Several of us met David on Saturday morning for coffee to offer both our opinions and frustrations.
He had 2 primary responses to our frustrations:
1. When a controversial issue arises his office e-mail & phone are bombarded by both the Left and anyone who does not want their particular ox gored - The office does not hear enough from Tea Party Conservatives.
He gave as an example when the government shut down - 90% of the calls & e-mails were to give in.
2 There are a morass of Rules & Procedures that govern passage of Bills, including making an 'omnibus bill' with amendments easier to pass than single issue bills and a Standing Committee that makes Committee assignments. (editor's note - it is unintelligible to the layperson and made my head hurt)
Several issues will be coming up for a vote when Congress returns in September that he needs Tea Party Conservatives to be aware to and give feed back on:
. Iran Deal
Debt Ceiling/Appropriations Bills/Ex-IM bank attachment will be the most contentious
Planned Parenthood, Benghazi investigation, next phase of the IRS investigation, EPA
The following are notes from the meeting:
TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY
Without TPA, (trade promotion authority) Congress would have no say in the trade deal TPP (transpacific partnership).
Leaving China out of the TPP is deliberate to help give us an alternative to China dominance in the Pacific. Our unions and China are the ones trying to stop the deal.
Russian trolls are creating and publicizing misinformation via social media.
EXPORT IMPORT BANK
Schweikert is a leader in efforts to stop the Bank. This is the reason he was removed from the Finance Committee. The Bank finances 1.6% of U.S. exports. There are no generally accepted financial standards applying to The Bank’s financial reports. The Bank actually loses money when GAPP (generally accepted privacy principles) standards are applied. General Electric and Boeing are trying to cut off funding to anyone who opposes The Bank.
THE EXPORT IMPORT BANK FINANCES FOREIGN AIRLINES ENABLING THEM TO BUY PLANES CHEAPER THAN US COMPANIES AND THESE SAME AIRLINES THEN COMPETE WITH US CARRIERS. This leaves the US citizens with their debt when the countries that bought planes default on their debt
The Bank’s charter has expired and the US Senate wants to attach reauthorization for The Bank to an upcoming transportation bill.
In the event of a “government shutdown” caused by Congress’ failure to fund the government, only 18% of the government would be affected. The number of telephone calls to Schweikert’s office was overwhelmingly opposed to shutting down. Tea Party callers were almost nonexistent.
REMOVE BOEHNER AS SPEAKER
Mark Meadows submitted a motion to “vacate the chair”. This tipped the hand of those who wanted Boehner removed and, procedurally tied their hands.
Boehner and a core of 20 House members control committee assignments. Schweikert wants to reorganize the assignment process by giving more power to newer members.
Only can be used once. Saving it for big issue-Obamacare or Dodd-Frank repeal.
House will take up the Senate Transportation bill ( Schweikert is against), as well as the debt ceiling. House has already passed 2/3 of budget bills.
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL
Funds BLM, Forest Service, etc. Has been operating on Continuing Resolution (CR) funding since 2006. 2006 funding and policies were controlled that year by Democrats, so, since CR is simply a continuation of prior funding (usually at a higher level), Interior Department is funded using Democrats policies.
WHY NOT INTRODUCE ONE PAGE BILLS INSTEAD OF OMNIBUS BILLS
Schweikert has limited floor time to introduce. A bill must be written, introduced, assigned to a subcommittee, voted out to full committee, then voted on. Very cumbersome and time consuming. More efficient to take a small bill and attach it to a bigger bill which has gone through the full process.
Schweikert wants to throw out Dodd-Frank. However he gets more calls supporting Dodd-Frank than opposing. In response to Dodd-Frank, private lending clubs have sprung up. Feds want to regulate these clubs. Schweikert says clubs are no a risk to the economy. Lending Club is Uber, the banks are the taxi companies. Schweikert supports creating laws allowing banks to compete freely as long as they are not using insured deposits.
IRAN NUKE DEAL
Schweikert sits on Terrorism/Finance Committee. Trying to figure out how bad guys get funding (drugs, terrorism, etc.) Nuke deal gives dollars to bad guys (Iran) who will use them to kill good guys.
Blowing up, costwise. Original goal was to reduce the population of people who were uninsured at some point during a year from 41 mil to 31 mil at a ten year cost of $1.6 tril. For that much money, we could have given 10 mil an insurance policy and a new car. The House has passed all necessary legislation to kill Obamacare and sent it to the Senate. This can go to reconciliation to make it easier to pass. Schweikert does not trust the Senate. House has done it’s work. Bills are backing up in the Senate.
Schweikert suggests reading Politico, The Hill and The Washington Free Examiner for a broader awareness of the big picture in Congress - including the 'other side'.
Concept: SOCIETAL LOAD COST. How much does it cost society per immigrant (schooling, medical, welfare, govt services) vs how much does the average immigrant pay to the government?
Schweikert’s question: How do you start a conversation that proposes that immigrants must have an income high enough so that they pay taxes at least equal to their societal load cost?
He has an excellent response to his telephone Town Halls - if you are not included, and would like to be, call (480) 946-2411 and ask to be added to Tele-Town Halls.
Every Town Hall he concludes with an invitation to contact his office in order to arrange a 'coffee' with him - and no one responds! He wants to meet with small groups of Constituents to hear both our complaints & our comments, so call (480) 946-2411 and ask for a time and location.
And, some notes from a conversation wtih one of Congressman Schweikert's Aides earlier this summer:
We also spoke about David's vote for Boehner. According to Kevin, NO ONE,
other than last-minute Louis Gomert from TX, was interested in volunteering
for the Speaker's position. This position, along with all the Speaker's duties,
involves travel 6 or 7 days a week to fund raisers, etc. around the country.
Therefore, with no other viable candidate for the position, they had to give
a yes vote to Boehner.
Kevin also relayed a true story of an owner of a company in Deerborn, MI, that
had recently moved to Scottsdale. According to Kevin, the owner had hired a
qualified Muslim woman to be in his office. She dressed and looked and worked
appropriately for several years. One day, shortly after some of the beheadings,
the owner happened to ask her how these people could do such a thing. Her
reply was, "if my imam asked me to kill you and all the people in this office, I
would do it."