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May 13, 2024

An Update on My Work to Protect Our Environment, Support Local Jobs, and Combat Toxic Partisanship

Hello Folks -May is well underway. The warm and sunny weather has officially arrived, and things are as busy as ever in Washington, D.C., and back home in our region. From Appropriations Committee hearings to meetings with folks from across our region, I’ve been keeping busy running pillar to post, making myself available and accountable on behalf of the folks I’m so honored to represent. So, with that, let’s jump into the news!Representing Puget Sound throughout the Appropriations ProcessWe … Continue Reading


April 29, 2024

Celebrating an Important Milestone for Our Community and Our Region’s Maritime Industry

Hello Folks -May is almost here, and things are keeping busy, both in Washington, D.C., and back home in the district. There’s a lot to cover, from a weekend spent voting in the Capitol to investments in clean energy and our local maritime industry. So, let’s jump into the news of the past two weeks!Ensuring Relief for Our AlliesAmerica is stronger when we stand with our allies. That’s why, for several months, my colleagues and I repeatedly called on Speaker Mike Johnson to bring forward … Continue Reading


April 15, 2024

An Update on Economic Wins for Our Region and Supporting Our Tribal Partners

Hello Folks -I hope this week’s issue of this newsletter finds you and yours well. From the recent solar eclipse that captivated our nation to recent major investments made right here in our region, there’s a lot to cover this week so let’s get into the news!Recent Economic Wins for Our Region and Looking at the Road AheadOver the past few years, we’ve seen some major wins thanks to new bipartisan legislation that was signed into law -from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the CHIPS and … Continue Reading


April 01, 2024

An Update on Major Appropriations Wins for Our Region … Plus - Announcing the 2024 Congressional Art Competition

Hello Folks -I hope this week’s newsletter finds you and your families doing well as we welcome the April showers (and hopefully May flowers next month). Whether you’re celebrating opening weekend of Major League Baseball (Go Mariners!) or riding out the rain in hopes of sunshine and warmer days ahead, April is always a fun (and extremely busy) time of the year for folks across our region. As for me, I’m keeping busy running pillar to post in our neck of the woods and back in Washington, D.C., … Continue Reading


March 18, 2024

Securing Funding for Projects in Our Region

Hello Folks -I hope everyone enjoyed the hues of green and the lively spirit that St. Patrick’s Day brings each year. I made corned beef and cabbage this weekend (and spent some time trying to persuade my kids that this was not punishment). With the baseball season right the corner, our Mariners are getting back into the swing of things at spring training … Maybe our bats can catch a bit of that Irish luck once Opening Day comes around!A lot happened in the other Washington since my last … Continue Reading


March 04, 2024

Averting a Shutdown (Again) – and Supporting Our Local Maritime Industry

Hello Folks -In honor of Leap Year, I re-watched the 2010 rom-com Leap Year on my flight back home on Thursday night. It’s no When Harry Met Sally (and I’m not even sure it ranks up there with Notting Hill), but it was a fun distraction from turbulence at 30,000 feet … and from turbulence in Washington, D.C.With that being said, let’s get into the news.Another Short-Term Funding FixAs regular readers of this newsletter know all too well, I’ve shared update after update for the better part of a … Continue Reading


February 20, 2024

Tax Relief for Working Parents

Hello Folks -A lot has occurred since my last newsletter. Among other things, I was mistaken for a 64-year-old. In the reporter’s defense, he mistook me for Val Kilmer (which, honestly, is just kind of cool for me).There’s also been some bipartisan activity in Washington, DC, so let’s get into the news!Supporting Tax Relief for Working ParentsIn my time as your representative, I’ve often said that a key priority of mine is to make the economy work better for folks from across our region. A … Continue Reading


February 05, 2024

Protecting Reproductive Freedom + An Update on Major Federal Investments in Our Neck of the Woods

Hello Folks -So far this year, we’ve seen a government shutdown averted, a couple of new football coaches hired, and the first new Billy Joel song released in 17 years!  And it’s only February!  What’s more, reliable sources are telling me we can expect an early spring. There’s also been a lot happening here at home and in Washington, D.C..  With that in mind, let’s get to the news…Defending the Right to ChooseNearly two years ago, with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization … Continue Reading


February 05, 2024

Protecting Reproductive Freedom + An Update on Major Federal Investments in Our Neck of the Woods

Hello Folks -So far this year, we’ve seen a government shutdown averted, a couple of new football coaches hired, and the first new Billy Joel song released in 17 years!  And it’s only February!  What’s more, reliable sources are telling me we can expect an early spring. There’s also been a lot happening here at home and in Washington, D.C..  With that in mind, let’s get to the news…Defending the Right to ChooseNearly two years ago, with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization … Continue Reading


