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Jason Chaffetz: Ebola response ‘not a pretty picture’

Rep. Jason Chaffetz took a jab at the government’s handling of Ebola as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeated assurances that his state is prepared following a case confirmed in New York City.

“If you’ve had direct contact with an Ebola patient, somebody who had the disease, we’re going to have to put you in quarantine,” Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, said Friday on CNN’s “New Day.” “I just don’t think you can have somebody with direct contact with Ebola patients and then allow them to go bowling in New York City, that’s just not going to work.”


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My view: Congress must tackle tough issues

Taking tough votes, picking the important fights and addressing the most complex problems is the job of every member of Congress. We have an obligation to be fearless in the pursuit of good government, sound principles and effective solutions.

I was elected to Congress by taking tough positions on important issues. I also picked a challenging but important battle with a 12-year incumbent Republican to win my seat. I promised to address some of our stickiest problems — including spending, immigration, government transparency and accountability.

Six years later, I’m proud to say I’ve not only kept those promises, but have positioned myself to be able to double down on many of the commitments I made in that first campaign.

 

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Rep. Chaffetz: Pick New Director from Outside Secret Service

One way to repair the Secret Service is to bring in a director from outside the agency who would try to overcome its insular culture, USA Today reported.

"If you are going to change the culture, you're going to have to bring someone from the outside, that has to happen,'' said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who is a leading voice calling for change.


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White House link to Secret Service prostitution scandal spurs questions on Capitol Hill

Top lawmakers Thursday raised the possibility of a cover-up and railed against a “pattern of deception” by the Obama administration after new reports surfaced that a White House volunteer was possibly involved in the Secret Service prostitution scandal two years ago in Colombia.

White House officials have adamantly denied that anyone on their staff hired prostitutes during advance work for President Obama’s visit to Cartagena for a 2012 summit. A hasty investigation into a Secret Service party with prostitutes during the trip led to the firing of a half-dozen agents.


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Savvy Utah Lawmaker Leads GOP on Secret Service

The night before Tuesday's congressional hearing on the White House break-in, bombshell news broke: The intruder had made it much farther into the executive mansion than previously known.

Suspense surrounding the high-profile hearing was heightened. And one lawmaker was at the center of the explosive news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, an ambitious and media-savvy Republican from Utah.

 

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Editorial: Chaffetz deserves another term in D.C.

He may be the most gifted Utah politician of his generation. He made a splash four years ago when set up a cot in his office, and he’s still doing it this year with dual-district tours with Rep. Elijah Cummings, a liberal black congressman from Baltimore.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is also an honest reflection of his district, which is dominated by Utah County and among the most conservative in the nation. That has helped make the former BYU placekicker a rising star among House Republicans, and with that comes more responsibility and power. While there are important areas where we disagree, Rep. Chaffetz gets The Salt Lake Tribune’s endorsement to continue growing his and Utah’s influence while representing the Third Congressional District.

 

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