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Newsletter - Finishing Week #5!

February 3, 2017
Newsletter

Good afternoon from Washington, D.C.!

As we complete the fifth week of the 115th Congress, here’s an update on what we have done for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District.

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LOOKING BACK:

This week, the House was in session for five days, and we covered a lot of ground. We primarily concentrated on rolling back regulations, rules and policies that have had a negative effect on Americans and their businesses, clearing the way for a renewed American economy and the creation of more jobs.

I was named to two subcommittees on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee this week. I am proud to be serving on the Subcommittee on Space and am honored to serve as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment.

Earlier in the week, I joined the Congressional Western Caucus, which provides a much-needed voice to our western states and ensures that their issues become Congressional priorities. As a member, I will focus on removing federal regulations that, for too long, have overburdened Arizonans and their businesses and been a hindrance to economic growth and job creation. I look forward to working with Chairman Paul Gosar to help accomplish the Caucus’ agenda.

Today, I spoke on the House floor on Grant’s Lawwatch here.

LEGISLATION UPDATE:

Click here to keep track of legislation that I introduce and votes I cast.

  • Sponsor
    • H.R. 250Judicial Administration and Improvement Act
  • Co-sponsor
    • H.R. 589
    • H.R. 732
    • H.J.Res. 36
    • H.J.Res. 39
    • H.J.Res. 43
    • H.J.Res. 44
    • H.J.Res. 45
    • H.J.Res. 46
    • H.J.Res. 47
    • H.J.Res. 52
    • H.J.Res. 55
    • H.J.Res. 56
    • H.J.Res. 59
  • Key Bill and Resolution Votes (as of 4:00 pm on Friday, February 3, 2017)
    • H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017
    • H.R. 24 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017
    • H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
    • H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017
    • H.R. 409 – Putting Patients and Providers Ahead of Compressed Regulatory Timelines Act of 2017
    • H.R. 482 – To nullify certain regulations and notices of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • H.R. 499 – To require members of Congress and congressional staff to abide by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with respect to health insurance coverage
    • H.R. 522 – To limit donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes
    • H.R. 589 – Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act
    • H.R. 637 – To prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from exceeding its statutory authority in ways that were not contemplated by the Congress
    • H.R. 644 – To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit governmental discrimination against providers of health services that are not involved in abortion
    • H.R. 660 – To require the Secretary of the Interior to submit to Congress a report on the efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation to manage its infrastructure assets
  • Key Bill and Resolution Votes (as of 4:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017)
    • YEA – H.J.Res. 38 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule
    • YEA – H.J.Res. 41 – Providing for congressional disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, US Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers”
    • YEA – H.J.Res. 40 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, U.S.C., of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. 
    • YEA – H.J.Res. 37 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation
    • YEA – H.J. Res. 36 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to ‘‘Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation’’

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. I introduced the Judicial Administration and Improvement Act to remove Arizona from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new 12th Circuit Court. This bill would protect Arizona from a federal circuit court that does not reflect the values nor laws of our state. I look forward to working with Arizona leaders to make the 12th Circuit a reality.

To fulfill another promise, I’ve been working to reset federal regulations that, for too long, have been burdening the American economy and job creation. To that end, I co-sponsored the REINS Act, which passed the House in our first week. Congress has since passed additional legislation to provide Congressional oversight to federal rulemaking and regulations. We understand that a less complex regulatory system leads to a more-prosperous American economy and job market.

I’ve introduced the Protection From Obamacare Mandates and Congressional Equity Act. This legislation provides an exemption to the Obamacare individual mandate for individuals residing in counties with fewer than two health insurance issuers offering plans on an Exchange, and it also ends the loophole for members of Congress and congressional staff to opt out of the Obamacare exchanges.

I also introduced the Budget Process Accountability Act. This legislation would penalize Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate by holding their salaries in escrow if their respective chamber has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018 by April 15, 2017.

Finally, I’ve introduced Grant’s Law to end the practice of releasing illegal aliens guilty of deportable crimes so they are no longer a danger to innocent American citizens.

LOOKING FORWARD:

Next week, I’ll be introducing another bill in Congress regarding education– stay tuned!

In the first month of the 115th Congress, I have made it a priority to communicate to my constituents about our office’s work. As you know, we have worked hard to reset the manifest problems from the previous administration. To keep you informed on our progress, we have been communicating through social media, media interviews, and a January tele town hall. We have also met with precinct and legislative district leaders; and as we have considered the Obamacare repeal, I have met with Arizona and district health care providers, insurers, and leaders to gain insight from their ideas. We will also have another tele town hall this month, and a series of town halls in March. I remain committed to keeping my constituents informed on the issues that impact them most.

BIGGS IN THE MEDIA:

“Congressman Andy Biggs Comments on President Trump’s Executive Order”
“Congressman Biggs Introduces Bill to Remove Arizona from 9th Circuit Court”
“Congressman Biggs Issues Statement on President Trump’s Action on Federal Regulations”
“Congressman Andy Biggs Issues Statement on President Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination”
“Congressman Andy Biggs Named Chairman of Environment Subcommittee”
“Congressman Andy Biggs Joins the Congressional Western Caucus”
“Arizona Reps. Trent Franks, Andy Biggs back President Trump’s immigration ban”  KTAR
“Congressman: Executive Orders Have Democrats ‘Really Panicked’” Lifezette
“Arizona lawmakers split on Trump order halting refugee admissionsCronkite News
“McCain and Flake take lead in opposing immigration ban” Arizona Capitol Times
“Trump moves forward on the wall, declares war on sanctuary cities” Sonoran News
“What Arizonans in Congress say about Trump’s travel ban” Arizona Republic
“GOP wants Arizona in a new federal appeals court” AZCentral
“Andy Biggs on Arizona Horizon with Ted Simons” Arizona PBS
“Arizona lawmakers react to SCOTUS pick” KTAR
“Western Republicans Seek New Appeals Court” The Hill
“Federal Hiring Freeze Creates Uncertainty for Forest Service Firefighters” KNAU
“Gorsuch pick for SCOTUS praised, panned by Arizona lawmakers” Cronkite News
RADIO: Representative Andy Biggs on Reality Check” KTAR
RADIO: Andy Biggs on the Seth and Chris Show960 The Patriot
“RADIO: Andy Biggs joins Arizona Morning News” KTAR

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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