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  • 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

  • Happy Valentine's Day!
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, On Monday, I visited local elementary schools to join students in crafting Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Valentines for Veterans program (photos below). The creativity from the kids at Rose Hill and Benjamin Rush elementary schools was on full display – they made more than 300 handmade cards! The Valentines for Veterans program is a wonderful opportunity for local students to make a connection with veterans, and thank them for their service. The program allows us to show our ... Read more

  • Justice for Survivors of Child Abuse
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, Last week, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, which included part of my bipartisan bill to close a legal loophole that denies justice for some survivors of child abuse. I heard firsthand from survivor Pennie Saum, who as a child suffered abuses at the hands of her father, an Army veteran. Her father was convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison, and Pennie and her brother were awarded a civil judgment for $5 million in damages. ... Read more

  • Small Business Saturday in Snohomish
    Posted in eNewsletters on November 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, Growing up, my parents owned a toy store, so I know how important holiday shopping can be for a small retailer. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to show our support for local shops. That’s why I marked Small Business Saturday by holiday shopping at locally-owned small businesses in historic Snohomish to support the First District’s local economy. According to the most recent data from the Small Business Administration, Washington’s small businesses make up 98 percent o... Read more