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At the best of times, Buddy, my infamous Yorkie, is a tough canine to take on a walk. On icy mornings, there is no way the little guy is stepping anywhere outside. If it is cold.

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In Central Washington, we understand how reliant our economy is on international trade. From our flourishing agriculture industry to our small business and manufacturers, we all feel the effects of strong trade agreements with our global partners. Not only do our producers export the majority of food and agriculture products to other countries, but 40 percent of our state’s jobs are reliant on trade – from production to packing to transportation.

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Puerto Rico: As many may know, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 16, 2017 through October 2nd, 2017. Hurricane Maria was a category 5, which is known to be one of the worst natural disasters to ever occur in Puerto Rico.

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The Washington State Legislature once again is attempting to make government records more obscure, this time by trying to shield public employee birthdates from disclosure with the introduction of HB 1888.

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The Noah’s Ark homeless shelter in Wapato is the only homeless shelter in the lower Yakima Valley. Its founder named it after his deceased wife, Rev. Sheri Noah, who envisioned eliminating homelessness on the Yakama Reservation.

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Two years after my husband and I had our son, we received terrible news: My mother needed intensive treatment for a slow-growing brain tumor next to her spinal cord. Suddenly, my whole world changed.

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In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” That saying, or variants of it, have been repeated so often that it has become accepted knowledge. The fact is, though, the more we know about the origin and development of laws, the better off we are. Bad laws get created in back rooms, through undisclosed emails, riding on golf carts and over drinks at the country club bar. Good laws are created in the open and under the gaze of the public.

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As we look forward to 2020, it is important to reflect on the accomplishments we achieved in 2019. I am proudly working to put Central Washington’s priorities first, and it is truly a privilege to represent our District in Congress.

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