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U.S. Representative Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at West Haven City Hall.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

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U.S. Representative Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at West Haven City Hall.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

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U.S. Representative Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at West Haven City Hall.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

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U.S. Representative Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at West Haven City Hall.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

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WEST HAVEN – When you open a town hall to questions, you never know exactly what to expect.

U.S. Representative Blake Moore held a rally in West Haven, one of his periodic meetings around the 1st District with constituents, and questions were everywhere. Attendees asked him about transgender female athletes, the notion of relocating part of Hill Air Force Base, elected leaders’ handling of their personal investments and more.

About 80 people attended Wednesday’s rally at West Haven City Hall and one man asked the GOP lawmaker if he supported legislation or restrictions on stock trading by lawmakers and their family members. It was an apparent reference to an Insider investigation last December that singled out Moore and 11 other U.S. House members for “multiple or serious” violations of the federal STOCK Act, intended to prevent lawmakers to engage in insider trading.

Moore said the topic seemed to be front and center due to the upcoming election this cycle. The freshman lawmaker, first elected in 2020, is eligible for re-election later this year.

“You hear more stories because it’s an election year and (House Minority Leader Kevin) McCarthy wants to hit (House Majority Leader Nancy) Pelosi and Pelosi is going to go back to McCarthy,” Moore said. “I’m sitting there, like, ‘Uh, nobody’s in there for insider trading,’ but the perception is there.”

The report by Insider, an online publication, said Moore did not have his financial assets in a blind trust, but lawmakers said Wednesday they were now in such a trust, overseen by a third party. independent.

Moore had 76 late business disclosures, according to Insider, placing him, along with 11 other House members, in what the outlet dubbed the “danger” category. But Moore suggested the situation wasn’t as dire as Insider may have depicted it, noting that serious issues trigger an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, which apparently didn’t happen to him.

“I paid late fees because we reported everything at once. Some of them have passed the 30 day mark. But the House ethos was like, ‘Yeah, report it once, pay your late fees and you’ll be fine,'” Moore said. “If you hear anything about House ethics at this subject, that’s where it’s a problem.”

Having investments in a blind trust limits investment opportunities “and that’s part of being in the arena,” Moore said.

In the Insider report, Caroline Tucker, director of communications at Moore, said the issues shouldn’t happen again. “Now that Congressman Moore has fully established a financial compliance process with his company and the Ethics Committee, he will continue to ensure that all future filing deadlines are met in accordance with ethical rules,” said said Tucker.

Asked about his response to the violence in the US Capitol on January 6 last year by supporters of President Donald Trump, he said he was emphasizing building partnerships with other lawmakers. Last year’s violence sparked a back-and-forth between Democrats who call the action an attempt to overthrow the government and GOPers who describe it as a form of protest.

“It was a very first year,” Moore said, alluding to the Jan. 6 incident, the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. “What I’m sincerely trying to do is navigate through all of this as objectively as possible, with my district in mind, but be productive on the things I can control and build good relationships with the people. people.”

He noted legislation he is pursuing with a California Democratic lawmaker aimed at safeguarding the ecosystems of saline lakes like the Great Salt Lake. He also noted his selection as a ranking member of a subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources, the kind of position reserved for congressional relationship builders.

“The political environment is throwing flames and constantly trying to create a lot of unrest,” Moore said. “That’s not me. If that’s what you want, I’m probably not your man.

A woman, mother of two daughters, deplored the measures taken to allow transgender women to participate in women’s sports. Her question and comments generated applause from some others in the audience.

“I think what we don’t realize is that this is actually a violation of women’s rights,” the woman said. “I’m really worried. When our choice is taken away from us because a biological man identifies as a woman and wants to take our place in sport, we lose our rights.

Moore, in response, said, “It’s a very easy thing for me to do to support women and support the sport.”

He also alluded to a measure that Utah lawmakers are considering on the issue of transgender athletes, House Bill 11. The measure would create a special commission that would determine whether transgender student-athletes can participate in sports teams that reflect their identity as kind.

One man has suggested considering moving part of operations from Hill Air Force Base to Wendover Airport in Tooele County. This, he said, could relieve housing pressures around the Davis County military base, help reduce pollution levels and reduce noise from jets using the base.

“If we can move a section of the base from Hill Air Borce – use Wendover airport, the facility is already there, it’s already an Air Force base – we can relieve a lot of that pressure we were talking about here,” he said.

Moore said the push for such a change would likely come from the US Department of Defense. “It’s an area that wouldn’t be run from our office. It should be DOD-level strategic items that would come back to us,” Moore said.


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