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  • Get Covered
    Posted in eNewsletters on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Open Enrollment begins today, giving you and your family the opportunity to sign up for the healthcare plan that best meets your needs. This year, Open Enrollment is shorter than before, so it is important to sign up before the January 15 deadline to ensure you’ll be covered in 2018. You can apply either online, by phone or in person so don’t delay and get covered now. Find the information you need to get started HERE. In Congress, I’m working to ensure every American is able to get affordable, ... Read more

  • Preparing for a New Economy
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Recently, the House Democratic Caucus announced the creation of the Jobs for America Task Forces to help craft a legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. I was named co-chair of the New Economy Task Force, which is one of five Task Forces aimed at identifying opportunities and solutions for American workers across the country. With a rapidly changing economy and new challenges facing American workers, the New Economy Task Force will take ... Read more

  • Honoring Vietnam War Veterans
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 17, 2017 | 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-era 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 m... Read more

  • Congressional App Challenge and Hackathon
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, As someone who worked in the technology sector before coming to Congress, I know firsthand innovation requires creative, entrepreneurial leaders. The future of our nation and its economy depend on the next generations being able to think outside of the box. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the return of the Congressional App Challenge! This competition is a great opportunity for high school students in our region to compete by designing a creative app. And the winning app will be ... Read more

  • Bringing Down College Costs
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Dear Friend, As students return to campus, the rising cost of higher education in America continues to pose serious challenges to millions of middle-class families, who are being forced to take out higher loan amounts to pay for tuition, fees, textbooks and housing. In Washington state alone, 56 percent of graduates leave their four-year university with student debt averaging $23,000. I remain committed to bringing down college costs and ensuring everyone has access to a quality college educatio... Read more

  • Protect Our Dreamers
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Dear Friend, This past week, the President decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This action is cruel, heartless and does nothing to secure our borders or fix our immigration system. Nearly 800,000 children brought to this country by their parents have known no other home than the United States, including more than 17,800 right here in Washington state who are studying, working and contributing to our economy. Rescinding DACA puts these young people at risk of... Read more

  • A Busy August in WA01
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, It was a busy August back in the beautiful First Congressional District! I had the opportunity to travel throughout the district talking to folks about ways Congress can update our laws to ensure all Americans succeed in the rapidly changing economy. Nowhere in the country is the economic impact of innovation and entrepreneurship more visible than in Washington’s First District, where our local industries — ranging from aerospace, manufacturing, and high-tech to agriculture, clean e... Read more

  • Helping My Constituents
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, Assisting my constituents is one of the best parts of my job as the U.S. Representative for Washington’s First Congressional District. Take John, for instance. John, an Air Force veteran from Duvall, kept getting stonewalled for the past six years while trying to get the compensation he was owed from the Veterans Administration (VA). My office worked with him, and was able to secure the $239,000 in back pay and monthly increase in his benefits the VA owed him. John was even able to ... Read more

  • Allowing States to Effectively Regulate Marijuana
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized some form of marijuana. And more are expected to vote on legalization in 2018. Yet, marijuana possession or use for any purpose is still prohibited under the federal Controlled Substances Act, leaving every participant in the state markets — including cancer patients — at risk of prosecution. That’s why I reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534) to protect medical patients, r... Read more

  • Preserving Our Veterans Stories
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, In 2000, Congress established the Veterans History Project (VHP) to collect and preserve the stories and experiences of our nation’s veterans. These audio and video interviews serve as a valuable archive of firsthand insights into the realities of war. As a nation, we have a duty to ensure the painful sacrifices made to protect our families and freedoms are never forgotten. I’m honored to team up with the Library of Congress to help preserve the stories of #WA01 veterans for the Vet... Read more