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  • Sign up for the Congressional App Challenge!
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, Before becoming a Member of Congress, technology shaped my career. That’s why I’m thrilled to be the Co-Chair of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. This national competition enables middle and high school students in each congressional district to use their coding skills to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit. Students can sign up for the Congressional App Challenge as individuals or in groups of up to four. The winners are publicly recognized and invited to Washington, D.C. to s... Read more

  • Supporting Local Startups
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, I recently participated in Startup Week to celebrate the innovation and creativity that drives many Washington state startups. I toured several startups in our region to highlight their impact on our local and national economy. Washington is home to some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country, and we need to keep doing everything possible to foster a healthy startup ecosystem. Our country’s economy depends on good startups. Not only do they lead the way in innovation, b... Read more

  • Join me for a Town Hall
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, As your representative in Congress, one of the most important aspects of my job is to stay informed of the thoughts and opinions of my constituents, and I appreciate the time you take to share them with me. That’s why I’m hosting two town halls on Saturday, August 11th in Skykomish and Monroe. I hope to see you there! As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website... Read more

  • Investing in Small Fruit Farmers
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Dear Friend, Agriculture is a vital, thriving part of Washington state’s economy. The First Congressional District has more than 4,000 farms that supply restaurants, markets and our local communities. That’s why I introduced legislation this week, along with Rep. Rick Larsen, to amend the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, providing $2.5 million annually to support research for berry and grape crops. My bill gives Washington small fruit farmers the resources they need to develop and implement n... Read more

  • Helping American Workers
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Here in Washington state, 40 percent of our jobs are dependent on trade. We are already seeing the human impact of President Trump’s costly trade war as allies like Canada, Mexico and the European Union strike back by leveling tariffs on U.S. businesses, leaving American workers, whose jobs depend on open markets, to suffer the consequences. This week, I introduced legislation to offer assistance to American workers whose jobs are being affected by President Trump’s tariff blitz. Tr... Read more

  • Happy National Park Week!
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Dear Friend, Our beautiful state has 18 national parks and historic sites, attracting more than 7.5 million visitors last year. The outdoor recreation industry here in Washington supports more than 200,000 jobs and contributes more than $26 billion each year in economic activity. And our national parks, including the beautiful North Cascades National Park in the First Congressional District, provide many invaluable opportunities for education and recreation. As someone who loves the outdoors, I ... Read more

  • Modernizing the IRS and Protecting Taxpayers
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Dear Friend, Every year at this time, millions of Americans are filing their tax returns, and it’s our job to ensure that as the criminals get smarter, the IRS has the resources they need to protect taxpayers’ identities. This week, the House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills I helped introduce to do just that. These two pieces of legislation are part of a group of bills passed in the House this week to modernize the IRS. As a former tech CEO, I was astounded to learn that the IRS i... Read more

  • Honoring Our Veterans
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, With more than 200,000 veterans in Washington state who served during the Vietnam War, I’m working in conjunction with the Vietnam War Commemoration as part of a nationwide effort to thank and honor all Vietnam veterans and their families at Vietnam War 50th Commemoration pinning ceremonies to publicly recognize their service and sacrifice for our country. If you or a family member are an eligible participant and would like a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin, I’d love for you to join me on... Read more

  • Preventing Gun Violence
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, I sat down with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, who were visiting the Capitol to ask lawmakers for action. Now, not after the next tragedy, is the time for Congress to act to protect our communities from this senseless cycle of gun violence. This week, I helped introduce the Recognizing Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic Act, which would end the ban on federally funded research into gun violence. I’ve also cosponsored legislation that would strengthen the Nation... Read more

  • Supporting Nutrition Assistance
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Ensuring people have access to local and nutritious foods is an absolute necessity. Recently, I met with local nutrition advocates and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to talk about the importance of protecting nutrition programs in the upcoming farm bill. It’s important to remember that these investments not only have an incredibly positive effect on our economy, but also on people’s lives. During negotiations of the last farm bill, I successfully added a... Read more