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Newsletter - 1/6/17

January 6, 2017
Newsletter

Greetings from Washington, DC!

I hope that all of you had a great start to your new year. The 115th Congress began on Tuesday, January 3rd, and we have been busy! I have learned a lot about the process, and our office has already been able to do some big things for the district, Arizona, and the nation.

Most important in all of this, though, is my constituents and my responsibility to inform them about what I’ve been doing in Congress for Arizona’s 5th district. That’s why I will be sending out regular newsletters back home –  sign up here to make sure you don’t miss out.

LOOKING BACK:

The work week started with a full day of festivities and ceremonies as all the members of the new 115th Congress were sworn into office. My favorite part about the day was being surrounded by my family throughout it all. My staff and I have been working around the clock to set up the office and our access to technology (including emails and constituents’ correspondence). If you’ve tried to contact my office via mail or email, know that we are working hard to get to those messages and will get back to you as soon as possible. If you need immediate assistance, please reach out to our office at 202.225.2635.

On Wednesday, I joined my Republican colleagues in the House to hear Vice President-elect Mike Pence discuss the incoming administration’s path forward for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. I was pleased to hear the commitment to both steps as we await the inauguration.  I also testified in the House Rules Committee on behalf of my two amendments to the REINS Act, which you can watch here. My amendments were meant to reduce authority of federal agencies and to restore constitutional power to Congress. One amendment would have provided additional oversight over all EPA regulations.

On Thursday, I joined my colleagues from the Arizona Congressional delegation in observing a moment of silence for the victims of the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting.

Today, I attended a press conference hosted by Congresswoman McSally to announce the introduction of a bill to create a memorial in memory of the victims of the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting. I am a co-sponsor of this legislation. I served with Gabby Giffords in the Arizona Legislature and remember that she was very kind to everyone around her and easy to work with and to talk to. This memorial will be a fitting legacy to her service and sacrifice.

NEW STAFF:

Most of my staff is in place and already working hard for the constituents of Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. I wanted to make sure that you were aware of who I had hired in both the DC and District offices:

DC

Chief of Staff: Deborah Weigel
Director of Operations/Scheduler: Elizabeth Seidel
Communications Director: Daniel Stefanski
Senior Legislative Assistant: Jeffrey Kuckuck
Legislative Assistant: Cesar Ybarra
Legislative Correspondent: Enrique Carrasco
Staff Assistant: Maggie Woodin

DO

District Director: Greg Safsten
Deputy District Director: Sherry Pierce
Constituent Services Representative: Janet Bosley
Director of Veterans Services: Lee Huff
Staff Assistant: Rudy Cota

We are currently looking for interns in both the DC and AZ offices. Click here if you are interested in applying for an internship with my office.

LEGISLATION UPDATE:

It was a busy week for our efforts 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
    • H.R.84 — To protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, notwithstanding a patchwork of local and State prohibitions, and to repeal federal provisions related to switchblade knives which burden citizens.
  • Co-sponsor
    • H.R.26 — Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (R.E.I.N.S.) Act of 2017
    • H.R.193 —  To end membership of the United States in the United Nations
    • H.J.Res.6 — Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve.
    • H.R. __ --- The January 8th National Memorial Act
  • Bill and Resolution Votes (as of 12:00 pm on Friday, January 6, 2017)
    • YEA - H.Res. 5 - Adopting rules for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress (passed the House)
    • YEA – H.R. 21 - Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 (passed the House)
    • YEA – H.Res. 11 – Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace (passed the House)
    • YEA – H.R. 26 – R.E.I.N.S. Act of 2017 (passed the House)

PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT

In 2016, I promised my constituents that I would fight to enact six bills in the House of Representatives. I’ve already started to keep those promises by co-sponsoring the REINS Act (and the amendments I submitted). More on this next week!

LOOKING FORWARD:

Next week promises to be a busy one and I plan to drop  more legislation – stay tuned! I should also receive my committee assignments then, too. The excitement around Washington, DC is growing in advance of the Presidential Inauguration on January 20th. Be sure to contact our office if you have any inauguration-related questions.

BIGGS IN THE MEDIA:

1-4-17 – Repeal of Federal Switchblade Act Introduced in Congress

1-5-17 - RADIO interview with KTAR 92.3

1-5-17 – Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs starts Capitol Hill job with big task

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Again, I am extremely grateful and humbled for the trust that you have bestowed upon me. It’s been a great first week, and I look forward to the future.

Sincerely

Andy Biggs