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  • Marking the Anniversary of Dodd-Frank
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Today is the anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act being signed into law. This landmark legislation helps protect consumers by monitoring financial systems and identifying risks to economic stability. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives chose to gut these critical safeguards last month, passing a bill that will remove or weaken many Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms and cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. What’s more, the Hou... Read more

  • Protecting Medicare and Medicaid
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Dear Friend, For nearly 52 years, Medicare and Medicaid have provided quality healthcare to seniors across the country. I had the opportunity to mark the anniversary of these essential programs during my recent visit to two senior centers in our district this month. In Washington’s First District, more than 150,000 Americans receive lifesaving healthcare from Medicare and Medicaid. Nationwide, more than 120 million people depend on these vital programs to stay healthy and access needed medical c... Read more

  • It's about people
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, While Senate leaders may have delayed the vote, they are continuing to push their healthcare repeal bill that causes millions to lose health insurance, raises costs for middle-class families, decimates Medicaid and guts protections for women and seniors. We should be working together to give people better coverage at lower cost, not forcing them to pay more for less. But this is about more than numbers. It’s about people. This reckless proposal will have a devastating effect on fami... Read more

  • Boosting apprenticeships for American workers
    Posted in eNewsletters on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Today, the House of Representatives passed my amendment boosting apprenticeships for American workers. Included as part of the bipartisan Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act (H.R. 2842), the amendment helps people find good-paying jobs in high-demand industries through apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Technological advancements like automation are dramatically shifting the way our economy works. We cannot allow Americans to be left behind. I believe we need a nat... Read more

  • Protecting Our Planet
    Posted in eNewsletters on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Dear Friend, Last week, President Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord – an international climate change action plan signed by more than 190 countries. In Washington state, we know firsthand the damages of climate change. From longer and worsening fire seasons, increased pests and invasive species, an acidifying ocean to more unpredictable natural disasters, the vast majority of the population recognizes climate change as a growing problem in need of ... Read more

  • Protecting a Free & Open Internet
    Posted in eNewsletters on May 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, As many of you may know, before becoming a Member of Congress, I had a long career in the technology sector and as an entrepreneur. I’ve seen firsthand how quickly technologies can develop and become critical components to our everyday lives. Today, more and more people are constantly connected to the online world, between our mobile phones and smart watches, cars and home appliances. With an estimated 20 billion connected devices expected to be used by 2020, there is growing demand... Read more

  • National Infrastructure Week 2017
    Posted in eNewsletters on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Dear Friend, This week is National Infrastructure Week. Across the nation, our infrastructure is facing a breaking point. An efficient and functioning infrastructure system is critical to the economy of the Washington's First District. Next Tuesday, we’ll mark the four-year anniversary of the Skagit Bridge collapse. We saw first-hand the impact this had on our local economy. It’s time to prioritize investments that put people back to work fixing our crumbling infrastructure, before it becomes ev... Read more

  • 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