Weekly Columns and Op-Eds
On Friday, January 19th, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators joined together and walked along the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the 45th annual March for Life. In full view of the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S.
As your representative in Congress, I take the responsibility to provide for the federal government’s operations very seriously. Continuing Resolutions, or extensions of funding from previous fiscal years, are a terrible budgeting option for our country.
On Martin Luther King Day, we celebrate the contributions of the civil rights icon whose famous “I have a dream” speech reminded Americans that ours strives to be a nation where no one is judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
In our nation’s capital, there is a beautiful memorial of sculpted lions keeping watch that honors to the nation’s law enforcement officers. Among the quotes set in the memorial’s stone is one from Tacitus: "In valor there is hope."
2017 is now behind us; we are mid-way through the 115th Congress, and it is timely to take stock and focus on the progress made for Central Washington and the country during the past year.
For hard working families and entrepreneurs in Central Washington, keeping more of your own paycheck was my goal in supporting historic legislation approved by Congress, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The last time the nation’s federal tax system was overhauled was in 1986, under President Ronald Reagan.
Even well-intentioned crusades in the name of the environment can cause real economic consequences for communities on our side of the “Cascade divide.” I was disappointed that Governor Jay Inslee recently chose to side with west-side interest groups that are seeking to increase spill or even breach the federal dams on the lower Snake River. Our Mid-Columbia communities would pay the price.
“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion….If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!”
The recent cases of sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers and their staff, past and present, demand a strong response from Congress. Our bosses are you, the American people, and you deserve accountability. Staff working in the U.S. Capitol, just like employees in the private sector, deserve to work in a professional environment that is safe.
Life on our eastern side of Washington’s so-called “Cascade divide” certainly offers many natural advantages: Less rain, more time spent outdoors in the sunshine, and an ideal climate for apples, wine grapes and many other crops, just to name a few.