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February Monthly Newsletter

 

The president recently signed an Executive Order implementing an across the board federal hiring freeze. In Arizona, this order jeopardized the U.S. Forest Services ability to hire seasonal firefighters. Wildfires pose a serious threat to Arizona's public safety, and seasonal firefighters work hand-in-hand with Arizona firefighters tackle our most dangerous fires. 

We led a bipartisan group of members including Arizona Congressmen Tom O'Halleran, Andy Biggs and Trent Franks urging the Administration to grant a public safety exemption that will allow us to hire seasonal firefighters. We received the good news that our request was granted and the Forest Service can hire seasonal firefighters on time, before fire season begins. We’ll keep working with members of both parties to hold Washington accountable and solve problems for Arizona.


Sincerely,It is a privilege to serve the residents of Arizona's Ninth District. If there is an issue that matters to you, please let us know by clicking this link or 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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We'll keep working with the Arizona Chamber to cut red tape, foster innovation and ensure Arizona businesses thrive. 

 

 

We earned an "A" from NEA for our work to ensure all Arizona kids have a shot at the American Dream.

 

Creating Opportunity for Arizona Families

We hear from business owners throughout Arizona that outdated, redundant regulations hurt their ability to grow and hire. This month, we led a bipartisan group of members to introduce the Regulatory Improvement Act, legislation reducing unnecessary, outdated, duplicative federal regulations. Our legislation establishes an independent, bipartisan commission made up of representatives from business and civic organizations  to review all regulations, and present recommendations to Congress of what can be eliminated. 

We met with members of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways we can work together to create new jobs, cut red tape, and foster innovation. Arizona is a great place to do business, and we’ll continue working together to create an environment where businesses, both large and small, can continue to thrive. 

Our team received an “A" from the National Education Association for our work to ensure every Arizona student receives a quality education. During the last legislative session, we worked with members of both parties to pass a bill that improves and expands career and technical education programs to ensure students have the skills they need when entering the workforce. We also supported and passed two budgets that made responsible investments in education, including for students with disabilities and for schools with highest economic need. Finally, we worked to pass a law to make long overdue reforms to K-12 education and recruit high-quality teachers. 

Fighting for Arizona Veterans

This month, we were named to the House Financial Services Committee’s Terrorism and Illicit Finance subcomittee. This is a new subcommittee created to continue the work of our Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. Terrorist networks are constantly developing new ways to finance their deadly operations and threaten America. To keep our country safe, we must be one step ahead of them, cutting off their funding and stopping their efforts.  We will continue working across the aisle to get money out of the hands of terrorist and protect America’s safety and security. 

In Arizona, we held our third annual Valentines for Veterans card drive to thank Arizona veterans. On Valentine’s Day, our team joined students from Encanto Elementary to deliver cards to veterans at the Phoenix VA. A huge thanks to everyone who helped us honor our veterans, including the the students at Adams Elementary, Andersen Elementary, Kerr Elementary, Longview Elementary, Encanto Elementary, and Solano Elementary.

Our team of social workers work every day to help Arizona veterans access the benefits they’ve earned and deserve. This month, we helped Al from Chandler after his initial VA claim was denied. We helped Al communicate with the VA and effectively navigate the benefits process. Last month, his claims were approved and he received the benefits he needs to modify his home and vehicle, keeping him safe and mobile.

We were named to the House Financial Services Committee’s Terrorism and Illicit Finance subcomittee. WATCH: 

 

 

Thank you Adams, Andersen, Kerr, Longview, Encanto, and Solano students for helping us honor AZ veterans!

 

 

We had a great time teaching ASU students about how our Phoenix office helps Arizonans solve problems with federal agencies.

 

We heard from AZ-09 residents at our recent KIYC in Sunnyslope. 

Fixing a Broken Washington

It’s wrong for politicians to use women’s health to score political points. That’s why last month, we voted against H.R.7, legislation limiting women’s access to reproductive care. A woman, her family, and her doctor should decide what is best for her health, not Washington politicians. We will continue working to ensure all Arizona women and their families have access to safe, affordable health care.

This month, our team taught Arizona State University School of Politics and Global Studies students how our Phoenix office helps Arizonans navigate government bureaucracy and solve problems with federal agencies.

We heard from AZ-09 residents at our Kyrsten In Your Community event in Sunnyslope and our served Arizonas at Mobile Office Hours in Mesa, Sunnyslope, and Phoenix. If you need help with a federal agency, call our office at 602-956-2285 or find a list of upcoming Mobile Office Hours here

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