Ciscomani, Sinema Oppose Proposed VA Rule Cutting Ambulance Reimbursement

Lawmakers from both parties in Congress are vocalizing opposition to a proposed Veterans Affairs cut to reimbursement rates for ambulance services set to take effect in February.

The move is so the department can avoid overpaying for emergency medical transportation services, but critics warn it could lead to less access to that transportation to VA hospitals if the payment model is shifted. 

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Arizona Likely Sends Two New GOP Congressmen to Washington, Democrats Could Unseat Another

Despite hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be tabulated, poll watchers had seen enough to predict two new Republican U.S. House members, but another GOP incumbent is on the ropes.

On Friday morning, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran conceded to challenger Eli Crane for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. The three-term Democrat faced a tough reelection bid after being shuffled into a new district that favored Republicans. 

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Former Trump National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien Weighs In on Arizona Congressional Race, Backs Juan Ciscomani

Former Trump National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien endorsed Juan Ciscomani, who is running to represent Arizona’s 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

O’Brien, who has voiced support for numerous candidates in the state and across the country, cited Ciscomani’s record on tackling the ongoing border crisis under President Joe Biden.

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National Republican Congressional Committee Spotlights Arizona Congressional Race, Names Ciscomani to ‘Young Guns’ Program

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The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is placing a heavy focus on Arizona’s 6th Congressional District and candidate Juan Ciscomani.

The organization named him to its “Young Guns” program, which recognizes promising candidates in “the most competitive congressional seats in the 2022 election cycle.”

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After Redistricting, Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Seat Is a Prime Target for GOP Pickup

Arizona’s 6th Congressional District is believed to be a prime target for a GOP pickup, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight political blog, which rates the newly-redrawn district as “Competitive R.” Seven-term incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat, announced in early 2021 she would not seek re-election; and the area’s voting history suggests the new boundary lines favor Republicans.

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State Sen. Kelly Townsend Announces Congressional Run in Arizona’s Open New 6th District Seat

State Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-Apache Junction) announced she is running for Arizona’s newly redrawn 6th District Congressional seat, which is an open seat due to Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick declining to run for reelection. The sprawling southeast Arizona rural district runs from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Mogollon Rim and the New Mexico border to Casa Grande. Townsend lives in Apache Junction, in the newly drawn CD 5, about 60 miles from CD 6, but there is no requirement for her to live in the district she runs in, only that she live within the state.

Townsend told Capitol Media Services, “Anybody who knows me knows that my heart has been down in the southern part of the state anyway. That’s where I go for leisure, and that’s where I go to work.” Townsend filed a complaint last year with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich about Tucson’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. After Brnovich issued an opinion declaring that the mandate was illegal, the city paused it.

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Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy Endorses Juan Ciscomani in Congressional Contest

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) on Monday endorsed congressional candidate Juan Ciscomani in the race to represent Arizona’s new 6th Congressional District.

Ciscomani, an advisor to Governor Doug Ducey on the Arizona-Mexico Commission, is a native of Southern Arizona and looking to fill the vacant seat, following the retirement of Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-02).

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Arizona Republican Juan Ciscomani Launches Congressional Campaign

Juan Ciscomani, a native Arizonan and an advisor to Governor Doug Ducey, ignited a bid for Congress on Tuesday to represent Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. 

“Joe Biden & Nancy Pelosi are pushing failed policies that are hurting Southern AZ: An avoidable border crisis, efforts to force a federal takeover of our elections, crushing taxes & out-of-control spending that leave the American Dream out of reach for so many,” Ciscomani described as his reason for declaring his intent for the seat.

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