WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon passage of H.R. 1191 the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Congressman Franks released the following statement:
"My vote in support of H.R. 1191 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was not an enthusiastic one, and it carries many reservations. The regime in Tehran, whose rallying cry is “Death to America” and which yesterday said it has “divine permission” to destroy our ally Israel, is not a trustworthy negotiating partner, particularly when it comes to a deal that will put them on a more certain path to obtaining a nuclear weapon.
"Future measures in addition to H.R. 1191 absolutely must ensure that Iran is left with no capacity to build a nuclear bomb, and that its sponsorship of regional and international terrorism – which has destabilized the Middle East and threatens the very existence of our allies – comes to a total end.
"As flawed as the bill is in many ways, it does increase Congressional access to information regarding the nuclear deal that otherwise this President would have been all too willing to keep from Congress entirely. The deal with Iran is a serious matter that affects all Americans, regardless of our political affiliation. I intend to remain in the heart of the debate over this issue, to ensure that the nightmare of a nuclear Iran never occurs."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon passage of H.R. 36 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, with a vote of 242 to 184, the bill's sponsor Congressman Franks issued the following statement:
"I want to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude to my colleagues who not only played a role in the creation and development of The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act but who also voted today to protect little pain-capable unborn babies. I especially want to thank the leadership of the House for bringing it to a vote on this unique day. Protecting those who cannot protect themselves is why we are really all here and today's vote is a strong reminder of that. "Exactly 2 years ago to the day, one Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing a mother and murdering innocent, late term, pain capable babies in his grisly torture chamber abortion clinic. This bill and its passage express our deeply sincere desire to protect both mothers and their little pain capable unborn babies entering their sixth month of pregnancy from the unspeakable cruelty of evil monsters like Kermit Gosnell.
"The historic passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection act proves that those of us privileged to live and breathe in this the land of the free and the home of the brave finally came together with our minds and hearts open to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon the announcement of next week's floor action on H.R. 36 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Congressmen Trent Franks (AZ-08), Diane Black (TN-06), Joe Pitts (PA-16), Chris Smith (NJ-04), and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statements:
Congressman Franks: "I am so grateful to all who have worked so hard to craft language that will now unite the pro-life base in a positive and effective way. This proposal is substantially stronger than the original bill, and it places the focus back upon protecting mothers and their innocent little pain-capable babies, from the beginning of the sixth month until birth."
Congressman Black: “While I was prepared to support this measure in its original form earlier this year, I am pleased that we have devised a stronger, improved bill that will ultimately save more unborn lives. This is a human rights issue. Science tells us that, after twenty weeks, babies can feel pain and are increasingly able to live outside the womb. As a nurse, I believe it is unconscionable that - in the year 2015 - the United States continues to be one of only seven countries to allow elective abortions at this late stage in a pregnancy. This bill is a compassionate, commonsense measure to change that. I was honored to take part in drafting this strengthened legislation and am grateful to Congressman Franks, House leadership, and the many grassroots pro-life organizations who worked tirelessly to bring this bill back for a vote.”
Congressman Pitts: "This coming week marks the two-year anniversary of Kermit Gosnell's conviction for first-degree murder after delivering three babies alive, and then killing them. One of his "patients," Karnamaya Mongar, also died at his hands. While Pennsylvanians can't undo this tragedy, this legislation will protect innocent unborn children in the sixth month of pregnancy across the country - even better than the original version did. This bill will help to ensure that tragedies like those that occurred in Kermit Gosnell's office will not happen again."
Congressman Smith: "I am very grateful that today House Republican Leadership has announced that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) will be considered by the House next week. The timing could not be more fitting. Next week marks the second anniversary of the conviction of the infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell - who was sentenced to life in prison for killing one of his patients -- Mrs. Karnamaya Mongar -- and three babies who were born alive after attempted abortions."
Congresswoman Hartzler: “I am pleased to see this important legislation moving forward. In addition to protecting innocent babies who can feel the pain of an abortion, the new language goes further, adding protections for mothers and infants as well. I am thankful for all those who wouldn’t let this issue fade. It is extremely important that we continue to defend the value of every child - born or unborn, and I look forward this bill coming to the floor.” ###Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of Iranian President Rouhani's stipulation that all sanctions be lifted upon implementation of nuclear deal, Rep. Franks had the following response: "Iranian President Rouhani's recent stipulation that all sanctions on Iran be lifted on the same day as implementation of a nuclear deal fundamentally demonstrates the regime's arrogant and delusional mindset.
"Senator Cruz and I have jointly introduced the Sanction Iran Safeguard America Act (H.R. 1540; S. 825) and we continue to believe that the way forward with Iran is not to acquiesce to childlike temper tantrums but to ratchet up pressure on the regime to dismantle their uranium enrichment and plutonium production capabilities.
