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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

August 3, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

No one should ever hang up on a veteran seeking medical assistance. Every veteran deserves to be treated with respect and dignity—and especially with urgency in an emergency medical situation. Proper treatment for our veterans reflects the honor our nation accords for their service in uniform. Anything less is simply unacceptable, and even shameful.

July 27, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Earlier this year, I joined 366 of my colleagues in Congress to express grave concern about the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran on a possible nuclear deal. My concerns included constraining Iran’s research and development capabilities as well as nuclear infrastructure.

July 20, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

I recently read a news story of an outstanding teenager in Prosser named Walker Orr. Since he was 8-years old, Walker has found innovative ways to offer a service or product in exchange for a reasonable price, from selling varieties of seeds to running a lawn mowing business.

July 13, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The threat posed by wildfire has been on the forefront of Washingtonians’ concerns this year for good reason, and Congress is moving forward with legislation to help prevent catastrophic wildfires. This week is the one-year anniversary of the start of the tragic Carlton Complex Fire in Okanogan County.

July 6, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The responsibility “to provide for the common defense” is one of the fundamental roles of the federal government—the duty is explicitly mentioned in the preamble of the Constitution. With the importance of preserving national security in mind, few provisions are more critical than the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

June 29, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court accepted the federal government’s argument in the case of King v. Burwell, and in the process effectively rewrote legislative text.   I was deeply disappointed with the Court’s ruling.

June 18, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

President Obama confirmed the experience of many Americans with his signature health law last week when he noted that has been “a well-­documented disaster.” The President is correct, but he did not go far enough: Obamacare itself has been the disaster.

June 12, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The clock is ticking for American farmers and manufacturers to avoid billions of dollars in sanctions and tariffs on U.S. exports to our biggest trading partners. On May 18, the World Trade Organization (WTO) rejected a U.S. appeal and ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico on mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken products.

June 5, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

By now, you have probably heard at least some debate about trade promotion authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Congress. Don’t get lost in all the acronyms. The fact is TPA passage is needed to improve negotiations of free trade deals so that they move forward with close consultation with Congress. Strengthening ties with U.S.

May 29, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

If you were asked to describe a “navigable waterway” in the U.S., you would most likely not think of the stream in your backyard or the irrigation ditch in your field. You would probably mention the Columbia and Mississippi rivers or the Great Lakes. These massive bodies of water are navigable because they function as highways for commercial traffic by ship or boat.