Week of October 1, 2019
Provided by Dorn Policy Group, Inc.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a “No Rest Recess” call to action to members of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week, inviting them to meet with local businesses and chambers of commerce during the two-week district work period to learn how enactment of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will benefit their local community.
Last week, the Federal Reserve cut its interest rate by a quarter for the second time in two months- a decision that has since initiated questions about whether the Fed is taking too many preemptive steps to defend the U.S. economy.
With two-thirds of the year gone, the U.S. Congress is back from summer break, and businesses and local governments are pounding on Washington’s door, calling for action on critical issues for industry and communities. Legislation that addresses trade, the United States’ crumbling roads and water and energy infrastructure, cybersecurity, and immigration reform are among those at the top of their wish list.
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-R) presented the Native American Education Opportunity Act, which would fund students who attend the Bureau of Indian Education schools. The program would give students an $8,000 deposit per year into an educational savings account.
Vice President Mike Pence will make a return visit to Arizona this week. Pence will be in Phoenix on Wednesday to celebrate Republican Sen. Martha McSally at a reception, and on Thursday he will be taking part in a roundtable discussion with Hispanic leaders at a Scottsdale church. Pence is also scheduled to give his remarks on the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement down south in Green Valley.
A bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers recently penned a letter to top congressional leaders urging a permanent repeal of the medical device tax. The Arizona Congressional Delegation members who signed the letter, including Senators McSally and Sinema, and seven members of the House, are all cosponsors of the Protect Medical Innovation Act, which permanently repeals the medical device tax.
This month, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, team members are taking their expertise to the Arizona State Capitol, Arizona State University and elsewhere for advocacy events designed to raise awareness about the epidemic. The CARE 7 team includes four victim services advocates, two victim crisis specialists, and one counselor.
Three years ago, the Tempe City Council approved the Parks Capital Improvements Plan, which provided $60 million over five years to reinvest in city parks. To date, more than 40 park projects have been completed and several more are underway in various stages of planning, public input, design or construction.
On October 25th, the Tempe Chamber will host the 21st Annual State of the City Address featuring Mayor Mark Mitchell. The SOTC is a great way for residents and business leaders to engage with city officials to discuss what is going on economically and politically.