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Column: Late-term abortion extremism on display in New York, Virginia

The issue of abortion is likely one of the biggest fault lines that divide Americans, but there is one aspect of this ongoing debate that is not controversial: According to a 2018 Gallup poll, only 28 percent of Americans believe that abortion...

 

Academy nominees make Central Washington proud

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer,” World War Two hero Jimmy Doolittle once said. Last week, I had the privilege to announce my nomination of 11 volunteers across Central Washington for consideration to attend U.S....

 

Reopen the federal government and address border security, immigration reform

As of this writing, today is the 24th day of the partial federal government shutdown – the longest in our history. The funding of certain portions of the federal government and border security have unfortunately become highly partisan, with...

 

Kicking off the 116th Congress

Last Thursday, I took an oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution as the representative of the people of the Fourth Congressional District in the 116th Congress. It is an honor to be entrusted with this office to represent the people of...

 

End of old Congress, beginning of New Year

As 2018 comes to a close, so does the 115th Congress. It is an honor to represent the diverse interests of the Fourth Congressional District, and I am especially proud of the accomplishments we achieved that will improve the quality of life in...

 

Farm Bill passage helps central Washington farm country

Last week, Congress voted 369-47 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill, sending this critical legislation to President Trump for his signature into law. The agreement sets us on a better path for our country’s farmers and ranchers, for our rural communities,...

 

Science should determine federal listing of gray wolf

The recovery of the gray wolf is a success story for the Endangered Species Act, and the best available science should determine whether species remain listed. I am proud that the House voted last week to approve of legislation I co-introduced with...

 

100th anniversary of armistice shows importance of honoring fallen heroes and today's veterans

November 11th of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Over the course of that conflict, 116,516 American military personnel lost their lives. The deadliest battle in U.S. history was at Argonne Forest, from S... Full story

 

Honoring Central Washington angels

Last week, I met a couple angels in the Tri-Cities. No, really: I had the opportunity to sit down with James and Angie Sessions of Pasco. A few years ago, James and Angie were inspired to become foster parents after learning about the foster care sys... Full story

 

Largest COLA increase in seven years provides certainty for Social Security recipients and veterans

Every calendar year, Social Security Administration (SSA) automatically calculates the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for beneficiaries based on the consumer-price index, which measures changes in the price level of a defined set of consumer goods... Full story

 

Answer to prayer: Pastor Brunson joins list of captured Americans freed

Americans across the country and of all faith backgrounds can celebrate the return of our fellow citizens held unjustly overseas –some for practicing their faith. Many prayers have been answered. In October 2016, on the night of his eldest son’s...

 

Lead by example to encourage civility

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.” Today in our nation, the notion of civility seems to have taken a back seat. It has been more than a year since the shooting of...

 

Ban “gag” clauses to make prescription drugs more transparent, affordable

One of the biggest challenges facing healthcare consumers today is the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. President Trump acknowledged the problem in his Inauguration address, saying, “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of...

 

U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement promising for Washington farmers

Two of the most important trading relationships in terms of purchasing U.S. manufacturing and agriculture exports are Canada and Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1994 to reduce trade barriers between our...

 

President Trump signs bill to keep promises to veterans, military, Central Washington

Last week, President Trump signed appropriations legislation approved by Congress, H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, to fund some of the highest priorities of the f...

 

Delisting recovered gray wolf would demonstrate progress

Once hunted to near-extinction in the lower 48 U.S. states and listed by the federal government as an endangered species in 1974, gray wolves (Canis lupus) are thriving in the U.S. and in Washington state, with more than 5,000 wolves now living in... Full story

 

Action to improve student loan literacy

As the nation’s students head back to classes after the summer break, choosing whether and where to attend college is a major focus for many high schoolers. In 2017, 44 million Americans had student loan debt, and with rising tuition costs, it is...

 

Opportunity rising in America

What does opportunity mean in America? The American Dream means individuals and families are unconstrained from pursuing their own goals. It means that government policies will reduce burdens on citizens, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs, not step...

 

Forest management reforms needed to stop our forests from going up in smoke

The sight and smell of choking haze and dangerous levels of smoke from burning forests have become all too common during our Pacific Northwest summers. Major fires have struck Central Washington time and again, year after year, and nothing will... Full story

 

National defense is a bipartisan priority

John Adams once said, “National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” I am pleased that the recent agreement to provide for our national defense for the upcoming fiscal year was a moment of clear unity in Congress to fulfill our...

 

To improve employment opportunities, occupational licensing needs reexamining

Do you think hair-braiding professionals should be required to obtain a cosmetology license? In about a dozen states, hair braiding actually does require such a license, at the expense of hundreds of hours of training that can cost thousands of... Full story

 

Strengthening local control to help improve land management

The issues of water reliability and water infrastructure are of such high importance, particularly in our region and across the West, that they are topics I constantly focus on in Congress. Whether the backlog of water projects waiting to be built...

 

More agreements needed to open markets, strengthen trade relationships

Last week, I sat down with President Donald Trump and members of Congress at the White House to discuss the impact of trade on agriculture in Central Washington. China’s and other nations’ retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products are having a major...

 

House approves bill with big wins for rural Washington

The federal government plays an important role in Central Washington and across the West when it comes to a host of issues that impact rural communities. The federal government must manage vast tracks of federal lands including managing wild...

 

Presidential pardon serves justice to Hammonds

Last week, President Trump pardoned 76-year old Oregon rancher Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., and his 49-year old son, Steven Hammond. I strongly believe that the pardon was justified after the vindictive prosecution and excessive sentencing of the...

 

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