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  • Visiting the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County
    Posted in eNewsletters on May 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Dear Friend, Recently, I visited the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to highlight the devastating effects that President Trump’s proposed budget cuts would have on our community — including this important afterschool program. I also donated computers from my District Office for their 21st Century Community Learning Center, which offers learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), among other subjects. The President’s budget would wipe out $54 billion for federal... Read more

  • Comprehensive Tax Reform
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Dear Friend, As taxpayers know all too well, our current tax code is cumbersome, often fails to reflect the way the world works today and produces unfair results with loopholes that are prone to abuse. Through my work on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, I hope we’ll be able to pass comprehensive reform that makes the tax code simpler and more equitable. Tax reform is about fairness for all Americans, and giving working families and businesses the certai... Read more

  • Welcoming the D.C. Bully Busters
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, Recently, I had the honor to host a pledge-signing event on Capitol Hill with a group of 11-and-12-year-old girls from Washington state who were in D.C. to promote anti-bullying tactics in American politics. Formed last year, the girls created the D.C. Bully Busters, a nonpartisan project to encourage members of Congress to take action against bullying. I signed their pledge, promising to “represent the people of the United States of America without engaging in bullying or being a b... Read more

  • Upcoming town halls
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 3, 2017 | 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 holding a series of town halls throughout the First District. We had amazing turnouts in both Ferndale and Redmond. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I’ll also be holding town halls in Snohomish, Kirkland and Mount Vernon during April. As promised, here are mo... Read more

  • Improving the Affordable Care Act
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, Last week, I, along with many of you, fought against the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which failed to live up to the President’s promise of “insurance for everybody.” I’m relieved it failed to even come up for a vote, as 24 million Americans were at risk of losing health coverage under the misguided legislation — while millions more would have seen skyrocketing costs. When this bill went through the two committees I serve on, I offered amendments to improve the legislation by safeg... Read more

  • Third anniversary of the Oso landslide
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, Today is the third anniversary of the tragic Oso landslide, which in an instant took the lives of 43 of our neighbors. In the wake of our tragedy, we learned many lessons, including that lawmakers need to do more to ensure we fund resources and research efforts to prevent future natural disasters from becoming national tragedies. We need to do substantial work to gain better knowledge of landslides and their potential impacts in order to reduce losses of life and property. This week... Read more

  • Upcoming Town Halls
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 17, 2017 | 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’ll be holding a series of town halls during the coming weeks and months throughout the First District. If you can’t join me for the first ones, don’t worry, there will be more in Snohomish, Mount Vernon and Kirkland throughout April and I’ll contact you again once de... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Day!
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, This past weekend, I visited a local VA hospital to drop off Valentine’s Day cards, as part of the Valentines for Veterans program. Students from Machias Elementary, Maywood Hills Elementary, Moorlands Elementary and East Ridge Elementary made hundreds of these cards by hand to thank those who served our country in uniform. Earlier this month, members of my Veterans Advisory Board visited the local school to help students make the valentines and explain what it means to be a veteran... Read more

  • My Committees for the 115th Congress
    Posted in eNewsletters on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Dear Friend, As we begin the 115th Congress, it is an honor to announce that I will join the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee. I look forward to being at the forefront of debate on tax reform, healthcare and retirement security in this Congress. We need an economy that works for everyone. Unfortunately, our current tax system is out of date with the way the world works today and is failing middle-class families. We need a bipartisan solution that simplifies our tax code ... Read more

  • Improving Our Healthcare System
    Posted in eNewsletters on January 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, In the last six years, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically improved health coverage and expanded access to care for millions of hard-working Americans. Rather than repeal it, we should do more to ensure the law works for everyone, including small businesses that want to offer health insurance to their employees but are struggling to afford it. That’s why I introduced legislation this week to expand the ACA’s tax credit for small businesses, making it more affordable for s... Read more