Our Annual Pink Flamingo BBQ was a terrific way to celebrate the end of summer, with more than 530 friends from around the district. Work in Washington DC begins just after Labor Day, but the warm memory of our evening will stay with me. Thank you for all your encouraging words.
This is the statement I released to the media today after Lisa Brown announced she will be running for the 5th District Congressional seat:
"I look forward to having a civil discussion of the issues. I listen to and vote for our district. I think voters will discover that my opponent does not fit Eastern Washington very well. Her record is of continual tax increases, more government spending and regulations.”
It was an honor to present Dennis Bean with four of his long overdue medals for his service as a combat engineer in Vietnam. Even after their service, our veterans are one of the greatest assets we have in our communities. I thank Mr. Bean for his service to our nation and will continue to work hard to make sure our veterans are taken care of.
Everyday veterans contact my office seeking help for something as simple as making an appointment. Our veterans should have the same technological options as people at doctors offices around the country. Whether you're a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, we can all agree that our veterans deserve the care they have earned. I am honored to receive the Door Stop Award for my bipartisan work to find innovative solutions to improving healthcare for our veterans.
KSPS Public TV will be hosting The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Spokane Valley's Mirabeau Point Park on August 24-27. The exhibit is open 24 hours a day and is free to the public. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Vietnam War and pay respects to the soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict. You can find more information by clicking the link below.
I was disappointed to learn about the leaking roof at the Spokane VA. There’s no excuse and I’ve worked with VA administrators to try to improve conditions. I have also consistently voted to increase VA funding every year and pushed legislation designed to modernize and improve the care at VA hospitals. Our veterans deserve much better than this.