Over the past several years, I have been committed to fixing our current health care system to increase choice, reduce costs on Americans, and allow families to access the care they need. I have also remained committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our communities, including children on Medicaid, people with preexisting conditions, and older Americans. These have been and continue to be my priorities for health care reform. Unfortunately, the House bill fell short and does not provide the essential protections I need to support it.
With all of the political banter surrounding this bill, it can be difficult to remember that this decision ultimately comes down to people. We need to know our loved ones can get and afford the care they need, regardless of age, income, or health status. And we need to know that changes made by our government, even to a failing system, will not leave our friends, families, and neighbors worse off. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix what is failing and make our current system work better for American families.
Facebook Live on May 9th
Next Tuesday, May 9th, KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will be hosting a Facebook Live event where I will be taking questions from constituents like you. To submit a question, fill out the form HERE. The event can be viewed on the KCTS 9 and Crosscut Facebook page or on my Facebook page. Looking forward to discussing health care, taxes, immigration, national security, environmental issues, or whatever else is on your mind.
Welcoming a Wounded Warrior to the Team
This week, I was pleased to announce Jesse Daniel “JD” Greening will be serving as a House Wounded Warrior Program fellow in my Issaquah office. I could not be more excited to welcome JD to our team. JD’s passion to serve his country has been expressed through his distinguished time in the U.S. Navy and now the constituents of Washington’s Eighth District are fortunate he’s decided to bring his commitment to serving others to our office. The Wounded Warrior Program not only gives back to those who have served and sacrificed for our country, but creates an invaluable opportunity for congressional offices and constituents to connect with former members of the military.
Our office was one of the first three offices selected to have a fellow when the program began in 2009. Zack Guill, an Army veteran, was the first fellow to be hired as full time staff after the two-year program. Zack still works in my Issaquah office, helping veterans with their issues in the federal government.
To learn more about JD and the House Wounded Warrior Program, click HERE.
Working With Our Japanese Counterparts
The Japanese are our friends, trading partners, and strategic allies. This week, I met with members of the Japanese Diet as part of the U.S.-Japan Thomas S. Foley Legislative Exchange. The program, named after the former Speaker of the U.S. House and U.S. Ambassador to Japan from Washington State, brings lawmakers from Japan and the United States together to build on the already strong bond our two countries share.
A Tax Code Made for the American People
Our tax code must be designed to benefit American families, small business owners, and workers in Washington State and across our country. At the Ways and Means Committee’s two-day working retreat, we focused on creating a simpler, fairer, pro-growth tax plan that works for the American people and will make us more competitive internationally. I am proud of the progress we made and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and the Administration on tax solutions that will better the lives of hardworking Americans.
Reason Number 12: Protecting by Caring
Justin Martin of the Hamden, Connecticut Police Department did not waste a moment when he saw a man at a retirement home climbing over the roof railing attempting to commit suicide. After residents informed him of the situation, Officer Martin raced up six flight of stairs, grabbed the man by his feet, and rescued him from hurting himself.
Our members of law enforcement do more than protect us by patrolling the streets or intervening in violent skirmishes, they protect us by showing they care. Click HERE to read the full story.
Recognizing World Trade Month
In recognition of World Trade Month, it is a good time to remind ourselves about exactly what trade means to Washington State. It means jobs, opportunities, affordability, higher standards, and more. Wenatchee farmer Dale Foreman’s story is just one example of how international trade can have an oversized local impact. Prior to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), U.S. cherry growers faced a 24 percent tariff, including on Dale’s cherries. KORUS eliminated this tariff. And in the year after the agreement entered into force, cherry exports to Korea nearly doubled and have continued to grow, making Korea our third largest market for cherries. To read more about Dale’s story and how trade agreements positively impact Washington State, click HERE.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend and I’ll talk to you next time!