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Sinema Visits General Dynamics Missions Systems


Scottsdale, Ariz. – Through her Kyrsten Means Business Program, Congresswoman Sinema heard from employees and toured the facilities at Scottsdale’s General Dynamics, an AZ-09 aerospace and defense company.

“General Dynamics is a leading producer of new, innovative technology,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Their groundbreaking equipment is used on the battlefield to improve communication and keep our troops safe.  They also continue to create high-tech, high wage jobs for Arizona families. We’ll continue working to support defense companies like General Dynamics to protect our country and improve our economy.”

The equipment built in Scottsdale defends networks against dynamic threats by developing, deploying and sustaining encryption products, systems, and services. General Dynamics has established a global presence in secure communications systems, command and control systems, imagery sensors and cyber products.

Scottsdale is a top facility for design, engineering, production and testing. The facility has approximately 2,300 employees manufacturing some of the nations most advanced equipment, including the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and Manpack Radio.

The WIN-T delivers voice and data communications wherever and whenever soldiers need them without the need for fixed infrastructure. The AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio is the U.S. Army’s first fielded two-channel, software defined radio that connects to the new Mobile User Objective Satellite (MUOS) network, providing soldiers with clear, smartphone-like voice communications wherever they are deployed. Congresswoman Sinema has been a champion for full or increased funding to the WIN-T and Manpack Radio programs.

 

 

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Sinema Visits Ability Dynamics through Kyrsten Means Business Program

 

TEMPE, Ariz. – Through her Kyrsten Means Business Program, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema heard from employees at Tempe’s Ability Dynamics, a medical device company that manufactures and distributes innovative prosthetic feet.

“Ability Dynamics is an example of the incredible medical innovation happening in Arizona’s 9th district,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “These groundbreaking prosthetics are improving the lives of patients, including veterans in Arizona and across the country.”

The RUSH foot previously met the reimbursement criteria under Medicare, private insurance, and the VA.  Earlier this year, the VA made changes to their reimbursement codes leaving veterans who were prescribed the RUSH foot unable to obtain the device.

Congresswoman Sinema led a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald asking for an explanation for the coding change and a justification for the difference between the VA’s reimbursement determination and Medicare’s reimbursement determination.

"We share the same goals of efficiently using taxpayer dollars to provide veterans with the best possible care," wrote Congresswoman Sinema. "We look forward to working with you to improve transparency and accuracy in coding, and to improve the overall quality of care available to veterans."

Read the full letter here.

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Sinema Joins Arizona Seniors for SilverSneakers Workout


PHOENIX – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joined the Coalition for Medicare Choices and Arizona seniors for a Healthways SilverSneakers workout and discussion about the Medicare Advantage program.

“When I meet with Arizona seniors to talk about health care, they are concerned most about rising costs and decreasing choice,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “I will continue to work across the aisle to find commonsense solutions that drive down cost, increase choice, spur innovation, and improve the quality of care provided to our seniors.”

Congresswoman Sinema was named a 2016 Medicare Advantage Champion by the Coalition for Medicare Choices for her leadership to strengthen Medicare Advantage for Arizona seniors.

More than 444,000 Arizonans and 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Arizona’s 9th district choose Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advantage plans consistently receive high customer satisfaction ratings and help to control cost, drive innovation and improve health outcomes for seniors.

  


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Sinema, Fitzpatrick Legislation to Combat Terrorist Financing Passes House

Washington DC – Today, a bipartisan counter-terrorism bill introduced by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) unanimously passed the House of Representatives. The National Strategy for Combating Terrorist, Underground and Other Illicit Financing Act (H.R. 5594) directs the Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with other federal agencies, to establish a comprehensive strategy to combat the financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance.

“Terrorist organizations pose a serious threat to our national security, and it is critical that we cut off the funding that supports these groups,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “I regularly hear from Arizonans who are concerned about the safety of their families and fellow Americans. This legislation is a commonsense solution that ensures the United States denies funding to terrorists and protects America and our allies.”

This legislation creates a strategy that assesses the effectiveness of the United States’ current efforts to fight terrorist financing and aligns future efforts with broader national security goals. It will improve coordination between law enforcement at all levels and establishes priorities and objectives for preventing terrorist financing.

Congresswoman Sinema spoke about her legislation on the House Floor:

Full remarks below:

Thank you Chairman Hensarling and Ranking Member Waters.

Over the course of the past year, the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing has found that US government efforts to counter the financing of terrorism lack sufficient coordination, and that the United States has no unified national strategy to guide our counter financing efforts.

The federal government must change its approach and mindset to counter the financing of terrorism.

This is why Chairman Fitzpatrick and I introduced bipartisan legislation to direct the Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with relevant federal agencies, to establish a whole-of-government strategy to combat the financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance.

This strategy must include:

  • a critical assessment of the effectiveness of U.S. efforts to fight terrorist financing;
  • ways to improve coordination with international, state, and local law enforcement, and the private sector; and
  • a comprehensive discussion of threats, goals, objectives, and priorities for disrupting and preventing terrorist financing.

The strategy should enhance detection, deterrence and prosecution, and ultimately strengthen our broader national security goals.

Our legislation forces the federal government to create a whole-of-government strategy to counter terrorism financing that improves the effectiveness of our efforts and better aligns these efforts with our broader national interests.

Terrorism is an undeniable threat to our country’s security and global stability. Terrorist networks constantly develop new ways to finance their deadly operations and threaten America.

The Islamic State is one of the world’s most violent, dangerous, and well financed terrorist groups. To keep our country safe, we must be one step ahead of IS, cutting off its funding and stopping its efforts.

