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I am committed to ensuring our public lands are managed properly and that the federal government meets its obligations in the Pacific Northwest. In 2014, the Carlton Complex fire broke out in Okanogan County, and at the time it was the most destructive our state’s history, burning over 250,000 acres, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, and devastating the environment. In 2015, Washington once again dealt with the effects of another catastrophic wildfire season – one that burned more than 1 million acres – surpassing the scale of the devastation experienced in 2014. 

I have seen firsthand how our communities have pulled together to help one another during these trying times, with firefighters from across the U.S. joining the fight and volunteers from all over the state and country providing support and relief to displaced residents. Changes to federal forest management and fire mitigation policies are needed to better protect Central Washington from the devastating effects of catastrophic wildfires in the future. 

 

More on Wildfires

Newhouse Announces Major Disaster Declaration, Urges Relief for Washington Homeowners and Businesses

Feb 4 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Washington state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the devastating 2020 wildfire season:

Newhouse, Thompson Introduce PHONE Act to Support Natural Disaster Survivors

Feb 1 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Preserving Home and Office Numbers in Emergencies Act of 2021 (PHONE Act) to support natural disaster survivors who have lost their homes by allowing them to keep their phone numbers while they rebuild at no cost to them.

COLUMN: Representing Our Values in the 117th Congress

Jan 4 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

This week, we convened the 117th Congress, and it is my sincere honor to begin a fourth term as the Representative for Washington’s 4th Congressional District.

COLUMN: Recognizing Native American Heritage Month

Nov 30 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Native American history is engrained in the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Throughout our region, we are reminded of Tribal culture and heritage which greatly influence our way of life. November is Native American Heritage Month, and in Central Washington, we have a rich, storied Tribal history that should be recognized.

What They Are Saying: Newhouse Elected Western Caucus Chairman

Nov 24 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On November 19, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus for the 117th Congress.

Newhouse Joins Bipartisan Colleagues to Introduce Bill Reauthorizing WHIP Program for 2020 Wildfires

Nov 19 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) to introduce the 2020 WHIP+ Authorization Act.

COLUMN: A Voice for the West

Nov 9 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In Central Washington, we understand all-too-well the frustrations that come from feeling like rural communities are being ignored. Large cities and urban areas seem to suck all the air out of the room, leaving those of us in rural America feeling we do not have a voice.

COLUMN: Wildfire Recovery Demonstrates Central Washington’s Resiliency

Nov 2 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Over the past few months, catastrophic wildfires raged – once again – throughout Central Washington and across the West. Smoke blanketed the Pacific Northwest, and whole towns were essentially wiped off the map.