Jason Chaffetz

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Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg
Chair of the House Oversight Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Darrell Issa
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Chris Cannon
Personal details
Born (1967-03-26) March 26, 1967 (age 49)
Los Gatos, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic (before 1990)
Republican (1990–present)
Spouse(s) Julie Marie Johnson (1991–present)
Children 3
Alma mater Brigham Young University, Utah (BA)
Website House website

Jason E. Chaffetz (/ˈfts/; born March 26, 1967) is the U.S. representative for Utah's 3rd congressional district, first elected in 2008. He is a member of the Republican Party. He has been the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform since 2015.

Some of his political positions include opposition to the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage and the scientific consensus on climate change. He has expressed skepticism over mandatory vaccinations and pledged to hold hearings to determine their safety. He has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration's conduct in the 2012 Benghazi attack. He has also been critical of Planned Parenthood. He opposes net neutrality and has held hearings to investigate the FCC's decision to adopt net neutrality rules in 2015.

Chaffetz came to prominence in 2015 for his extensive investigations into Hillary Clinton. He rescinded his endorsement of Donald Trump in early October 2016 but expressed his intent to vote for him three weeks later. Having investigated Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration extensively, Chaffetz drew criticism after the 2016 election for not investigating certain potential financial conflicts of interest relating to President Trump. He drew criticism again in January–February 2017 for downplaying calls to investigate White House National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn's ties to Russia after it was revealed that U.S. counterintelligence agents were investigating him for his communications with Russian officials.

Early life and education[edit]

Chaffetz was born in Los Gatos, California, and raised in California,[1] Arizona[2] and Colorado with his younger brother Alex.[citation needed] His father, John A. Chaffetz (1935–2012),[3] was a businessman,[4] and his mother, Margaret "Peggy"[5] A. Wood,[6] was a Christian Scientist who later became a Mormon, and ran a photography business.[4][7] In the late 1970s, his father became involved with the ownership group of the Los Angeles Aztecs, a professional soccer team.[8][9] He later wrote Gay Reality: The Team Guido Story, a book about gay couple Bill Bartek and Joe Baldassare, who competed on The Amazing Race.[10]

Chaffetz's paternal grandfather Maxwell (Max) Chaffetz (1909–1986), the son of Russian immigrants, became an FBI Special Agent.[11] Chaffetz's father's first wife was Kitty Dukakis (née Dickson), who later married Michael Dukakis, future Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee.[12][13] The relationship between Chaffetz's father and Kitty Dukakis lasted four years[14] and produced Chaffetz's elder half-brother John Dukakis (born John A. Chaffetz),[15] who was later adopted by Michael and Kitty Dukakis. While in college, Chaffetz worked as a Utah co-chairman of Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign. As reported in 2009, Chaffetz remains close to his half-brother and the Dukakis family.[16]

Chaffetz attended high school in California[1] as well as Middle Park High School in Granby, Colorado,[17] followed by Brigham Young University (BYU) on an athletic scholarship, and was the starting placekicker on the BYU football team in 1988 and 1989.[citation needed] As of 2011, he still held the school's individual records for most extra points attempted in a game, most extra points made in a game, and most consecutive extra points made in a game.[18] Chaffetz graduated from the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications in 1989, with a B.A. in communications.[19]

Raised Jewish, Chaffetz converted to Mormonism during his college years.[20][21] In 1989, he met his future wife Julie Johnson at a wedding in Arizona when he was a senior and Julie was a junior at Brigham Young University. They married in February 1991.[22] After college, Chaffetz worked for about a decade in public relations for a multi-level marketing company, Nu Skin International.[23][24]

Political career[edit]

Early political career[edit]

