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  • Suzan Shows Up for Public Health
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, On Thursday this week, my colleagues and I on the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. This was a particularly timely discussion since Washington state is dealing with the emerging threat of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. Our state and local public health departments are using their own limited resources to manage this threat and I believe it is crucial that Congress and the Adminis... Read more

  • Counting On The Census
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, This past week I have been at home meeting with groups and officials throughout Washington’s first congressional district to learn more about the issues most important to our communities in 2020. With the 2020 Census upcoming, I met with the Everett Census Bureau Office, where I was briefed on their operations and met with Census employees. The Everett office serves all of Washington’s first district including portions of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. The U.S. Const... Read more

  • Showing Up For Families
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, This week the Ways and Means Committee which I serve on held a hearing on an issue that is important to both employees and employers: paid leave. With people struggling to balance their work with caring for themselves and their families, paid leave has become more critical than ever. Hardworking people deserve the flexibility to take a step back to care for a new child, an aging loved one, or their own illness or injury, without the stress of wondering if their job will still be the... Read more

  • My Vote on the War Powers Resolution
    Posted in eNewsletters on January 17, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, Last week, I joined House Democrats in passing the War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res.83) to direct the President to stop use of the United States Armed Forces in hostilities in or against Iran without authorization from Congress. This vote was taken in response to the president’s military airstrikes against high-level Iranian officials without any Congressional consultation. Our vote was the result of the Trump Administration failing to consult with Congress regarding the airstrikes.... Read more

  • Standing Up For Our Citizens
    Posted in eNewsletters on January 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, This past Sunday we heard reports of more than 60 people of Iranian descent that were held at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, WA. We spoke to families who said they were held in secondary inspection at length and questioned about their political views and allegiances without explanation, with some being held for up to 12 hours before they were released. This week, I led a letter along with Senators Murray that was sent to the Department of Homeland... Read more

  • Suzan Shows Up for Students
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 15, 2019 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, Last week, my House colleagues and I passed the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The FUTURE Act also included my bipartisan bill the Faster Access for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Act. Washington is ... Read more

  • Seniors Deserve the Best Possible Care
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 6, 2019 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, Our seniors deserve the best medical care available, and I am working hard to ensure they have access to the life-saving treatments they deserve. This week I introduced the Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthroughs Act of 2019, which would give seniors greater access to cutting-edge treatments and devices. Currently, it can take up to three years for Medicare to approve coverage of breakthrough products once they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). My bil... Read more

  • Showing Up For Our Seniors
    Posted in eNewsletters on November 16, 2019 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, This week, my colleagues and I on the Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on improving care for our seniors. Right now, Medicare does not pay for long-term services and supports in the way Americans expect. In order to qualify for long-term services and supports (LTSS) like nursing homes and home caregivers, patients must qualify as ‘low-income,’ meaning middle-class Americans deplete their savings in order to qualify. This is unacceptable. We are lucky – Washington state has alre... Read more

  • On Impeachment
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 27, 2019 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, This week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives will formally begin an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. I agree with this decision. The evidence shows and the President has already admitted that he asked a foreign government to help him politically, which is a violation of his oath of office and rule of law. A president requesting a foreign government to interfere with our elections undermines our democracy and national security. Congress has a c... Read more

  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, This past week, we celebrated the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Between September 15th and October 15th, we take the time to recognize and pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched our nation. Hispanic Americans have contributed immeasurably to our country and the first congressional district - as doctors, teachers, first responders, scientists, organizers, and entrepreneurs. Through October 15th, please join me in thanking Hispanic American... Read more