District Update |December 8, 2019                                                                                 


Dear Friend,

We are fast approaching the two year anniversary of the historic passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since this legislation was signed into law, our economic growth has surpassed expectations and broken 50-year long records. 

I was pleased to see the November Jobs Report last Friday, which reaffirmed the success of many of the pro-growth policies we have instituted. However, there is still more work to be done. We have three weeks left in December with very little hope for passage of the USMCA, which would add thousands of jobs to our economy and increase our GDP growth. 

I would like to start off this newsletter explaining some of the information presented from the Jobs Report. 

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From this report, a few main data points included: 

✅ 266,000 jobs added to the labor force 

✅ 3.5% unemployment rate - matching a 50-year low

✅ 50% of our work force is made up of women

We also saw a 19-year low in the number of discouraged workers no longer seeking jobs and part-time workers seeking full time employment. This means that more individuals who had given up looking for work are entering our work force. By gaining their participation, our economy grew in places that were once unexpected. 

Lastly, wage growth is surging in our low-wage industries. While our overall wage percentage increase was 3.1%, the bottom is seeing the majority of the wage gain. This economic news is very important, and I will continue to develop policy that grows this data to further benefit hard working Arizona families. 

Partisanship for Prescription Drugs 

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This week's floor speech focused on lowering the cost of prescription drugs. The House worked together this summer to produce a bipartisan plan for lowering the cost of prescription drugs. That entire plan has now been thrown away with the introduction of H.R. 3 - Speaker Pelosi's partisan drug pricing plan, which is being brought to the House floor this week. 

H.R. 3 could abandon the creation of close to 100 cures, introduces an international reference pricing system to have government control the value of your health, and reduces vital research funding.

My Democratic colleagues say they are keeping their promise of lowering the cost of prescription drugs, but this legislation would never be signed into law, whereas the bipartisan package created this summer would. To watch me explain the harmful effects of this legislation, click the photo above. 

Drafting Articles of Impeachment

This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the Judiciary Committee to move forward in drafting articles of impeachment. The decision to impeach President Trump has already been pre-determined from the start, in fact, the House has already voted to impeach President Trump three times, even before any discussion of a Ukrainian phone call. 

I remain intensely frustrated and disappointed with Congress’ lack of accountability and inability to get work done.  Solely focusing on impeaching President Trump in 2019 continues to divide our country apart.

I will continue to advocate for legislation to protect our national security and military, along with bringing USMCA to the floor to further maximize our economic success and trading relationships with neighbors Mexico and Canada. This body has squandered a year of time arguing each other instead of working together for the American people. 

Remembering the Attacks on Pearl Harbor

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Over this weekend, I joined veterans in Fountain Hills while my staff joined veterans in downtown Phoenix for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Each ceremony reflected on December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy, and honored the bravery and sacrifices made by the Americans defending our freedoms. 

Thank you to all of our veterans for your service to this great nation, keeping us safe through day and night. We are forever indebted to you for your bravery to join our military to defend out freedoms. The photo above is from the ceremony in Phoenix. 

Health Care Enrollment Ending Soon

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Open Enrollment ends next Sunday, December 15th. If you are looking for a new health care plan for 2020, go to healthcare.gov to shop new plans that will keep you covered. 

This enrollment period only comes around once a year. Be sure to check out your healthcare options before time runs out to be covered in 2020. 

Mobile Office Hours

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This Wednesday, my District Office team will be in the Salt River Pima Indian Community at the Two Waters Government Complex in the Round House Cafe Sen meeting room, located at 10005 E. Osborn Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, to discuss federal casework issues with constituents. If you need help or have any questions regarding federal casework, be sure to come by!

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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