Thanks to those of you who tuned in or submitted a question to Tuesday’s Facebook Live hosted by Enrique Cerna on KCTS 9. We discussed why I voted “no” on the American Health Care Act, my thoughts on immigration reform, and answered questions about the Trump Administration.
If you have not had the chance to watch the interview, you can view the full video, HERE.
Snapshots from the Week
Thanks to the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence for stopping by my Issaquah office this week. I am proud we strengthened funding for the Violence Against Women’s Act in the 2017 Fiscal Year funding bill recently passed by Congress.
Enjoyed meeting with the Puyallup River Enhancement Group to discuss how we can better protect salmon and steelhead populations in our region. Thanks for stopping by!
Later in the week I met with Imagine Housing and Capitol Hill Housing, to discuss the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act and how their projects around East King County and in Seattle benefit those vulnerable populations who normally would not have a place to live. The goal is for those low-income persons to transition into permanent housing, no matter their financial burdens.
I also sat down with the Senior Housing Assistance Group. We spoke about my vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Medicaid, and housing programs for seniors. Thanks for dropping in!
This week, I led a bipartisan group of more than 100 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in urging Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to reject proposals to open the Atlantic and Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Regions to new offshore drilling and oil exploration. Instead of pursuing policies that could create long-term harm to the Pacific Ocean and Washington’s shorelines as well as many businesses along the coast, we must embrace renewable energy solutions of the future. I hope the Administration chooses to support the many innovative minds across Washington State and the country as we move toward developing efficient and cost effective alternative renewable energy technologies.
On Friday, on the east side of the Cascades, I took a flight with members of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board to tour some of the salmon recovery projects in the Northern Cascades and along the Columbia River.
Thanks to Pacific Aerospace, a manufacturer for NASA, for giving me a tour of their new office in Wenatchee.
Diane Blake of Cascade Medical Center also came by with several local providers to discuss the American Health Care Act. Thanks to everyone for coming!
15 Reasons for May 15
Reason Number Thirteen:
When Atlanta police officer Che Milton got a call to investigate theft at a local store, he was not expecting what he found. The suspect was a 12 year-old girl and her crime was stealing a $2 pair of shoes. She explained to Officer Milton that the shoes were for her sister and she did not have the money to afford them. Knowing there was probably more to the story and wanting to see how he could help, Officer Milton had the young girl take him back to her family, where he saw they were struggling to get by.
It was only his first week on the job, but Officer Milton bought the family a pizza dinner and organized an effort within the police department to help raise money for the family.
In an interview with CNN, the department said, "The way that Officer Milton handled this incident showed that not only is he here to enforce the law but also to go the extra mile and be a bigger part of the community he is policing.”
To read the full story, click HERE.
Thank you to all the mothers of Washington’s Eighth District who give their children unconditional love and raise them to be proud, productive members of our wonderful community. Happy Mother’s Day.