I will do all I can to protect the United States Constitution by reaffirming its timeless truths and principles in the hearts of Americans and influencing the appointment and confirmation of jurists who are committed to its original intent and purpose.
Elected officials owe it to the Constitution and to the American people they serve to defend every word of the Constitution. Any member of Congress who does not take this seriously is in violation of the oath he or she swore. I have always taken my oath very seriously, and I have always taken it upon myself to protect and defend the Constitution every day I have served in Congress. I will never do anything to underhandedly strip away from the spirit of the original Constitution. This remains one of my primary objectives during my service in Congress.
As a Member of the House Judiciary Committee as well as the Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee, I remain absolutely committed to preserving our sacred Constitution and the inalienable rights it enumerates. In the spirit of our nation’s Founders we must remember the self-evident truth that human beings do not have rights because of government; they have government because of their rights. America’s revolutionary experiment in liberty birthed a "shining city upon a hill," the freest, strongest, and wealthiest nation in the world. As we continue to champion liberty, Congress must reaffirm the Constitutional cornerstones of both national security and protecting the sanctity of all human life.
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The following is the prepared speech delivered on the House Floor the evening of January 11,2017. The video of this speech can be viewed at this link.
Mr. Speaker, one of the most important elements of this Republic is the ability of the people to understand and remember the public actions and record of those they elect. This is vital to government accountability, to historical accuracy and to the future direction of the future generations of this country.
The following is Congressman Trent Franks' prepared opening statement for the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Hearing on HR 4924 the Prenatal Nondscrimination Act held Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Given the subject of this hearing, it seems appropriate to me that we all remind ourselves that the very bedrock foundation principle that gave birth to America in the first place was the conviction that all human beings are children of God and created equal in his sight.
The following article was published as an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal at 7:17 pm on January 25, 2016 at the following link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ending-the-stealth-filibuster-1453767433
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon the announcement of the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell to uphold the Administration's overreach, Congressman Trent Franks Chairman of the Constitution Subcommitee of the Judiciary, made the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks released the following statement following House passage of Trade Promotion Authority (219-211):