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Central Washington farmers and producers grow the highest quality hay, wheat and more than 300 specialty crops such as potatoes, cherries, hops, apples, mint and wine grapes. Blessed with the conditions to produce such a diverse range of crops, Washington shares its natural abundance with the world, playing the role of “international supermarket.” In 2014, Washington State exported $8.9 billion in agricultural products, creating jobs and supporting economic growth. In fact, Washington fruit and hay producers export one-third of their harvests to international customers.   

As a third-generation farmer, I understand the importance of agriculture for families, jobs, and trade in Central Washington. I support opening international markets and reducing trade barriers as crucial steps to expand export opportunities that build our area’s economic future. I also believe we must increase water storage capacity and end the “death tax,” which disproportionately harms farmers, their families, and future generations.  I am committed to advocating for policies that promote agricultural abundance and the economic opportunity it brings to Central Washington families.

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Newhouse Introduces Legislation to Increase Opportunities for Local Breweries and Wineries

May 17 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) along with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), and 17 original House co-sponsors introduced the USPS Shipping Equity Act. This bipartisan bill would end the Prohibition-era ban that prevents the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from shipping alcoholic beverages to consumers.

Newhouse Introduces Bill to Improve Federal Water Infrastructure in Central Washington

May 5 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2979 to amend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) of 2014 to make public water projects eligible for low-interest, longer-term federal loans from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Has Biden Forgotten Our Farmers?

May 4 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Millions of Americans tuned in last Wednesday night to see what President Biden had to say about the first 100 days of his Administration and his plans for our country. Unfortunately for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural communities like ours in Central Washington, he had little to offer. 

Newhouse Introduces Legislation to Give Organic Farmers Certainty, Reduce Government Bureaucracy

Apr 30 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ron Kind (D-WI), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act (CIAO Act), bipartisan legislation to improve the federal process for the oversight of organic standards.

Newhouse Introduces Bill to Support Farmers, Conservation

Apr 19 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.R. 2613, the Conservation and Innovative Climate Partnership Act of 2021. This bill will allocate funding for land-grant institutions to partner with local farmers to boost conservation and innovative climate practices.

Newhouse Introduces Legislation to Preserve Agricultural Fairs in Central Washington

Apr 9 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Billy Long (R-MO), and Mike Levin (D-CA) reintroduced the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, a bill to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they have experienced due to COVID-19.

Newhouse Calls for Independent Scientific Review of Baseless Chinese COVID-19 Claims, Defends U.S. Food Supply Chain

Mar 23 Press Release
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Cochran, Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Woodcock, and Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Tai expressing concern that the World Health Organization (WHO), at the urging of China, may modify their assumptions regarding the transmission of the virus causing COVID-19 via food and food packaging, without evidence to support such conclusions.

What They Are Saying: Farm Workforce Modernization Act a Step Forward for Agricultural Industry

Mar 22 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, March 18, H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed in the House. Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the legislation alongside Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to ensure a legal and reliable workforce for American agriculture.

Newhouse-Led Ag Labor Bill Passes House, Enhances Border Security

Mar 18 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the legislation alongside Rep.

COLUMN: A Strong Agriculture Labor Program to Stop Illegal Immigration

Mar 15 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In the first two and a half months of 2021, illegal immigration has reached a crisis point. There have been more than 200,000 illegal border crossings with as many as 5,000 illegal crossing encounters in one day. In order to maintain the rule of law and keep criminals out of our country, we must continue working to enhance our border security.