bad deal before any sanctions are lifted. I assure my constituents that my primary focus will remain the security of the United States and our allies.”


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Without the Right to Life, All Others Are Impossible


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) took to the House floor today to praise the House’s passage of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and urge the legislation's advancement by the Senate. The bill, which Marchant cosponsored, would prohibit most abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy, a stage when unborn children are known to experience pain.

Below are Marchant’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to applaud the passage of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

“This legislation, which I cosponsored and voted for yesterday, will help protect unborn children by limiting abortion after five months – the point at which they can experience pain.

“This is not a divisive concept. In fact, a majority of Americans support limiting abortion after five months. It is a fundamental issue of human rights and dignity.

“I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass the House’s ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ and join us in protecting the right of life – without which, all other rights are impossible.

“Thank you. I yield back.”


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Marchant, House Stand Up for Rights of the Unborn


The House voted today 242-184 to pass H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation would help protect the right to life by prohibiting most abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy, a point at which unborn children are scientifically known to feel pain and have an increased ability to survive if born prematurely. U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a cosponsor of H.R. 36, released the following statement upon the bill’s passage:

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act takes meaningful strides to protect unborn children, their mothers, and the right to life. Limiting abortion after the fifth month of pregnancy – a point when unborn children can feel pain – is a matter of fundamental human dignity. Such action is widely supported by the American people and has been made law in numerous states. It only makes sense that we do the same at the federal level. As a committed pro-life conservative and a cosponsor of this bill, I call on the Senate to advance H.R. 36 immediately and join the House in defending the rights of the unborn.”


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The Hill Newspaper: <em>113 Republicans back lawsuit against Obama's immigration actions</em>


NOTE: U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is among the 113 Republican lawmakers who signed the amicus brief supporting Texas and 25 other states in their legal challenge to President Obama’s executive amnesty. The complete brief and full list of lawmakers can be viewed here.

113 Republicans back lawsuit against Obama's immigration actions

By Mike Lillis
May 11, 2015

Top Republicans in Congress on Monday entered the court battle over President Obama's latest moves to ease deportations for immigrants living in the country illegally.

Texas and 25 other states have challenged the legality of the unilateral actions, arguing that the president overstepped his executive power with programs halting deportations and granting work permits to certain groups of illegal immigrants.

The Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.), are siding squarely with the states, arguing Obama's executive action "changes the law and sets a new policy, exceeding the executive’s constitutional authority and disrupting the delicate balance of powers."

"Congress has created a comprehensive immigration scheme — which expresses its desired policy as to classes of immigrants — but the class identified by the [Homeland Security Department] directive for categorical relief is unsupported by this scheme," the lawmakers wrote in an amicus brief filed with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. 

"Instead of setting enforcement priorities," they added, "it created a class-based program that establishes eligibility requirements that, if met, grant unlawful immigrants a renewable lawful presence in the United States and substantive benefits." 

The brief was endorsed by 113 Republicans, including Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), the majority whip, and Ted Cruz (Texas), a 2016 presidential hopeful. In the House, the supporters include Reps. Trey Gowdy (S.C.); Tom Price (Ga.); Michael McCaul (Texas), head of the Homeland Security Committee; and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the former head of the Judiciary panel.

"[T]he President has unlawfully granted amnesty to millions who came here illegally," Cruz said Monday in a statement.

The White House was quick to fire back, noting that hundreds of voices — ranging from states to Democratic lawmakers to businesses groups — have filed their own legal briefs supporting the executive actions.
"Though these individuals and groups come from different backgrounds and perspectives, they’re all in agreement that [the] President’s actions are good for public safety and good for the economy," an administration official said in an email.

The court fight centers on a pair of executive actions taken by Obama shortly after November's midterm elections. 

One, known as the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, would halt deportations and offer work permits to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents. The other would expand Obama's 2012 program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, to a greater number of immigrants brought to the country illegally as kids.

All told, the programs could defer deportation for more than 4 million illegal immigrants.

The states sued the administration over the programs, arguing they mark a case of executive overreach that would saddle them with exorbitant new costs.

