From Mount Rainier National Park, the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, to the Wenatchee National Forest, our region, our state, and our country are blessed with beautiful feats of nature. This week, I was proud to introduce a bipartisan resolution expressing the need to recognize these sites and all of America’s federal public lands as national treasures and to preserve them for future generations. As Washington residents we have enjoyed these treasures hiking with our families, taking swims in the lake, and looking out our windows at the beautiful landscape. It is our duty to make sure our children and grandchildren are afforded the same experiences and to support our local economies that depend on their natural beauty to attract tourists and visitors from across the globe. We must continue to protect and preserve our federal lands.
Facebook Live Reminder
Please do not forget to mark your calendars for February 23rd at 1:00 pm when I will be participating in a Facebook live event with KCTS 9. The event will be live streamed on both the KCTS 9 Facebook page and my Facebook page. This will be a great opportunity to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. To submit a question prior to the event, click HERE. You may also submit your questions during the event by commenting on the Facebook live post.
15 Reasons for May 15
Reason Number Two: PERSEVERANCE
As part of the 15 Reasons for May 15 campaign, I would like to highlight the incredible perseverance of Mount Vernon officer, Mike “Mick” McClaughry.
Last December, Officer McClaughry, was shot in the head while responding to a local shooting. Officer McClaughry is a father, a husband, and a three decade law enforcement veteran. For over two months he underwent treatment at Harborview Medical Center – at times hanging on to his life in critical condition. With the help of outstanding medical professionals, a loving family, an outpouring of support from his community, and an incredible determination to survive, Officer McClaughry was released from the hospital on February 14, which also happened to be his wedding anniversary.
His injuries have left him blind and unable to continue working at the Mount Vernon PD, but he has taught us all a lesson about not only what it means to serve and sacrifice, but how to persevere against tremendous odds.
Working Toward Shared Goals on Trade
This week, my fellow Republican members on the Ways and Means Committee and I met with key members of the Trump Administration’s trade team.
This meeting was a great opportunity to meet the Administration’s trade team and discuss the trade agenda for the new Congress. High-quality trade agreements are critical to the success of our farmers, workers, entrepreneurs and local and national economy. We must put America’s interests first by giving our exporters access to new markets, holding our trading partners accountable, and creating new opportunities to sell our goods around the world. I look forward to building on the meeting we had today and working toward our shared goals of engaging in high-quality trade agreements and growing jobs here at home.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend and I will speak with you next time!