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Newsletter - Start of the August Recess

July 28, 2017
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It’s Friday!

It’s the August Recess, and I’m heading back to Arizona right now.

Truth be told, I’m very disappointed that the House did not postpone or cancel our August Congressional recess. Besides Obamacare repeal, the House still has tax reform, budget negotiations, and debt ceiling discussions to work through – just to name a few of the issues facing our nation. We are putting ourselves in a position where we will risk substantial progress on our agenda, and that would be unacceptable.

I am excited, though, to return to Arizona and to meet with my constituents and businesses within my district. I have a busy week ahead and look forward to the Arizona sunshine and monsoon season.

FRIDAYS ARE FOR FREEDOM

Shedding Light on Unconstitutional Federal Regulations

 July 28, 2017 - Restoring Internet Freedom

Stop Federal regulators from controlling your internet

Problem:

     • In 2015, in one of many examples of executive overregulation, the Obama Administration’s inserted government interference into an otherwise free and open internet.

     • The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order rule, also known as net neutrality, forces Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to either pull out of high internet traffic areas or spend money to upgrade equipment to maintain the high volume. This will ultimately raise prices for all internet consumers and stifle the success of smaller ISPs.

Take Action:

     • I am pleased to support Senator Mike Lee’s Restoring Internet Freedom Act, a one-paragraph bill that nullifies the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality ruling and prevents the FCC from passing a similar ruling in the future.

     • You can also submit your opinion on net neutrality directly to the FCC by clicking here.

What People Are Saying:

“The economic burden of these regulations will fall squarely on the backs of the consumers the FCC purports to help. The threat of anti-competitive behavior should always be taken seriously. But it makes no sense for a five-person panel of presidential appointees to write a sweeping law aimed at solving a problem that might someday exist. There are more effective, more democratic, and less intrusive ways to address anti-competitive behavior, including existing antitrust and consumer-protection laws.” – Senator Mike Lee

“The free flow of information – and the innovation and knowledge that stems from it – is best served when it is not controlled or regulated by the heavy hand of government. The term ‘net neutrality’ is completely misleading in that those arguing for it are actually calling for the government to regulate and restrict the free and open flow of information on the internet. In our free society, Americans deserve unfettered access to the information that is out there, not burdensome and costly government interference.” – Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

“The FCC’s net neutrality rules are the opposite of what American consumers want and need online and there is little evidence of the harms these regulations claim to prevent. If the FCC rule is left intact, it will prevent you from getting free stuff like sponsored data from your wireless provider. Just think, if you like unlimited HBO with your AT&T plan or unlimited music streaming from T-Mobile, then you should demand that these net neutrality regulations be eliminated.”   – Ryan Radia, Research Fellow and Regulatory Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute

SERVING OUR VETERANS

As a Member of Congress, I know that one of our most important responsibilities is to ensure that the promises made to our Nation’s veterans are kept. With this in mind, our office is proud to announce the date of our upcoming Congressional Veterans Benefits Awareness Fair. 

At this fair, educational presentations will be given by the Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Representatives from the VA will be there to help veterans file new claims and follow up on existing claims. Please find the details of this fair below:

                                                Date:                      Thursday, August 31, 2017
                                                When:                    11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
                                                Where:                   East Valley Institute of Technology 
                                                                                Building 2, Banquet Room
                                                                                1601 West Main Street
                                                                                Mesa, Arizona 85201
                                                RSVP:                     (480) 699-8239                                                                                                                                                              
               

Yesterday, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and I talked about our efforts in D.C. and Arizona to provide better care and service to our honored veterans. Congress has left partisanship at the door when it comes to veterans’ issues, and I am grateful to work with my good friend from Arizona's Ninth Congressional District on these matters. Lots more to do, and Kyrsten, myself, and our colleagues are up for the challenges.

Watch the video:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAndyBiggs/videos/896132863900519/

DEMANDING JUSTICE AND ANSWERS

In the House Judiciary Committee this week, my colleagues and I introduced an amendment to re-direct an investigation into the emails of Hillary Clinton. We introduced this amendment because we are tired of passively allowing the left and the radical media to distract from the Republican agenda through wild accusations. Most of the claims made about President Trump and his team are nothing more than unfounded, unsourced, anonymous allegations that merely serve the purpose of trying to delegitimize the President and prevent Congress from carrying out the agenda we promised to the American people. It is time for the Left to respond to the blatant misconduct of Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, James Comey, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch. Our constituents want justice for the scandals of the Obama administration, and we must earn and keep their trust by demanding information and investigations. This week, we fought back and reclaim the narrative that has rightly been given to us by the American people.

Watch my discussion with Congressman Jim Jordan and Congressman Matt Gaetz on the importance of this amendment:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAndyBiggs/videos/895553957291743/


FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER

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If you cannot get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, my district office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. Visit my website to access the privacy consent form and call my district office to set up an appointment with one of my knowledgeable District Representatives.

As always, I am extremely humbled by the trust that you have bestowed upon me and honored to serve as your Congressman.

Sincerely,

Andy Biggs
Member of Congress