Senator Jeff Flake

Senator Jeff Flake United States Senator and conservative reformer. www.flake.senate.gov Senator Jeff Flake is a fifth-generation Arizonan who was raised on a cattle ranch in Snowflake, Arizona.

Snowflake was named in part for Senator Flake’s great-great grandfather. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Flake served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013 representing the East Valley. After serving a Mormon mission in southern Africa, Jeff graduated from Brigham Young University, where he received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science.

Snowflake was named in part for Senator Flake’s great-great grandfather. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Flake served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013 representing the East Valley. After serving a Mormon mission in southern Africa, Jeff graduated from Brigham Young University, where he received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science.

12/22/2017
Sen. Flake Warns Against Dangerous, Hyperbolic Tax Reform Rhetoric

Six months ago, on a beautiful June morning just a few miles from here in Alexandria, Virginia, a man with a gun opened fire on me and several of my Republican colleagues.

In the chaotic aftermath of that awful morning, the gunman’s purpose slowly became clear. Because of our beliefs and political affiliation, this individual believed my colleagues and I deserved to die.

Since that day, I have struggled to understand this thinking. How could any American look out onto a field that June morning where a bunch middle-aged men were playing baseball, and somehow see “the enemy.”

Some of the bombastic rhetoric being offered in response to the tax reform bill passed this week has given me pause though.

If you listen to some of the hyperbolic vitriol that opponents of this bill are producing, the attitude that nearly killed my friend Steve Scalise, and threatened many more lives, begins to make a perverse kind of sense.

When respectable public figures go on television or take to Twitter and announce that thousands, if not millions, of Americans are going to die as a direct result of the passage of a tax reform bill, what impact do we expect this to have on the thinking of many Americans?

If a person takes these outlandish statements as truth, attacking Members of Congress who supported the measure almost appears to be a moral action.

This horrifying logic could lead someone to believe that killing a few legislators might save the lives of “millions of Americans.”

Beyond the physical danger of promoting such misinformation, these claims also do grave harm to the legislative process.

How are we expected to work together to achieve anything if one side’s position is viewed as the end of America as we know it?

One my colleagues called this tax reform bill, “the worst bill in the history of Congress.”

Upon the bill’s passage, one media pundit went so far as to encourage young Americans to flee their country and declared, “America died tonight.”

Full-throated and passionate debate should always be encouraged. We all love arguing the merits of supply-side economics, but this is not that.

This is demonizing of the worst kind.

It leaves all of us in this body unable to engage in the kind of negotiations and compromise Congress was created to foster.

To be clear, this is not a problem of one party or one moment.

During the public debate over the Affordable Care Act, members of my party engaged in similar tactics.

I was in the House Chamber when one of my Republican Colleagues stood and yelled “You lie!” at the President of the United States.

The accusation that passage of healthcare reform would result in so-called “death panels” was promoted far and wide by many Republicans.

One conservative commentator suggested the government would begin educating seniors on how to end their own lives.

A Republican legislator claimed the bill would put seniors in the position of being “put to death by their government.”

This rhetoric was wrong then and it is wrong now.

The threat posed to all of us, and to the democratic process from giving in to extreme rhetoric is not theoretical.

Some of us faced it on that baseball field in Alexandria in June, and all of us have witnessed its corrosive effect on Congress.

I urge my colleagues, all of us, let us end this practice where raw politics drowns out the supplications of the better angels of our nature. Let us all be a little more humble as to our predictive powers when it comes to placing a value on the work we do here.

In reality, this legislation will probably not turn out to be as good as its proponents assert, nor as bad as its opponents contend.

The country is watching. It is my hope that we, all of us, can eschew contempt and vitriol in our speech, and be more measured in our tone.

This is a great day for those of us who have fought for recognition of the unquestionable courage and heroism demonstrat...
12/07/2017
After years of trying, Pearl Harbor survivors persuade officials to award a medal to the man who saved their lives

This is a great day for those of us who have fought for recognition of the unquestionable courage and heroism demonstrated by Joseph Leon George during the attack on Pearl Harbor. I applaud the Navy’s decision to appropriately recognize George’s bravery and award him the Bronze Star.

It has been a privilege to join USS Arizona survivors Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner – both heroes in their own right – and the families of Joe and the men whose lives he saved, to help secure this honor for Joe George.

