The signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 marked America’s legal separation from Great Britain, but also the beginning of a long journey that would eventually result in America becoming a world leader and the greatest nation on earth. Today, the journey still continues and we, as a democratic people, are charged with the tremendous privilege and burden of determining our future. With the world’s brightest most creative minds, world-class businesses, and a compassionate hardworking people, I am confident about the road ahead. Happy Independence Day!
Meeting With a Friend and Partner
It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet with the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez. Mexico is one of our greatest economic partners, allies, and friends. Both of our countries benefit from these ties and I look forward to working with Ambassador Gutiérrez to build upon this strong foundation.
Sitting Down With Grace Weaver
Sammamish resident and High School student Grace Weaver stopped by my Washington, DC office this week to talk about her love for agriculture and animals. At a young age, she is already planning out her future in farming.
Making Our Ports More Competitive
This week, I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in the House and Senate to introduce the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act, an important bill to help our ports compete and create jobs in our region. As one of the most trade-dependent states, strong ports are critical to Washington’s local economy. For too long, our ports have been put at a disadvantage - contributing much more than their fair share to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and facing the loss of cargo to foreign ports because of the Harbor Maintenance Tax. By increasing funding to these ports including for rebates to shippers, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act will help level the playing field supporting jobs and communities in Washington.
Incorporating Music in Education
Music is an important part of a child’s education – I know it made my grandchildren more successful in school and excited about going to class. This week, I met with a great group of music educators from Washington State who are passionate about the positive impact music can have on a child. I reaffirmed my commitment to them to support funding for high quality music programs.
Strengthening the U.S. – EU Alliance
I had the pleasure of speaking at the U.S. Chamber and AmCham EU Reception about the bond and economic partnership between the U.S. and EU. It has empowered people on both sides of the Atlantic through job creation, business opportunities, and better prices and more choices for our consumers. We have an opportunity to expand on this through high quality trade agreements that lower barriers and open access to markets.
Helping Business Do Well and Do Good
Many businesses are motivated to help their communities and tackle some of the greatest issues facing the world today. But our current tax code is making it difficult to do so. The Philanthropic Enterprise Act would reduce these tax barriers and better allow cause-driven enterprises to take on philanthropic roles, strengthening their contributions to society. I was proud to work with my colleague, Rep. Larson from Connecticut, on a bill that would create an environment where businesses can do well by doing good. To read my oped about the Philanthropic Enterprise Act, click HERE.
Condemning Violence in Chechnya
The reports about the targeting of and attacks on the LGBTQ community in Chechnya are alarming and horrifying. These human rights abuses at the hands of the Chechen government deserve international attention and I’m glad my colleagues in the House came together this week to support a bipartisan resolution condemning the violence against innocent individuals.
Reaffirming Our Commitment to NATO Partners
Our partnership with NATO countries is both a symbol of our shared values of peace and stability and critical to America’s and the world’s security. After the September 11 attacks, our NATO allies joined in the fight against terrorism and deployed troops to Afghanistan. Since NATO’s founding, this is the only time Article 5 has been used. On Tuesday, I was proud to join my House colleagues in passing a resolution reaffirming America’s commitment to come to the aid of our NATO allies as outlined in Article 5.
Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday and I will speak with you soon!