Why Utah Rep. Chris Stewart isn't pleased with the federal budget deal

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  • BountifulUte Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 2:51 p.m.

    Congressman Stewart, along with two other reps and a Senator need to be removed from office by the voters. Each of these men support a President that is a serial liar. Do we need a wall? Let's use facts, not lies, to make that determination. Does the military actually need the money that has been appropriated and now ripe for the plundering by this President or not? Does Stewart put a wall above other military considerations. Sounds like it to me. Trump says generals agree with him - wall before military readiness. What does Stewart say? Our congressional reps have been reduced to sniveling toadies of a President who has no respect for the law. Those who continue to look the other way as he continues to exert his power are playing a dangerous game that one day will come to haunt this nation.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 2:21 a.m.

    cmbennett1

    Forget Jericho, but remember the wall that God will put around New Jerusalem (Zion) in the Book of Revelations.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 4:51 p.m.

    DN Subscriber

    "Your comment starts with this deliberately false statement and should be ignored.
    All federal workers received back pay for the "shutdown" period, even if they did not work. So, they actually got a very nice paid vacation."

    So did all those businesses that relied on government workers. They don't get any back pay though. You want another shutdown so Trump can get a useless wall and more Americans go further into debt because they don't have an income. Don't you support American?

    "Remember, it was the fault of Democrats who refused to approve funding for the wall which caused the shutdown."

    No, it was Trump and McConnell that couldn't get Mexico to pay for the wall. ALL their fault.

    "Rep. Stewart's displeasure with the budget deal is fully justified."
    Poor Stewart, Trump's sycophant in Utah (Censors, look up the word, not name calling.)

    UtahBlueDevil
    "I do really like Ted Cruz's idea about using the Drug kingpins fortunes to pay for the wall/barrier/fence.'

    It's not Trumps money to use as he wishes. It's ours.

    There are other things that money can be used for...like infrastructure rebuilding. Why build a wall that a tunnel can defeat or a $100 ladder?

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 2:20 p.m.

    I came here hoping the D News would write something about what Stewart said about McCabe...but they didn't.

    In fact, there isn't much at all about the collusion story fizzle.

    As for the Dreamers, no way. That's amnesty. They already have a way to get legal. We've got to make our country less attractive to people who are dragging their children here at great danger. When people work the system, you plug the loopholes.

  • Not another naysayer Lehi, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 12:44 p.m.

    There are a lot of naysayers that respond to these articles. But the more I hear Congressman Stewart, the more I like him. So glad he has the values and commitments he does.

    Thank you for what you do for us and taking stands!

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 12:02 p.m.

    Stewart is like most Republicans. All talk an no action. They didn’t do anything when they had complete control, but now when Democrats control the house it’s all of the Democrats fault. Why when you repealed Obama Care and are proud of it is there still the penalty on your income taxes.

  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 9:16 a.m.

    I'm disappointed with the bill because it does not provide any funding for building a wall along the border with Canada.

  • kreese Ivins, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:29 a.m.

    He shouldn't be happy with the deal that was made. Quite often, we read/hear about drug busts on I-15 through the St. George area. We don't know how many are not caught.

  • cmbennett1 Stafford, VA
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:13 a.m.

    Remember Joshua and his trumpet section at Jericho.

  • TheJester American Fork, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:09 a.m.

    @DN Subscriber

    "Remember, it was the fault of Democrats who refused to approve funding for the wall which caused the shutdown."

    So it's your opinion that Democrats should just capitulate to the whims of Dear Leader? It's amazing to me to watch all of the "conservative" commenters here who viewed the Republican party as patriotic saviors of our nation for their complete obstruction of everything President Obama proposed, and who are now more than happy to bow down to the dictatorial desires of Donald Trump. I honestly believe that most of these people would be very satisfied living under a Dictatorship, as long as the dictator says he's a Republican.

    Oh, and BTW, our President promised his voters that Mexico would pay for the wall, not US taxpayers. The Democratic party is simply trying to help him keep his campaign promise.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:57 a.m.

    I swear common sense no longer is common

    We have a president who want to wants 20+ billion dollars on a border wall (5 now a 15 later )
    that we know a wall will only temporary deter drug trafficking, marginally deter Illegals and down right wont stop terrorists.

    Yet when the "fiscally responsible" thing to do is put those tax dollars toward actual expenses that will benefit US citizens Trump supporters blame Democrats ? What Bizzaro world do you live in ?

    Locally Utah R's have complained about just about every Federal Service we have yet these services are severally under budget. But now you want to take more funding away from these services. Choose a Side and stop complaining

  • Latter-daySaintForever St. George, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:32 a.m.

    I am with you Chris

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:10 a.m.

    I appreciated his concern for the DACA kids.... this is ridicules to hold them out there as political pawns. Perhaps he can author legislation to bring the subject back to the bodies floor. He can do that if he truly is concerned.

