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U.S. Rep. David Schweikert at an October 2020 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally for Donald Trump in Scottsdale. Photo by

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus in 2015 - but Schweikert has quit the group, ostensibly because he was sick of being confused with the members of a similarly named far-right group of Arizona state legislators. Read more»

The House gave bipartisan approval to a measure that would head off a possible national rail strike by forcing workers to accept a tentative contract they had rejected. The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.

Most members of Arizona’s congressional delegation joined the rest of the House Wednesday to give overwhelming bipartisan approval to a bill that would head off a national rail strike by imposing contract terms on rail workers’ unions. Read more»

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, with one of his ever-present fiscal issue charts during House special-order speeches.

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert has given a special-order speech 29 times in the current Congress - and 82 since he took office in 2011- as he shows "the math behind the top issues in front of my colleagues and our country.” Read more»

LGBTQ supporters hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Oct. 8, 2019, in advance of the court hearing a trio of cases that will determine whether sexual orientation and gender identity are protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law - with all four Arizona Republicans voting against the measure - though the bill’s path forward in the Senate is unclear. Read more»

More than 40 candidates are running for Arizona’s nine seats in the U.S. House, as redistricting, retirement and a president with sinking approval ratings have made the races more attractive than usual to challengers, particularly GOP hopefuls, analysts say.

Arizona congressional challengers have been emboldened by an open seat, an unpopular president and a newly drawn district map – and they have the money to show for it, setting up what "could potentially be a very anti-incumbent election year." Read more»

After two years of what was supposed to be a short-term experiment with proxy voting in the House, some Arizona lawmakers have used the practice hundreds of times, while others have never voted by proxy. Critics say it’s time to end a practice that they say is being abused, but its defenders see a place for limited proxy voting in the future.

Two years after the House allowed proxy voting as a pandemic precaution, two Arizona lawmakers remain among the House’s most active proxy voters, while two others are among the stubborn minority that has never cast vote by proxy. Read more» 1

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, walks through the Capitol in this 2020 file photo. Since then, he has been fined $50,000 by the House Ethics Committee and, in January, $125,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign finance violations.

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, has agreed to pay $125,000 to the Federal Election Commission for misuse of campaign funds, including charges that funds went to personal use of campaign staffers. Read more»

Several members of Arizona's congressional delegation may have big decisions to make before next year's election based on the proposed boundaries of the state's new political map. Read more»

Congressional incumbents have already raised millions for the 2022 midterm elections and have the added benefit of name recognition, but analysts said those advantages will be countered by the redrawing of House district boundaries, which puts the races in a 'state of limbo.'

Arizona’s congressional incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and massive fundraising leads – but analysts say they might need both as congressional redistricting has “put us all in a state of limbo” for the 2022 House races. Read more»

The vast majority of House votes – about 92% – were cast in person this year, but more than half of all members cast at least one vote by proxy, letting another lawmaker cast their vote when they were physically absent. Some cast hundreds of such votes, including two Arizona lawmakers. Critics say they policy, introduced in response to the pandemic, is being abused, but supporters say it lets Congress work remotely like businesses everywhere.

More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway. Read more»

Highway and bridge construction is just one of the elements in the wide-ranging, $2 trillion American Jobs Plan being pushed by the Biden administration. The proposal, to be paid for with an increase in corporate taxes, would fund everything from broadband access to affordable housing to veterans’ care.

Arizona has 132 bridges and more than 3,100 miles of highway that are in poor condition, the White House said in pitching President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. Read more»

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met Monday with Republican senators who presented a $618 billion alternative to the president’s proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. But Democrats are backing Biden’s larger bill, which includes money for local governments and a $15 federal minimum wage, among other changes.

Six Arizona mayors were among hundreds who urged Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill that includes $350 billion in aid for state and local governments. Read more»

President Donald Trump is greeted by Gov. Doug Ducey after landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for a visit to Honeywell International’s mask-making operation in Phoenix on May 5, 2020.

While Gov. Doug Ducey has repeatedly condemned the violent mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol Jan 6. during the count of Electoral votes to declare Joe Biden the next president, that condemnation doesn’t extend to President Donald Trump’s role in inciting the insurrection that left five people dead. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., receives his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 on Dec. 22.

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation are deciding largely along partisan lines whether to avail themselves of the early access they're getting to the new COVID-19 vaccine. Read more»

Congress on Monday night approved the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn't go far enough for many Democrats. Read more»

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