"Any deal with Iran that does not dismantle their uranium enrichment and Plutonium production capabilities and include an immediate end to their support for terror in the future will only further endanger the entire human family. Iran has a decades long record of defiance of international agreements. Suddenly trusting this regime is foolish beyond comprehension."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - After House Passage of H. Con. Res 27 which establishes the budget for the United States, Congressman Franks offered the following comments on his YEA vote: "This Budget clearly defines our National Priorities by boosting defense spending above the President's request, repealing Obamacare in full, strengthening Medicare, and balancing the budget in less than 10 years without raising taxes. "Our Seniors will be protected from Obamacare's raid on Medicare. Our National Defense will be bolstered through greater funding of troop training, and our grandchildren's futures will be brighter as we get on a path to paying off the debt. I was happy to support such a plan."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - After today's Natural Resources Committee passage of H.R. 308, the Keep the Promise Act, a bipartisan bill that would prevent any additional casinos in the Phoenix Metro area, the bill's sponsor, Congressman Trent Franks, released the following statement:
"I commend the Natural Resources Committee for passing H.R. 308, the Keep the Promise Act. This bill halts a precedent that may lead to an expansion of off-reservation casinos and dangerous changes to the complexion of tribal gaming in other states across the country. Tribes across the nation, including many of the other Arizona tribes that played an integral role in the 2002 gaming compact, strongly support this legislation due to the impact this situation could have on tribal gaming enterprises nationally.
"This bill is not about a vendetta. Nor is it about ending gaming in Arizona. It is, very specifically, about ensuring that the limits on casinos specifically promised back in 2002 during debate on Proposition 202 are realized."Read More
You are invited to COFFEE WITH THE CONGRESSMAN The fourth in a series of "Mini Townhalls" designed for the Congressman to get better acquainted with constituents and to address concerns in a smaller, more intimate setting.Space is extremely limited!Please RSVP to the District Office Staff - 623-776-7911Read More
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"That was one of the very most statesmanlike and visionary speeches I've heard on this floor since I came to Congress 12 years ago. Barack Obama should have used this historic event to bring world leaders together to counter the unspeakable danger a nuclear weapons capable Iran represents to the entire human family. Instead, an American president, his administration, and dozens of Democrats shamefully and petulantly boycotted.
"The Prime Minister of Israel, one of our most vital friends on earth, traveled nearly 6,000 miles to speak to us about the survival of the only Jewish State on Earth and the administration wouldn’t travel 6 minutes down the street to hear him. It is a shameful disgrace.
"Nearly a decade ago, I stood on the floor of the United States Congress to openly call for Iran to be referred to the U.N. Security Council:
"Mr. Speaker, Iran is attempting to allay international concerns, pledging that its nuclear program will be subject to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Yet this assurance is completely unassuring when put in the context of 18 years of unremitting deception, and the IAEA’s ineffectiveness. Iran has violated its obligations and forfeited its credibility. We must not allow this defiant threat to the world to pass by unnoticed. The IAEA should refer Iran to the Security Council. The world cannot allow the current ruling regime of Iran to obtain and develop indigenous nuclear capability."Read More
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Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative Reagan Republican, and he has spent most of his life working on children’s issues and trying to build a better future for all children.
Trent is someone who still believes that there is such a thing as the truth and that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. He works very hard in the United States Congress for smaller government by cutting government waste, reducing taxes, bureaucracy, and regulation. Trent believes in personal responsibility, free enterprise and that government’s first purpose is to protect its innocent citizens.
Trent is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives. While in the House, he served as Vice-Chairman of the House Commerce Committee and Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Child Protection and Family Preservation.
In January of 1987, Trent was appointed by the Governor to head the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, which is a Cabinet level division of the Governor’s office responsible for overseeing and coordinating state policy and programs for Arizona’s children.
Trent served four and a half years as the Executive Director of the Arizona Family Research Institute, a non-profit organization associated with Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family for the purpose of advocating public policy to protect children and families in Arizona. The Arizona Family Research Institute later became the Center for Arizona Policy.
Trent Franks is past Chairman of the Children’s Hope Scholarship Foundation and a Republican Member of The United States Congress. He currently serves on the Armed services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, and is now Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee.
He is a member of the Republican Study Committee, the House Working Group on Judicial Accountability, House Working Group on Waste, Fraud and Abuse, the Congressional Hispanic Conference, the Liberty Caucus, the DUI Caucus, the Human Rights Caucus, the India Caucus, the Refugee Caucus, and the Education Freedom Caucus.
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This Memorial Day, we salute those who have gone on from this life in valiant defense of their country. Every freedom we enjoy today has a cost
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