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Newsletter - Hello from the March for Life!

January 27, 2017
Newsletter

Hello from the March for Life in Washington, D.C.!

It is hard to believe that we have completed the fourth 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 focused on upholding the dignity of life and the importance of school choice. The week began with the 44th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Sunday and culminated with the March for Life today. On Tuesday, we voted on a significant pro-life bill (H.R. 7) that gives Americans assurance that their tax dollars are not being used to subsidize elective abortions. I spoke on the importance of this bill from the House floor on Tuesday night – watch it here. This week also happened to be National School Choice Week, and I spoke on the House floor to highlight the sterling example Arizona sets with our school choice programs – watch it here.

I was named to two Judiciary Committee subcommittees this week. I am proud to be serving on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet; and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

On Wednesday, President Trump took immediate steps to secure the border and protect innocent Americans from criminal illegal immigrants. I was extremely pleased with the President’s actions, but I renewed my call to codify his orders into law to avoid the possibility of a future administration inappropriately reinterpreting the law through executive action the way President Obama did. For this reason, I will continue to fight for the passage of my bill, Grant’s Law.

Since Wednesday, I have been in Philadelphia with my House and Senate colleagues to chart the course for the 115th Congress. As I have stated before, there is a lot of optimism in Congress relating to what we believe could be accomplished for the American people. Now, we must keep our promises and finish the job by sending our bills to President Trump’s desk. I am committed to keeping my promises, and will work hard for my constituents each day I am in Congress.

LEGISLATION UPDATE:

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

  • Sponsor
    • H.R. 536Protection From Obamacare Mandates and Congressional Equity Act
    • H.R. 537Budget Process Accountability Act
  • Co-sponsor
    • 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 - Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer 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 27, 2017)
    • YEA – H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Insurance Full Disclosure Act

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 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.

LOOKING FORWARD:

Next week, the House will be in session for five days.

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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