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  • 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

  • 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