Trent Franks

Trent Franks


YES vote on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act not enthusiastic but sets baseline for further, stronger action


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."

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Sponsor of H.R. 36 Hails Historic Passage as Evidence of Deeply Sincere Effort to Protect Mothers and Pain-Capable Unborn Babies


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."

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Pro-Life Members Applaud Unifying Revisions to Pain-Capable Bill upon Announcement of Coming Floor Action


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.” ###

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Interview: Secure Freedom Radio


Listen to full interview HERE. FG: Frank Gaffney CTF: Congressman Trent Franks     FG: Welcome to Secure Freedom Radio, this is Frank Gaffney, your host and guide for what I think of as an intelligence briefing on the war for the free world. There really is no one that I regard more highly as a combatant in that war certainly in the congressional part of the battle space than our guest for this first segment. He is Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona. He represents with great distinction the people of the 8th district. Congressman Trent Franks, you've made my day by joining us; thank you so much for doing so.   CTF: Well, you know it makes my day too Frank.   FG: Welcome back. Listen, there's so much to talk about. Let me just cut to one of the issues on which you have truly been a leader and a driving force and that is the vulnerability of our electric grid to various threats. One of the things that I was heartened by, I guess, in a way, even USA Today has recently written about the gravity of the various threats that are emerging to it. Describe, if you would, both the problem as you see it with respect to the grid and what you've been trying to do about it.   CTF: The problem with electromagnetic pulse and other grid vulnerabilities is that for so long we've kind of assumed that someone had it under control and the military, as you know, has spent, literally in the last five or six decades, billions of dollars hardening the military apparatus we have including our nuclear triad, our missile defense capability and they have not been someone that's difficult to explain the issue to. But somehow there was a, I don't know, a cognitive disconnect I guess they call it, between the military apparatus and the civilian grid and the civilian grid has been just largely, completely naked, Frank, for a long time,    FG: Even though the United States military largely depends upon it, right?   CTF: For 99% of its electricity needs, the military in the continental United States depends upon the civilian grid, without which they cannot, according to them, affect their mission. That's pretty significant. But the good news is - the thing that I've been so encouraged about - it seems like in the last three years there has been a major epiphany or awakening among the decision makers and the policy makers that's just to being really aware of the danger here and all of its kind of snowballing and we're seeing our way much easier than before. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) passed the House last year and it very likely will do so again this year; and there's a good chance that we will prevail in the Senate.   FG: This is legislation of course that you and Congressman Pete Session introduced last year and it was very heartening that it was actually a unanimous vote in the House so this is encouraging. Very quickly, Congressman Trent Franks, tell us what the bill does and why it is needed.   CTF: Well essentially, you know, there are seventeen critical infrastructures that we realize are vital to our society and sixteen of them depend upon the electric grid, which is of course one in itself. And [CIPA] says that of all of our national planning scenarios for emergencies that now EMP would be included in that and that creates a whole host of activities in terms of research, in terms of preparation, in terms of trying to prevent a challenge, trying to harden our grid and those kinds of things and I am convinced that if the bill goes into law that it will not only further this awakening that's occurring in the country but that it will lead to direct, physical, hardware based hardening of the grid, which I think is vital. There are two things that are vital, Frank, and one is, we need a national standard for what we're going to harden against and that should anticipate GMD (geomagnetic disturbance) - the natural EMP, and also any weaponized GMD, I'm sorry, weaponized EMP, and if we do that and then use hardware based solutions, not guesswork, not procedures, but we make sure that if it happens, that we're protected against it, then I think at least we have taken away the incentive, right now, for the enemy to attack us.   FG: That's so worrying and speaking of which, Congressman, you have been making known evidence that Iran, a nation that we're supposed to be assuring will not have a nuclear weapon is writing in its internal doctrines, quite extensively, about its interest in being able to use this kind of electromagnetic pulse. Talk about that and what that suggests about the deal that is now being cooked up by the Obama Administration with the Iranian regime.   