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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

February 15, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, the Administration released the final budget under this President – a record-breaking $4.1 trillion budget for FY 2017.

February 8, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

What do you call it when the federal government targets legitimate businesses and causes them to be shut down, not for illegal activity, but because they are deemed undesirable by the Administration? Answer: federal regulatory intimidation.

January 25, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The question of how to restore a confident America is key for our future as a nation. In terms of governing, the year ahead must be about more than allowing the president to control the national debate through executive actions during his presidency’s lame duck period. Conservatives must unite around a common vision. Instead of simply reacting to the president’s agenda of top-down rules.

January 25, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

If you listened to President Obama’s final State of the Union speech earlier this month, you would think that the President was focused on reducing burdensome federal regulations that stymie private economic growth. In his address, the President said something I, along with many Americans, can agree with: “I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy.

January 16, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, Americans were subjected to a stunning sight: Iran’s official state television released staged photos of detained U.S. service members on their knees with their hands on their heads. One U.S. sailor—appearing to be coached by Iranians—even apologized on camera for the Americans’ supposed incursion into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. The detainment of U.S.

January 11, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, President Obama announced his unilateral executive measures on gun control.

January 4, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

2015 has been an eventful year for our nation and for the 4th District of Washington, which I have been honored to be given the responsibility by Central Washingtonians to represent you in Congress. My commitment has been to work hard on solutions, not just add to the partisan noise in D.C.

December 21, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Christmas time is a season of hope and a joy-filled time spent with family and friends. It’s a time to be generous as we take stock of our many blessings as Americans. It’s a time to trim the tree and take a drive around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights. It’s a time to sit together around a cozy fireplace.

December 14, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Taking steps to improve forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires from occurring is critical, and I have supported passage of legislation in the U.S. House like the Resilient Forests Act this year to make those improvements.

December 7, 2015 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Constituents from across Central Washington regularly contact me with questions and comments on federal issues through phone calls and letters to my office, emails, and even Facebook. I recently held a telephone town hall to take calls because hearing firsthand from constituents is how I can best represent Central Washington in Congress.