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  • Education

    I know first-hand that a good education involves parents, teachers and local schools. My door is open to all educators in Southwest Washington. We share the same goal: ensure our children receive a world class education so they are prepared to succe...

  • Ending Government Overspending

    After years of government overspending by both parties, America is perilously close to bankruptcy as a nation. The federal deficit threatens job creation today and the futures of our children and grandchildren tomorrow. Before I was elected, Congres...

  • Energy

    As our nation continues to grow its economy and get people back to work, we need an energy policy that provides Southwest Washington with affordable and reliable energy. Higher energy costs hurt families and make it harder for businesses to compete....

  • Forestry

    Our National Forests are one of our country’s greatest sustainable resources. Properly managed, they are healthy and balanced ecosystems that provide abundant benefits for not just one species, but all of the wildlife that depend on a diverse, multi-...

  • Health Care

    I won’t stop working on patient-centered solutions to our health care crisis until small businesses can afford to cover their employees, individuals struggling to find work can afford to go to the doctor, and families have access to quality health c...

  • Immigration

    The federal government has a constitutional responsibility to defend our borders. Unfortunately, for years it has failed to live up that responsibility. As your Member of Congress, my first and most important job when it comes to fixing our broken i...

  • Jobs and Our Economy

    Here in Southwest Washington, the need to grow our economy and create jobs is as great as any other region in the country. From the Gifford Pinchot Forest to Long Beach, our region has a reputation for our tremendous resources – but the greatest res...

  • Maternity Care

    Each year, approximately four million women give birth in the United States, and even though the U.S. spends significantly more on childbirth than any other industrialized nation, America continues to rank far behind almost all other developed countr...

  • Medicare

    Medicare is a critical program seniors rely on for their health care, and I want to make sure it’s there not just for today’s seniors, but those who will retire tomorrow and 10 years from now. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) destabilized...

  • National Security

    Providing for the defense of our country is the federal government’s primary constitutional responsibility. This is a duty I take very seriously. In the current global climate, there are para-state entities and organizations with radical ideologies ...

  • Natural Resources and the Environment

    I’m honored and humbled to represent one of America’s most beautiful regions. Almost every corner of Southwest Washington affords a view of Mt. St. Helens’ jagged profile on clear days. We have beaches along the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Columb...

  • Port Infrastructure

    In Southwest Washington, we are surrounded by the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. They are part of what make our region so beautiful, and they are also working waterways that are critical to the livelihoods of people who live here. The federal ...

  • Social Security

    Millions of Americans who are retired or near retirement are counting on a promise made by the U.S. government that Social Security will be there for them. I will work to make sure Social Security is funded so that we can keep that promise. Privatizi...

  • Sportsmen's Issues

    Our national forests and many rivers are one of our country’s greatest sustainable resources. Properly managed, they provide abundant benefits for wildlife, give us clean water and air and provide a host of recreational opportunities. Whether you enj...

  • Transportation

    Businesses, families and individuals throughout Southwest Washington depend on a safe, efficient transportation system to keep our economy moving. As a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, I am committed to ensuring that tax dollars ar...

  • Veterans

    America’s support for our troops shouldn’t stop once active duty ends. After all of the sacrifices they have made, we owe our military veterans the best health services and resources available. Taking care of our veterans has always been a priority o...