As Southwest Washington's representative in Congress, I want to keep you up-to-date on my work to improve life in our region. In the newsletter below, you will find my most recent update. If you have any questions or comments for me, please send me a direct message here.
Do COVID masking policies for children follow the science?
This week during a Congressional hearing, I put the question to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Why are you still recommending that we continue isolating and putting masks on small children when the science doesn't support it?
Watch our conversation, and her response, by clicking on the video, below.
Lewis County residents should have a say in TransAlta land
Several Lewis County residents and officials shared concerns with me about a Washington state proposal to introduce endangered wildlife species on TransAlta land in that area. This was a bad deal for Lewis County residents, Washington state citizens, and even for responsible conservation advocates, which is why I vocally opposed the proposal.
The potentially negative impact on Lewis County residents would be magnified because this area includes a state-designed Opportunity Zone, which as been an invaluable tool for incentivizing economic activity and job growth. I had communities like Lewis County in mind when I helped create Opportunity Zones via the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the state proposal would have resulted in a huge missed opportunity to bring more jobs and economic life to citizens living here.
Increasing access to affordable housing in Southwest Washington
Southwest Washington has been facing a homelessness and housing crisis for years, and COVID has significantly magnified the need for housing solutions across our communities.
Creating more suitable living options is a top priority, which is why I’ve reintroduced bipartisan legislation that removes barriers to affordable housing in Southwest Washington.
Pressing the state for answers on the decision to open a COVID-isolation facility in Centralia
A lot of Lewis County residents are deeply troubled by the state’s decision to open an isolation facility for COVID-positive individuals on work release and travelers in a busy commercial area of Centralia – a move made with virtually no notice and no opportunity for citizens to comment. The state failed badly here. It should have listened to residents, provided transparency, and worked with the community before making a decision like this.
Read my letter below to Governor Inslee pressing the state to fully respond to community concerns about this controversial move.
It's an honor to serve you in Congress. If you have a comment, question, or an idea for me, please send me a direct message here. As always, please let me know how I can assist you.