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  • Remembering the Oso Landslide, and Working to Prevent Another Tragedy
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 15, 2019 | Preview rr

    Dear friend, The devastating Oso landslide that took the lives of 43 people was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my time representing you in Congress. In the face of such tragedy we saw so many come together to help, including first responders from near and far, and all the members of our community who did everything possible to assist and comfort others. It has been a top priority of mine to do whatever I can to support the surrounding communities and prevent future tragedies. This week... Read more

  • Hitting Home: The Impact of the Government Shutfown
    Posted in eNewsletters on January 14, 2019 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, Nearly 11,000 federal workers across our state are not getting paid because of President Trump’s government shutdown. I support border security, but Trump’s border wall is not an effective solution. Our country needs comprehensive immigration reform. This shutdown is impacting families and their ability to pay their bills. These workers include TSA agents and air traffic controllers, Customs and Border Patrol agents, National Park Service rangers, USDA inspectors and the list goes o... Read more

  • Happy Holidays!
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, With 2019 approaching, I want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and best wishes for the new year. As we celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, I want to make sure we take a moment and remember everyone in our beautiful region. For me, I’m honored to represent you in Congress. Every day I think about the work you do to make our community better, and it inspires me to work even harder on your behalf. I’m thinking about the folks who are still struggling to find... Read more

  • Serving our Veterans
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, Washington’s First District is home to more than 40,000 veterans. Given all they have done for us, we must ensure that our local veterans receive the best health care and benefits. My office works with veterans to help communicate with and navigate through our federal system. During my time in office, we have helped more than 192 veterans gain access to quality health care and helped retrieve $1 million in back pay. I recently advocated on behalf of Bill, a terminally ill Air Force ... Read more

  • Growing Washington's Space Industry
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, Washington state boasts a diverse range of innovative sectors, including an exciting local space industry. Our space industry supports more than 6,000 jobs and generates $1.7 billion for our economy. To sustain economic growth in our region, we must have an open dialogue between policymakers and industry leaders to understand the challenges and opportunities ahead and how we can best prepare for those. That’s why I joined House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), whose district incl... Read more

  • Addressing the Opioid Crisis
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, The opioid crisis has impacted communities across the country, including here in Washington. In the United States, more than 115 people die every day from opioid misuse. But Washington state has lowered opioid overdoses since last year, due in part to expanded treatment and increasing access to life-saving medicine. This is promising news for Washingtonians. Recently, Congress took a major step in addressing the opioid crisis by passing meaningful legislation that expands treatment ... Read more

  • Sign up for the Congressional App Challenge!
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, Before becoming a Member of Congress, technology shaped my career. That’s why I’m thrilled to be the Co-Chair of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. This national competition enables middle and high school students in each congressional district to use their coding skills to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit. Students can sign up for the Congressional App Challenge as individuals or in groups of up to four. The winners are publicly recognized and invited to Washington, D.C. to s... Read more

  • Supporting Local Startups
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, I recently participated in Startup Week to celebrate the innovation and creativity that drives many Washington state startups. I toured several startups in our region to highlight their impact on our local and national economy. Washington is home to some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country, and we need to keep doing everything possible to foster a healthy startup ecosystem. Our country’s economy depends on good startups. Not only do they lead the way in innovation, b... Read more

  • Join me for a Town Hall
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 3, 2018 | 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 hosting two town halls on Saturday, August 11th in Skykomish and Monroe. I hope to see you there! As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website... Read more

  • 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