As Southwest Washington's representative in Congress, I want to keep you up-to-date on my work to improve life in our region. For timely updates, please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The talk in Olympia is surrounding new taxes, even a state income tax.
But with families and businesses still struggling economically, and billions of dollars in aid coming from the federal government and the recent announcement of $3.2 billion in additional state revenue, I'm asking Governor Inslee to commit to taking new and higher taxes off the table.
Read my letter to Governor Inslee:
Pressing for expanded vaccine access
It's encouraging that we've recently seen an increase in the amount of vaccine doses being provided to counties across Southwest Washington. However, until any resident who wants a vaccine can get one, our work isn't done.
I'm continuing to press Washington state health officials on this issue. Recently, I wrote to Washington's Secretary of Health, Dr. Umair Shah, asking for greater transparency into COVID vaccine allocation to Southwest Washington.
Rural counties like Wahkiakum and Lewis have experienced immense challenges in receiving first dose allocations from the state - I'm going to keep up the pressure to ensure every single county in our region receives adequate numbers of vaccine doses.
Requesting congressional hearings into the
crisis at the border
Illegal crossings at our southern border skyrocketed last month, and that number is set to exceed the record-breaking crossings we saw in 2019.
A surge of this magnitude makes increasing human trafficking, child labor, and other harmful activity a very real cause for concern. I've joined with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee urging congressional hearings to develop effective solutions to this crisis.
Read my full letter:
Protecting Americans from cyberattacks
I'm spearheading legislation in Congress to hold foreign governments accountable if they commit cyberattacks on American citizens. The bipartisan Homeland and Cyber Threat (HACT) Act, would allow Americans to make claims in federal or state courts against foreign states that conduct or engage in cyberattacks against Americans.
COVID vaccine news for veterans
Under the SAVE LIVES Act - passed through Congress and signed into law - all veterans, their spouses, and caregivers can get COVID vaccinations from the VA. To read more, click here.
The Portland VA is also extending vaccines to all enrolled veterans of any age at their Vancouver or Portland vaccination sites. For more information and to stay up-to-date on this initiatives, please click here.
I'm continuing to add information on small business resources, COVID testing, and vaccine locations, local health departments, unemployment benefits, and more on my COVID dedicated webpage: JHB.house.gov/coronavirus.
It's an honor to serve you in Congress. If you have a comment, question, or idea for me, please send me a direct message here. As always, please let me know how I can assist you.