Congressman Steve King

Representing the 4th District of Iowa


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Economy and Federal Spending

The key to getting our economy back on track and getting Americans back to work is finding ways to help private-sector businesses thrive. As someone who started and ran his own small business for nearly 30 years, I understand the challenges these businesses face, and, as a member of the House Committee on Small Business, I will continue to push for common sense policies that will reduce the tax and regulatory burden under which entrepreneurs and business owners must operate. If we do this, it will give businesses the incentives to grow and hire more workers, unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, and promote real, sustainable economic growth. While we need to pursue these kinds of reforms within our current system, in the end I believe we need to eliminate the income tax and replace it with the FairTax - a national sales tax that would replace all other forms of federal taxation. Rather than taxing productivity, like our current tax system, the FairTax would foster economic growth, keep American businesses competitive in the international marketplace, hinder tax-evasion, and encourage investment.

We must also balance the federal budget, which will help to restore confidence to financial markets around the world, give banks the confidence to begin lending once again to small businesses, and ensure that the next generation of American entrepreneurs are not saddled with excessive taxes. Annual deficits have been over $1 trillion for four years straight, and the national debt is quickly approaching $17 trillion. In 2006, when President Obama was still in the Senate, he said that “increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally,” and that “leadership” means not “shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” I couldn’t agree more, and I plan on fighting every day here in Congress to reduce federal spending and get our nation’s fiscal house in order. However, we cannot fix our nation's finances without an honest, grown-up conversation about entitlement reform. The two biggest entitlements, Social Security and Medicare, are each insolvent, and a crisis is around the corner if we continue to ignore the problem and fail to act. Since Americans who are nearing retirement age and those who are already retired paid into Social Security and Medicare their entire working lives, Congress must ensure that they receive the benefits they rightfully expect and have been promised.

However, the fact remains that Social Security and Medicare face serious solvency problems in the long term, and the unfunded liabilities of these programs range in the tens of trillions of dollars. If we do nothing to reform them, future beneficiaries will receive only a small percentage of their promised benefits – if they receive anything at all. For this reason, we must look for common-sense reforms that will provide the benefits promised to those near or in retirement while at the same time protecting Social Security and Medicare for future generations.

More on Economy and Federal Spending

May 21, 2020 Press Release

King’s 95% Rating is the Highest in Iowa’s House/Senate Delegation

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Also Votes Against Speaker Pelosi’s Proxy Voting Power Grab

May 15, 2020 Column

Today is Friday, May 15 and I am in Washington, DC to cast a vote against Speaker Pelosi's $3 Trillion hyper-partisan wish list of liberal agenda items. President Trump has already declared that Pelosi's wasteful bill is "D.O.A.-Dead on Arrival,” and I intend to help him defeat the Speaker's bill and to provide him with a vote to sustain his veto should it ever reach his desk.

Apr 23, 2020 Press Release

“Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” allocates nearly $500 Billion

Mar 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington DC- Congressman Steve King announces that he voted “NO” on the rushed Wuhan Virus/COVID-19 (HR 6201) legislation presented to the House in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14. The rush to pass the legislation meant that the bill was filed at 12:01 AM, debate began at 12:10 AM, and only 18 minutes later, at 12:28 AM, the vote was gaveled. This compressed timeframe ensured that Members of Congress voting on the bill had no opportunity to read the final language.

Dec 17, 2019 Press Release

“Too much money, too little time, and no process that allowed for any kind of oversight.”


Washington D.C- Congressman Steve King releases the following video of comments he delivered during a Facebook Live broadcast today. In his remarks, King discusses his reasons for voting against irresponsible spending bills totaling $1.4 Trillion in spending that were rushed through the House of Representatives today with little to no opportunity for Members to review the contents prior to the votes.

Sep 19, 2019 Press Release

HR 4378 was rushed to floor with no cost estimate and no opportunity to amend

Sep 19, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Steve King announces that the nation of Taiwan has signed letters of intent to purchase $3.6 billion of American corn, soybean, wheat, and beef over the next two years. The letters of intent were signed at a ceremony King participated in yesterday afternoon, and were a highlight of the 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to Washington D.C.

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