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.”

COLUMN: Never Too Late to Honor Our Heroes

As Americans, our heartfelt hope is that all of our heroes receive due recognition for great bravery and sacrifice. Our collective memory as a nation must expand to include all of our heroes’ stories of honor and service.

This November 11th, on Veterans Day, our nation will memorialize the sacrifice of veterans like my friend, Leslie Amundson.