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Senate Advances Slate of Oversight Bills
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House Oversight Committee - Early Saturday, the United States Senate advanced numerous pieces of legislation championed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. These bills now head to President Obama for his signature to become law. The following bills were passed: H.R. 4465, the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016 (Rep. Denham, R-CA); Establishes the Public Buildings Reform Board, a six-year board for identifying opportunities for cost savings and deficit reduction by r... Read more

Chaffetz praises inclusion of civil service reforms in NDAA
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House Oversight Committee - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after the Senate passed S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes two Chaffetz sponsored bills aimed at reforming how misconduct is handled within the federal workforce. “I am pleased to see these commonsense solutions strengthening the integrity of our civil service on their way to becoming law. The vast maj... Read more

House Unanimously Passes Chaffetz Legislation Protecting FBI Whistleblowers
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House Oversight Committee - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, as amended, H.R. 5790, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2016 (404-0). The bill clarifies Congress’s intent to protect FBI whistleblowers who make disclosures to managers and supervisors in their chain of command, bringing the agency in line with most others in the federal government. “While a great many changes remain to be made in how DOJ and the FBI respond to whistleblow... Read more

Chaffetz supports health policy reforms
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Washington - Congressman Jason Chaffetz voted in favor of important policy reforms that will have a direct impact on Utah. The bipartisan Health Policy Omnibus reforms our outdated medical discovery, development and delivery system. Passing by a 392-26 vote, the legislation provides resources to address growing problems including mental health, opioid abuse, and chronic disease. Some of the legislation’s most significant solutions include: Secures reimbursement funding for the University of Utah... Read more

Chaffetz Announces New Chief of Staff, Legislative Director
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Washington – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) released the following statement after announcing Amber Talley, current Legislative Director, as his new Chief-of-Staff and Clay White, current Legislative Assistant, as his new Legislative Director. Current Chief-of-Staff Fred Ferguson recently accepted a position with a Utah-based company in the private sector. “I have every confidence in Amber and Clay. They have each played an integral role in our office and have earned these new respons... Read more

Chaffetz Testifies on Mt. Accord Legislation
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands regarding Mountain Accord legislation he introduced earlier this year. H.R. 5718, The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act of 2016 seeks to balance the need to protect drinking water, preserve recreational opportunities, enhance access, and accommodate future population growth. Highlights from Congressman Chaffetz testimony are below. Yo... Read more

Chaffetz demands apology from Ruiz for "token" comment
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Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement following a reference made by Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA) to San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally, who had previously testified in favor of the Public Lands Initiative. Benally is the only elected Navajo in Utah and represents a largely Navajo district that includes the site of the Bears Ears buttes addressed in today’s legislation. “There is absolutely no excuse for the degrading and disrespectful way in which C... Read more

Chaffetz Statement at Hearing on Public Lands Initiative
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Remarks as Delivered “Thank you for the time I do appreciate it. And I really do appreciate the leadership of Congressman Bishop. We have tried from our heart of hearts to develop a bipartisan and balanced approach to this solution. The easiest thing for me to do, politically, is just to say to you know to heck with the federal government and just you know… because that’s what I really do feel in my heart. But I also know that a viable law long-term solution requires a bipartisan solution. We h... Read more

Chaffetz, Bishop Introduce Utah Public Lands Initiative
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) have formally introduced the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) legislation for consideration by the US House of Representatives. Included in the bill is a revamped 1.4 million acre plan for the Bears Ears region. A partner bill was also introduced to complement the Utah Public Lands Initiative by ensuring land use certainty in seven Utah counties. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will sponsor the companion legislation in the Sen... Read more

Chaffetz, Jeffries Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance FBI Whistleblower Protections
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced H.R. 5790, the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which expands the safeguards for FBI employees who report waste, fraud, and abuse. The legislation also streamlines the process for investigating incidents of retaliation. “Whistleblowers play an indispensable role in rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse within federal agencies,” said Chaffetz. “As the only federal law enforcement employees e... Read more