Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AZ Rep David Schweikert An Update: What we're working on

Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06)
Last week pulled our attention in many different directions. I want to share with you what happened while I was in D.C., some good news I've read, and some suggestions my team and I have for you. 

The President's Law of Unintended Consequences is Unaccompanied

We've all heard the news stories about the hundreds and thousands of unaccompanied children that have crossed our borders on their own. Many are in a state of limbo sleeping on the floor or on cots in the detention centers in Southern Arizona. This news is an example of the unintended consequences of President Obama’s disregard for the rule of law. President Obama and his administration, through actions and words, have pushed their plan for amnesty of illegal immigrants, while unilaterally relaxing our border and interior enforcement.

In the early years of the Unaccompanied Minor Program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), less than 10,000 children were crossing the border illegally without any family members annually. Last year we saw over 30,000 children cross our borders unaccompanied and may see as many as 80,000 children placed in the hands of border patrol, and ultimately, HHS by the end of this fiscal year. 

If President Obama truly cared for these young children, he would work with Congress to fix our broken immigration system. Short term measures and unilateral action are not the solution to our illegal immigration crisis.  

The Southwest Just GAINed Some Great Attention
Thanks to the combined efforts of scientists, doctors, advocates and the Valley Fever Congressional Task Force, the spore that causes Valley Fever has been added to the list of pathogens slated to benefit from being included under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced the GAIN Act in July of 2012 to encourage the development of new antibacterial and antifungal drugs that would prevent serious or even life-threatening infections.  Qualifying Valley Fever as an orphan disease under the GAIN Act will allow for expedited processing of medicinal and procedural advancements, cutting much of the FDA’s bureaucratic red tape. 
Because of this good news, Valley Fever has a chance to be given the full force of resources needed for scientists and doctors to develop a vaccine and cure for this disease. I look forward to seeing what the medical community here in Arizona will accomplish as a result of this good news.
Did you know we can help you with that?
Tax season just ended but that doesn't mean the filing season is over. Last week we received a record number of calls about delays and concerns with tax returns, receipts, and filings. For those of you who filed an extension, you may still be waiting to see the results of your return.

If you haven't received your tax return and are concerned there may be a delay, my team and I are here to help. It is our duty to serve you and work with you and any federal agency to help you understand the status of your claims or filings.

Take a look at my my website's IRS assistance page and give my team and me a call at (480) 946-2411. The office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
I hope this email proved informative for you as you reflect on the news of this week. As always, don't hesitate to reach out if I can do anything for you. 

I'm Reading...

Rather than going cap in hand to a banker, those with a fledgling business can resort to crowdfunding – going straight to investors – and customers – for the money, often at cheaper rates. Read more by clicking on the title

In the District...

Packages from Home is always accepting donations for our service men and women away from home. We just need a few more bags of food and toiletry items so we can drop off the goods downtown. If you and your family are looking for a service project, learn more about how you can help, here.
Thumbs up to local Desert Signs owners Brice & Trish Dill for their work ethic and dedication to small business growth here in the community. 
One last thing...
The weather isn't getting any cooler. Remeber to keep your four-legged friends at home-- even if it's just a quick trip to the grocery store.
Dogs and cats handle heat differently and a hot car can get dangerous quickly! If you are new to the area and aren't sure what to expect for your pets in the triple-digit summers, look here for some quick tips from the Arizona Humane Society

Charlie says thank you!