An Update on the Progress We're Making for Families Across the Region

Hi Folks - I hope this finds you safe and healthy. This weekend brought two pieces of really good news. First, there was that giant yellow orb in the sky! I don't know about you, but it was hard for me to remember a more beautiful weekend than the one we just experienced. Second, and perhaps more importantly, I'm thrilled that our country reached an important milestone in the battle against COVID-19 over the weekend - half of U.S. adults have now received a COVID-19 vaccine! One of the main… Continue Reading


Investing in Infrastructure and Creating Jobs in our Region

Hello Folks - I hope you were able to have a relaxing Easter weekend. I confess, I had three pleasant surprises this weekend… The Mariners already have a winning record! I made a carrot cake … and it was surprisingly edible! My eldest daughter, Sophie, turned 15 on Sunday. (OK … not officially a "surprise" but - wow - time has really flown!). Speaking of time flying … The last two weeks have been jam-packed - starting with a telephone town hall I hosted with… Continue Reading


Providing Economic Relief to Washingtonians - and Don’t Miss My Telephone Town Hall

Hello Folks - I hope this finds you safe and healthy. It's been a busy couple of weeks in DC and Congress has been making progress on a number of important issues that impact the lives of folks in our region. Let's get right into the details! Providing Economic Relief Over the last year, I've spoken with folks across our region who have lost their jobs, lost their small businesses, and lost loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I've heard a lot of pain. People in our region need help. And … Continue Reading


An Update on Providing Relief to Combat COVID-19 and Making Government Work Better

Hello Folks - I hope this finds you safe and healthy. We've seen some tremendous progress in the past few weeks as the federal government has worked to ramp-up COVID-19 vaccination efforts - with the United States now averaging two million vaccinations per day. However, we can't let our guard down now; the CDC continues to recommend that in addition to social distancing and washing your hands frequently, that folks wear masks in public settings and anywhere they might be around other people. I … Continue Reading


Growing Jobs and Protecting Our Natural Treasures

Hello, Folks - This week, Congress will debate and work to pass the American Rescue Plan-an emergency legislative package to deal with the COVID-19 public health crisis and the economic fallout from it. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has now cost nearly a half-million lives, equaling the number of American's lost in combat from the Vietnam War, World War I, and World War II combined. To address the pandemic, the bill funds more vaccinations and directs more relief to public health. Sadly, we've… Continue Reading


Working to Deliver the Relief Needed to Combat this Crisis

Hi Folks - I hope you all enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday. Honestly, I found the game kind of "meh." But I had delicious snacks (wings!), enjoyed the commercials (Will Ferrell may be my MVP), and - while I was rooting for Kansas City - was mightily impressed with Tom Brady. I've had a busy few weeks in D.C. as the federal government works to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. I've been pushing to give our communities the resources they need to help beat back this virus and distribute vaccines, provid… Continue Reading


Hitting the Ground Running to Get Our Economy and Our Government Working Better for the American People

Hello, folks - Last week, I was honored to represent our region at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. It was an extraordinary event with a lot of memorable moments. Watching Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotoymayor, the first Latina Member of the Supreme Court, administer the oath of office to the country's first Black, Asian, and female Vice President. Hearing Lady Gaga perform the national anthem (for the record, I was prepared to do a duet of Shallow wit… Continue Reading


Holding the President Accountable

Good Afternoon - I know it's only Wednesday (you'd usually get my e-newsletter next Monday!), but due to the gravity of today's vote to impeach President Trump, I wanted to make sure you heard directly from me today. It's a unique experience working in the U.S. Capitol. I say that, in part, because it's not only an office building. It's also a museum. And it's also a symbol of our representative democracy. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would - on occasion - give constituents tours of the … Continue Reading


Kicking Off the New Year

Hello Folks - Happy New Year! I, for one, am hoping 2021 is a better year than 2020 (admittedly a low bar… but still). Honestly, I'm looking forward to what the new year will bring. I've made my personal resolutions (average at least 16,000 steps per day, keep it to one caffeinated beverage, fit into my gray trousers again, join Sophie in learning to play the guitar), but my most important resolution is to represent you well. Yesterday, I was sworn in as your representative for the 1… Continue Reading


Finally, Good News on COVID-19 Relief (..and a Telephone Town Hall Tonight!)