Joe George's family fought for years to get him honored for saving lives on the USS Arizona, but the military refused because he disobeyed an order to do it. He's finally getting one on Thursday in Hawaii - the Bronze Star, after Sen. Jeff Flake carried the request forward

12/01/2017

For nearly two decades I have advocated for a lower corporate tax rate that will enable U.S. business to compete globally and reforms that will deliver a fairer, simpler tax code.

From the outset of the current debate on tax reform, my goal has been to ensure that Congress passes a tax reform package that is both fiscally-responsible and promotes economic growth. During the debate over the current bill, I’ve focused on two specific objectives. The first was to eliminate the $85 billion expensing budget gimmick in the bill. The second was to obtain a firm commitment from the Senate Leadership and the administration to work with me on a growth-oriented legislative solution to enact fair and permanent protections for DACA recipients.

Having secured both of those objectives, I am pleased to announce I will vote in support of the tax reform bill.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee briefing with Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
11/14/2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee briefing with Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

11/07/2017
Flake, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Permanently Close Gun Loophole Used By Texas Shooter - Press Releases - United States Senator Jeff Flake

Today I introduced the bipartisan Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act; legislation that will close the background check loophole exploited by the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter and ensure that any individual convicted of domestic violence – whether it is in criminal or military court – cannot legally purchase a firearm.

This bill permanently clarifies the ambiguity in 1996 Lautenberg amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968 as it applies to the military, and requires the military to report misdemeanors of domestic violence to the NICS database to be used in background checks for all legal gun purchases.

It appears this loophole allowed a man who was clearly unfit to purchase a firearm to do so at the cost of 26 innocent lives. This bill will ensure that a situation like this will not happen again and that anyone, anywhere convicted of domestic violence is kept from legally purchasing a gun.

Flake, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Permanently Close Gun Loophole Used By Texas Shooter Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act will ensure anyone convicted of domestic violence in military court cannot legally purchase a firearm Posted on Nov 07 2017 Share WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)...

11/02/2017

If we are going to do cuts, cuts, cuts, we have got to do wholesale reform. With the national debt exceeding $20 trillion, we have got to take this seriously. Rate reductions have to be accompanied by real reform. We cannot simply rely on rosy economic assumptions, rosy growth rates to fill in the gap. We have got to make tough decisions. We cannot have cuts today that assume that we will grow a backbone in the out-years in terms of the real reforms that we're going to need.

I still get goosebumps when I see this place #Capitol
10/26/2017

I still get goosebumps when I see this place #Capitol

10/24/2017
10/20/2017
The #budget amendment I've offered with United States Senator Mike Lee that ends energy tax credits comes straight from ...
10/20/2017

The #budget amendment I've offered with United States Senator Mike Lee that ends energy tax credits comes straight from President Reagan's 1985 #TaxReform plan. Unlike feathered hair, good ideas never go out of style

10/19/2017

This evening I secured the unanimous passage of an amendment I introduced that would pave the way for a fairer and simpler tax code. This is a big win in the effort to prevent special interests from derailing tax reform. We have more preferences, loopholes, and deductions out there than we know what to do with and the unanimous passage of this amendment demonstrates that the Senate is serious about delivering a fairer tax code.

We cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road on fire-borrowing. The time has come for a fiscally responsible s...
10/19/2017
McCain, Flake propose budget amendment for wildfire funding

We cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road on fire-borrowing. The time has come for a fiscally responsible solution to give the U.S. Forest Service assurances that unanticipated wildfire costs will not erode the service’s other important functions.

U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are asking the Senate to provide more funding to the U.S. Forest Service's wildfire management account.

Great to see Western Area Power Administration listening to customer demands for lower spending and more transparency.
10/18/2017
WAPA makes return to Treasury with interest, lowers unobligated balances

Great to see Western Area Power Administration listening to customer demands for lower spending and more transparency.

"The latest return demonstrates WAPA's commitment to sound fiscal management, benefiting our customers and the U.S. taxpayers at large," said Dennis Sullivan, Chief Financial Officer.

10/17/2017

In order to achieve meaningful tax reform that makes the code simpler and fairer, we must be able to first evaluate who is benefiting from these loopholes, for what purposes, and at what price.