Chaffetz became a Republican after meeting Ronald Reagan, in 1990, when Reagan visited Chaffetz's employer, Nu Skin, as a motivational speaker. However, his political views had been drifting more to the right even while working for Dukakis.[25] In 2003, Chaffetz applied to be an agent in the United States Secret Service but was not accepted because "better qualified applicants existed."[26] In 2004, Chaffetz was the campaign manager for Utah gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman. Huntsman won the race, and when he took office in January 2005, Chaffetz became Huntsman's chief of staff.[27] In 2005, Chaffetz started Maxtera Utah Inc., a corporate communications and marketing company.[28][29] In 2006, Chaffetz was appointed by Huntsman as a trustee for Utah Valley State College.[30] Chaffetz has also served as a member of the Highland City planning commission and as chairman for the Utah National Guard adjutant general review.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2008[edit]

On January 1, 2007, before the 110th Congress was sworn in, Jason Chaffetz announced that he was "testing the waters" for a Congressional run against six-term incumbent Chris Cannon, for the Republican nomination in the 3rd District.[31][32] Nine months later, on October 1, 2007, Chaffetz formally entered the race for the Republican nomination. That same day, David Leavitt issued a press release announcing his campaign had raised $100,000 to challenge Cannon.[33] Leavitt, brother to popular three-term Utah governor and Bush Administration cabinet member Mike Leavitt, more than doubled Chaffetz in fundraising for that quarter.[34] A March 2008 Deseret News/KSL TV poll by Dan Jones & Associates released two days before the party caucuses showed Chaffetz with 4% support.[35]

After the nearly 1200 3rd District delegates to the state Republican convention were elected on March 25, 2008, Chaffetz sent a mailer announcing that he would run a different kind of campaign. He would have no paid staff, no campaign office, no free meals for delegates, no campaign debt and no polling. He committed to spend between $70 and $80 per delegate, telling voters, "How you run your campaign is indicative of how you're going to be in office."[36][37]

Although Cannon was one of the most conservative members of the House, Chaffetz ran to his right. He said that Cannon "has failed us for not instituting conservative principles", consistently calling for a return to the core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense. Despite running his campaign on accountability, he would disgrace his chairmanship of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in 2017 by balking at calls for an independent investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian intelligence agents. He campaigned on stronger measures to fix legal immigration and remove the incentives for illegal immigration, an issue he continued to press throughout the campaign.[12][38] The week before the convention, David Leavitt told The Salt Lake Tribune, "if Jason Chaffetz beats me [at the convention], Chris Cannon will be the congressman. Jason Chaffetz has no resources, no organization."[39]

At the May 10, 2008 state convention, Chaffetz won 59% of the 3rd District's delegates to Cannon's 41%. He came a few hundred votes short of ending Cannon's career; had he tallied 60% of the delegates, he would have won the nomination without a primary.[40] Leavitt finished a distant third, and immediately endorsed Cannon.[41] Primary polls had shown a close race: a May 2008 poll showed Cannon leading Chaffetz 39% to 37% among likely voters,[42] and June 2008 poll showed likely voters favoring Cannon by 44% to 40%.[43] On June 24, 2008, Chaffetz defeated Cannon by a vote of 60% to 40%.[44] It was considered an upset victory as Cannon was endorsed by George W. Bush,[45] the state's two U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, and nearly all of the state Republican establishment. Cannon also outspent Chaffetz by 6 to 1.[46] Cannon's primary defeat spurred worry among Republican incumbents.[47]

Chaffetz faced Democrat Bennion Spencer in the 2008 general election, along with Jim Noorlander of the Constitution Party. Chaffetz's firm position against asking for earmarks created some controversy during the general election campaign.[48] Chaffetz said, "Until there's reform, I will not ask for them. They're a cancer within the system and I want to extract them." Ultimately, Chaffetz won election with 66% of the vote. However, he had effectively clinched a seat in Congress when he won the Republican nomination. The 3rd is one of the most Republican districts in the nation; in 2008 it had a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+26.