Hello Folks- When this pandemic first started, I made a commitment that when anyone from our region contacted my office about losing a job, or a small business, or a loved one due to COVID-19, I would reach out personally to hear their story and see if I could lend a hand. Over the past nine months, I've spoken with folks from every corner of our region - and I've heard a lot of despair, and a lot of fear, from folks who have been worrying about whether they can keep the lights on, feed their f… Continue Reading


Busy Weeks Ahead: An Update on Funding the Government, Supporting Our Troops, and Providing COVID-19 Relief

Hello Folks - Greetings from our nation's capital. I hope this note finds you safe and healthy amid these challenging times. In the remaining weeks of the year, there's a lot of work for Congress to do. It needs to pass a bill to keep the federal government open and fully funded. It needs to pass the annual defense bill to support our troops and their families. And it needs to get a COVID-19 relief bill that meets the needs of the American people signed into law. I've got a sense of urgency ab… Continue Reading


What I'm Thankful For in 2020

Hello Folks - Most years, I'm grateful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family - including my folks. Suffice it to say, this isn't "most years." Instead, we're doing things a little differently this year by staying home to ensure we're keeping everybody safe and healthy. (Having said that, we are hoping to share the things we are thankful for with my family over Zoom and pumpkin pie). This has been a tough year. We know that a lot of folks are hurting. This pandemic has unfortunately … Continue Reading


How I'm Working for You

Hello Folks - I hope you are all keeping safe, staying well, and managing these challenging times. With COVID-19 cases on the rise nationwide, I want to remind folks to continue to do your part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus; by wearing a mask, washing our hands, and watching our distance when we can, we can all step-up for one another. It has been an exciting (and occasionally excruciating) week in our democracy. I know there are folks who are happy about the outcome - and there a… Continue Reading


An Update on Bipartisan Collaboration - and My Work to Provide Quality, Affordable Health Care

Hello Folks - Over the past few weeks, our country has seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. In fact, last Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported over 83,000 new cases and over 900 deaths - which is the highest number of new cases reported in a single day since this pandemic started. We also learned last week that over 100,000 Washingtonians have now tested positive for the coronavirus. These numbers are important reminders that we still have a long way to go before we crush this virus. … Continue Reading


Supporting Our Local Heroes and Assisting Our Federal Workers

Hello Folks - As frequent readers of this newsletter know, for months now I've been pushing for the federal government to provide additional relief for families and for small business during this pandemic - and to deliver the resources needed on the frontlines to crush this virus. That's why, back in May - nearly 5 months ago - I proudly supported, and the House passed, the HEROES Act. This bill was a comprehensive coronavirus relief package to deliver more relief and new resources. But since… Continue Reading


An Update on Fixing Congress and Investing in Green Economy Jobs

Hello Folks - Like so many of you, the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been weighing heavily on my mind. She was a trailblazer - a true public servant. She was a champion for equality, and for justice, and her work to make life better for so many Americans has left an indelible mark on our country (though I'm sure you've read a lot about Justice Ginsburg this week, NPR's Nina Totenberg has a powerful report about her life and her lasting impact). As many news outlets h… Continue Reading


Supporting Our Communities

Hello Folks - Over the last week, we've seen intense wildfires rage up and down the west coast, including in our own home state, leading to poor air quality and the destruction of hundreds of thousands of acres of forest. Tragically, we've witnessed both the loss of homes and the loss of life as a result of this crisis. I know that these past few weeks have brought on new challenges on the heels of an already unprecedented year. I hope that you and your loved ones have been staying safe during … Continue Reading


Connecting Our Communities

Hello, Folks! It has been another challenging week in our country. Not only are folks continuing to deal with disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, America witnessed the shooting of Jacob Blake and the shooting of three protesters in Wisconsin. I've had a lot of folks reach out and ask me how I feel about the events of the week. I feel heartbroken to watch yet another video of a Black American being shot by police. I feel pain - and am horrified - for those kids who were in that car. … Continue Reading


Don't Mess With USPS

Hello Folks - I hope you all are staying safe and taking care of yourselves. While you get this e-newsletter in your e-mail inbox, I couldn't help but think that we should start the newsletter today by talking about the other way most Americans get their mail - through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). During this pandemic, USPS employees and mail carriers have stepped up and gone beyond their traditional duties to continue serving their communities. They've played a critical role on the front … Continue Reading


We Can't Let Up the Fight for Unemployment Assistance

Hello Folks - I can't believe we've already hit August. It's been a really busy (and muggy) summer in Washington, D.C. Since late June, the House passed: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to bring coverage to millions, lower costs, and end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions; The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which represents a significant and comprehensive first step to address the systemic injustices in law enforcement and policing; … Continue Reading

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