COLUMN: Raise the Standard

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.

COLUMN: Streamline Water Infrastructure Planning

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.

COLUMN: Answering Questions on Tax Reform

I was proud to support House passage last week of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I am convinced that our tax reform bill not only fulfills our promise to take a historic step to simplify and modernize our tax code, but it is designed to help middle-income families in Central Washington.

Tri-City Herald Op-Ed: After 30 Years, Time to Simplify the Tax Code

Have you met anyone who thinks the current federal tax code is simple or fair enough? As your congressman, I haven’t either.

Clocking in at more than 70,000 pages, the current federal code is packed with confusing provisions and loopholes that tend to favor special interest groups and those lucky few “in the know.”