District Update |February 1, 2019                                                                                 


Week in Review

January Jobs Report:

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  • Wages and benefits for workers came in at an 11-year high this week
  • Economy added 304,000 jobs this past month
  • Unemployment remains low: 4.0% rate

House Floor Special Order Speech

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This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their Budget and Economic Outlook for 2019 - 2029. After reviewing the outlook, I joined the House floor to discuss these new figures and to continue to explain how our demographics are effecting the federal governments budget.

As a society, we have a moral obligation to provide benefits to those who paid into federal programs. In order to keep our promises, we must grow the economy, we must work with technology that can provide a disruption in costs, and we must encourage labor force participation. 

I discussed these ideas and went through chart displays during my speech. To listen to the full speech, please click the photo above. 

Below are two of the slides I used from the new CBO report. 

In the first graphic, you can see how people paying into federal programs aged 20 to 64 are beginning to level out on the curve, whereas those accepting the benefits of programs like social security and medicare are beginning to increase. 

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This second graphic below explains what the spending is as a percentage of the size of the economy. This graphic shows the importance of growing the size of our economy. In nine years, 15.1% of the entire economy will be federal government mandatory spending, 5% will be discretionary spending to include military, our national parks, and lastly 3% of the entire economy's value will be to cover interest. 

Adding these three percentages together and you will find federal spending will be over 23.1%. Image

Ways and Means Committee Hearing

Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

This past Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to discuss  pre-existing conditions. 

During the hearing, I urged my colleagues to break away from debating who gets to pay for American's health insurance. We need to start to discuss the disruptions in technology that we can use to break down the barriers of health insurance to have a cost curve disruption. 

One of the witnesses testifying before the committee has Valley Fever, a very common fungal disease found in the Southwest. We are working hard to find a vaccine for Valley Fever, as it is at the forefront of many of my colleagues minds.

Legislation that I have been working on with Leader Kevin McCarthy, known as the FORWARD Act, will be re-introduced this Congress. The legislation seeks to find a vaccine and securely analyze Valley Fever patient information to fine a cure. 

To watch me speak, please press the red play button below. I start speaking around the 2:40:00 mark. 

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Washington, D.C. Open Houses

Each week in Washington, D.C. my staff and I host constituents visiting town to discuss legislative policy proposals to better support Arizonans. We started doing Open Houses last year with constituents and really enjoyed the time spent having groups in the office. 

If you would like to join our Washington, D.C. Open Houses, please contact our office. 

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