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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

April 3, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Americans rightfully expect for their private internet data to be protected from fraud or theft under a clear, transparent framework for all business conducted on the Internet. Rules that protect personal data online should be uniform, and I support a strong framework across federal agencies to enforce standards that protect personal data from inappropriate and deceptive business practices.

March 27, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Republicans in Congress have long promised to repeal and replace President Obama’s flawed health law. In spite of the individual mandate forcing Americans to purchase insurance plans as dictated by the federal government, declining choices, rising premiums, and increased out-of-pocket costs have rendered health care unaffordable for far too many American families.

March 20, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Farming is hard work. It means early mornings and late evenings. Harvest time can be nerve-wracking, along with the constant fear that fickle Mother Nature may be your worst enemy—or maybe your best friend. But when you’re a farmer, you realize that what you do is valuable.

March 13, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Throughout my time representing the people of Central Washington in the U.S. Congress, constituents from across the 4th District have shared with me their deeply personal stories about the struggles and hardships they’ve faced under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.

March 6, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

I had the privilege to attend as President Trump gave his first Joint Address to Congress. The message that America heard was one of optimism and reform. The President is getting straight to work with Congress on an agenda to restore limited government, boost the economy to create jobs in the private sector, and ensure that our homeland is secure.

March 1, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is necessary to prevent Americans from suffering the consequences of this failed and unraveling law. Promises of affordability and lower premiums have turned into the reality of diminishing choices, rising prices, and less competition. Replacement must allow more affordable, more personalized health options.

February 17, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, a general in the Continental Army during our Revolution, thus eulogized George Washington by placing his memory at the very center of American consciousness.

February 14, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In December, at the very end of the Obama administration, federal officials finalized a rule that could limit the ability of some seniors who receive Social Security benefits to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

February 3, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Grizzly bears are impressive animals. When standing upright, male grizzlies can reach a height of 8 feet and weigh from 250 to 600 pounds. You can always tell a grizzly from a black bear by the distinctive hump of its high shoulders. These truly magnificent predators are at the top of the food chain and are best observed from afar.

January 30, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

As Washingtonians, all we have to do to enjoy some of the most beautiful natural scenery anywhere is to look out the window or take a short drive to one of our spectacular National Parks or Forests. We treasure our access to public lands, but we also demand accountability and transparency for the way those lands are managed.