U.S. Congressman David Schweikert | E-Newsletter
District Update | August 24, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman David Schweikert
This Week in Review
 
Hello Friends,

I had yet another great week of meeting with groups in Arizona. This week I had the chance to meet with Proctorio, a startup based in Scottsdale for Startup Week Across America. While most might think of Silicon Valley as the hub for innovators, in Arizona, we are blessed to have entrepreneurs that are consistently creating jobs in our own backyard. Thank you, Proctorio, for your time! 



Photo on the left: I served as a panel moderator at the ASU Congressional Conference on Space and Innovation. Arizona continues to have a large footprint on the space "world" and it was great to hear from experts about how to stay ahead of the curve
Photo to the right: I joined the Jewish National Foundation to discuss the Gaza Border Crisis. It was inspiring to hear the personal stories from residents of the Border to discuss such a critical issue in the world, and I thank the foundation for inviting me to join the conversation. 


To wrap up this week I met with employees at the FAA Phoenix Terminal Radar Approach Control Tower at Sky Harbor Airport. During our visit, they showed me what it is like being an air traffic controller and we discussed policies that impact their work. I appreciate the time they spent with me and I thank them for their vigilance in keeping our skies safe!
Russia and the United States' Relationship

Many constituents have asked me about Russia in the past few weeks, so I wanted to share a bit on the Russia and the United States' Relationship

I am proud to have supported the Magnitsky Act during the 112th Congress. This law originally banned 18 Russian government officials and businessmen from entering the United States, froze all their U.S. assets, and barred them from using the U.S. banking system in the future, thus freezing them from out of the global banking system.

This was despite the Obama Administration’s strong opposition to the enactment of this law, for fear of angering the Russian government during their ill-fated attempt at ‘resetting’ the U.S.-Russian relationship . President Obama held this legislation hostage under threat of veto for many months, and his colleague then Senator John Kerry tried to delay this legislation as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.  Eventually, public pressure and bipartisan support won the day and the Magnitsky Act became law, despite President Obama and then Senator John Kerry’s ardent opposition.

In 2016, a global version of the Magnitsky Act was expanded to human rights abusers around the world, and many countries have now followed with their own legislation modeled closely after the original Magnitsky Act. I was an original cosponsor of the global Magnitsky Act and helped to get broad support for this legislation. According to the Treasury Department, since January 2017 over 460 human rights abusers from Russia, Burma, South Sudan, Nicaragua and many other countries have been added to Treasury sanctions programs due to direct actions by those individuals  involved in perpetuating human rights abuses or corruption.

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WHAT I AM READING
TAX: 
U.S. Economy Still Surging at Mid-Summer

HEALTH: 
Ways and Means Committee Pledges to Roll Back More Medicare Regulations 

SITE VISIT THIS WEEK
I had a great time visiting the Apple Data Center this week. It was great to have the chance to tour the facility to see how the center operates and meet staff. 

OFFICE SPOTLIGHT
This Congress, my office was nominated by the Congressional Foundation for the "Life in Congress" Workplace Environment Award. This award highlights offices that have established both formal policies and informal cultures that enhance the work-life fit and professional development of their staffs. I am so proud of Team Schweikert's continued hard work for Arizonans.  

To read more about the nomination, follow this link. 

POLICY SPOTLIGHT: FORWARD ACT (VALLEY FEVER)
 
This graphic helps to gives a visual for the process the FORWARD Act will create. This Act would strengthen research and help advance treatment and vaccine development for Valley Fever, as well as other orphan endemic fungal diseases.
               
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