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Congressman Andy Biggs' Statement on the August Congressional Recess

June 7, 2017
Press Release
"With a unified Republican government, Congress can no longer put off following through on the priorities we promised to the American people."

Washington, D.C. – Last night, the House Freedom Caucus took an official position in support of the House of Representatives remaining in session through the August recess. Congressman Andy Biggs voted in favor of this position and released the following statement:

“Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, the House of Representatives has been very productive. We have passed legislation that rolls back job-killing regulations, makes positive reforms to our Veterans Administration, and protects life and children. In the coming months, we will consider bills to better secure our border, enforce our immigration laws, and repeal Dodd-Frank.

"Aside from working towards priorities like a full repeal of Obamacare, passage of pro-growth tax reform, and building a border wall, Congress has a long list of important items that must be completed prior to September 30.  This includes reviewing the federal debt limit, passing a federal budget, providing funding for the next fiscal year, reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration and more. Failure to complete these items could have detrimental consequences and will likely lead to Congress once again irresponsibly kicking the can down the road.

“I am not under the illusion that any of these things will be easy to accomplish, but I fully intend to work in good faith in Congress to remain true to my constituents in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. I know they will not, and rightfully should not, settle for half-hearted measures, nor a job left undone. With a unified Republican government, Congress can no longer put off following through on the priorities we promised to the American people. To help maintain our pace and deliberations, I strongly support the House Freedom Caucus’ call for the House to suspend the August recess so that Members of Congress can remain focused on enacting the policies we have discussed for the last several years. We cannot afford to lose any of our momentum as we do the peoples’ business in Washington, D.C.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.