There’s no better way to kick off the fall season than a great lunch with some wonderful people! It’s always a pleasure to meet with the folks who feed America, and many parts of the world too. The pizza from the home fire oven was delicious and the conversation was productive as we discussed the important issues facing Eastern Washington farmers. We must continue to work to ensure that American farmers have access to worldwide markets.
As I said in my op-ed last year, it’s essential that we do more to prioritize trade agreements and pursue smart trade policies that enable people here in Eastern Washington to access worldwide markets.
Last week President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan signed a trade deal, opening Japan’s market to around $7 billion in American agricultural products. Lower tariffs and access to Japan’s economy, the third-largest in the world, will greatly benefit Eastern Washington’s farmers.
Listening is one of the most important responsibilities of a Representative. It’s also one of my favorite parts of this job! I have the privilege of meeting and talking with so many great people. The American people truly hold a vast treasure of wisdom.
Many communities in Northeastern Washington rely on travel and commerce between both U.S. and Canadian towns for their livelihood. We must continue to maintain the integrity of our northern border and the relationship between communities on both sides.
Another great year at the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk! It’s so encouraging to see so many people here in support of this wonderful organization. It’s great to see the celebration of the abilities that we all have, rather than simply focusing on disabilities.
This time last year we were engaged in a spirited election season. I was, and still am, grateful for all the wonderful supporters who stood by me. Together, we have been able to continue the work of helping Eastern Washington families and businesses grow and prosper.
This year, We the People mark the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the incredible foresight of the Founding Fathers to create a document that has stood the test of time and has allowed us to engage in the greatest experiment in self-government in history.
Technology has become an integral part of almost every aspect of life in 21st Century America. Yet today, rural areas often have less access to high-speed internet than their urban neighbors. One major obstacle to rural access to high-speed internet is substandard broadband mapping.
That’s why I’m leading in Congress to bring that mapping up to date so that we have an accurate account of coverage levels in rural areas and can move to improve the high-speed internet access in those communities. We must make sure that as technology continues to advance and reveal new wonders, our rural neighbors are not left behind.
Another record-breaking Pink Flamingo BBQ! Nearly 1,000 people showed up. I’m grateful to my friend Dr. Ben Carson for joining us at this special event. Team Cathy is energized and we’re ready to kick it into high gear in 2020!