Join us at the Chris Stewart Town Hall TOMORROW! (NOW POSTPONED TO 3/31)

UPDATE: TOWN HALL POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY, 3/31/17, 7p, WEST HIGH SCHOOL.

Raising your voice at town hall meetings still the ‘gold standard’ for engagement” – Chris Stewart

Tomorrow evening Utah District 2 Representative Chris Stewart will meet with constituents in a town hall meeting at West High School in Salt Lake City. We appreciate Rep. Stewart’s willingness to meet his constituents in person and to listen to them, particular in this heated time.

Although town halls can be highly orchestrated PR events for legislators, they can also serve the important function of connecting reps to their constituents and hearing about what matters to the people they represent. It is also a time for constituents to gauge where their rep stands on the issues so that we can find additional ways to provide feedback and hold our representatives accountable, especially via elections. We highly recommend that all constituents attend in-person town halls and engage state and federal leadership.

As a non-partisan, bridge-building organization, Action Utah’s philosophy for town halls is that respectful, calm and informed constituents have a better chance of being heard. A team of our members will be attending the meeting with this philosophy in mind. We hope you will join us!

Want to know more about Representative Chris Stewart ahead of the Town Hall meeting? Action Utah has you covered. Scroll down for lots of great info on Utah’s District 2 Congressman!

Want some tips from Action Utah on how to have a meaningful and productive town hall meeting? Click here.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Join our Action Utah Town Hall Team! Join up with a group of Action Utah members and leaders to attend the town hall meeting together. We will meet up before the meeting to discuss strategy and questions and send you in prepared to question, listen and learn. To join our team, please contact us.
  • Attend the town hall meeting on your own. Of course you are welcome to attend the meeting individually. Either way, be sure to arrive early to ensure you can get a seat inside. Come prepared with a few informed questions on issues that matter to you. See our tips for more details on this.

CHRIS STEWART TOWN HALL INFO:

Where: West High School, 241 N 300 W, Salt Lake City 84103 (map it)
When: Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:00p – but be sure to arrive early! Doors open at 6:15p. We recommend arriving 1-2 hours early.

Representative Chris Stewart – Utah District 2

Website: http://www.Stewart.house.gov/ Phone:202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)

BIOGRAPHY (Utahns Speak Out)

Chris Stewart was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He attended Sky View High School, served a Mormon mission in Texas, then graduated from Utah State University in 1984 with a degree in Economics.

After college, Stewart followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the United States Air Force. During his 14 years of military service as a pilot, he set three world speed records including the fastest nonstop flight around the world.

After his service, Stewart became the President and CEO of the Shipley Group, a consulting company that specializes in energy and environmental issues.
He also started a second career as an author. He has published several books, including two New York Times best-sellers, “Seven Miracles That Saved America” and “The Miracle of Freedom.”

Stewart won his seat in the US House of Representatives the first time he ran in 2012, defeating Democrat Jay Seegmiller with 62% of the vote. In the 2016 election, Stewart defeated the Democratic candidate, Charlene Albarran, with 62% of the vote.

Committees

  • Vice Chair, House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee
  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rep. Stewart on the Issues

Health Care

  • Supports repealing the Affordable Care Act
  • Supported the religious exemption from Affordable Care Act individual mandate
  • Currently leaning towards supporting the American Health Care Act

Civil Rights/Women’s Rights

  • Voted ‘no’ on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act

Defense and National Security

  • Supports expansion of the military and believes President Obama has neglected the military during his administration

Education

  • “I support legislation that keeps education choices in the hands of parents, along with local and state leaders”

Financial Services

  • Supports repealing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
  • Supports lowering the corporate tax rate and eliminating the death tax

Environment

  • In 2015, Bishop and fellow Utah representative Chris Stewart formed the Federal Land Action Group, a congressional team with the specific intent to come up with a framework for transferring public land
  • Supports H.R. 758: Utah Land Sovereignty Act (prevents the extension or establishment of national monuments in Utah without authorization from Congress. This bill adds Utah to an agreement made in 1950 between the federal government and Wyoming).

Energy

  • “I support the responsible development of oil, natural gas, clean coal, and a variety economically viable renewable energy options. We are fortunate to live in a district full of scenic and natural resources. Multiple use land policies enable their responsible use, while protecting their integrity.”

For more detail on the issues, please click here.

