District Update |November 24, 2019                                                                                 


Dear Friend,

Although the news is showing partisanship in Washington, D.C., I wanted to share this photo of our Arizona Delegation getting together for our monthly bipartisan breakfast. 

We are lucky to have such a great delegation serving Arizonans here in Washington, D.C. I look forward to continuing these bipartisan breakfasts and working with my colleagues to support Arizonans. 

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Protecting Our Innovative Cures

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I joined the House floor to discuss H.R. 3, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Drug Pricing Plan and how our labor force participation and unemployment compares to before Tax Reform was passed in 2017.

First, I discussed H.R. 3. We held a hearing on this legislation in October, however, the Democrats rejected over 25 bipartisan amendments on party line votes and the legislation has not since moved from the Committee since then. This legislation would prevent the chance of at least 15 cures being developed and will severely disrupt the crucial innovation that patients need. I have urged my Democratic colleagues to come back to the drawing board to help find a bipartisan solution for lowering drug costs that can actually be signed into law.

There are two main benefits for investing in innovative medicine: patient outcomes improve and healthcare costs crash because that patient is no longer receiving a lifetime of treatment for their condition. I will continue to advocate for the cutting-edge cures that are on the horizon. We must cure our brothers and sisters with chronic conditions.

Connecting People to Work

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We are seeing record breaking labor force participation and historic unemployment. While we have this economic success, we must continue to create policy that encourages more individuals to enter our labor force. 

I asked witnesses during the Joint Economic Committee hearing focused on "connecting people to work" to list the top three changes we need to create as policymakers. The most common responses included:

    ✅ Investing in technical training and educational programs

    ✅ Criminal justice reform

    ✅ Affordable housing and access to transportation

There are a variety of policy solutions for how we can further increase our labor force participation. Whether this be through the input listed above, or immigration reform, trade reform, etc., Congress must put this policy at the forefront of our agenda. 

United States - Japan Trade Relations

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We often talk about the United States trading relationships with Mexico and Canada, but this week we focused on our trading partnership with ally Japan during the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Hearing on U.S. - Japan Trade Relationships. 

We discussed how to future proof our policy by ensuring our trade agreements are comprehensive and are open to trading as many products as possible simultaneously. We need to be sure we are looking at how our country's economies are evolving, to ensure our agreements can withstand time. 

Japan is a world leader in science and technology production, and we must continue to work together to take the benefits from each of our societies' expertise to benefit one another. 

To watch me speak, I start at: 1:42:00. 

100% Humane Society Scorecard

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I was pleased to hear that I received a 100% score from the Humane Society Congressional Scorecard for my record defending animal rights in Congress.

My friend Dabo came to Congress dressed to work and celebrate with me. It has been a priority of mine to fight for the rights of our animals, and I will continue to do so. 

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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