2018 Goals

My Goals for 2018


1. Make Congress Do Its Job

As 2018 begins, Congress still has not passed legislation to fund the government through the fiscal year. This means critical investments in defense, veterans healthcare, and NIH research remain on hold. The current Continuing Resolution funds the government through January 19. It’s time for Congress to do the hard work and come up with a long-term funding solution that protects our economic and national security, invests in research and education, and promotes economic growth and job creation for Arizonans. Partisan games are dangerous and irresponsible, especially when it involves funding the government. Arizonans deserve better.


2. Protect Dreamers

Congress needs to pass the DREAM Act as soon as possible. I am a cosponsor of the DREAM Act because Arizona Dreamers deserve a chance to become citizens of the only country they have ever known. They have graduated from our schools, are contributing to our economy, and are enlisting in our military to serve our nation. Arizonans also understand the need for comprehensive, lasting immigration reform that secures our borders, includes a tough but fair path to citizenship, and ensures a strong economic future for our country. Arizona has waited too long for the promise of immigration reform and border security. We cannot wait any longer.


3. Address Increasing Health Care Costs

Many Arizonans continue to struggle with the cost of health care. In 2018, Republicans and Democrats need to find commonsense solutions that stabilize health care markets and decrease prices. As a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, I worked with members on both sides of the aisle to introduce the Bipartisan Market Stabilization and Innovation Act, and I introduced legislation with Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota to delay the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) in 2018 and 2019. These two bills provide stability, relief and reduced costs for hardworking Arizonans and Arizona small businesses. Congress also needs to reauthorize both the Children’s Health Insurance Program so that Arizona’s KidsCare can continue providing affordable health coverage to over 22,000 Arizona kids and the Health Center Program so that community health centers can continue providing medical care to underserved Arizonans.


4. Honor our Commitment to Veterans and Military Families

Veterans deserve timely access to the best healthcare. Since coming to Congress, it has been my top priority to ensure veterans receive the care they earned and deserve. We need to continue the work to make the VA a modern, transparent and accountable healthcare system. This includes fixing the Veterans Choice Program to leverage community-based care, bringing in talented healthcare professionals including behavioral health professionals, and firing underperforming employees. Veterans in Arizona count on the VA health system for quality and timely care; this year we need to pass practical legislation that will allow the VA to better serve our veterans.


5. Create Opportunity for Hardworking Arizonans

We constantly hear from Arizona business owners that burdensome, unnecessary regulations hurt their ability to grow and hire.  To create more opportunities for Arizonans, it is important that we focus on ways to cut red tape and help Arizona businesses thrive. That is why I led a bipartisan group of members to introduce the Regulatory Improvement Act. This legislation creates a panel of experts to identify redundant, outdated and unnecessary regulations for elimination and forces Congress to vote on the recommendations. To keep our economy growing, Congress needs to pass legislation like this.


6. Fix Broken Washington

In 2017 we were repeatedly reminded that we need systems in place that will check those who abuse power. We need to hold Washington accountable. I introduced the NOPE Act with Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran to freeze congressional salaries, increase the lobbying ban on members of Congress from two to five years, and prohibit government funds for first-class air travel for members of Congress and staff. It was also revealed that taxpayer dollars were used to hush up inappropriate behavior by members of Congress, including sexual harassment claims. I expect more from elected officials, and I know you do too. That’s why I introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida to protect taxpayer dollars by garnishing the wages of members of Congress and Senators who settle sexual harassment claims and to make public the wage garnishment so the American public can hold elected officials accountable. No excuses, no exceptions. Americans put trust in their elected officials, and the halls of Congress should be an example for workplaces across the country.


I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.



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