|Last week, the U.S. House advanced my legislative provision to prohibit Oregon’s unfair tolling scheme for a year, and others to strengthen critical Southwest Washington priorities, to the U.S. Senate.
My provisions were included in the spending plan put together by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for the 2018 fiscal year. As a member of the committee, I took part in successfully advancing all 12 Appropriation funding bills through the U.S House for the first time in seven years – meaning every program across the federal government subject to appropriation received full debate and was open to amendment by every single elected member of the U.S. House.
Here are some of the critical priorities I fought to secure in these bills because I know how important they are to the economic well-being, health and security of the people I work for in Southwest Washington:
*Defense of Southwest Washington commuters for the 2018 fiscal year from Oregon's unfair tolling scheme on I-5 and I-205 which provides no solution to address the current I-5 bridge
*Funding for wildland firefighting and prevention programs
*Assistance for Lewis County communities that were deemed "too affluent" to receive Community Development Block Grants
*Support and assistance to recover from fishery disasters in Washington state
*A 2.4% pay raise for members of the military
*Agriculture research, including helping farmers mitigate and stop devastating crop diseases, and improving food safety and water quality
*Military sexual assault prevention and response
*Cancer, traumatic brain injury, and psychological health research for our military service members
*Reversal of the harmful “Waters of the U.S.” Rule, which made ditches, man-made ponds, and seasonally wet areas on private property subject to additional federal control and massive costs
*Protection of our waterways from invasive mussels species that would wreak havoc for Southwest Washington bodies of water
*Support of law enforcement with grant money to hire and train officers; fund prevention and education programs; support treatment and correction programs; purchase and deploy new crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test innovative policing strategies
*Improved safety of oil-by-rail transport by improving the safety of grade crossings and the movement of crude oil, safety inspectors, and tank car quality assurance specialists
*Support for the U.S. Coast Guard’s disaster relief efforts
*Protection against cyberattacks
*Enhancements for after-hours school programs by funding 21st Century Community Learning Centers
*Improvements to necessary maternity health care for female veterans
*Funding for postpartum depression screening, prenatal screening education, pregnancy-related and breastfeeding-related research at NIH
You can read more about these priorities by clicking here.
Which of these are the most important to you or your loved ones? I'd love to hear your comments.