Public Safety and Law Enforcement
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Public Safety and Law Enforcement

Crime is increasing in our communities and we must support our police and make sure our laws matter. I can’t imagine the demoralization these officers have felt watching left-wing politicians call for “Defunding the police” in the last few years. And with Washington state ranking dead last — 51st out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia in law enforcement personnel per capita in the United States — we need to fix our system big-time. It’s shameful.

I’ve advanced over $7 million in funding for Southwest Washington law enforcement and I’m leading several pieces of pro-law enforcement legislation in Congress to try and turn this around. For example:

-My Re-Fund the Police Act would get states like Washington to reverse their terrible so-called “reform” laws that have handcuffed our police from doing their job. In order to qualify for the incentives offered by my bill, Washington would have to undo these laws and drop the insane proposal introduced in Olympia this year that would lower jail sentences for criminals guilty of drive-by murders.

-My Invest to Protect Act would boost funding that could only be used by small and rural police departments to hire more officers.

-My Pathways to Policing Act invests in programs to help state and local law enforcement agencies that are struggling to maintain adequate staffing levels.

-I’m pushing for another bill, the COPS on the Beat Act, that would allow rural police departments to raise wages in order to compete for good officers to serve their communities.

-I’ve introduced legislation to increase safety in schools by expanding schools’ access to resource officers and the use of silent panic alarms to immediately alert law enforcement.

In addition to supporting our law enforcement, I’ve introduced a bill to stop the harmful and misguided proposal of the Left to use tax dollars to open heroin and opioid injection sites in our communities. They tried this in Canada, but all that resulted were more discarded needles and drug paraphernalia in neighborhoods and increased crime.

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Southern Border and Drugs
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Southern Border and Drugs

It is the federal government’s responsibility to defend our borders. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have fought for billion in funding to increase physical border security, from walling to technological barriers. We must control who enters our county, halt the chaos at the border, and prevent the increase of drugs and deadly fentanyl coming into our communities.
Sea Lions
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Sea Lions

Guess who caught 46,000 returning salmon below the 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.
My bipartisan legislation that was signed into law will allow fish managers to control the sea lion population, and prevent the day when salmon disappear from the Columbia River entirely.
We must take the next steps to increase our salmon and steelhead runs – I’ve worked to increase funding for hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest so future generations have the same traditions we did.
Standing up for Seniors
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Standing up for Seniors

We must keep our promise to Americans who depend on programs like Social Security and Medicare. This means ensuring that these programs are strong now and in the future, and not raided by D.C. politicians to fuel government overspending.
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National Security
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National Security

The safety of Americans must remain a top priority. It’s crucial that our military and armed forces have adequate resources, equipment, and training to protect us from terrorism and any bad actors who wish to do American citizens harm.
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Oregon Tolling
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Oregon Tolling

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

Ending the Opioid Crisis
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Ending the Opioid Crisis

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.
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Education
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Education

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.
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Making health care more affordable, more available
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Making health care more affordable, more available

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.
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Veterans
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Veterans

Those who serve and risk their lives in the name of our freedom deserve our total support when they return home. I’m working to improve resources for the veteran community.
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Protecting Public Lands
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Protecting Public Lands

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.
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Economy & Jobs
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Economy & Jobs

From our fisheries to our breweries, Southwest Washington is built on small businesses. I’m working to roll back burdensome regulations that hinder small-business growth and job opportunities for Washingtonians. Read More