Newsletter - On Trump-Comey-Russia & Police Week
Hello from Washington, D.C. –
The false claim that Trump conspired with Russia to engineer the 2016 election has reached the height of absurdity. Radical media outlets and their lackeys in the Democrat Party are trying to bamboozle America by conflating several isolated incidents. They have no evidence but have created a story that combines the allegations about the Russians and the firing of James Comey.
The American people can clearly see, too, there is an unprecedented, orchestrated effort to undermine our President. The radical media and the Left are uniting in an attempt to undermine President Trump and subvert the will of the American people. I have never seen this level of fervor in American politics where anonymous sources dictate talks of impeachment, special counsels, investigations, and obstruction of justice.
In spite of this incredible divisiveness, the President has been productive. In the first four months of his administration, he has saved taxpayers billions of dollars by repealing government regulations, aided a rapid rise in economic growth, enforced our nation’s immigration laws to help lower illegal border crossings, and given us Justice Neil Gorsuch. He has an ambitious agenda, and I believe that he will receive more successful outcomes in the future as he works to keep his promises to the American people.
This week, we celebrated National Police Week to honor the men and women who bravely put on their badge each day and work to keep our communities safe.
It’s not easy to be a police officer. Not only is there a constant threat to one’s life, police officers have to walk a thin line between community relations and public perception of their work. Most officers do an exceptional job defending our streets, and their commitment to excellence allows us to live our lives in peace.
If you’ve ever been on a police ride-along, you understand that their work is, by no means, glamorous. Police officers have to mediate family disputes, clean up debris after automobile accidents, direct clogged traffic, respond to dangerous situations, and expose themselves to all forms of weather while following leads. They truly do noble work and they deserve our gratitude for their service.
Over the course of this week, I frequently thought of the law enforcement officers in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District – Gilbert, Mesa, and Chandler Police Departments; the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and Arizona Department of Public Safety. Our district is so fortunate to have hundreds of committed, hard-working officers willing to put their lives on the line.
In addition to my speech honoring law enforcement, I gave two other speeches on the House floor this week. In the first, I spoke in strong opposition to a federal court ruling that temporarily overturned the termination of fired Phoenix VA hospital director, Sharon Helman. In the second, I spoke about my recent trip to the Arizona-Mexico border. Click the links below to watch.
Earlier this week, our office announced new office hours at the Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic in Gilbert. Read our press release to learn more.
CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of hosting our first Congressional Art Competition. We received almost 100 entries from high school students in Arizona's Fifth Congressional District.
Congratulations to Karina Yang, whose acrylic paint portrait, "Pride and Sorrow," took first place in the competition. Karina thoughtfully depicted a Vietnam veteran's expression of conflicted feelings about his service in the war. Karina, you did tremendous justice to this generation of American heroes.
Thank you to the Gilbert Historical Museum, all of our sponsors, students, teachers, and my staff, who contributed to making this competition a great success. We could not have done this without a first-rate community effort.
Karina's painting will be hanging in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. I hope that many of you will be able to see it.
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As always, I am extremely humbled by the trust that you have bestowed upon me and honored to serve as your Congressman.
Member of Congress