Chaffetz announced at the start of the congressional term, in 2009, that he would be sleeping on a cot in his office, rather than renting a Washington, D.C., apartment.[49] Chaffetz said, "I'm trying to live the example that it doesn't take big dollars in order to get where we want to go. I can save my family $1,500 a month by sleeping on a cot in my office as opposed to getting a fancy place that's maybe a little bit more comfortable."[49] His family will continue to live in Alpine. "We are now $10 trillion in debt. $10 trillion. Those are expenses that have to be paid at some point", he said. If he can tighten his belt in these tough economic times, Chaffetz said, Congress should be able to as well.[49] Chaffetz appeared on the "Better Know A District" segment of The Colbert Report on January 6, 2009, where he was defeated by Stephen Colbert in leg wrestling.[50]

2010[edit]

Chaffetz won reelection to a second term, gaining 72% of the vote and defeating Democratic nominee Karen Hyer.[51] The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed him in the race, writing "U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has delivered as advertised for Utah's 3rd District."[52]

2012[edit]

In early 2012 Chaffetz worked as a representative of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign during primary season, shadowing the campaign of rival Republican candidate Newt Gingrich to offer rebuttals to reporters following Gingrich speeches.[53][54]

In his own 2012 election, Chaffetz won election to a third term, gaining 76% of the vote and defeating Democratic nominee Soren Simonsen, an architect and chairman of the Salt Lake City Council. The campaign was a "low-key" race in which Chaffetz was heavily favored.[55][56]

2014[edit]

In the 2014 election, Chaffetz won election to a fourth term in a race in which he was again heavily favored.[57][58] He received about 72% of the vote,[57] defeating Democratic nominee, Brian Wonnacott.[58]

2016[edit]

In the 2016 election, Chaffetz won a fifth term, defeating Democratic nominee Stephen Tryon, a former Overstock.com executive, with about 74% of the vote.[59]

2018[edit]

In 2017, Damian Kidd, a former Chaffetz supporter, announced his plans to compete for Chaffetz's seat.[60]

Chairmanship, House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, 2014[edit]

In November 2014, Chaffetz won a four-way race to become the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was only the fifth Member of Congress in 89 years to become a full chairman after just three terms.[61] He ran on a promise to emphasize reform, telling Politico that "the pitch I made to the steering committee is we really have to triangulate the problem if we're actually going to get to reform. In order to fix the problem long term, we can't just be the highlighter pen. We do a good job highlighting things, but we don't do a great job of fixing things."[62]

Town hall protests in February 2017[edit]

Chaffetz faced protests and jeering at a town hall meeting in February 2017. Attendees questioned Chaffetz about his political positions and whether he would hold President Trump to account.[63] Chaffetz later accused the crowd of being paid protesters, an assertion for which he provided no evidence,[64][65] and said that he may now avoid providing a venue "for these radicals to further intimidate."[63] Chaffetz's unsubstantiated claim attracted scorn and anger from the town-hall attendees, some of whom sent mocking "invoices" to Chaffetz.[66]

Positions[edit]

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)[edit]

Chaffetz has repeatedly voted in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[67]

Budget and taxation[edit]

In June 2011, Chaffetz sponsored HR 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. HR 2560 capped FY 2012 discretionary appropriations at $1.019 trillion, which was $31 billion below FY 2011 discretionary spending, and provided $126.5 billion for war spending. HR 2560 imposed a cap of $681 billion on "other" mandatory spending. Excluded from the $681 billion cap were Social Security, Medicare, veterans programs, and interest payments. HR 2560 gradually reduced federal government spending as a percent of gross domestic product from 24.1% in 2011[68] to 21.7% in 2013 and 19.9% in 2021. HR 2560 also allowed for an increase in the debt ceiling of $2.4 trillion, as requested by President Obama, conditioned upon approval by both Houses of Congress of a qualifying Balanced Budget Amendment which would then be sent to the states for approval. HR 2560 passed the House of Representatives but was rejected by the Senate.[69]

Chaffetz described Obama's attempts to introduce an inheritance tax on value over $5 million as "one of the most immoral things you can do".[70]

District of Columbia legislation[edit]

Marijuana[edit]