    As for the funding, we just saw the federal deficit ballon up yet another trillion dollars this year. We can't keep giving out corporate tax cuts, put a 8% tax raise on the middle class ( as witnessed by decreased refunds this year), and spend as we have. Paying for infrastructure incrementally unfortunately is the only sensible way to fund these kinds of projects. Depending on revenues, next budget cycle they can allocate more.

    I do really like Ted Cruz's idea about using the Drug kingpins fortunes to pay for the wall/barrier/fence. It would only seem justice if his money funded the construction.

    We need to incrementally fund infrastructure... it needs to be done... but we can't burst the budget doing it.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:06 a.m.

    Yesterday I wrote a derogatory statement about Rep. Chris Stewart's motives for supporting DACA now . After research I admit my mistake. I wrote:
    "..... He hasn't stood up for the dreamers to this date, why now? "

    Here is a 2017 article about how Chris Stewart feels about DACA.

    “Nonetheless, I believe that we must protect those individuals who came to this country as children. I’m a cosponsor of two pieces of legislation that will continue to protect children of undocumented immigrants. These include the BRIDGE Act and the ENLIST Act. These bills bar the removal of individuals who were brought here under the age of 15 that are currently pursuing education, have recently graduated, or are serving in the armed forces. "

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 6:42 a.m.

    Trump and the GOP had several opportunities to get more funding for the wall.

    They blew it. That includes Mr. Stewart. He was in the majority for two years on this deal, as was our President.

    I'm tired of the President's followers, and I do mean followers, trying to blame the Democrats. There is multiple video's of Trump 'owning' the shutdown. Why do his followers still try to pass the blame elsewhere. Trump and the GOP had a chance at $25B and wasted it away.

    IF, and that's a big IF, the wall is so critical it seems like they would have done anything to procure it? I guess the wall is a chess piece like everything else? Thus, not as critical as some claim.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 12:45 a.m.

    Looks like the Democrats have given up on DACA.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Feb. 14, 2019 12:14 a.m.

    Who is Chris Stewart?

  • SGU84770 St. George, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 7:49 p.m.

    Chris is a great American who always speaks the truth and acts in a reasonable, conservative manner. Thanks Chris for your service.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 7:20 p.m.

    @dn subscriber

    “Remember, it was the fault of Democrats who refused to approve funding for the wall which caused the shutdown.”

    No, it was McConnell who refused to allow votes on all the house bills to open the government. The shutdown was McConnell and trumps fault.

  • Clinton King (Ephraim) Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 7:07 p.m.

    With budgets like these, who needs geopolitical foes to undermine our Republic? The deficit spending is doing just fine on its own, without any help from the Russians or Chinese.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 6:47 p.m.

    "Like other recently released reports, the congressman said he doesn't think the Mueller probe will find any evidence of collusion."

    How can Stewart be so sure when Trump's campaign manager has a lied a number of times about secretly meeting with Russian Officials during the campaign.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 6:19 p.m.

    @ the educator
    "All the federal workers who are voters in Davis and Weber County should all vote Stewart out of office in 2020. It appears like he wants you to work and not receive compensation."

    Your comment starts with this deliberately false statement and should be ignored.
    All federal workers received back pay for the "shutdown" period, even if they did not work. So, they actually got a very nice paid vacation. If a 6 week delay in receiving payment (for work not done) then they have much more serious problems with budgeting and money management that need to be addressed.

    Remember, it was the fault of Democrats who refused to approve funding for the wall which caused the shutdown.

    Rep. Stewart's displeasure with the budget deal is fully justified.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 5:45 p.m.

    The largest problem by far with the budget is that it puts us all another Trillion dollars in debt. It's always bipartisan to pass growing costs on to future generations. There's no justification for this. We should have a balanced budget now.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    Feb. 13, 2019 5:36 p.m.

    Not fixing problems while in control in Washington is not a left or right thing, they both fail to govern when in office. That is why obama did so much without both houses, much to the countries demise. And that is why trump is doing the same thing. Doing nothing in government means you always have things you need to accomplish, so you need to get re elected. Term limits solves that problem I don't see why we keep voting them in. If your dr never fixed your health problems would you keep going to him? If so call me dr.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 4:56 p.m.

    @1covey - Salt Lake City, UT
    "Did anyone read the article by Tim Ballard, former DHS Special Agent and CEO of Operation Underground featured in DN online news?"

    Why read anything about the wall? Just listen to Trump and his phony national emergency message.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 4:45 p.m.

    Stewart is only half right or half truthful. What he really cares about is the low amount allocated for the Wall. He hasn't stood up for the dreamers to this date, why now?
    It is a artifice to appear bipartisan.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    I agree with Chris Stewart. The bill is watered down to the degree it means little compared to what the President asked for. We need the wall and something needs to be put in place concerning the dreamers. This bill will do very little to put these issues to rest.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Feb. 13, 2019 4:26 p.m.

