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Franks, lone Az congressman at RNC, urges support for Trump

The only Arizona congressional Republican to show up at the party’s national convention this year defended his absent colleagues Wednesday, calling it a busy time of year for officeholders facing re-election this fall. ... Read more»

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Taking the ‘go’ out of GOP: High-profile Republicans avoid convention

Tens of thousands will flock to Cleveland this weekend for the start of the Republican National Convention that is expected to formally name businessman Donald Trump the party’s presidential nominee. Sen. Jeff Flake will reportedly be home mowing the lawn instead.... Read more»

McCain, Flake concerned tunnel beneath Nogales port may collapse

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are urging federal officials to inspect a drainage tunnel that runs beneath the DeConcini port of entry in Nogales because it could potentially collapse. ... Read more»

Arizona, New Mexico senators team up to prevent sale of tribal items

The Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items.... Read more»

Apache, lawmakers seek access to federal funds to finish dam

The federal government needs to “honor its commitment” to Arizona’s White Mountain Apache and let the tribe use funds from a federal water-rights settlement funds to continue work on the Miner Flat Dam, lawmakers said Wednesday.... Read more»

Senators hope new ‘no fly, no buy’ gun bill finds bipartisan support

One day after efforts to advance gun-control measures in the Senate collapsed in partisan fighting, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise Tuesday that they hope can get a vote and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.... Read more»

Senate takes up, then blocks, competing gun-control measures

The Senate had the opportunity to act on competing gun-control measures Monday, but proceeded instead to block action on any of the proposals in votes that fell mostly along party lines... Read more»

Flake: Building ‘fortress America’ won’t help economic growth

America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade.... Read more»

Lawmakers call for unity, prayer in aftermath of shootings

The reaction in Washington to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando was swift and nearly unanimous, as statements and social media posts offered prayers and condolences for what the president called “a horrific massacre” flooded the web.... Read more»

Az officials call for tightened limits on Lake Mead water use

Arizona officials said Tuesday it is time to end the “gentleman’s agreement” currently governing states’ use of water from Lake Mead and instead put tougher restrictions into law.... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7M acres at Grand Canyon

Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process. ... Read more»

Man of the House? Not necessarily for Arizona's delegation

A review of how much members of Arizona’s congressional delegation pay staffers showed that every member had at least one woman among the top four jobs, and the three women who held the top job in each office earned salaries solidly in the middle of their male counterparts.... Read more»

Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said he believes there is a chance the U.S. Congress will move forward with legislation addressing drought in the West, but any federal response to water shortages must not overrule state policies or rely on federal funding.... Read more»

Arizona senators cool to a vote on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

Arizona’s senators fell in line with other Republicans who said Wednesday that there should be no vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy until the next president is elected. ... Read more»

Flake, other border senators call for long-stalled vote on ambassador to Mexico

Arizona's Jeff Flake joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on their colleagues to stop blocking Roberta Jacobson’s nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saying “we need our top diplomat in Mexico.” Sen. Marco Rubio is among those blocking a vote.... Read more»

Lawmakers want to pull Arizona from 'over-sized' 9th Circuit

Arizona lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday that would pull Arizona and four other Western states out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and form them into a new circuit.... Read more»

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