In February 2015, Chaffetz threatened Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser with possible jail time if she implemented Initiative 71. The ballot initiative would legalize small amounts of cannabis in the district and was approved by about 64.87 percent of the voters in 2014.[71] In a letter, Chaffetz asserted that D.C. officials who implemented the initiative would violate the Antideficiency Act (an 1884 act that bars government agencies from spending funds that have not been appropriated by Congress) because Congress had passed a Republican-supported appropriations rider providing that "none of the funds contained in this act may be used to enact any law, rule or regulation" to legalize or lessen the criminal penalty "for any Schedule I drug, including marijuana."[71][72][73] Chaffetz's statement was rejected by Mayor Bowser, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, and D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, who stated that I-71 was the law and implemented it as scheduled.[72][73]

Other interference[edit]

In 2017, Chaffetz stated that he planned to seek a congressional vote to overturn D.C. legislation allowing terminally ill individuals to end their life.[74] Local organizations decried Chaffetz's move, and District political leaders considered it an attack on the principle of District of Columbia home rule.[74] Chaffetz also led the charge in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the District of Columbia's legalization of same-sex marriage in 2009.[75][76]

Energy and environment[edit]

Chaffetz has expressed his support for "an all-of-the-above energy strategy".[77] However, he has criticized solar energy for having a negative impact on animals and wildlife.[77]

Chaffetz rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.[78][79] In his 2008 stump speech, Chaffetz said global warming was a "farce."[1][80] He has voted in favor of legislating that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.[81]

Chaffetz advocates for the sale of millions of acres of publicly owned land to private owners.[82] In January 2017 Chaffetz introduced a bill, the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act (H.R. 621), which would have transferred 3.3 million acres of public land in ten Western states from the federal Bureau of Land Management to state ownership.[83][84] Chaffetz said that the land served "no purpose for taxpayers."[85] On February 1, following a backlash, Chaffetz announced via Instagram that he was withdrawing the resolution.[85][86][87]

Chaffetz has opposed federal protection for Utah's resident greater-sage grouse, a bird whose population has shrunk from 16 million 100 years ago to about 200,000 today. In 2007, a court ruled that political tampering by Julie A. MacDonald, then-deputy assistant secretary for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, had "tainted" the bird's assessment, and a new review was ordered. In March 2010, U.S. interior secretary Ken Salazar assigned the bird "warranted but precluded" status, paving the way for its future protection.[88]

Chaffetz scored 0% in 2015, and 3% lifetime, on the National Environmental Scorecard of the League of Conservation Voters.[78][89][90]

Foreign and defense policy[edit]

Afghanistan[edit]

Chaffetz criticized the surge of 30,000 troops President Obama authorized for the war in Afghanistan, saying that the United States does not have a clear policy or exit strategy.[91][92][93]

Benghazi attack[edit]

Chaffetz has been vocal against the White House and State Department's handling of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US Consulate compound in Benghazi. The Administration first stated the attacks were sparked by a spontaneous protest, then later stated the violence was a planned terrorist attack.

"There was a very conscious decision made, I believe—my personal opinion is that they wanted the appearance of 'normalization' there in Libya and building up of an infrastructure, putting up barbed wire on our facility would lead to the wrong impression. Something that this administration didn't want to have moving forward."[94]

He criticized United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's initial comments calling them "somewhere between an outrageous lie and total falsehood."[94]

Chaffetz has been criticized for politicizing the Benghazi incident, acknowledging in an interview with CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien that he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security" and that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010. "Absolutely," he said. "Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country."[95]

Homeland security[edit]

In December 2009, Chaffetz championed legislation to limit the use of full-body imaging scanners at airports unless a metal detector first indicated a need for more screening. The images have come under intense scrutiny from privacy groups for allegedly letting security administrators view images of undressed passengers.[96]