That is why I am introducing the Tax Expenditures Accountability Act, which will publicly disclose the names of the corporate and special interests receiving tax credits and the cost of each. This bill requires the Department of Treasury to disclose the special interests receiving tax credits, just as all other federal expenditures are currently disclosed on the public website, USAspending.gov.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant and I look forward to exposing many of these loopholes, eliminating them, and returning the savings to individual taxpayers in the form of lower rates.

But as the alpaca lobby demonstrated, riding herd on tax breaks will cause every special interest benefiting from the code’s complexity and unfairness to bray.

Washington’s powerful special interests will mobilize and threaten to derail tax reform.

Many would rather protect these loopholes than allow all taxpayers to keep more of their own paycheck. However, coming up short on tax reform is not an option. Individuals and businesses are suffering under a broken, antiquated tax code that is in dire need of fixing.

We cannot be deterred in efforts to achieve real reform that reduces tax bills for everyone.

Herd how alpacas could derail tax reform?What do the cute, mild-mannered pets have to do with federal tax policy?Earlier...
10/17/2017
Fighting tax loopholes

Herd how alpacas could derail tax reform?

What do the cute, mild-mannered pets have to do with federal tax policy?

Earlier this year, I issued an oversight report entitled “TAX RACKETS: Outlandish Loopholes to Lower Tax Liabilities,” demonstrating how clever accounting allows nearly anything imaginable to become a write-off, including alpacas. To illustrate the point, the report outlined how local and federal tax bills can be sheared by claiming the exotic pets as livestock to turn backyards into barnyards.

That’s when the fur started to fly.

Alpaca owners associations that once brazenly touted the tax fleece as a key selling point of the animals now feigned outrage at the suggestion. The association tried to pull the wool over the eyes of taxpayers by retaining a professional PR consultant and launched a media campaign inundating my office and others with phone calls, social media messages, and letters and photos of alpacas.

If this mere mention of a tax break costing about $10 million annually enjoyed by relatively few elicited such an outmeasured and aggressive response, imagine the backlash to attempts to actually eliminate tax preferences benefiting powerful corporate and special interests to the tune of billions of dollars.

There are more than 200 loopholes buried throughout the tax code that collectively cost $1.23 trillion annually. This exceeds the total amount spent annually by the federal government for all discretionary programs, which includes defense, education, transportation, foreign aid and the environment.

These exemptions increase the bill for the average taxpayer and complicate the tax code, leading most individuals to hire a professional to prepare or buy software to help file their tax returns. More than 74,000 pages in length, no one — not even those in Washington who write the laws or enforce them — truly understands the tax code. But special interests are taking advantage of this confusion by hiring armies of accountants and Washington lobbyists to dodge taxes and cash in on the complexity of the code.

Developers are claiming $8 billion in tax credits every year supposedly to construct low-income housing. But with fewer homes being built and no basic accountability requirements, it is nearly impossible to track how the money is being spent. “IRS and no one else in the federal government really has an idea of what’s going on,” a government auditor admitted in testimony before Congress earlier this summer.

The same may be true for the hundreds of other tax loopholes.

A luxury yacht can qualify as a second home and be eligible for the mortgage interest deduction. Alaskan ship captains can expense costs for whaling as charitable deductions, even though no money goes to charity and whaling is illegal. High rollers can even itemize the cost of gambling trips, including entertainment. Even the cost of losing lottery tickets can be deducted, a scratch-off write-off.

Only the IRS knows who is taking advantage of these loopholes, and the agency cannot even verify that those claiming the tax breaks are eligible.

However, as tax reform begins in earnest on Capitol Hill and some of these loopholes are threatened we certainly will see forces mobilized to protect them. In fact, we could see many who would rather scuttle tax reform and threaten everyday Americans keeping more of their own paycheck than see these loopholes hit the wastebasket where they belong.

I look forward to highlighting some of these loopholes for the waste that they in fact represent and working to ensure that tax reform gets passed even over the objections of Washington’s special interests.

In addition, with an eye toward the future, I plan on introducing the Tax Expenditures Accountability Act, which will require the Treasury Department to disclose the corporate and special interests receiving tax credits.

As the alpaca lobby demonstrated, riding herd on tax breaks will cause every special interest benefiting from the code’s complexity and unfairness to bray. To achieve real reform that reduces tax bills for everyone, however, we cannot be deterred.

