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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

November 13, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

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.”

November 6, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

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.

October 30, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The purpose of any legal settlement is to right a wrong against victims, not to enrich political allies of any presidential administration, Democrat or Republican. Under U.S.

October 23, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Speaking with students last week at Hanford High School in the Tri-Cities gave me a surprising realization. The students were curious about how our government operates and also about daily life working in Congress. I realized that more people might actually be interested in what it is like for me to work as your representative.

October 16, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The U.S. and the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have had a long, contentious history over the organization’s controversial stances. The aim of UNESCO—to promote greater cross-cultural understanding—is well-intentioned. In fact, the U.S.

October 16, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The U.S. and the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have had a long, contentious history over the organization’s controversial stances. The aim of UNESCO—to promote greater cross-cultural understanding—is well-intentioned. In fact, the U.S.

October 10, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The past few weeks, much of the nation’s attention has focused on devastating hurricanes on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts as well as in the Caribbean. We have come together as a nation to care for those suffering and offer assistance to Americans affected by hurricanes.

October 2, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

As a conservative who believes in the free market, I believe that American businesses hire more workers and families thrive when you are able to spend and invest more of your own hard-earned paychecks. The complexity and distortions created by our current broken tax code are holding back economic growth and job creation.  

September 25, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

When consumers in Tokyo or Hong Kong want delicious fresh fruit, meat, or other products, they are likely to know that the best is grown here in the United States. American farmers produce the highest quality produce in the world, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides assistance that help our farmers gain access to foreign markets that can be tricky to tap into.

September 18, 2017 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

When Barbara Johnston realized she was going blind, it changed everything. She could not read the numbers on her prescription, nor could she tell which medications needed refilling, including her blood pressure medication. She also realized her vision problems, the result of macular degeneration, were getting worse.

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