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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

November 30, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

American consumers and investors deserve certainty to plan ahead to make the best economic decisions for their families and their future. The U.S. Federal Reserve functions as the nation’s central bank and sets monetary policy that impacts every American and has enormous consequences for our economy.

November 23, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The world was horrified by the cowardly terror attacks in Paris that killed numerous innocent people and left many wounded at entertainment venues and restaurants, in what many now regard as France’s “September 11th.” France is the United States’ oldest ally—the first nation to support our fight for independence.

November 16, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Washingtonians have a monumental reason to celebrate an exciting new development for the Tri-Cities community, our state, and our nation: the opening of America’s newest national park. The anticipation has been building for years, and the Manhattan Project National Historic Park was officially dedicated with much-deserved fanfare last week.

November 9, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In a nation of lovers of freedom and liberty, one needs to look no further for examples of patriotism in action than to our veterans. Their service kept us safe and defended the freedoms we enjoy as citizens. As Americans, we do not take that service for granted.

November 2, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Our nation’s fourth president and the architect of our Constitution, James Madison, once made the striking statement that, “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater than in any other.” The wisdom of this Founding Father’s words still rings true today, which is why last week, after careful consideration, I made the decision to vote in o

October 26, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” With those words, the preamble of our Constitution, the supreme law of the land, illustrates one of the preeminent responsibilities of the federal government: to sec

October 19, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Hardly a day goes by without Americans seeing horrific news stories on the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. The unstable security situation due to terrorism and civil war has destabilized the region and created a tide of refugees sweeping from the Middle East and Africa into Europe. The U.S.

October 12, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In the latest in a string of attempts to impose bureaucratic federal control over Washington state waters, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is threatening to impose its own rules on the state.

October 5, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

While we have engaged in a national debate on the President’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran, seemingly forgotten has been Iran’s horrific attacks on our fellow citizens. No matter how much time may have passed, however, we must not forget that justice remains to be won on behalf of the hundreds of American victims of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.

September 28, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Pope Francis’ address to Congress last week was one for the history books: he is the first pontiff ever to address a joint meeting of Congress. As many know, as an Argentinian, Pope Francis is also the first pope from the Americas. This visit was his first trip to the United States.

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