Sponsored Legislation

H.R. 5058: Wild Horse Oversight Act

The Wild Horse Oversight Act of 2014 would preserve all protections under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, and simply allow states to implement horse and burro management plans that address the specific needs of their own state. Read More >

H.R. 4934: Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act

Repeals the arrest and firearm authority granted to Office of Inspectors General in the Homeland Secrurity Act. Prohibits federal agencies, other than those traditionally tasked with enforcing federal law, from purchasing machine guns, grenades, and other weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act. And directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to write a complete report detailing all federal agencies with specialized units that receive special tactical or military-style training.  Read More >

H.R. 4682: Veterans TRICARE Choice Act

This bipartisan bill gives TRICARE-eligible veterans the ability to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) program. Read More >

H.R. 4256: Endangered Species Improvement Act of 2014

This bill would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973, to require that the federal government count all species dwelling on both public and private lands, in determining species recovery. Read More >

H.R. 3311: PARC Act

Provide Access and Retain Continuity Act, otherwise known as the PARC Act. In the event of future government shutdowns or lapse in appropriations, this bill enables states to fund and continue operating National Parks and other federal facilities or programs that have direct economic impacts on tourism, mining, timber, or general transportation in the state.

H.R. 1422: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

Makes changes to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to enhance public participation, improve the process for selecting expert advisors, expand transparency requirements and limit non-scientific policy advice. Read More >

Rep. Chris Stewart 2017 Voting Record

(From fivethirtyeight.com)

DATE MEASURE TRUMP POSITION STEWART VOTE AGREE WITH TRUMP?
March 22 Allowing small businesses to provide insurance through trade and professional associations (236-175) Support
Yes
March 22 Removing antitrust exemption for insurance providers (416-7) Support
Yes
March 16 Giving the secretary of veterans affairs more flexibility to discipline employees (237-178) Support
Yes
March 8 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (371-48) Support
Yes
March 2 Changes to rulemaking requirements for federal agencies (246-176) Support
Yes
March 1 Repeal of a Department of Labor rule regarding records of work-related injuries and illnesses (231-191) Support
Yes
March 1 Requires review of proposed regulations by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (241-184) Support
Yes
March 1 Establishment of a commission to review federal regulations (240-185) Support
Yes
Feb. 16 Repeal of a rule requiring state and local governments to distribute federal funds to qualified health centers even if they perform abortions (230-188) Support
Not voting
——
Feb. 15 Repeal of a Department of Labor rule on drug testing of applicants for unemployment compensation (236-189) Support
Not voting
——
Feb. 15 Repeal of a rule that allowed a new type of state-based retirement plan (231-193) Support
Not voting
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Feb. 15 Repeal of a rule that allowed a new type of retirement plan established by local governments (234-191) Support
Yes
Feb. 7 Repeal of a Department of Education rule on teacher preparation programs (240-181) Support
Yes
Feb. 7 Repeal of a Department of Education rule on school accountability (234-190) Support
Yes
Feb. 7 Repeal of changes to Bureau of Land Management planning rules (234-186) Support
Yes
Feb. 3 Repeal of a rule requiring energy companies to reduce waste and emissions (221-191) Support
Yes
Feb. 2 Repeal of a rule requiring the Social Security Administration to submit information to the national background-check system (235-180) Support
Yes
Feb. 2 Repeal of a rule requiring some federal contractors to report labor violations (236-187) Support
Yes
Feb. 1 Repeal of the stream protection rule (228-194) Support
Yes
Feb. 1 Repeal of a rule requiring energy companies to disclose payments to foreign governments (235-187) Support
Yes
Jan. 24 Permanent ban on the use of federal funds for abortion or health coverage that includes abortions (238-183) Support
Yes
Jan. 13 Waiver allowing James Mattis to become secretary of defense (268-151) Support
Yes
Jan. 13 Budget resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act (227-198) Support
Yes
Jan. 5 Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 (237-187) Support
Yes

Campaign Contributions (2015-2016)

  • Top 5 contribution industries: Oil & Gas, Lobbyists, Retired, Pharmaceuticals/Health Products, Defense Electronics
  • Top 5 contributors: Merit Medical Systems, American Health Care Assn, Paul Rogers & Assoc, Keller Investment Properties, Questar Corp

For more campaign contribution info, please check out opensecrets.org.


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