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Newhouse Sworn in to Represent Fourth Congressional District in 116th Congress

January 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA), released the following statement after taking the oath of office in the official swearing-in ceremony to represent Washington’s Fourth Congressional District in the 116th Congress:

“To be entrusted with this office to represent the people of Central Washington in Congress is a distinct honor,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Today I swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and the liberties safeguarded by our founding document. In this period of divided government, it is Congress’ responsibility to find common ground, work with our President, and together make progress on the American people’s priorities including advancing immigration reform and border security. Upon being sworn in, one of my first votes was to make tax relief permanent for middle class families. I immediately cosponsored legislation that reflects the values of the people of the Fourth District. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve.”

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Rep. Newhouse voted in favor of the Republican Motion to Refer H. Res. 5 - Providing for consideration of H. Res. 6, H.R. 21, & H.J. Res. 1, which would make permanent the doubling of the child tax credit and the standard deduction which were provisions in the historic tax bill signed into law last year. Unfortunately, not a single Democrat joined with Republicans to support middle class tax relief. 

Rep. Newhouse immediately cosponsored the following bills and resolutions at the start of the 116th Congress:

  • H.J. Res XX, sponsored by Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), would propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.
  • H.R. XX, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), would make the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide, and it ensures that the Affordable Care Act faithfully conforms to the Hyde Amendment.
  • H.R. XX, Death Tax Repeal Act, sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), to repeal permanently the Death Tax, which negatively affects family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches throughout the country. 
  • H.R. XX, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019, sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), will ensure that valid concealed carry permits issued in one state are valid in other states that recognize their own residents’ right to concealed carry. The bill allows each state to retain the ability to permit persons or entities to prohibit the possession of concealed firearms on their property as well as restrict the possession of firearms on any state or local government property. The individual engaging in concealed carry must carry valid identification containing their photograph as well as a valid concealed carry license or permit at all times. The bill ensures that the burden of proof is placed on the state to show that an individual violated state law and provides additional legal protections in the form of attorney’s fees and damages for plaintiff’s who are victorious in civil suits and criminal proceedings.