COLUMMN: To Improve Employment Opportunities, Occupational Licensing Needs Reexamining

Do you think hair-braiding professionals should be required to obtain a cosmetology license? In about a dozen states, hair braiding actually does require such a license, at the expense of hundreds of hours of training that can cost thousands of dollars.

COLUMN: Strengthening Local Control to Improve Land Management

The issues of water reliability and water infrastructure are of such high importance, particularly in our region and across the West, that they are topics I constantly focus on in Congress.

COLUMN: More Agreements Needed to Open Markets and Strengthen Trade Relationships

Last week, I sat down with President Trump and members of Congress at the White House to discuss the impact of trade on agriculture in Central Washington. China’s and other nations’ retaliatory tariffs on US products are having a major impact on growers and producers in our state.

COLUMN: House Approves Bill with Big Wins for Rural Washington

The federal government plays an important role in Central Washington and across the West when it comes to a host of issues that impact rural communities. The federal government must manage vast tracks of federal lands including managing wild species, and preventing forest fires among other services.