People recognize that we need to take action. It’s a matter of agreeing on the details, and doing big things is never easy. But this is part of the legislative process, and I do believe that, at the end of the day, we will come up with a legislative fix, because the future that the Democrats are offering is a single-payer system, where the federal
On Thursday, I joined the House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing to discuss my legislation, the Team Gleason Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act. This bill would ensure that Medicare covers important speech-generating devices for people suffering from ALS and other degenerative diseases. Without a permanent solution, which this bill would provide,
Did you know that it would take six gas-fired power plants to replace the energy output of just four of our world-class dams? Ironically, environmental opponents of Washington state dams—which produce 70% of our state’s power while delivering a collaborative approach to fish recovery—are opposing this clean, renewable, and affordable energy.
Thank you to all of the young men and women who spent the summer helping my Congressional office. Interning on Capitol Hill is an educational and rewarding experience. I'm so thankful for all of your hard work and dedication to the people of Eastern Washington. Best of luck in your future endeavors!
As I told Squawk Box this morning, people recognize that we must take action. I encourage people across the country to speak up. It's time for the Senate to take action on this collapsing law. Obamacare was designed to fail so that Democrats could get what they ultimately want: a single-payer system where the federal government is the one making your
As I said this morning, our focus is on bringing transparency and predictability to our energy infrastructure construction process by enacting smarter regulations and removing the red tape. That’s the way that we’re going to unleash energy production in America and bring down costs. This is one of the best ways that we can actually have people keep
By refusing to give the President’s appointments even a chance at confirmation, Senate Democrats are undermining our process of governance and leaving the executive branch understaffed. Here are some eye-popping stats on just how bad it is:
-At this point in President Obama’s first term, the Senate had approved 69% of his appointments. Currently,
It’s almost wheat harvest season again in Eastern Washington. Farmers are saying that this could be one of our best harvests in recent years—it’s always so exciting to see our region do what it does best. Please join me in praying for a great harvest this year!
On Friday, my staff attended a deployment ceremony for the Washington Air National Guard Unit 242. They are headed to the Middle East and Africa to provide communications support to our troops. This is the largest deployment in this unit's history. As their commanding officer said, "Combat deployments like this are a bit of a rarity. This is your time
During World War II, the Walla Walla Regional Airport served as an air base for the Army. Today, it helps connect Southeastern Washington to the rest of the world, continuing its critical role in our region. That’s why I’m glad to announce a large grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help make improvements at the airport. Investing
In 1917, Jeannette Rankin made history by becoming the first woman to serve in Congress. By overcoming adversity and being a pioneer in her field, Rankin paved the way for hundreds of women to serve in politics. I joined The Hill's History-Cast to talk about her legacy:
We stand on the shoulders of giants. When the Founding Fathers laid out the foundation of our democracy, they gave us the principles that have guided our great nation’s course throughout history. These eternal words that shaped our nation are as relevant today as they were in 1776. It was very special to help honor them on HBO.
The National Defense Authorization Act provides needed resources to rebuild our military so that Americans can be confident in their security and have the peace of mind knowing they are safe and free. The NDAA will modernize our military equipment, restore our military readiness, and provide a much-deserved pay raise to our troops, like those who serve
Honored to host General Everhart, Commander of the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command, in the U.S. Capitol yesterday morning for a breakfast with Members and staff from the Mobility Air Forces Caucus. General Everhart has such a deep commitment to our military and this was evidenced while he spoke. He spoke about the state of readiness within
Yesterday, Republicans and Democrats joined together to take a stand against human trafficking. We are committed to ending this horrible violation of human rights in America and around the world #EndTrafficking
Just this week I met with Mosaic Fellowship in Spokane. One of the things we talked about was the prevalence of human trafficking in Spokane and Eastern Washington. I was reminded of all the people working hard in our community to combat it. Groups like The Jonah Project, Lutheran Community Services, the YWCA, and HRC Ministries, among others. I'm proud