Chaffetz and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have had a rocky relationship since he joined Congress. In his freshman year, in what critics have described as political grandstanding, he accused TSA agents at his hometown airport in Salt Lake City of unfairly targeting him to pass through a full-body scanning machine—a device Chaffetz believes is invasive. The Republican lawmaker said he believed he was targeted partially for his opposition to granting TSA screeners collective bargaining rights. A FOIA request by the Deseret News for video of the incident showed it to be a "tame and rather civilized exchange between the two."[97] TSA's November 2009 report following their internal investigation primarily supported the Chaffetz version of the story.[98] The union representing some of the officers said at the time that agents followed proper procedure and that an officer who had recently returned from military service in Iraq had not even recognized Chaffetz.[99]

Nuclear waste[edit]

In November 2009, Chaffetz co-sponsored a bill in the House with Rep. Jim Matheson to block the importation of foreign nuclear waste into the United States, putting him directly at odds with Rep. Rob Bishop and Utah senators Bennett and Hatch, who had historically supported importing foreign nuclear waste into Utah with restrictions.[100]

LGBT rights[edit]

Chaffetz opposes same-sex marriage.[75] After the District of Columbia legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, Chaffetz led the charge in attempts to overturn the decision taken by mayor of DC.[75]

On the one-month anniversary of the Orlando shooting, Chaffetz chaired committee hearings on the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow the people in charge of taxpayer-funded entities to discriminate against LGBT individuals.[101][102] The American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and Planned Parenthood Federation of America were among those who criticized him for it.[101]

National Public Radio[edit]

Chaffetz has voted in favor of eliminating federal funding for National Public Radio (NPR).[103]

Net neutrality[edit]

Chaffetz opposes net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers should not be allowed to discriminate or charge differentially by user, content, website or platform.[104] In March 2015, he held hearings as to whether the Obama administration had secretly influenced the Federal Communications Commission when it adopted rules to ensure net neutrality.[105]

Planned Parenthood hearings[edit]

In a September 2015 hearing, Chaffetz questioned Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards on her salary,[106] and displayed a chart he claimed was taken from Planned Parenthood's annual report, but sources confirm the claim the chart was actually taken from Americans United for Life chart data that was deliberately manipulated using questionable dual-axis charting methodologies. Experts in data presentation said this was an egregious example of using a chart to mislead.[107] Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science, and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University, described the graph as a "truly immoral bit of graphical manipulation".[108]

President Obama[edit]

In January 2010, Chaffetz was called upon to question Barack Obama when the president spoke to the House Republican Conference retreat in Baltimore.[109] Chaffetz applauded Obama for some of the promises made during the campaign, but asked why promises to broadcast healthcare debates on C-SPAN, keep lobbyists out of senior positions, go line-by-line through the health care bill and end earmarks had not been kept. Video of the Q&A session went viral and received extensive media coverage.[110][111][112][113]

Upon hearing that Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, Chaffetz said he had "lost all respect for the award" and that "it used to be one of distinction, but [now] it is hard to give it any credibility."[114]

President Trump[edit]

2016 presidential election[edit]

Following the Donald Trump Access Hollywood controversy, on October 7, 2016, Chaffetz was the first Republican member of Congress to rescind his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.[115] "I can't endorse somebody who acts and thinks like this."[116] The Washington Post quoted Chaffetz as saying that he couldn't look his 15-year-old daughter in the eye and talk about what the GOP presidential nominee said, "It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine."[117] However, fewer than three weeks later, on October 26, 2016, he posted on Twitter that he was voting for Trump, while claiming that vote was not an endorsement: "I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him."[118]

Oversight Committee chairmanship during the Trump administration[edit]

As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (which is tasked with investigating "waste, fraud, and abuse" in the executive branch), Chaffetz has been criticized for showing a disinterest in investigating President Trump's conflicts of interest and for failing to criticize him for not resolving ethical questions.[119][120] Chaffetz has said that Trump's global financial ties don’t merit a congressional investigation: "It’s interesting, because under Section 208 of the criminal code, the president is exempt from almost every conflict-of-interest [law]... I think the president has a duty and an obligation to live up to the Constitution and the law. And what he’s required to do by law, it appears he’s done."[120] However, ethics experts have said that Trump's business conflicts and his failure to resolve them are "nakedly unconstitutional."[120] Chaffetz also declined to investigate the circumstances surrounding the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down amid controversy over his communications with the Russian government before Trump took office. Chaffetz said that "it's taking care of itself" and that any investigation into Flynn was for the House Intelligence Committee to conduct; Chaffetz also asked the Justice Department inspector general to investigate the leaks that brought Flynn's contracts with Russian officials to public light.[121]