As tax reform begins in earnest on Capitol Hill and some of these loopholes are threatened we certainly will see forces mobilized to protect them.

Week of October 8, 2017
10/13/2017

Week of October 8, 2017

10/12/2017

Partnerships like this are critical to reach the pace of restoration that Arizona forests desperately require. Future Forest’s new technologies and ways of thinking will be a much-needed benefit to wildfire risk reduction in Arizona.

CBP Arizona Air & Marine gave my staff a bird’s eye view of the Yuma sector today
10/12/2017

CBP Arizona Air & Marine gave my staff a bird’s eye view of the Yuma sector today

Thanks U.S. Border Patrol in #Yuma for giving my staff a tour of the border. Keep up the great work!
10/12/2017

Thanks U.S. Border Patrol in #Yuma for giving my staff a tour of the border. Keep up the great work!

Week of October 1, 2017
10/11/2017

Week of October 1, 2017

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10/11/2017

Week of September 24, 2017

10/06/2017

Celebrating manufacturing and Arizona’s businesses with the Arizona Manufacturers Council and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the 2017 Manufacturing Summit.

10/05/2017

Today, I introduced the Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act. This bill offers solutions to the serious problems facing us on border security, while at the same time addressing the need for a legislative solution to the issues faced by those children brought here through no fault of their own.

With respect to the border, this bill provides the $1.6 million in funding for border security measures that the President requested and the House has approved in a bipartisan vote.

As an Arizonan, I am more than familiar with the need to take steps to increase border security. In addition to the appropriate barriers that will aid in preventing illegal crossings, we need the access roads to actually get to the border. This bill addresses issues recently raised by the GAO with respect to border access roads and the use and maintenance of private roads by CBP.

The bill also aids law enforcement by ensuring the swift deportation of individuals determined to be members of violent gangs and drug cartels. I’d also like to thank Congresswoman Barbara Comstock for her leadership on this issue and her sponsorship of the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.

With respect to those children brought here through no fault of their own, this bill takes a measure that has already earned bipartisan support in the House – the Recognizing America’s Children Act – that provides a solution for the DACA kids. These young immigrants were brought here as children and simply don’t know any other country. For all intents and purposes, these young people consider themselves Americans.

So, if we can protect these DACA recipients and provide solutions to better secure our borders at the same time – that’s a win-win.

The President and Congress both want to improve border security. We both want to respond to the threat of dangerous gangs and drug cartels. And we both want to arrive at a legislative solution for the rescission of the DACA program that benefits those who wish to continue contributing to their communities and the American dream.

This bill is the best way the thread the needle to deliver exactly what the President asked for, what the Congress wants, and what my constituents deserve.

These issues are far too important for us to delay acting on them.

To be clear, I’ll work with anyone and support any number of proposals to accomplish these goals.

I believe the straightforward approach of the Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act is the best chance we’ve got to put a bill on the president’s desk.

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You are uniquely qualified. Thank you for your willingness to serve, Senator Flake.
If Flake were to run against Sinema, I would almost be tempted to vote for Flake, even if it did cost Democrats a senate seat. That is how much I despise Sinema. She has embarrassed our party and for someone who hasn't voted for a Republican in 25 years, this says a lot.
Hi, dear Jeff, I'm Pavel Verbnyak. We haven’t met yet. And I know you’re a busy man, so I’ll be brief. I'm a professional speaker and coach on success, goals and habits. Over the years, you have done a fantastic job building your career. I’m sure you had some real challenges when you were first starting out. Well, I’m still in those early stages, trying to figure everything out. I would really appreciate it if you would consider being my mentor.
Trump’s base it’s not shrinking. But CNN is the best place to put forth lies.
You need to keep your nose out of the republican territory and go ahead and be a Democrat with Mitt Romney. I guess that is why you need nose surgery because you keep putting your nose in everybodys business. You are a sad excuse for a Senator. I hope during elections you are voted out.
don't go away mad just go away
You're not a true republican, but a wolf in sheep clothing just like Mitt Romney
Sedition
I hope you come back into political life, you are a man of integrity. I'm a Democrat, but I have the utmost respect for you, and we need you, now more than ever, as I said, I'm a Democrat, but if I were a Republican, I would fight like hell to restore my party, or come over to our side, but we need people of honor and integrity in politics, you sir, are a good and decent man.