District Update |July 14, 2019                                                                                 


Dear Friend,

I would like to update you on some of the work I've been doing in Washington, D.C. this past week.

Donating Blood to the Red Cross

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Each year, I stop by the Red Cross Blood Drive in the U.S. Capitol. Two years ago, I was lucky enough to have my little girl come with me in Washington. This year I could still count on Olivia to be there to support me!

Valley Fever Is On The Rise

This year, Arizona has had 4,800 cases of Valley Fever reported already. During my time in Congress, I have worked with my colleagues and leaders in Arizona, including Dr. Galgiani from the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence to help bring awareness to this orphan fungal disease with the hope of being able to help finance a cure. 

The FORWARD Act, legislation to combat Valley Fever, must be passed soon by Congress to provide the funding necessary to bring a cure for those infected in the desert Southwest. Recently, our local news outlets in Arizona did a spotlight on Valley Fever and the FORWARD Act. Click here to watch my interview.

Receipts Continue to Surpass Expectations

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This week, the U.S. Treasury released new data for revenue receipts collected. We also saw an impressive Jobs Report for June showing 224,000 jobs added to the labor force. 

Each of the different bars above show the difference in collection of receipts since tax reform. Receipts have increased dramatically since we have updated our tax code, which most economists predicted could never happen. Continuing to see these numbers surpass expectations and jobs reports with positive news will help our economy move in the right direction towards helping to pay for our promises. 

To see more data for U.S. Treasury receipts, click here to be directed to the U.S. Treasury's website updated monthly. 

Ways and Means Hearing on Pensions

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The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing this week to discuss our country's multi-employer pension crisis. There are roughly 130 union-managed pension funds that are extremely underfunded, and are at risk of not being able to pay out the promised benefits to workers and retirees in just a few short years. I have focused on this issue in both serving on this Committee, and the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multi-employer Pension Plans, which dissolved last Congress. 

These pension plans play a pivotal role in over one million American's retirement security plans, and we must find a way to help ensure the hard work of each employee is recognized through the retirement security they were promised. I look forward to seeing how we can continue to work together and solve this pension crisis. 

Listen to My Recent Podcast

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It was great to join my colleague from Georgia, Congressman Jody Hice, on this week's Freedom Caucus Podcast. During the podcast we discussed how Congress continues to avoid the discussion of how we will support our future generations, pay for promises like Social Security & Medicare, and the technology solutions present that should be implemented to help us dramatically crash prices.

Click here to listen to the full podcast. 

Come Intern With Us

My Scottsdale Office is still accepting internship applications for the Fall semester. If you, or someone you know is interested in learning more about working in a government office, be sure to apply! 

Applicants should be motivated, detail oriented, display a strong work ethic, and interact well with constituents. In addition, applicants should have a strong interest in the legislative process and the function of Congress.  The application deadline is July 26th. Be sure to get your application in before it is too late!

Facebook Cover Photo Competition

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Do you have a picture of your favorite place in Arizona's 6th District to share? Above is a photo taken during a sunrise hike on Camelback Mountain. I will be taking submissions from constituents  this week to have your photo uploaded as my Facebook's new cover photo for the next year. 

This contest will run through this Friday, July 19th, so be sure to get your photos in! Only the person who took a photo can submit a photo, and by submitting a photo, you are giving my office permission to use it. Email all photos and locations of photo to: Schweikert@Mail.House.Gov

Thank you for reading my weekly e-newsletter. I look forward to communicating with you again. 

Sincerely,
David Schweikert

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