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  • 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 Unfortunately, our current tax system is out of date with the way the world works today and is failing middle-class families.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

  • Supporting our National Guard members
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, National Security

    Dear Friend, President Obama just signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2017, which contained my bill to ensure National Guard members retain health coverage when responding to state emergencies, such as landslides or earthquakes. After the tragic Oso landslide in 2014, my office was contacted by members of our state’s National Guard who were aiding in search-and-rescue and decontamination efforts. They told me their families would lose health insurance if they decide... Read more

  • Investing in Medical Research
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, This week, Congress passed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. This important legislation will help spur medical innovation and offer hope to millions of Americans suffering from heartbreaking conditions. I am pleased many of the critical investments I have championed were included in the compromise — such as increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), opioid abuse prevention programs and cancer research. The legislation also includes critical reforms that will... Read more

  • The 115th Congress
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr

    I want to start by saying it’s an honor to continue to represent Washington’s First Congressional District. While I still believe there is more that unites us than divides us, the past few weeks have exposed deep divisions across our country. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to come together as a nation. I’ve heard from many of you who have concerns about the next administration based on the rhetoric of the last few months – I share those concerns and want you to know I will continue to de... Read more

  • Serving Our Veterans
    Posted in eNewsletters on November 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, Throughout the country, there are too many veterans who continue to face challenges after they return home. That’s why I recently formed a Veterans Advisory Board to hear from local veterans about ways the federal government can better serve them. The Advisory Board, made up of nine local veteran leaders, will meet quarterly to help us better serve the more than 40,000 veterans that live in the First Congressional District. It’s our nation’s responsibility to serve and care for thos... Read more

  • Protecting Social Security
    Posted in eNewsletters on November 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors

    Dear Friend, Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a group of seniors from around the First Congressional District – Doris, Lance and Grace. As we sat in Doris’ apartment in Kirkland, we talked about the vital role Social Security plays in their lives, as well as the importance of protecting the program for current retirees and future generations. Social Security has long been a lifeline for our middle class, and today it supports more than 100,000 beneficiaries in our district. Unfor... Read more

  • Healthcare and the Internet of Things
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, Last week, I held a roundtable with local healthcare and technology leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist as researchers come up with innovative ways to use internet-connected devices, or the Internet of Things (IoT), in healthcare settings. We talked about how industry leaders, doctors and policymakers can work together to make smart choices regarding issues like patient privacy and data security, in order to foster a thriving industry that provides meaning... Read more