As Southwest Washington's representative in Congress, I want to keep you up-to-date on my work to improve life in our region. If you have any questions or ideas to share with me, I welcome you to send me a direct message here.
If we want well-trained police officers truly dedicated to protecting and serving all residents of our communities, it's time to re-invest in our law enforcement rather than chasing them away or cutting their funding. That's why I've helped introduce two new pieces of legislation to support our Southwest Washington law enforcement.
The COPS on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization Act will inject more federal funds into local police departments to hire, train, and retain officers. It also ensures our men and women in blue – who put their lives on the line to protect our communities – are adequately compensated.
The Invest to Protect Act makes critical, targeted investments in smaller police departments to ensure officers receive proper training, tools like body cameras, and also helps to hire and retain new police officers.
I'm going to continue working closely with our local police officers and ensure they have the funding and training to protect and serve all citizens in our cities and neighborhoods.
Assisting communities impacted by recent flooding
I recently met with Lewis County leaders and emergency management to receive an update on the devastating flooding that hit our communities this month. Click HERE to read more about our meeting.
The damage assessment is over $4 million – with 120+ homes and structures being counted as damaged.
Thankfully, as devastating as this flood was, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. That's why it's so important to continue to support the Chehalis Basin Working Group as they work on a long-term solution to flooding in the Chehalis Basin. I stand ready to support their efforts.
In the meantime, I will continue working closely with folks here on the ground – as well as state and federal officials – to make sure those impacted by the floods receive timely assistance and the proper resources to help recover from this flooding.
Urging Governor Inslee to stand up for Southwest Washington commuters
Washington's flawed Long Term Care Tax was and is a huge mistake – and so is Oregon's tolling scheme that targets Southwest Washington commuters and doesn't spend a penny on any I-5 bridge effort (and includes no specific plans to improve roads we use).
Last month I urged Governor Inslee to withhold relief from the long-term care tax for Oregon residents unless Oregon cancels its tolling scheme which unfairly targets Southwest Washington commuters.
Make no mistake, I oppose the entire long-term care tax for everyone – but we need leaders in Oregon to pay attention to the plight of Southwest Washington commuters.
Read my letter below.
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.