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  • 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...

  • Lowering Drug Costs

    Southwest Washington seniors and other patients pay way too much for prescription drugs and it’s not uncommon for them to skip doses, cut pills in half or forego filling prescriptions altogether. This is not right and it’s why I’ve focused my efforts...

  • 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...

  • Salmon

    Columbia River salmon and steelhead have a historical significance to our region. Sportsmen, recreational and commercial fishing businesses, tribes, and our coastal communities depend on healthy fish runs. And I have been working hard in Congress to ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness

    The rising cost of housing is affecting residents from Bingen to Vancouver to Long Beach. I want working families, single professionals and seniors to be able to find good, safe housing right here in Southwest Washington. Affordable housing also affe...

  • Child Care

    Southwest Washington has been labeled a “child care desert” for its lack of quality, affordable child care facilities and providers. I believe Congress can and should take action to confront this problem. That’s why I’m working on solutions that will...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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-...

  • 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...

  • 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...