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Newsletter - 1/13/17

January 13, 2017
Newsletter

Hello from Washington, DC!

Week #2 of the 115th Congress is now complete. Our office accomplished a lot this week for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, and we are laying the groundwork for a productive year.

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LOOKING BACK:

This week, I was selected to serve on the House Judiciary and House Science, Space, and Technology Committees. I look forward to using my legislative expertise to ensure laws are passed that will help my constituents.

I spoke on the House floor twice. On Wednesday, I addressed the repeal of Obamacare – watch here. On Thursday, I introduced myself to the chamber and shared my background and goals for the 115th Congress – watch here.

The House of Representatives continued to vote on a number of bills to provide enhanced congressional oversight of federal regulations and rulemaking. In recent years, this oversight has been sorely lacking, leaving our economy at the mercy of unelected bureaucrats. The work we are doing in the 115th Congress to rollback federal regulations will open the door to more economic prosperity, entrepreneurship, innovation, and the creation of more jobs. I am pleased to help make the American economy free again.

Finally, we took the first steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare. The work is far from done however, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on the best Obamacare alternative that lowers costs and increases access to care for all Americans.

LEGISLATION UPDATE:

It was a busy week to pass legislation that has meaningful effects and results for the district. Click here to keep track of legislation that I introduce and votes I cast.

  • Sponsor
  • Co-sponsor
    • H.R. 80 – Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2017.
    • H.R. 81 – To suspend, and subsequently terminate, the admission of certain refugees, to examine the impact on the national security of the United States of admitting refugees, to examine the costs of providing benefits to such individuals.
    • H.R. 82 – Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act of 2017.
    • H.R. 175 – Obamacare Repeal Act.
    • H.R. 193 – American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017.
    • H.R. 246 – To repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    • H.R. 249 – To prohibit United States voluntary contributions to the regular budget of the United Nations or any United Nations agency.
    • H.R. 352 – To amend the Social Security Act to replace the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance program with a block grant to the states.
    • H.R. 354 – To provide for a moratorium on Federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
    • H.R. 367 – To provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns.
    • H.R. 395 – To end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill by requiring that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject.
    • H.R. 429 – To provide that the salaries of Members of a House of Congress will be held in escrow if that House has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018 by April 15, 2017.
    • H.R. 483 – To amend title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit the provision of funds under such title to institutions of higher education that violate the immigration laws.
    • H.R. 505 – To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to strengthen accountability for deployment of border security technology at the Department of Homeland Security.
    • H.R. 512 – To title 38, United States Code, to permit veterans to grant access to their records in the database of the Veterans Benefits Administration to certain designated congressional employees.
  • Key Bill and Resolution Votes (as of 4:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017)
    • YEA – H.R. 79 – Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act (passed the House)
    • YEA – H.R. 5 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (passed the House)
    • YEA – H.R. 78 – the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act (passed the House)
    • YEA – S. Con. Res. 3 – FY17 Budget Resolution (passed the House)

PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT

When I ran for office, I promised my constituents that I would fight to achieve six major goals in the House of Representatives. Last week, I co-sponsored and voted for the REINS Act. This week, I also introduced Grant’s Law - another promise - in the memory of Grant Ronnebeck, who was murdered in Mesa, Arizona, by an illegal immigrant facing deportation. This bill will end the “catch and release” of illegal immigrants who have been arrested for deportable crimes.

LOOKING FORWARD:

Next week is the Presidential Inauguration – the 58th in our nation’ history. Many Americans are eagerly anticipating a new administration and the changes that will come over the next four years. As we transition from the 44th President to the 45th, I pray that we will be able to find the many common threads that unite us and give us hope for the future. We live in the greatest country ever conceived, and this peaceful transition of leadership should make us all grateful to be Americans. I’ll be attending the swearing-in of Donald J. Trump with my family one week from today.

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Again, I am extremely grateful and humbled for the trust that you have bestowed upon me. I am honored to serve you as your Congressman.

Sincerely,

Andy Biggs