Thank you, Evergreen Public School Superintendent John Deeder, for your outstanding 48 years of service to SW WA's education community.
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 government has played a critical role in helping maintain our ports so that private businesses can provide jobs and economic opportunity. It’s important this commitment to our port infrastructure continues.
Through my work on the Energy and Water Subcommittee within the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, I have secured funding for maintenance dredging in the main channel and at individual ports. I’ve also helped protect the set-aside for small ports that are vital to making sure there is passage in small ports like Ilwaco and Chinook.
Our port infrastructure and waterways are no different than our federal highway system; they are lifelines for communities along the Columbia River and coast.