District Update |June 16, 2019                                                                                 


Dear Friend,

Today, little girl pushed me on the swing, and we started the morning off with a family water balloon fight. I hope that all of the dads in AZ-06 had a very happy Father's Day, and I would also like to update you all on some of the work we've been doing in Washington, D.C. this past week.

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Treasury Receipts Are Up

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This week, the Department of Treasury released new data for April and May receipts in Fiscal Year 2019. Before tax reform, we all heard from economists that our revenues were going to collapse, that we would see high unemployment, and that our economy would suffer. Those predictions were wrong, as we can see from the chart above showing that Treasury receipts are up. 

This bar graphs accounts for fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, from October to May. These receipts are in constant dollars, showing the first 8 months are the second highest in history. This is great news for our economy, and we must continue on this path of economic growth. 

Weekly Floor Speeches

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I joined the House Floor last week to discuss the crisis on our Southern Border and the  lack of national media attention to the violence occurring at our border. This past week, there were gun battles near Agua Preita, Mexico, but our national news media did not even pay attention to these issues.

Being from Arizona, we are the first ones impacted by the increased numbers of migrants entering our country. We must take action to address the violence and humanitarian crisis at our Southern border. 

I also joined the House floor to discuss mobile air quality monitoring. We are currently using outdated systems to monitor our air quality, filling up filing cabinets of information, and not properly monitoring our air. I have proposed legislation to help with this. 

To watch my floor speech, click above. To watch a video on my legislation to help modernize the way we monitor our air quality, click here

Ways and Means Hearing on Medicare for All

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The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to discuss "Pathways to Universal Healthcare." During this hearing, I believe we all were having the wrong discussion by talking about who gets to pay for our healthcare, instead of how we finance technology to help our brothers and sisters receive better care at lower costs.  

We must challenge ourselves to look forward into how technology can help crash the price of our healthcare. We should be discussing the "flu kazoo" as we call it in our office, a piece of technology that you can blow into and can detect if you are sick and order your anti-viral medication in minutes, or how we can help to finance the single-shot cure on the horizon for hemophilia that would help us cure patients. 

I will continue to challenge this committee to look towards the future of healthcare, and how we can help society by incorporating new methods that will help our society stay healthy at a fraction of the price. 

Award from Hemophilia Federation of America

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Thank you to the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) for giving me the Bleeding Disorder Champion Award. This group focuses on helping individuals with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders receive the care they need.

I am extremely optimistic that there are cures to chronic conditions on the horizon, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to help finance these services or therapies for bleeding disorders, like hemophilia.

It was great to be joined by fellow Arizonans at this event, and I look forward to continuing to keep a close eye on the solutions being tested and developed.

Constituents Stopping By

Thank you to all of the constituent groups stopping by the office this week to discuss how we can help with your legislative priorities. It is great to have Arizonans in Washington, D.C. to make this place feel more like home. 

If you are planning a trip to Washington, D.C. for meetings or to tour the U.S. Capitol, be sure to let our office know. We would greatly appreciate you stopping by our office to say hello!

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Upcoming Events

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Tomorrow, my District Office team will be at the Paiute Neighborhood Center in Scottsdale to discuss federal casework issues with constituents. If you need help or have any questions regarding federal casework, be sure to come by. We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,
David Schweikert

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