Sixteen years ago today, we saw the face of hatred and extremism try to destroy our way of life. Today, we remember not only lives lost in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania, but the spirit that unified America and the perseverance of the American people who work unceasingly to build a better nation. #neverforget
At my annual “Pink Flamingo” BBQ, I acknowledged some outstanding community leaders. The first was Phillip Tyler on behalf of the Peaceful Communities Roundtable. I reached out to Phil in November after hateful graffiti showed up at the MLK Family Outreach Center. Phil challenged me to have courageous conversations...
We were all struck by the suffering inflicted on the people of Texas by Hurricane Harvey. The House moved quickly - as the President requested - to provide aid. It will be a long road to recovery for many in Texas, but this is a good first step in helping people get back on their feet.
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.