Today I led a press conference in Washington, D.C. to talk about our tax reform plan to simplify the tax code, close loopholes, reduce taxes for the middle class, and jumpstart investment and new jobs.
I have been working hard to ensure that Eastern Washington family farms and small businesses benefit from the tax changes we’re proposing. It’s been 31 years since we had real tax reform. A lot has changed and we need an update that will unleash the power of local people to create jobs and prosperity in our community.
On this day in 1871, Susan B. Anthony, visiting Olympia, became the first woman in the country to address lawmakers while they were in session.
I think back on my time in the Washington Legislature and all the strong women who blazed the path before me. I’m thankful for their contributions.
The newest reports out of the VA that mistreatment of our veterans had been concealed for years is deeply troubling. Our veterans deserve the best care imaginable, but too often that is not the case.
Currently, it takes the VA a minimum of 100 days to decide whether to forward reports of substandard care. I have introduced a bill that would require VA medical staff to report any unethical behavior immediately. This bill will help reform the culture at the VA by holding employees accountable and ensuring that our veterans have the quality care they deserve.
I’ve always said a job is more than just a job — it’s a ticket to more independent and fulfilling life.
I’ve joined members from both sides of the aisle to create a bipartisan working group that examines how we can change our system of laws and regulations so that people with disabilities, like my son, Cole, have the same opportunities as everyone else to work and have a better life.
I think about the national disasters and tragedies, I’m reminded how important it is how we treat each other. As basic as the Golden Rule — to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Let’s pray as a nation that each one of us can be an ambassador of peace. We are in this together as Americans, and I challenge everyone to go have coffee with someone they don’t agree with. Listen to them. Be open to new ideas. We are all part of the moral fabric that holds our country together and let’s make sure we’re a part of making it strong.