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  • 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

  • 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