Weekly Columns and Op-Eds
2015 has been an eventful year for our nation and for the 4th District of Washington, which I have been honored to be given the responsibility by Central Washingtonians to represent you in Congress. My commitment has been to work hard on solutions, not just add to the partisan noise in D.C.
Christmas time is a season of hope and a joy-filled time spent with family and friends. It’s a time to be generous as we take stock of our many blessings as Americans. It’s a time to trim the tree and take a drive around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights. It’s a time to sit together around a cozy fireplace.
Taking steps to improve forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires from occurring is critical, and I have supported passage of legislation in the U.S. House like the Resilient Forests Act this year to make those improvements.
Constituents from across Central Washington regularly contact me with questions and comments on federal issues through phone calls and letters to my office, emails, and even Facebook. I recently held a telephone town hall to take calls because hearing firsthand from constituents is how I can best represent Central Washington in Congress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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