Today, I travelled to Fairchild Air Force Base and held meetings with base leadership, military spouses, and with Forward Fairchild to discuss the issues facing the base and our military families and how I can help. It was great to spend the day with some of our nation’s heroes.
The work being done on the Colville National Forest should be a national model for public-private collaboration to manage forests for the benefit of the environment and the community. I'm proud to support responsible forest management so we can keep our forests healthy while allowing for jobs and industry to succeed.
Great news for folks here in Eastern Washington. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act is having a positive impact across the board and is helping families keep more of their hard earned money through bigger paychecks, bonuses, increased benefits, and now, a cheaper power bill.
Today, I was able to stop by Spokane Community College to hear more about their great respiratory therapist programs (and new bachelor’s degree program) and visit with veterans from their Vets Club on campus. Thanks for having me!
Great to host another Coffee with Cathy today and talk more about the Department of Defense, 2nd Amendment issues, and the need to unify our country and community. It’s always great to hear directly from people here in Eastern Washington and listen to their thoughts on these important issues.
The amount of ABLE accounts being used by those with disabilities and their families continues to grow! There were 17,314 new ABLE accounts opened since September of last year. I was proud to see my ABLE Financial Planning Act and ABLE to Work Act signed into law in December to continue to expand the ABLE account opportunities for those with disabilities
From Eastern Washington to the national stage. This week, I was proud to participate in a national unity dinner as part of the Congressional Honor & Civility Caucus, Problem Solvers Caucus, and National Prayer Breakfast Caucus to talk more about how we create civil discourse and mutual respect in Congress and in America. #Return2civility
I recently heard from someone in Eastern Washington who told me he first thought his $100 increase in this month’s paycheck was a glitch. It sure wasn’t a glitch. It was because tax reform is delivering on the promises we made.
Did you know the #TaxCutsandJobsAct expands the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 for single filers and married couples to help parents with the cost of raising children? That’s just one way #taxreform put families first.
Bringing more doctors to Eastern Washington is one of my top priorities. My bill to extend the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program will help create a new generation of doctors trained right here in our community. Proud to see this signed into law last week.
Last week, as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act, we provided an additional $6 billion in funds to help fight the opioid epidemic in Eastern Washington and across the country. I’m proud to continue supporting funding and programs to provide resources to those battling opioid addiction.
Proud to see two of my bills signed into law last week to ensure the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic can continue to serve our community and to provide access to speech-generating devices for those with ALS and other diseases. Read more here:
So great to see PRIDE Prep and other charter schools in our area expanding and offering educational choice to students in Eastern Washington. Learn more about what our great charter schools have to offer here:
Also included in the Bipartisan Budget Act passed yesterday morning was an effort I’ve been working on to convene a bipartisan, bicameral committee to look at our budget process and provide solutions. It’s clear to me that our budget process is broken. When you look at how we lurch from one funding crisis to the next, the gridlock doesn’t allow