It is hard to believe August marks my first 100 days serving as your congresswoman. Although it has only been a short time since I was sworn in, I have introduced three key pieces of legislation to secure our border, improve our education system, and protect Social Security and Medicare for our seniors. Serving the people of Congressional District 8 is an honor, and I am blessed for the opportunity to represent Arizona in the U.S. Congress.
As your congresswoman, national security is one of my top priorities. We live in a border state, so we know the dangers that come with an unsecured border, including at our ports of entry. With more than 300 official ports of entry into the United States, it is important to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities, so we can prevent terrorism, human trafficking, child smuggling and the importation of illegal drugs.
To stop these crimes, I introduced, HR 6400, the United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act. My legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to analyze our air, land and sea ports and develop a plan to make them more secure. This bill is one step closer to becoming law, as it passed the House Homeland Security Committee, of which I am member, and now heads to the full House of Representatives for consideration. This is quite an accomplishment for being the second newest member of Congress.
Every child in this country should have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. For this reason, I sponsored HR 6259, the Make Education Local Act, to allow our local schools and teachers to make decisions – not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. My bill will bring more money back into our classrooms for students and teachers. This is just the first step in improving and strengthening education in Arizona classrooms, and I will continue to work with local leaders and education advocates to improve education for all students.
Over 60 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare and Social Security, with many relying on the monthly payments to make ends meet. Senior citizens have paid into the Social Security and Medicare programs with the promise it would be there for them. I believe Congress must keep this promise, and that is why I introduced HRes 1026 recognizing Medicare and Social Security as essential programs that must be protected for enrollees and strengthened for the future. It also rejects any changes to these programs that would diminish payments and supports efforts to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in these programs.
In my first 100 days in Congress, I have introduced three bills touching on some of the most important issues facing our district. There is more to be done, but I will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of you and this great nation.
Rep. Debbie Lesko represents
Arizona’s 8th Congressional District and is a member of the House Homeland
Security and Science, Space and Technology committees.