In February, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, of Brownsville, Texas, found that the states had a legitimate basis to bring their case. He also blocked the programs temporarily for what he deemed a violation of the federal law allowing public comment when new rules are established.

Hanen has yet to weigh the merits of the challenge, but his initial decision prevents the administration from moving forward with the programs, including the processing of applications.

Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats have hammered that decision, saying the executive actions are well within the president's powers and will eventually be authorized by the courts.

The administration has appealed Hanen's temporary injunction, arguing the case before the 5th Circuit last month. The court has yet to rule on the challenge.

The Republicans' amicus brief argues that the injunction should remain in place while the courts weigh the underlying case.

"President Obama’s decision to ignore the limits placed on his power and act unilaterally to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws are an affront to the Constitution," Goodlatte said Monday in a statement. 

"Such lawlessness must be stopped so that we preserve the separation of powers in the Constitution and protect individual liberty."

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Marchant Announces Winner of 2015 Congressional Art Competition, Grand Opening of Student Art Exhibit


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition ceremony last Saturday afternoon at the Tower Gallery in Grapevine, Texas.  The event recognized the 30 finalists selected from the 250 entries submitted by high school students living in the 24th Congressional District of Texas.

In addition to the ceremony, the event also celebrated the grand opening of the 2015 Congressional Art Exhibit featuring the artwork of the finalists.  The exhibit at Tower Gallery is open to the public until May 17, 2015.

Congressman Marchant recognized each finalist with a proclamation highlighting their achievement.

“The selected finalists displayed an amazing amount of talent,” said Congressman Marchant.  “It is a pleasure for me to recognize these young aspiring artists, and to help encourage them to continue pursing art.”

The top three artists were bestowed specials honors for their high scores. In third place, Erin Branscum of Grapevine High School received the District Award for her piece entitled Curly Hair. In second place, Paloma Diaz of Uplift North Hills Preparatory received the Washington Award for her piece entitled Dallas.  The Grand Prize Award was presented to Zhexin “Lola” Jiang of Creekview High School for her piece entitled Driving the Herd.

Driving the Herd will hang in the United States Capitol for an entire year where it will join the other winning pieces from Congressional Districts across the country.  Lola will travel to Washington D.C. this summer where she will be recognized in a ceremony to celebrate the national grand prize winners.

The Congressional Art Competition was restructured last year into digital online format to help encourage participation by simplifying the process for students and teachers. Consequently, participation this year has quintupled since 2013 with more than a dozen new schools represented in the contest.

Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated nationwide.  Congressman Marchant has participated in the program since 2005.

Below is a complete list of this year’s Congressional Art Competition finalists from Texas’ 24th District:

Student Name

Artwork Title

High School

Hannah Christensen


Carroll Senior High School

Taylor Coughlin


Carroll Senior High School

Elissa McCracken

Rings of Life

Carroll Senior High School

Duc Tran Nguyen


Carroll Senior High School

JC Patino


Carroll Senior High School

Kate Sheedy


Carroll Senior High School

Arden Wolski

Texas Impressionism

Carrollton Christian Academy

Avani Gallo

Man Horror

Colleyville Heritage High School

Haley Justitz

Sad Boy

Colleyville Heritage High School

Jacob Kim

Frozen Grass

Colleyville Heritage High School

Sydney Peel

See No Poverty

Colleyville Heritage High School

Eunice Choe

Change is Calling

Coppell High School

Julie Choi

Monotonous Preparation

Coppell High School

Amie Deng


Coppell High School

Madeline Huang

Nighttime Adventures

Coppell High School

Joshua Martin


Coppell High School

Anna Sim

Japan in Texas

Coppell High School

Allison Li

A Spring Afternoon

Coppell Highschool

Zhexin Jiang

Driving the Herd

Creekview High School

Jeongho Park

Horse and Rider

Creekview High School

Erin Branscum

Curly Hair

Grapevine High School

Brittney Phan


Grapevine High School

Diane Huynh


Newman Smith High School

Nicole Schifferdecker


Newman Smith High School

Hayley Rothballer


Prestonwood Christian Academy

Kathryn Deatherage

Two Lions

Ranchview High School

MacGregor Williams

Tuskegee Airmen

Ranchview High School

Kaitlin Westbrook

Street Side

Steve Ko Art Studio

Tea Brooks


Trinity High School

Paloma Diaz


Uplift North Hills Preparatory


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Forbes Opinion Article: <em>The Wind Power Industry Could Lose The Subsidy Tailwind At Its Back</em>


