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  • 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

  • Third Annual WA01 Career Fair
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, My top priority in Congress is helping to create good-paying jobs and build the foundation for long-term economic growth. Despite lower unemployment rates nationally, too many working families are still struggling to make ends meet. That’s why I’m working to boost workers’ earning potential by connecting them with jobs in high-demand fields through my third annual #WA01 career fair. Career fairs are an important way for those who are under-employed, struggling to find work or lookin... Read more

  • The Birth Control Privacy Act
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, If a woman stops filling her prescription for birth control, her boss shouldn’t be the first to know. That’s why I’ve introduced the Birth Control Privacy Act (H.R. 5746) to ensure a woman’s personal medical decisions about contraception are not disclosed to her employer. I took action after hearing reports that some companies’ wellness programs are mining workers’ health data to predict who might become pregnant — by scanning medical claims and identifying women who stop filling th... Read more

  • 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