This year, our nation was faced with unprecedented challenges—the threat of conflict with a foreign adversary, a historic presidential impeachment trial, protests in cities across the country and a worldwide pandemic. Though the road was tough, we have made it through and look forward to the promise of a new year.
With a COVID-19 vaccine approved and nationwide distribution beginning, 2021 will no doubt be a year of hope and progress as we continue to fight this virus, but it also brings with it new opportunities to address other challenges facing our nation, especially in Congress.
The 117th Congress represents one of the closest majority-minority splits since the late 1990s, and it presents a unique opportunity to address important issues with potentially bipartisan consensus. It is an honor to be elected to serve in this Congress, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to implement policies that improve the lives of Arizonans and all Americans as I have throughout my tenure.
While in Congress, I have worked to build consensus and reached across the aisle to introduce HR 5823, the DHS Illicit Border Tunnel Defense Act, with my colleague Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) to address illicit, cross-border tunnels. I also worked with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) on HR 8608, Carrie’s Law, which protects women and ends mandatory arbitration in instances of physical sexual assault. We joined together again on HR 7718, the Protecting the Health and Wellness of Babies and Pregnant Women in Custody Act, to ensure incarcerated pregnant women and their babies are protected. This bill even passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.
Finding opportunities for this type of consensus will be essential for both parties in this historic, closely split Congress and our broader divided government.
I look forward to continuing to support policies that protect our seniors, lower the cost of health care and serve our veterans—ideas we can all support, Republicans and Democrats. Ideas for all Americans.
With 2020 coming to a close, let us go into 2021 with thankfulness for the many blessings we have received and optimism for the bright future of our great nation.