    From the Article:
    ---
    "We wanted to give some protection to ‘Dreamers’ and we couldn't get there, and we couldn't get there because the Democrats wouldn't work with us on that," Stewart said.
    ---

    Hogwash. The GOP has never had any interest in protecting 'Dreamers', but to the contrary, Trump and Co. have used the Dreamers to castigate Obama's policies, whip fear and loathing for illegal immigrants, and of course support false claims of being invaded by immigrants. The GOP has tagged along with Trump on these issues.

    The GOP had a majority for 2 years, and rather than work on DACA protection legislation, better budgeting, the GOP gave the wealthy a tax bonanza, and Trump and Co. have negatively impacted the US allies abroad, and closer to home, Canada and Mexico. The GOP lead Congress has given Trump as much as they could, and he has squandered it, whether actual dollars, or the public relations opportunities.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 4:17 p.m.

    Rep. Stewart knows very well that the so-called "compromise" on Dreamers was to give them temporary protection in exchange for $5.6 billion for a vanity project. At the expiration of the temporary protection period, the Dreamers would be right back in the mess that Mr. Trump has created for them, but Mr. Trump would then have his graffiti canvas. That is a non-starter. Had the GOP, and by extension Mr. Trump, been willing to offer permanent protection for Dreamers, and sensible immigration reform, I think there would have been support. Rep. Stewart has become a caricature of the ideal Trump acolyte - support whatever Mr. Trump says in the exact moment he says it, even if he then goes on to contradict himself in the following sentence. In the inevitable circumstance where that happens, turn yourself around and support the newly altered reality.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 4:03 p.m.

    For speaking the truth and using common sense, Representative Chris Stewart is getting a lot of flak. It is evident the Democrats preferred to sacrifice DACA in order to diminish our capability of protecting our border by severely limiting the proposed Walls. Did anyone read the article by Tim Ballard, former DHS Special Agent and CEO of Operation Underground featured in DN online news?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 13, 2019 3:57 p.m.

    If Chris isn't pleased with the budget, then I am.

    Go on, you beautiful budget!

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Feb. 13, 2019 3:27 p.m.

    Article: "Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Mueller should make his entire investigation public when it's completed."

    Yeah, about that.

    Rep. Stewart may not know some of this complicated fancy lawyery stuff, but by law, Mueller does not decide if his report is made public, nor how much, if any, will be redacted.

    The Dept. of Justice makes that decision, specifically the acting director Matt Whitaker or his successor. Both are Trump appointees, thus no one expects the DoJ to release Mueller's report.

    Which is why Mueller has been filing 'speaking indictments' -- loaded up with many more factual allegations than are required to meet the minimum for a federal indictments. In lieu of the public seeing the full report Mueller submits to DoJ, we will have an easy-to-follow connect-the-dots picture to trace.

    Of course, the final round of indictments will get a lot more fanfare than whatever Mueller hands in to DoJ as his "report".

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 2:54 p.m.

    Everyone gets their say. Not everyone gets their way

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 2:41 p.m.

    If only Stewart had been in a position all these years to make a difference! Oh darn! If only he had the power to propose legislation to solve problems! If only!

    Other than be obstruct President Obama and rubber stamping anything Donald spouts off, what has Stewart done? What specifically has Stewart done to make your life better? If you can't say anything, then isn't it about time he be replaced?

    Why shouldn't government be working to improve our lives?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 2:12 p.m.

    Stewart's hypocrisy is astounding. When he was in the majority, he could have done more to address DACA, but the GOP fell flat on its face. Stewart has to bear some of the responsibility for this failure. Now that he is in the cheap seats as part of the minority, he takes cheap partisanship to a new level. Now, no one cares what he has to say (except this newspaper, for some reason).

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 2:06 p.m.

    Dreamers resolution is easy. Make them citizens today. It's what 75% of Americans want. Why is it so difficult to do it, unless you're in bed with that 25% of Americans who live in constant hate.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    Feb. 13, 2019 1:59 p.m.

    Explain how he gets voted into office when the majority of the voters oppose him.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    Feb. 13, 2019 1:48 p.m.

    I Mexico can pay for the wall with the seized assets from el chapo. 14 billion would do it.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 1:20 p.m.

    Most Utahn's in Chris Stewart's geographical area are not pleased with him. If it weren't for GOP gerrymandering, he wouldn't be a Utah congressman. Plus, Stewart's missing an important point. Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, not American taxpayers. Why is Stewart defending Trump's lie?

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 12:57 p.m.

    Good for him! Vote NO on it. Shut it down. We need a wall and a law to make children born of illegals NOT US Citizens!

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 12:21 p.m.

    "The Great Helmsman - Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 11:46 a.m.
    I’m not pleased with Representative Stewart."

    Came to say this. Leaving satisfied.

  • The Educator South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 12:07 p.m.

    All the federal workers who are voters in Davis and Weber County should all vote Stewart out of office in 2020. It appears like he wants you to work and not receive compensation. Remember, when your credit rating is hit or you lose your house because you couldn't pay the mortgage during a government shutdown that you have Stewart to thank!

    Lets work to elect democrats next time!

    Get Educated

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    I’m not pleased with Representative Stewart.