January 22, 2024

An Update on My Work to Boost Local Economies and on Government Funding

Hello Folks -I hope this newsletter finds you well. Thankfully, we made it through last week’s deep freeze, though now we are slated for a whole lot of rain (my weather app shows rain for ten days straight!).While the weather forecast may be grim, there’s actually some good news coming out of D.C. recently. With that in mind, let’s get into it!Averting a Government ShutdownAs regular readers of this newsletter can attest, I have shared update after update over the past seven-plus months on the … Continue Reading


January 08, 2024

Upcoming Government Funding Deadlines and My Work to Build Civic Bridges

Hello Folks,Happy New Year! I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in great spirits and enjoying the beginning of 2024! I’m currently heading back to Washington, D.C., feeling rejuvenated after a terrific holiday season.As we dive into a busy week, there’s also a wave of excitement for tonight’s game, where our very own Washington Huskies will face off against the Michigan Wolverines in the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. It’s been a fun season filled with … Continue Reading


December 27, 2023

New Opportunities for Clallam, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor Counties

Hello Folks -Happy Holidays! I hope this week’s newsletter finds you well, enjoying time with family and friends as we count down the days until we can ring in the New Year. We have a lot to cover this week, with some exciting news for people in our region, so let’s get right to it.New Opportunities for Clallam, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor CountiesI grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and was in high school right around the time the timber industry took it on the chin. I saw a lot of folks in our … Continue Reading


December 11, 2023

Investing in the Future of Our Ferries

Hello Folks -I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good spirits during this holiday season. It’s such a wonderful time of the year to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and look forward to the future.Speaking of accomplishments, I can’t help but mention some exciting news from the sports world - our Washington Huskies clinched the Pac-12 Championship and are headed to the College Football Playoff!  While this team has occasionally been bad for my blood pressure, it’s been … Continue Reading


November 28, 2023

So … What’s Happening with Government Funding?

Hello Folks -I hope this message finds you in good spirits and still stuffed after the Thanksgiving weekend. As we step away from the Thanksgiving table, filled not just with delicious food but also with gratitude, it’s the perfect time to catch up. I trust you've had your fill of turkey, stuffing, and perhaps a slice (or two) of pumpkin pie.Before we get into the news, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s reached out to me and my team since I announced that I won’t seek another term … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

It’s been one of the great honors of my life to represent our region in Congress.

Dear Friend, Over most of the past decade, each time I boarded the plane to DC, I would email my kids, Sophie and Aven, to explain to them why I was leaving - and what I’d be working on while we were apart. When they were little, those letters were elementary. “This week, I’ll be working for more jobs in our region” or “I’ll be fighting this week against things that might make it harder for you to have clean air or good health care.” My letters always ended with “Be good. I love you.”Later, … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

The House Has a Speaker … So, What’s Next?

Hello Folks -The Halloween season is finally upon us! Whether you find yourself out trick-or-treating with the kiddos, dressed as your favorite Star Wars character (Han Solo, obviously), or carving pumpkins while enjoying one, two, or too many candy bars, I hope this newsletter finds you well. I’ve got a whole lot to cover on what’s been going on in the House, including a new speaker.But before we dive in, I want to address the mass shooting that took place in Lewiston, Maine, last week. No … Continue Reading


October 16, 2023

Finding an Enlightened Path Forward

Hello Folks -The events of the past weekend in Israel have left us all reeling. My heart goes out to the families affected, the communities in mourning, and a nation grappling with yet another episode of profound tragedy.There’s much to discuss and reflect upon this week. So, let’s get into the news.Standing Firmly with IsraelThe unprovoked attacks by Hamas terrorists are stark reminders of the grave threats Israelis face every day. The slaughter of those in Israel - the murder of innocent … Continue Reading


October 02, 2023

A Short-Term Funding Fix

Hello Folks -Folks who read this newsletter regularly know that I love sports. I’m bummed the Mariners are on the outside looking in at the MLB playoffs. But football in our state this year is off to a strong start with the Huskies and Cougars looking great. And I’m hoping the Seahawks take it to the Giants tonight on Monday Night Football.I’ve even started getting into soccer (admittedly, Ted Lasso helped). I played soccer as a little kid (our team was “The Maroon Monsters”), and I think it’s … Continue Reading


September 18, 2023

Government Funding: Getting Down to the Wire

Hello Folks -I’m back in Washington, D.C., and there’s a lot to cover. Let’s jump right into the news.Government Funding: Getting Down to the WireFor those who have been following things in D.C., you’ll know that the government funding process has been no simple matter. This past week, things took another turn in the House, and I want to make sure you’re informed about the moving parts.Unfortunately, the House seems to be moving toward a shutdown of the government. As I shared in my last … Continue Reading


September 05, 2023

Back to D.C. – Here’s What’s on the Docket

Hello Folks -I hope you all had a terrific Labor Day weekend. It’s hard to believe that September is already in full swing, though I’m looking forward to football season and watching the Mariners make a run at the playoffs for the second straight year!In just a week or so, I’ll return to D.C. to continue work on next year’s federal budget and other matters about which you might want to hear. So, on to the news!Preventing a Government Shutdown: A Matter of Responsible ChoicesFor the next few … Continue Reading

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