NOTE: “Aside from the tax credit revenue side of the PTC, there is a darker side that is often ignored. The PTC has become a corporate tax shield to corporations like Berkshire Hathaway  and Google.”

By Christopher Versace, Forbes Contributor
May 3, 2015

For the two decades, investors in wind energy have been buoyed by nearly $9 billion in federal and state subsides and giveaways. The federal “production tax credit” gives corporations in the industry a 2.3-cent tax credit for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced. Some states have padded the subsidies with their own generous financial support. Whenever we look at company or industry, however, it’s critical to realize that we are not looking at a photograph, a snapshot in time, but rather more like a movie an evolving story that can sometimes take an unforeseen twist. In the case of the wind industry, it’s looking like just such a twist is coming as the days of government support for the industry appear to coming to an end.

For this development we turn to first to Texas where the State Senate by a two-to-one margin effectively eliminated all support for wind power. Oklahoma’s state House voted by a 78-3 margin to eliminate property tax exemptions for the wind power sector. In February, the West Virginia legislature repealed a requirement that state entities generate a quarter of their power from alternative sources.

Now the federal government appears ready to sever to wind energy subsidy, a move that will test whether the upstart industry is prepared to stand on its own two feet without the crutch of government support.  Wind energy companies have heavily relied upon a government construct known as the “Production Tax Credit” (PTC ) to support their bottom lines. The PTC is a federal program that provides billions of dollars annually to subsidize renewable energy facilities such as wind farms. Generally speaking a clean technology facility receives a tax credit for 10 years after the date the facility is placed in service with the tax credit amount ranging from $0.23 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for wind to $0.011 per kWh for qualified hydroelectric. Looking at the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, researchers concluded that “in terms of cumulative energy payback, or the time to produce the amount of energy required of production and installation, a wind turbine with a working life of 20 years will offer a net benefit within five to eight months of being brought online.”

Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Tex) has just introduced legislation known as The PTC Elimination Act striking the statutory language for the primary federal handout for the wind industry from the U.S. tax code and provides that the PTC should expire as of December 31, 2014 and not be extended in the future or retroactively.

This legislation includes a number of additional measures that reduce the subsidy for current beneficiaries, including tightening eligibility definitions and repealing the inflation adjustment for current PTC recipients. These changes will reduce the amount that American taxpayers are forced to subsidize wind companies by approximately 35 percent.

“If we want to build a healthier American economy, Congress must get rid of the deadweight in the tax code that is limiting our nation’s potential,” Marchant said.   “That’s why I have introduced legislation to eliminate the production tax credit.” Marchant noted, “Since its creation in 1992, the PTC has ballooned from a temporary boost for energy innovation into a massive special interest handout for the now multibillion-dollar wind industry. Today the wind industry regularly produces more energy than the market demands while hardworking taxpayers shell out billions of dollars each year in PTC support. In fact, because the credit pays claimants for 10 years of energy produced, Americans are currently on the hook for a minimum of $6.4 billion over the next decade.”

This has benefitted companies like NextEra Energy, which has received over $400 million in under the PTC. While that is one of the larger amounts, there is no shortage of other companies that have also benefitted. Duke Energy, received nearly $100 million in subsidies, while Sempra Energy, received an estimated $65 million and Xcel (XEL) received over $30 million. As noted in Sempra Energy’s 2014 annual report, “For each of the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, PTCs represented a large portion of our wind farm earnings, often exceeding earnings from operations.” Passage of the Marchant sponsored legislation would force Wall Street to cut earnings expectations for the above companies as well as those that serve the wind power industry, such as Siemens, Atlantic Power, Emerson Electric, and ABB .

