Curtis Votes For Transparency in Mueller Investigation

Curtis Votes For Transparency in Mueller Investigation

March 19, 2019

Washington, DC –  Representative John Curtis (R-UT) supported H. Con. Res. 24 – expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress. He released the following statement:

“In the last two years, the federal government has spent millions of dollars on Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump and the 2016 election. Consistent with current law, I believe that when that report is finally complete, the American people deserve the utmost transparency about its contents, whether that information clears the President’s name or incriminates him.”

Background


H. Con. Res. 24 (Mueller Report Sense of Congress)

  • This is a nonbinding resolution that simply restates current law to ensure as much transparency as the law allows.
  • The special counsel regulations protect certain materials, including classified and grand jury information.
  • With approximately $25 million spent on this investigation at the end of last year, taxpayers should have access to the report.

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President Trump Signs Two Curtis Public Lands Bills into Law

President Trump Signs Two Curtis Public Lands Bills into Law

March 14, 2019

Washington, DC – Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), a major public lands package which included two bills sponsored by Rep. Curtis, into law today. The legislation has received widespread, bipartisan support. For more information, and statements of support from stakeholders and local leaders, click here.

“This bill represents decades of outreach, where local leaders worked hard to create broad consensus among a diverse range of priorities. The Emery County Commissioners, Emery County Public Lands Council, and other leaders deserve to be applauded for their contributions that will bring long-term certainty to the area, striking a balance between access and protection,” said Curtis. “Additionally, the legislation generates millions of dollars through school trust land exchanges to help Utah’s school children. I’m proud to have been a part of this collaborative effort, along with Senator Hatch and Senator Romney, that is truly a local solution.”

The Natural Resources Management Act is a comprehensive, bipartisan public lands package that comprises over 100 individual bills. Two of these bills are sponsored by Representative John Curtis, the Emery County Public Land Management Act and the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act. S. 47 includes 8 pieces of legislation that are sponsored by members of the Utah congressional delegation, in addition to many other bills that will benefit all Utahns who use public lands.

Emery County Public Land Management Act

In May of 2018, Curtis introduced the historic Emery County Public Land Management Act, with former SenatorOrrin Hatch, designating roughly one million acres in Utah’s Emery County for various uses, including recreation, conservation, development, grazing, and more. For over two decades, Emery County, Utah has fine-tuned this broadly supported public lands legislation, which resolves longstanding questions about federal land management in the region and brings desired certainty to a broad range of stakeholders.

This bill is a model for how Utahns can work together to solve public land management questions in some of the most unique landscapes of the country. After years of input and stakeholder engagement, this bill resolves a number of issues affecting the region through a school land trust exchange, conveying certain lands to Emery County, expanding Goblin Valley State Park, conservation designations, and the creation of the new San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. 

The legislation has been backed by all three Emery County Commissioners, Utah Governor Gary Hebert, Senator Mitt Romney, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Conservation Alliance, Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Alliance, Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, American Whitewater, and American Alpine Club. 

Major Provisions:

  • Establishes the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area to highlight and enhance the diverse range of recreational activities in the area
  • Establishes the Jurassic National Monument
  • Exchanges nearly 100,000 acres of school trust land that will now generate millions of dollars to support Utah’s school kids;
  • Expands Goblin Valley State Park to increase the experience of visitors through targeted improvements
  • Various targeted conservation designates for certain land and waters throughout the County

Designations by the Numbers:

  • Current Wilderness Study Areas: 436,643 acres;
  • San Rafael Swell Recreation Area (before SITLA exchange):  216,995 acres;
  • Wilderness designated (before SITLA exchange):  661,155 acres;
  • Jurassic National Monument (contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-era dinosaur bones in the world): 850 acres;
  • Goblin Valley State Park Expansion: 6,261 acres;
  • Emery County Conveyances (various conveyances include the Huntington Airport expansion, Sheriff’s station, and Buckhorn Information Center): 2,852 acres;
  • Wild and Scenic River Designations: 63 Miles.

Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act

This bipartisan legislation extends the authorization to use upper Colorado River Storage Project Revenues for annual base funding of fish recovery programs.

  • The recovery programs are for four different endangered species of fish located in the Upper Colorado and San Juan Rivers: the Colorado pikeminnow, the humpback chub, the razorback sucker, and the bonytail.
  • These programs were reauthorized in 2012 and set to expire in 2019.  This extension would authorize the programs through 2023

The bill also requires the Interior Secretary to submit a report, in consultation with the participants in the Recovery Implementation Programs, to Congress describing the accomplishments and costs of the programs.

