Thursday, July 20, 2017

STATEMENT: Bolding's language for traffic stops is published in Arizona Driver's License Manual

Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
July 20, 2017

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen (District 27), released the following statement regarding the recently updated Arizona Driver's License Manual, which now provides guidance on how motorist should handle law enforcement stops:

"After months of work with community stakeholders, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, I am pleased to see traffic stop safety language included in the new Driver's License Manual. Protecting the safety of everyone in our community, members of the public and law enforcement, has always been one of my top priorities. The new traffic stop safety addition to the manual gives Arizonans an educational resource and consistent language of what to expect during traffic stops. This is one of many tools designed to promote safety and fairness."

"Arizona is now among the first states in the country to adopt driver's license policy language focusing on bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement agencies involving traffic stops. While I know there is no one catch all solution, my hope is that this is a start to more work that needs to be done."

The new text is contained in Section 7 of the manual, on pages 56-57, which can be found here:


STATEMENT: Chavez praises bipartisan reintroduction of bill to help 'Dreamers'

Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
July 20, 2017

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29), released this statement regarding the reintroduction of the DREAM Act by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham:

"Today, we saw true bipartisanship when Senators Durbin and Graham reintroduced the DREAM Act. This action will give young immigrants a chance to come out of the shadows and be recognized for their contributions to the only country they’ve ever called home. These young people did not make the decision to come to this country, and it is not the American way to punish children for their parents’ actions.  I commend Senators Graham and Durbin for their courage and leadership.”

“The DREAM Act would give these immigrant students the chance to earn citizenship. I’m hopeful that today’s announcement will encourage Congress to meet its responsibility to pass the DREAM Act, and recognize that our country continues to be a nation of immigrants."


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Chavez invited to attend Health and Wellness Summit to discuss cross border healthcare issues

July 19, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Dr. Aron UreƱa, on behalf of the Secretary of Tourism for Baja California, Mexico, invited Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29), to participate in its upcoming summit on medical tourism, Baja’s Health & Wellness Forum.

On July 27th and 28th, the key figures in the region's health and wellness tourism industry will take part in the Forum.  Attendees will be able to view more than 80 exhibition stands and engage in several workshops and conferences.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this summit,” Chavez said. “With the inaccessibility of healthcare in the United States, many of our citizens are looking for more viable options. This is a great opportunity to find ways to make healthcare affordable and, most importantly, find medical providers that can deliver safe environments for Arizonans.”

Each year, more than 2.4 million patients seek medical care in Baja California. To learn more about Mexico’s premier medical tourism summit please click here.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Indigenous Peoples Caucus urges McCain and Flake to oppose BCRA

Today, members of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus joined 22 Indian Tribes of Arizona and submitted a letter urging Senator John McCain and Senator Jeff Flake urging them to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). The BCRA discussion draft proposes to make $772 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade. These deep cuts would have a disastrous impact on the health care of American Indians across Arizona and could lead to the possible closure of several Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal, and urban Indian health facilities and programs.

Monday, July 10, 2017

We have to stay on target…

The U.S. Senate is back in session this week after some Republican members tried to stay out of the public eye when they went home for the Fourth of July.  That is probably because news of the problems with their proposed #BCRA continued to spread. Just this past weekend, Arizona's Sen. John McCain stated the repeal and replace bill was “probably going to be dead.” We need you to keep the pressure on him to let him know Arizonans don't support #BCRA.

Arizona's own Sen. Flake didn’t seem to want to meet with a group who went to his office to urge him to oppose the health care bill last week. In fact, several people were cited for trespassing in his office.  Maybe  he didn't want to chat because he heard that an Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System report showed that if #BCRA moves forward, by 2026 our state stands to lose:
  • AHCCCS health care coverage for 400,000 people
  • $2.9 billion in federal funds for nearly 2 million AHCCCS recipients
  • $2.2 billion due to a per capita cap
  • $$2 billion from a hospital assessment that ends in 2020
And these costs don't address the quality of life and health-related losses Arizonans will suffer.

A new poll shows that only 12 percent of Americans support #BCRA. That should be a clear sign that Republicans should stop their attempt to hinder access to health care. Instead, some are threatening to repeal the current health care law without an immediate replacement. You must stay on target and keep the pressure on our senators. Keep calling, emailing and tweeting Senators Flake and McCain. Tell them we need them to #ProtectOurCare! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

STATEMENT: Bolding encourages Phoenix City Council to push forward street name policy change

Contact. C. Murphy Hebert

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement regarding the proposed update to Phoenix's street naming policy that the city council will consider Tuesday afternoon:

"I'm pleased to see the Phoenix Mayor and City Council respond to calls for action from members of the community who want to see street names reflect the city's commitment to inclusion and diversity. The current process does not provide a method to change offensive or derogatory street names that denigrate Phoenix's rich cultural and ethnic heritage.  

"The mayor and city council can and should update that policy as soon as possible. I am encouraged to see this issue on the meeting agenda for Tuesday and consider it an indication that city leaders recognize this as a priority. I urge all city council members to support this policy change. It's the right thing to do for our city."


ACTION ALERT: Stop the Senate Attack on Affordable Health Care

After finally seeing the health care bill that U.S. Senate Republicans were working on behind closed doors, it became obvious why they kept it a secret.  It's flat out dangerous.

The problems came to light quickly after Republicans released the bill language last week. Millions of people could lose coverage. There are provisions that will hurt vulnerable populations, like kids, seniors and the working poor. It will also "wreck and wreak havoc" on Medicaid, which is called AHCCCS in Arizona.  And it effectively allows insurance companies to create an age tax, moving affordable health care out of reach for many.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the most onerous aspects of the bill:
  • Reduces the tax credits for people in the middle class, which they use to afford their health care
  • Allows insurance companies to charge up to five times as much for people over 50
  • Cuts Medicaid spending even more than the House bill and removes care for seniors in nursing homes, people with disabilities and kids. In Arizona about 400,000 people would lose the health care coverage they receive through AHCCCS
  • Lets insurance companies deny coverage for maternity care, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment
  • Cuts treatments for people with opioid disorders when we are facing an opioid epidemic
  • Defunds Planned Parenthood, which affects the 2.4 million people who depend on the organization for care
  • Could cost Arizona as much as $7.1 billion by 2026

This bill isn't bad for everyone though – it's a great deal for the rich and for insurance and drug companies. This version contains tax cuts for the rich that will let millionaires save about $55,000 every year by 2025.

One news outlet reported: "To put a finer point on it, the richest 400 households in the country would receive tax cuts worth $33 billion between 2019 and 2028. For some perspective, that’s about the same as the combined cost of maintaining Medicaid expansion in Alaska, Arkansas, Nevada, and West Virginia, according to a report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities."

This has to be stopped – it really is a matter of life and death. It is imperative that Arizonans tell Senators Flake and McCain to vote no on this health care disaster.  We've heard that their offices are being inundated with calls. That momentum must continue. Make your voice heard. Let them know they have a duty to #ProtectOurCare.