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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

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.

May 20, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

On May 25th, our nation observes Memorial Day. While many may take the opportunity of a long weekend to barbeque, enjoy time in the company of friends and celebrate the arrival of summer, I hope Americans remember the true meaning of this day.  This Memorial Day let us reflect on the high price paid for our freedom and honor the fallen.

May 15, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

No American should fear that their government has made a false choice between prioritizing either national security or civil rights. Our nation needs a continuing, robust debate on the proper balance the federal government should strike in defending American lives and freedoms.

May 8, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

I recently visited Northwest Harvest in Yakima to get a firsthand look at the important work the food distribution center and the food bank network are doing to support the vulnerable in our community and to hear about challenges that food banks may be facing.  Federal policy can hinder or help distribution of emergency food aid through our nation’s food banks.

May 1, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The critical water shortage facing many drought-stricken western states is a cautionary tale: when nature intervenes, it tests whether water management planning is meeting demand and providing stable, adequate supply. According to the U.S.