Happy Friday –

We’re finished with congressional business for the week, and I’m back in the greatest district in the nation. I’ll be home through next week, spending time with my constituents in Arizona’s Fifth District. We have some upcoming events in the district next month. Hope you can come or spread the word.

Drop Zone

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Are you a veteran or a senior in our district? This event is for you. Come to our first Drop Zone event, where you will be able to obtain on-site access to the following services: haircuts, hearing tests, health screenings, dental work, vision screenings, municipal veterans courts, congressional casework services, taxpayer assistance, filing a claim with the VA, checking a VA claim status, speaking with a VA representative, signing up for VA health benefits, AND MORE!

Hope to see you at American Leadership Academy, 1070 South Higley Road in Gilbert, on Saturday, April 13, between 10 AM and 2 PM MST.

Congressional Art Competition

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Our 2019 Congressional Art Competition is now open to all high school students within Arizona's Fifth Congressional District. Students who would like to participate must submit their information by today, March 15, to my Constituent Services Representative, Christina Cleveland, at (480) 699-8239 or Christina.Cleveland@mail.house.gov. Please include your name, address, email address, and phone number.

March 19-20 is designated for art intake. April 27 is the date for the reception and awards ceremony. Stay tuned for more details.

Fighting the Witch Hunts

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ICYMI: I recently wrote an op-ed for Fox News on the emerging witch hunts in the Democrat-controlled House committees against President Donald Trump. Democrats’ animus toward this president abuses our political institutions to achieve a blatantly partisan end. I wholly condemn these practices. Read my op-ed.

Introducing…. the Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act

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In this new Congress, I reintroduced the Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act to address the challenges that are still impeding progress in the Phoenix VA Health Care System. I’m honored to have the support of all my Arizona colleagues in the House delegation for this bill. Read our statements.

Our Rising National Debt

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Last month, America’s national debt surpassed $22 trillion. It will take more than promises and soundbites to handle this threat to our security. There’s a lot of work to do to cut spending, and I’m urging my colleagues to save our grandchildren from this pending fiscal crisis.

Meeting with the Arizona Veterans of Foreign Wars

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I was grateful this month to meet with Jim and Glenn from the Arizona VFW. We had a productive discussion about the implementation of the VA Mission Act, health care for veterans, quality of life for members of our Armed Forces, and national security issues. The Arizona VFW has also endorsed the Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act.

Honoring an American Hero

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Earlier this month, my office presented a flag from the U.S. THIRD Fleet to Mrs. McManigal, mother of Troy Brendt Tolmack, who was buried at sea earlier this year. Troy served his country with valor, not only as a member of the United States Army, but also as a member of the Marine Corps.

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Troy achieved many medals and awards during his service to our country, including two Bronze Stars and the Meritorious Service Award. My office was able to obtain all these awards and medals to present to his mother today.

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Special thanks to the Legion Riders, our bugler, Jacob Petersen, and the Patriot Guard Riders for their role in today’s ceremony. Thank you also to all of Troy’s family members, who traveled so far to participate today.

A grateful district and nation mourns this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Troy’s family, friends, and fellow soldiers. May he Rest In Peace.

Talking to High School Students

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‘Tis the season for lots of tours to our nation’s capital. I was honored to meet with a group of Chandler Preparatory Academy students and talk to them about the issues that matter to them and their families. Most of their questions dealt with our rising national debt and what Congress is—or isn’t—doing to deal with this national security threat. Interacting with these young people and hearing their intelligent questions gives me hope for the future of our country.

For the Good of the Order

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Our office is currently looking for interns in both my Washington, D.C. and Arizona offices. Click here if you are interested in applying for an internship with my office.

If you cannot get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, my district office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. Visit my website to access the privacy consent form and call my district office to set up an appointment with one of my knowledgeable District Representatives.

As always, I am extremely humbled by the trust that you have bestowed upon me and honored to serve as your Congressman.

Sincerely,

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Andy Biggs
Member of Congress
 

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