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  • Getting the Build Back Better Agenda Across the Finish Line
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 25, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear friend, This week, I met with President Biden to discuss how Democrats in Congress can get the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the Build Back Better Act across the finish line. Both these bills are historic in how they can deliver immediate and long-term support for workers, families, and our communities. It was a productive discussion and I thanked the president for his leadership. As the Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, I am working to get the votes in the House and Senate necessar... Read more

  • The Next Step to Build Back Better
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 18, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear friend, As we combat the Delta variant and work on economic recovery, Congress is advancing legislation that will not only deliver immediate support to workers and families but also make bold and lasting investments in their futures. This week, the House Ways and Means Committee, on which I serve as Vice Chair, marked up key pieces of the Build Back Better Act, advancing Democrats’ promise to rebuild the American middle class. This legislation includes two important provisions that I champi... Read more

  • We cannot go backwards.
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear friend, A woman’s right to choose is under attack around the country and Congress must act. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court refused to block an extreme and unprecedented anti-abortion law passed by the Texas legislature. This new law bans abortions after six weeks (before many women even know they’re pregnant), allows citizens in Texas to sue health care providers and family members for supporting a woman seeking abortion care, has no exemption for rape or incest, and subverts Roe v. W... Read more

  • Welcoming Ambassador Katherine Tai to the 1st District
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, I was honored to welcome my friend U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to Washington this week. Washington is the most trade-dependent state in the country, and global commerce touches nearly every sector of our economy from tech and manufacturing to agriculture. During the Ambassador’s visit, we met with local farmers and agriculture stakeholders, elected AANHPI officials, business leaders, and members of Washington’s labor community. Across the board, the conversations we had ... Read more

  • Federal Investments That’ll Help Meet Our Communities’ Needs
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 31, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear friend, This week, the House approved federal funding legislation that included $6.7 million in funding for community projects in Washington’s 1st district that I championed. These projects include recreation and community centers, child care facilities, career development and youth engagement programs, and telehealth expansion in rural areas that will benefit Washington families and communities. Resources like these can have a direct and meaningful impact in our communities, helping Washin... Read more

  • President Biden: It’s time to reopen the northern border
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 24, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Dear friend, Businesses and families in Whatcom County, particularly the isolated community of Point Roberts, were praying that this week would bring news that the Canada-U.S. border would begin to reopen. For more than a year, our border communities have been cut off from Canadian tourism and the seasonal commerce they rely on. However, these hopes were dashed when the Biden administration decided to unilaterally extend the border closure until August 21. I am deeply disappointed by this short-... Read more

  • Families, Help is Here
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 15, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Dear friend, Help is here for millions of families starting today. Thanks to the historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit that I championed in the American Rescue Plan, monthly checks of up to $300 per child will begin reaching parents today and continue through this December. If you have children, chances are high that you qualify for these monthly payments. The expanded Child Tax Credit is expected to reach 39 million households, benefiting nearly 90% of all American children. Most families... Read more

  • Infrastructure Means Jobs and Long-Term Growth for Our Community
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 3, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Dear friend, As we begin rebuilding our economy and middle class after the pandemic, I am fighting for critical infrastructure projects in our community that will make our day-to-day lives easier and create good-paying jobs. This week, the House took an important step towards reimagining our nation’s roads, bridges, rail, transit, and water infrastructure by passing the INVEST in America Act and sending it to the Senate. This package would invest over $715 billion over five years into long-over... Read more

  • Counting down to monthly Child Tax Credit payments
    Posted in eNewsletters on June 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Dear friend, In less than one month, nearly 90% of families will begin receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments. The one-year expansion of the Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides qualifying families with monthly payments of up to $300 per child under 6 and up to $250 per child 6-17 years old. In Washington state, these payments are estimated to reach 1.4 million Washington children. These payments can help parents pay rent, secure child care, buy groceries, and afford other... Read more

  • Caregivers are the very definition of essential
    Posted in eNewsletters on June 12, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    Dear friend, The pandemic has required us all to make difficult sacrifices to protect our communities. This is especially true for our essential home care workers, who have been a lifeline to our loved ones during this crisis, helping them eat, bathe, take their medications, and go about their lives. Last week, I met with three SEIU 775 caregivers working in Washington, who shared their stories, successes, and struggles with me. We discussed the challenges that the pandemic has imposed on carin... Read more