Guess who caught 46,000 returning salmon below Bonneville Dam in the last 10 years? Sea lions did. They don’t discriminate between endangered salmon species, and their numbers are exploding. Now, whole salmon runs are nearing extinction.
I’m fighting Oregon’s plan to place tolls on the I-5 and I-205 bridges, which would unfairly force Southwest Washington commuters to pay for Oregon infrastructure they barely use. Such a move would penalize Washington residents who must commute to work in Oregon, create no new lanes for congestion relief on I-5 or I-205, and would make it harder for both states to rebuild or update the aging I-5 bridge in the future. Read More
Too many of our families, neighbors and friends in Longview, Vancouver, Centralia and communities across Southwest Washington have been impacted by our country’s rampant opioid addiction crisis. We must tackle the root causes, and bolster effective treatment and rehabilitation programs for those suffering from addiction to confront this national crisis.
It is important for our schools to be safe places where our children can learn and grow into productive members of our community. To have excellent schools, choices about education are best made locally, not by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., and I’m working to empower parents and educators here in Southwest Washington to make decisions that ensure students and their success are the focus.
Health care costs continue to impact families in all of our communities. Under the Affordable Care Act, rural residents have been treated like second-class citizens when it comes to health care access. Our country’s rate of maternal mortality lags behind the rest of the industrialized world. I think we deserve better, and that every individual should be able to get affordable, quality health care no matter who they are or where they live.
Our region is lucky to be home to majestic natural treasures like the Pacific Crest Trail and Mt. St. Helens. It is important we protect them for future generations to enjoy. I’ll always fight to preserve our national monuments like Mt. St. Helens and protect the public’s ability to access the land that belongs to them.