 

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Curtis, DeSaulnier Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Transportation Planning

Curtis, DeSaulnier Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Transportation Planning

March 12, 2019

Washington, DC – Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that will promote evidence-based planning decisions on transportation projects. The Connecting Opportunities through Mobility Metrics and Unlocking Transportation Efficiencies (COMMUTE) Act (H.R. 1517) would create a pilot program to use data to drive improvements in transportation access and connectivity. 

“Quick and efficient transportation is crucial to Utahns, not only because it makes our lives better, but it also positively impacts our environment and economic development,” said Curtis. “I am proud to co-lead this bipartisan legislation to improve the way we look at transportation options in our communities.”

Background

The COMMUTE Act would establish a pilot program that requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide states, metropolitan planning organizations, and rural planning organizations with data sets measuring the level of access by multiple modes of transportation to specific destinations. These destinations include jobs and areas with a concentration of available jobs, health care facilities, childcare services, educational and workforce training facilities, affordable housing, and food sources. Under the program, DOT would select five eligible states, 10 metropolitan planning organizations, and five rural planning organizations to participate.

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Curtis Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking with OUR Tim Ballard and Rep. Crenshaw

Curtis Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking with OUR Tim Ballard and Rep. Crenshaw

March 12, 2019

Washington, DC – Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement today after the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2019 (H.R. 295), a bill he has sponsored, passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The legislation seeks to combat human trafficking by taking aim at traffickers’ finances. It aims to create global norms for preventing financial transactions connected to human trafficking.

“The scourge of human trafficking must be fought from every angle,” said Curtis. “I was proud to join with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help introduce this legislation that will choke off traffickers’ access to financial institutions and was pleased to see it receive unanimous support from the Committee. This bill will help in the fight against modern-day slavery and I hope to see it pass in the House soon.”

Earlier this week, the Congressman met with Tim Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad and Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) to discuss concerted efforts to protect victims of human trafficking and further disincentivize the perpetrators.

Background

H.R. 295, End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2019

The End Banking for Human Traffickers Act seeks to combat human trafficking by taking aim at traffickers’ finances. Specifically, this bill creates global norms for preventing financial transactions connected to human trafficking by:

  • Adding the Secretary of the Treasury as a member of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking;
  • Requiring the Task Force to submit recommendations to Congress to revise anti-money laundering programs to specifically target money laundering related to human trafficking;
  • Requiring the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) to review and enhance procedures to target human trafficking operations;
  • Requiring the Department of State to report on countries’ efforts to eliminate money laundering related to human trafficking and the number of investigations, arrests, indictments, and convictions in money laundering cases related to human trafficking in various countries; and
  • Strengthening the annual US Trafficking in Persons report by incorporating an assessment of countries’ efforts to develop and implement frameworks to eliminate financial transactions connected to human trafficking.

The Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking Act

In December, President Trump signed into law Rep. Curtis’ bill, The Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking Act, historic legislation that will create a Public-Private Advisory Council to provide a direct line to federal government agencies that will streamline unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and empower nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations in the fight against human trafficking.

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Curtis Applauds Resolution Honoring Fallen Major Brent Taylor

Curtis Applauds Resolution Honoring Fallen Major Brent Taylor

March 8, 2019

Washington, DC – Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after the resolution to name the North Ogden Department of Veteran’s Affairs Outstation the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation passed the House of Representatives unanimously.

“I proudly supported a bill to rename the Veteran Affairs Center in Ogden, Utah after Major Brent Taylor,” said Curtis. “A beloved mayor, father, husband, and a devoted Utah National Guard Soldier, Brent never hesitated to serve his community and country. We are forever indebted to soldiers like Major Taylor, and I challenge all of us to live in a way that is worthy of their service.”

Background

The legislation renames the North Ogden Department of Veteran’s Affairs outstation the ‘Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation’ after Major Brent Taylor, who lost his life on November 3, 2018 while deployed to Afghanistan during an unprecedented year-long leave of absence from his service as the Mayor of North Ogden. The legislation passed unanimously in the Senate yesterday after being introduced in November 2018 by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and former Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and in the House of Representatives by Rob Bishop (R-UT).

The Congressman also spoke on the House floor in November, paying homage to his friend and colleague Brent. The two served as Mayors of Provo and North Ogden, respectively.

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