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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

October 11, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Two million lives. That is the number, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, of lives saved by the Hyde Amendment. Many Americans may not be familiar with the Hyde Amendment, named after the late Rep.

October 3, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

I am convinced that there is a recurring “top-down” fever that strikes Washington D.C., which gives rise to the idea that more government regulations are the answer to creating economic prosperity and supporting job growth. In reality, one-size-fits-all regulations often have unintended and damaging consequences to individuals, job creation, and the economy.

September 26, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In January of this year, four American citizens were released from Iranian custody in a prisoner swap that exchanged seven Iranians and removed 14 more Iranians from an international police watch list. At least, those were the details the White House made public at the time.

September 19, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

For Americans, two dates in our history hold special meaning for our personal liberties and for limiting the power of the federal government. July 4th is universally known because of the date’s association with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

September 9, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

One of the best aspects of representing Central Washington in Congress is meeting the young people of all ages who will become the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

September 7, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

This summer, I have spoken with constituents across Central Washington, and many are rightly frustrated with the way federal agencies manage public lands. Almost one-third of our state is managed by the federal government. From wildfires to wildlife habitat to public access, federal policy can hinder or help our communities.

August 29, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Anyone who has spent time in Central Washington knows the Columbia River is the defining natural feature of our region. As the largest river in the Western Hemisphere that flows into the Pacific Ocean, it has long guided the way of life for people living in the Pacific Northwest.

August 22, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Throughout the August district work period, I have traveled throughout all eight counties of Washington’s 4th District. I always get diverse questions from constituents on a range of topics, and I enjoy these conversations. I have heard from several constituents who shared their support for the dams on the Columbia and lower Snake rivers.

August 15, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Watching the Olympics has been exciting for millions of Americans who root on their fellow citizens to see if years of grueling training will pay off on the world stage. For the athletes who worked to earn gold, silver, and bronze medals, we can imagine a wave of personal fulfillment and pride from representing our country.

August 9, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Theodore Roosevelt, who championed the cause of conservation during his presidency, once said, “Conservation means development as much as it does protection.