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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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Impeachment is one of the most serious responsibilities afforded to Congress, and that sobering responsibility has not been lost on me. The people of Central Washington sent me to our nation’s capital to represent them, and I believe – when it comes to charging a President with the articles of impeachment – members must focus on the facts presented.

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Do you believe in angels? I do. Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, in the glossary of her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures gives a good definition of angels: “Angels. God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration o…

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The Christmas holiday season, to be sure, is a very busy time of year. Generally, there is much time, effort, and even money involved in Christmas preparation. This can include decoration of our homes, yards, trees, and for many, may involve travel plans.

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Science, technology, engineering, and math – more commonly known as STEM – have become some of the most highly demanded careers in our nation’s economy. Schools across the country and in Central Washington have emphasized education programs to help prepare students for future careers in fields from chemistry and earth sciences to computer engineering and physics. Quality STEM education programs are essential to train the next generation of American minds.

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November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month, and I this is an important time to remember and celebrate the contributions and history of our Native friends and neighbors in Central Washington and across the United States.

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Each Thanksgiving, I am reminded in Central Washington we have much to be thankful for. We are blessed with gorgeous national forests and public lands, powerful rivers, dams, and bountiful farmland.

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As we observe the world around us, it may seem we live in a time where many people are prosperous, yet discontent. To be certain, there are poor among us, and those who find themselves in difficult situations.

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