Some commentators criticized Chaffetz's perceived lack of interest in Trump administration oversight, especially in light of Chaffetz's zealous investigation of items such as the CDC's use of the Sid the Science Kid cartoon character as part of an anti-Zika virus campaign[122] and a December 2016 tweet from Bryce Canyon National Park welcoming the designation of a new national monument.[123]

Chaffetz has also attacked those who have brought attention to Trump's conflicts of interest. In January 2017, Chaffetz threatened to investigate the independent Office of Government Ethics (OGE) after the Office had questioned Trump's commitment to resolve conflicts of interest.[124] According to the New York Times, "Chaffetz, in his letter, noted his committee’s authority to reauthorize the office, a hint that it could perhaps be shut down."[124] Richard W. Painter, a former ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, said that Chaffetz was trying to punish the OGE for criticizing Trump.[124] A January 2017 poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics found that 65% of registered Utah voters supported a probe into Trump's conflicts of interest, compared to just 31% opposed.[125]

Chaffetz said in January 2017 that he would continue his investigations into Hillary Clinton.[126] In October 2016, when Clinton seemed likely to become the next President, Chaffetz said that he was already preparing for "years" of investigations of Clinton.[127]

Michael T. Flynn[edit]

Chaffetz drew criticism again in January–February 2017 for his refusal to investigate White House National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn's ties to Russia after it was revealed that U.S. counterintelligence agents were investigating him for his communications with Russian officials.[128][129][130] The day after Flynn's resignation, Chaffetz answered a reporter's queries on whether he would investigate Flynn with "It’s taking care of itself".[130]

Resolutions[edit]

Chaffetz pledged to vote against what he calls "trivial resolutions," including those dealing with sports, such as congratulating the winning team of the Super Bowl. Chaffetz feels that the House could be taking up more important legislation.[131]

Social Security[edit]

In November 2011, Chaffetz announced a seven-point Social Security proposal.[132] The seven provisions include using a chained CPI-W for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), increasing normal retirement age, adding progressive price indexing to primary insurance amount calculations, means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, increasing the number of years for calculating average indexed monthly earnings, indexing special minimum benefits to wages instead of CPI, and increasing benefits by 5% for retirees when they reach age 85.[133]

Vaccine controversy[edit]

Chaffetz has expressed concerns about mandatory vaccinations: "there are some documentaries out there, there is a lot of evidence out there, it happens in mass numbers... if you look at what's happening with immunizations, I got to tell you, it really does concern me."[134] He has called for investigations into the "adverse effects of immunizations".[134]

When asked at a town-hall meeting in February 2017 what he would do if President Trump would enact policy on the basis of his belief that vaccines cause autism, Chaffetz said, "On the vaccines issue... there have been a lot of people in my offices and other meetings that have really expressed concerns about the rise of autism but also whether there is a cause-and-effect with vaccines... I don't want to say that vaccines are not safe, but at the same time, a lot of people have expressed concerns."[135] Chaffetz then said that it was important to remove the backlog of cases in the "vaccine court" (the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims), which administers a no-fault system for litigating vaccine injury claims, so as to be better able to answer questions that have been raised about the safety of vaccines.[135]

Violence Against Women Act[edit]

In 2013, Chaffetz voted against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act, "which funds a bevy of programs designed to helps victims of violence".[136]

Committee assignments[edit]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chris Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 3rd congressional district

2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Darrell Issa
Chair of the House Oversight Committee
2015–present
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Mark Sanford
United States Representatives by seniority
170th
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Mike Coffman