Opinion Pieces

Vancouver Business Journal: Maternal mortality is a public health emergency and a national crisis

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America is a leader in many respects, but there is an alarming exception: We are the only industrialized nation on earth where the rate of mothers dying before, during and after childbirth is growing. As a citizen, legislator and expectant mother myself, I refuse to sit idly by while we lose more women each year.

Seattle Times: A boost for medically complex children on Medicaid

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The halls of a children’s hospital are not something you forget. If you’ve been there, the experience sticks with you. As does the courage shown by so many young patients within those walls. For a parent, having confidence that your child is getting the best possible care, and that the doctors and nurses are all part of the same team – your team – can get you and your family through the long, hard days.

Chronicle: I support border security; today I voted to prevent a future president from unilaterally enacting a Green New Deal

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February 25, 2019, Washington Post: “[Governor Jay] Inslee said he would be willing to declare a national emergency on climate change, allowing drastic federal action that could not pass Congress, if the Supreme Court upholds President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. ‘…if the rules change and the circumstances change, we’re going to play by whatever rules exis...

Columbian: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act will help save lives

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Charles Johnson lives by the motto: “Wake up, make Mommy proud, repeat.” As a single father of two boys, Charles strives to honor his late wife by raising awareness of a health crisis facing our nation: maternal mortality. Charles’ wife, Kira, died hours after giving birth to a healthy baby. Tragically, about 900 women die each year in Southwest Washington and across the U.S. during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum — and the rate has more than doubled since 2000.

Columbian: Local View: Get federal government working again

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Entering the third week of a federal government shutdown, it’s easy to see why Americans are disgusted with politicians. The president and Democratic congressional leaders are in a standoff over a border wall, so they’re shutting down national parks, withholding paychecks for the Coast Guard, and screwing up people’s home loans.

Daily News: Believe it or not, there's a reason to celebrate

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OK, I realize tax time isn’t anyone’s favorite season, but this year is unique: April 17, 2018 marked the last time Americans had to to navigate the current complicated tax code and pay a higher rate when they file their taxes. In December 2017, Congress passed and I supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that, starting in 2019, will make it simpler and easier for hardworking citizens to file their taxes.

Chronicle: How I’m Working to Cut Taxes for Lewis County

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The historic tax cuts Congress recently passed and President Trump signed into law take a significant step forward in making this dream a reality for the hardworking residents of Lewis County. The average family of four in Chehalis will see a $2,300 savings each year; the average single mom is benefitting from a 70% tax cut. Those tax savings are beginning to show up in bigger paychecks.