District Update |November 3, 2019                                                                                 


Dear Friend,

Before leaving Washington, D.C., we voted on an resolution outlining the Impeachment process. I am disappointed in my Democratic colleagues' resolution that will continue to keep the impeachment hearings behind closed doors, and will give Chairman Schiff more power to create partisanship in a process that should be open and fair. 

On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee announced six closed-door hearings for this Monday and Tuesday. This is why I voted 'no' on the Impeachment Resolution, because we can already see this resolution did not create openness or fairness. 

Arizonans do not have an elected official on the Intelligence Committee, therefore, every Arizonan is being deprived information about the most serious investigation Congress can pursue against a President. 

While the closed-door hearings continue, I will be working on behalf of all Arizonans. Here is a review of our week in Washington, D.C.: 

Economy Exceeds Expectations

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Treasury receipts rose again in the month of September, the last month of Fiscal Year 2019. Overall, receipts in Fiscal Year 2019 increased 4% from the previous year, well above expectations from the Budget.  This is great economic news to go alongside the October Jobs Report released Friday, which showed 128,000 jobs added into the economy.

By continuing to add thousands of jobs, our economy is showing us that hiring remains resilient and the job market is strong despite other factors such as labor strikes and disputes. Unemployment is staying close to a 50-year low at 3.6%, which is helping to fill all of the jobs we are adding. Unemployment in October also rose slightly from September, a positive indication that a higher percentage of the population is working or looking for work and participating in the labor force.

Economists could have never predicted we would have more jobs available than workers to fill them. By passing pro-growth policies at the end of 2017, we are seeing wage-increases, low unemployment, and strong labor force participation. 

I spoke on the House Floor about this economic news and what policies we should be using as mechanisms to help improve our ballooning budget deficit. To watch the House floor speech, click here

Meeting with Constituents 

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We hosted an Open House for constituent groups and families to come by while they are visiting Washington, D.C. It is always great to meet with Arizonans while working on the East Coast and hearing about how our office can help best support Arizonans.

Expanding Telehealth Services

I introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act with my colleagues on the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, Representatives Mike Thompson, Peter Welch, and Bill Johnson. 

This bipartisan piece of legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to help expand access to important telehealth services that can lower health costs and make health care more efficient for patients. 

Whether you are in a suburban, rural, or urban area of the United States, your healthcare access should not be limited. Ensuring Americans have access to innovative healthcare technologies, at an affordable cost, is of upmost importance in our discussion of how we are providing care. We are seeing a revolution in the cost and delivery of healthcare, and now government is taking the right step to remove harmful barriers we have in place.

I am pleased to see the CONNECT for Health Act be introduced, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this critical piece of legislation. 

Following Up on H.R. 3

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In the past few newsletters I have touched on the harmful effects of passing Speaker Pelosi's drug pricing proposal, H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. H.R. 3 would impose an excise tax on a drug if the manufacturer doesn't agree to the government imposed price, therefore, placing them in "non-compliance."

This tax could soar up as high as 95% on hundreds of life-saving and life-preserving drugs. The graph above shows that a $100 drug could face an excise tax penalty of $1,900 from non-compliance under this legislation. There are up to 250 drugs, including cures for cancer, hepatitis C, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis, that could face this penalty. 

This is an extremely harmful policy to be implementing in our healthcare industry. I urge my colleagues to take this legislation back to the drawing board to work in a bipartisan manner and address these concerns, similar to the bipartisan legislation that passed out of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. 

Veterans History Project

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We must always honor our veterans who fought for our freedoms. The Library of Congress's Veterans History Project seeks to do just that, so we can never forget the veterans who have fought before us. 

If you are a veteran and you would like to contribute oral histories, photos, letters, maps, and more to preserve your service for generations to come, give our Scottsdale Office a call. We work with The Library of Congress to preserve veteran stories and would like to help you participate. 

I appreciate you taking the time to read my weekly E-Newsletter. If you would like to contact me, please feel welcome to browse my website for the different services our office can help you with.

                                                                                Sincerely,

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                                                                                David Schweikert

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