FreedomWorks is pleased to name Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) as our Congressman of the Month for July 2016 for his continued fight to reign in government waste and spending. As a testament to his unwavering commitment to free market principles and the Constitution, Rep. Schweikert was presented last week with the 2015 FreedomWorks FreedomFighter Award. With a FreedomWorks lifetime scorecard rating of 96% and a score of 100% in 2015, Rep. Schweikert has earned the trust and the respect of taxpayers across the nation.
Rep. Schweikert’s dedication to a limited federal government is evident by his introduction of H.R. 4496, the Funding Unpaid National Debt with Settlements Act or the FUNDS Act. According to the bill text, it would require “funds collected by the federal government from legal settlements, fines, and penalties to be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury for deficit reduction.”
This legislation would stop federal agencies from using collected fees and fines without oversight. Rep. Schweikert’s bill would assure that these funds will not be spent to grow bureaucracy, but rather be used to pay down the deficit. Legislation such as this is vital to help reduce the regulatory state.
Additionally, Rep. Schweikert has been a strong advocate for sound, constitutional legislation proposed by his fellow House members. He has co-sponsored legislation such as Rep. Dave Brat’s (R-Va.) H.R. 5324, the Health Savings Account Expansion Act of 2016. This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand health savings accounts to include health insurance payments as well as increase contribution limits.
Rep. Schweikert has also co-sponsored Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) H.R. 4956, the End Executive Overreach Act. This bill restricts the authority of federal agencies from making or finalizing rules that have an annual economic effect of $100 million or more, rules that may raise legal or policy issues from legal mandates, and rules that may interfere with the foreseeable or taken action by another agency.
As an active member of both the House Committee on Financial Services and Joint Economic Committee, in addition to being a member of both the House Freedom and House Liberty Caucus, Rep. Schweikert is an advocate for the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, free markets, personal liberty, and the rule of law.
Because of his commitment to limiting spending and free markets, FreedomWorks is proud to name Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) as FreedomWorks Congressman of the Month for July 2016.