Aside from the tax credit revenue side of the PTC, there is a darker side that is often ignored. The PTC has become a corporate tax shield to corporations like Berkshire Hathaway and Google. At one of his famous investor’s summits, Warren Buffet once bragged that he would “do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate. For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” Addressing this aspect of the PTC as well would help close tax loopholes that would enable companies to minimize taxable income.

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Marchant Statement on Passage of Joint Balanced Budget Resolution


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant issued the following statement after voting in support of the bicameral FY 2016 Budget Conference Agreement:

“The House and Senate have not agreed to a joint balanced budget in over a decade. I voted to change that today. The bicameral 2016 budget we have delivered achieves balance in under 10 years, repeals Obamacare, and ensures a strong national defense – all without raising taxes. Most importantly, it holds Washington more accountable to taxpayers and provides for a stronger American economy in both the near future and over the long-term. That’s exactly what my constituents sent me here to do.”

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the joint 2016 budget will provide for $400 billion in economic growth and 1.2 million new American jobs over the next 10 years.

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Contact Information

1110 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6605
Fax 202-225-0074

Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

As a lifelong conservative, Congressman Kenny Marchant is committed to the values of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Congressman Marchant has a strong record of fighting for lower taxes, eliminating wasteful government spending, bringing accountability and transparency to government, supporting free markets and opposing bailouts, securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws, and protecting human life in all its stages.

Congressman Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas on February 23, 1951, and was then raised in Carrollton.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern Nazarene University.

After graduating from Southern Nazarene University, Congressman Marchant started his own construction and home building business. As a small business owner, he was responsible for creating jobs and meeting a regular payroll, an experience that taught him the importance of entrepreneurship and free enterprise.

Congressman Marchant’s commitment to public service led him to run for the Carrollton City Council, where he was elected and served for four years before being elected mayor of Carrollton.  After serving two years as mayor of Carrollton, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1986.

As a state representative, Congressman Marchant earned a reputation as a strong conservative leader and consensus-builder.  In the Texas House, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Investments, where he authored legislation strengthening oversight of credit unions, allowing interstate branch banking, enforcing state laws relating to corporate fraud, securing public investments, and allowing access to home equity.  In 1999, his colleagues elected him Chair of the House Republican Caucus, a position he held for four years.

During his time in the Texas House, Congressman Marchant was named a “Top Ten Legislator” by Texas Monthly, “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Municipal League, and “Top Pro-Family Legislator of the Year” by the American Family Association for his consistent record of sponsoring and supporting pro-family legislation.

In 2004, he was elected to represent Texas’ 24th Congressional District.  As a member of Congress, he has received numerous honors and awards, including the Center for Security Policy’s “Champion of National Security” Award for his strong record of defending America’s sovereignty, safety, and freedom; the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s “Taxpayer Hero” Award for his principled stand against earmarks and excessive government spending; the Club for Growth’s “Defender of Economic Freedom” Award for his consistent record of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government; the American Conservative Union’s “Defender of Liberty” Award for his commitment to conservative principles; and the National Federation of Independent Business’ “Guardian of Small Business” Award for his unwavering support for small business.

Congressman Marchant currently serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means. The Ways and Means Committee is often said to be the most influential committee because of its broad jurisdiction that includes tax policy, Social Security, trade, and Medicare. Congressman Marchant serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. In the 113th Congress, he was selected by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp to Chair the Tax Reform Working Group on Debt, Equity and Capital as part of the Committee’s effort to achieve comprehensive tax reform.

In addition, Congressman Marchant serves as a senior member on the House Committee on Education and Workforce which handles education, health, workforce, and pension policy. This marks a return to a committee he served on in the 109th and 110th Congresses.

Congressman Marchant is also an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC).  The RSC is a group of House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.

Congressman Marchant and his wife Donna reside in Coppell, Texas.  They raised their four children (three sons and one daughter) in the 24th District and are proud grandparents of two granddaughters.  He is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Southern Nazarene University.

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