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  • Teaching Kids to Code
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, Last week, I hosted a hackathon for local high school students as part of the Congressional App Competition, a program to encourage innovation and computer science education. The event allowed students to work on their Congressional App Challenge projects and hear feedback from technology experts at the University of Washington Bothell before next month’s submission deadline. With roughly 10 million jobs expected to be in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by 20... Read more

  • Helping Our Veterans
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, Assisting my constituents is the best part of my job. Some of the most rewarding moments are when my office is able to help people access the benefits and services they need. For example, my office is always available to help veterans navigate the bureaucracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Too often, our nation’s heroes face obstacles to the care and benefits they have earned — like Joseph, an Army veteran from Bothell, who reached out to my office earlier this year whe... Read more

  • Happy Labor Day!
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, This Labor Day, I want to take a moment to mark the invaluable contributions that the hard-working men and women of Washington’s First Congressional District have made. You are the backbone of our local economy, helping build the world’s best airplanes, grow the finest food and design world-class software. But there is still more we can do to expand access to opportunity and build an economy that works for everyone. Right now, too many Americans work full-time yet struggle to put fo... Read more

  • Happy 100th Birthday, NPS!
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Dear Friend, Today marks the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). As someone who loves the outdoors, I know firsthand that those of us in the Pacific Northwest live in one of the most pristine and breathtaking areas in the entire country. Washington state’s national parks, including the beautiful North Cascades National Park in the First District, provide many invaluable opportunities for education and recreation. Outdoor recreation is a crucial part of our local communities, suppo... Read more

  • Getting Things Done
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Congress needs to overcome its habit of partisan bickering and politicking. We should be working on improving the lives of each and every American. In Congress, I’m fighting to give everyone the opportunity to succeed because there are still too many Americans who can't find full-time employment and too many families who are struggling to make ends meet. We can encourage economic growth by investing in education, research and infrastructure; equipping our workers with the skills the... Read more

  • Supporting Rural Economies
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Recently, I introduced bipartisan legislation with Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Derek Kilmer and Glenn Thompson to open up new markets and create jobs for rural economies by providing research, assistance and incentives for the construction of tall wood buildings throughout the United States. The Timber Innovation Act (H.R. 5628) would spur the use of tall wood building construction – those above 85 feet or seven stories – through the use of less expensive and less carbon-intensive... Read more

  • It's time to raise the wage
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, The minimum wage in America has remained stagnant for far too long, while the cost of living has continued to rise. July 24 marks the seventh anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase, to just $7.25 an hour. Millions of Americans work 40 hours or more every week and still can’t earn a living wage. This is unacceptable. We cannot achieve strong economic growth unless all working families have the opportunity to succeed. As a nation, we must work together to ensure minimum... Read more

  • Addressing the Zika virus
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, As you may know, the Zika virus has spread rapidly around the world, and we are now seeing increased cases here in the United States. It’s critical that Congress act now to address this serious public health threat. Earlier this year, I called on House leaders to hold a vote on President Obama’s full emergency funding request to combat the Zika outbreak. But time is running out with only three legislative days left before the House adjourns for the summer. We can and must provide th... Read more

  • U.S. Digital Service Act
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, As someone with two decades of experience in the technology sector, I can tell you our government’s use of technology could and should be more efficient, flexible and customer-centric. If you’ve ever needed help from a federal agency and looked for resources online, you know this problem all too well. Whether it’s applying for student loans or signing up for Medicare online, too often taxpayers encounter an unfriendly and confusing user-platform and come away with an unsatisfactory ... Read more

  • LGBT Equality Day
    Posted in eNewsletters on June 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, During a month when we celebrate the progress that LGBT Americans have made, the recent shooting in Orlando was a horrific attack on the freedoms we all hold dear. As a way to stand up to the hatred and intolerance we saw, I’m encouraging everyone join me in observing LGBT Equality Day this Sunday, June 26th. I have introduced legislation to designate June 26th as LGBT Equality Day to commemorate the anniversary of three different landmark Supreme Court rulings that helped eliminate... Read more