Jobs and the Economy
As a business owner who actually has done the hard work of building a company and creating jobs in Eastern Washington, I understand what a small business owner needs to deliver sustainable, high-paying jobs in our community. Immediately, we need to strengthen the energy, aerospace, healthcare, and agricultural sectors to be competitive. Aren’t you tired of the bickering politicians and the obstructionist partisan leadership in Washington?
Training a World-Class Workforce
In order to create jobs and build the local economy here in Eastern Washington, we need schools equipped to prepare our children and grandchildren for 21st Century jobs. From our great local public schools, to our community colleges, to our world class universities, I will fight to get our schools the resources needed to train tomorrow’s workers and entrepreneurial innovators.
Military Families and Veterans
At a time when we are asking more of our military and their families than ever before, it is shameful that partisan leaders in the House of Representatives continue to cut funding for military families and even veterans. It’s wrong to undervalue our service men and women as they and their families have risked so much for our safety. As your representative, I will be a tireless advocate for Fairchild Air Force Base, VA facilities, and our region’s proud community of military families and veterans.
Infrastructure and Conservation
A strong infrastructure is vital to building the economy in Eastern Washington. We need to ensure that bridges, roads and rail we use to get people to work and to get our goods to market are strong and secure. At the same time we need to be good stewards of our God-given infrastructure by protecting open space and ensure real accountability for polluters who jeopardize our clean air and water.
Agriculture is a critical piece of our economy in Eastern Washington and part of fighting to restore our local economy is making sure that our farmers receive the support they need. From fighting for our farmers’ water rights to improving infrastructure to opening up trade with foreign markets for our agricultural goods, we need to protect farmers and the farming way of life in Eastern Washington.
As working middle-class families are struggling in Eastern Washington, Congress is spending its time handing out more tax breaks to the rich and big corporations which move our American jobs overseas. As a small business owner, I know that a fair and predictable tax code is important to job creation, and we need a system that rewards hard work and entrepreneurship, not corporate welfare and political access.
Medicare and Seniors
Unlike our current member of Congress who voted for the Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it – slashing or ending benefits for millions of Americans – I will stand by Medicare, strengthen Social Security and keep our promises to Eastern Washington seniors.