CTF: Well, I'm glad you asked that question. First of all, National Defense University has translated military doctrine, Iranian military doctrine, which they have published in a book that's sort of low key. It's not classified but it certainly is very sensitive and only certain people get to see it, it seems. This military doctrine of Iran mentions EMP 21 or 22 times and they emphasize the danger to a country of losing its electric grid, how that is a strategic place to hit a country, and how EMP is an effective way to do that. And if you consider Iran's reach, you know I was especially please to see Bibi Netanyahu explain to the world how Iran is reaching out to countries all over the region and really to, to expand its global influence, and if Iran expands its weapons capability that leverage and influence will expand into an EMP capability. They don’t need a re-entry vehicle to attack a country with EMP if they have a nuclear warhead because they're certainly well on their way to missile technology that will have the reach, to reach the United States very easily, Frank, and I am astonished that this Administration continues down this pathway to this insane deal with Iran who is a declared enemy, it's just amazing. You know the Supreme Leader [of Iran] was calling "Death to America!" just last Saturday, while they were saying that progress was being made in our…   FG: In the midst of the negotiations and it really does seem to me, Congressman Trent Franks, that what this is saying to us is that, you know, if this is how they're behaving while the negotiating such a deal, all bets are off once they get one and in fact we’ve legitimated the very program that they're supposed to be dispensing with. Congressman, again you have, among your many other responsibilities, the chairmanship of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, speaking of Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking of the existential threat that Iran represents, uh, what is to be made of how the Obama Administration is conducting itself with respect to our most important ally in the region at the moment, namely, the State of Israel?   CTF: Well, Frank, as you know, this Administration has done so many things in terms of foreign policy that it's terrifying, but I don't know of anything that is more grave and dangerous to America, to Israel, and to the peace of the world than this President turning his back on our most important ally. It not only goes to the geopolitical, strategic importance of Israel in fighting global jihad but it undermines America's very credibility with the world, because Israel's safety is largely dependent upon a clear understanding that America and Israel stand together and this Administration has put a major question mark in front of both our friends and our enemies as to whether America is going to continue to stand with Israel. I for one have a deep conviction that the minute we truly step away from Israel is the minute we step into the dark in terms of our national security.    FG: Yeah, and needless to say I think it creates conditions under which the next war will almost certainly befall both Israel and probably that region and who knows where beyond. Congressman Franks, we are almost out of time. Just very quickly, could you give us your sense of what Congress is likely to do on, well, assuring that the common defense is provided for as it has a constitutional responsibility to do?    CTF: Well, seventy of us on the Armed Services Committee predicated our vote on the budget on making sure that we had done the best that could possibly be done for national defense and we've done that, I think that budget will pass and I'm very encouraged about that. The danger of course is that this President may require either a CR or some sort of a negotiation before he signs anything. That's just the nature of his presidency.    FG: Yeah, and what that could mean is inadequate sources, again, and further shortfalls in our national security capabilities. Congressman Trent Franks, if that's so, it will be, I know, despite your best efforts. We are deeply grateful for all that you do, notably as a member of the armed services committee in the House of Representatives and as the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee Chairman in the House Judiciary Committee, keep up that great work Sir and come back.   Read More

House Sponsor of Sanction Iran Safeguard America Act warns Against Iran's latest Stipulation on Nuclear Deal


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."

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Upon Passage of H.Con.Res 27 the FY2016 Budget Resolution Rep. Franks Comments on his YES Vote


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."

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Rep. Franks' H.R. 308 - Keep the Promise Act - Passes Natural Resources Committee


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."

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Coffee with the Congressman


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 - 623-776-7911  

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Coffee with the Congressman


You are invited to


The second of a series of "Mini Townhalls" is designed for the Congressman to get better acquainted with constituents and to adderess concerns in a smaller, more intimate setting.

Space is extremely limited!

Please RSVP to the District Office Staff - 623-776-7911

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Israel Allies Co-Chair Rep. Franks responds to Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to Congress


"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."

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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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