Thank you Chairman Fitzpatrick and Congresswoman Velazquez for working with me on this important legislation. Thank you Chairman Fitzpatrick and Ranking Member Lynch for your leadership on the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep money out of terrorists’ hands and build on our progress to strengthen America’s security.

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s bipartisan legislation to protect seniors from financial fraud unanimously passed the House of Representatives. The Senior$afe Act (H.R. 4538) helps law enforcement track down financial criminals who target seniors.

“Americans lose billions of dollars each year to financial fraud, and seniors are a top target,” said Congresswoman Sinema.  “These financial crimes devastate their bank accounts and often go unreported. Seniors deserve to retire with dignity, and they shouldn’t have to worry that their hard earned savings are at risk of fraud. This bill is a commonsense solution to help identify, report, and stop financial abuse of Arizona seniors.”

Recent studies estimate nearly 1 in 5 American seniors may be a target of financial fraud or abuse. Even when financial institutions suspect abuse, the abuse may go unpunished. Current laws lack the necessary flexibility to allow financial institutions to report suspected abuse to authorities.

The Senior$afe Act, introduced with Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18), and Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), helps individuals and financial institutions communicate with the appropriate agencies when they suspect financial abuse of seniors. It also encourages firms to train employees to identify and stop financial fraud.

 

House Financial Services Committee Passes Sinema Legislation to Protect Arizona Seniors from Financial Fraud

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s bipartisan legislation, the Senior$afe Act, to help law enforcement track down financial criminals who target seniors.

“Seniors deserve to retire with dignity, and they shouldn’t have to worry that their hard earned savings are at risk of fraud,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Our commonsense legislation ensures that financial institutions can identify fraud, report it, and stop financial abuse of the elderly. We’ll keep working to protect seniors and strengthen consumer protections for hardworking Arizonans.”

Recent studies estimate nearly 1 in 5 American seniors may be a target of financial fraud or abuse. Even when financial institutions suspect abuse, the abuse may go unpunished. Current laws lack the necessary flexibility to allow financial institutions to report suspected abuse to authorities.

The Senior$afe Act, introduced with Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18), and Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), will help individuals and financial institutions communicate with the appropriate agencies when they suspect financial abuse of seniors. It also encourages firms to train employees to identify and stop financial fraud. 

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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement in response to the VA’s removal of three leaders at the Phoenix VA Health Care System:

“Since the crisis broke, we’ve repeatedly called for the removal of any VA employee who fails to meet the high standards of care our veterans have earned. While I welcome today’s news, this is long overdue. Our veterans deserve better. It’s time for the Senate to pass the VA Accountability Act to hold employees accountable and ensure this never happens again.  I will not rest until all Arizona veterans have the quality care they need and deserve.”

PHOENIX – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement on Sharon Helman potentially returning to VA:

“This is shameless. At least 40 Arizona veterans died while Helman was in charge of the Phoenix VA. It’s absolutely outrageous that someone responsible for the poor treatment of veterans could get her job back. It is time for the Senate to pass the VA Accountability Act to hold employees accountable and prevent this from happening.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman David Young (IA-03) launched the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat Identity Theft and Fraud and introduced the Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act.

This bipartisan legislation requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce a plan to expedite the review of identity theft or Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fraud-related cases referred to them, and report to Congress about current scams and fraudulent practices and what they’re doing to address them.

“Americans lose billions of dollars each year to identity theft and financial fraud,” said Congresswoman Sinema.  “We created this bipartisan task force to find real solutions that put an end to scams and fraud. By working together, we can protect Americans’ financial security.”

“Scams and identity theft are increasingly complex and growing problems, and many folks in Iowa and across the country are at risk of having their identity, bank or credit card numbers, and other personal information stolen,” said Congressman Young. “Our bipartisan task force will thoroughly examine the scope of fraud and how best to address it. I am encouraged by this opportunity to work with Congresswoman Sinema in leading our colleagues in tackling such an important and widespread issue.”

Congresswoman Sinema and Congressman Young also recently introduced an amendment to protect the personally identifiable information of members of the Armed Forces and their families, which was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 277 - 147.

About the Task Force:

With a mission of protecting all Americans from hackers, scammers, thieves and fraudsters, the task force seeks to develop and implement commonsense solutions which prioritize individuals’ personal security and increase penalties and punishment for those who break the law.

Additional members of the task force include: Brad Ashford (NE-2), Mike Bishop (MI-8), Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Bob Dold (IL-10), Tom Emmer (MN-6), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3), John Katko (NY-24), Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), Martha McSally (AZ-2),  John Moolenaar (MI-4), David Rouzer (NC-7), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Dave Trott (MI-11), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Kevin Yoder (KS-3).

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema was recognized today by the Council for Affordable Health Coverage as an “Affordability Champion” for her work to pass the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act and lower health care costs through bipartisan, commonsense solutions.

"When I talk to Arizona families and employers about health care, the concern I hear most is increasing cost," said Congresswoman Sinema. "The PACE Act is an example of how much we can accomplish when we put partisanship aside and work together to solve problems. I’m honored to receive this award and will continue working on both sides of the aisle to find real solutions that ensure health care is affordable for Arizona families and employers.”

The PACE Act protects small businesses from an Affordable Care Act provision that would have forced companies with 51-100 employees into the 2016 small-group market where they would have faced additional mandates, higher premiums, less flexibility, and new barriers to coverage. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the PACE Act will lower health costs and increase employee wages.

"We commend Congresswoman Sinema for her bipartisan efforts to protect and preserve the existing small group market. This critical law helps small and mid-sized businesses dodge futile premium increases," said CAHC President Joel White.  "Achieving this reform in the lead up to a contentious presidential election year was an uphill battle, but thanks to Representative Sinema’s tireless efforts, bipartisanship and common sense prevailed."

The PACE Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed it into law in the fall of 2015.