Dams and Fish Can Coexist

 

As you well know, I have been working hard with Rep. McMorris Rodgers and my colleagues from the Pacific Northwest to protect the dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. This week, our legislation - H.R. 3144 - passed in the House of Representatives. 

I have heard from countless constituents expressing strong support to defend the clean energy and many economic benefits provided by the dams in Central Washington. This legislation preserves the Biological Opinion (BiOp), which was negotiated with input from a diverse group of local stakeholders in 2014 to provide a collaborative framework for dam operations that balance energy production with fish recovery efforts. The attack on this BiOp by U.S. District Judge Simon has caused increased spill over these dams. This increased spill is estimated to cost ratepayers $40 million this year alone, and many scientists contend that spill leads to increased dissolved nitrogen and other gases in the water - actually killing fish. Click here for more. 

I spoke on the floor in support of this legislation: 


Click here to watch my remarks. 

This is an excellent step in the right direction, but we still have work to do. H.R. 3144 is a bipartisan bill with notable support from local communities and industries, but the bill is now headed to the Senate, where it will likely face opposition. While groups have been spreading false information about the effects of this bill, it's important to remember the facts. These dams support our way of life in Central Washington and in the Pacific Northwest, and this bill will preserve it - by using sound science to protect salmon and save our dams. 

FAA Reauthorization Win for Grant County

I am pleased that the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation approved by the House includes language I worked to include that safeguards the Grant County International Airport's radar facility from further 804 consolidation processes under a military operations exemption. Consolidating Grant County's facility would impair national safety because military facilities would lose a vital training and reserve base location. I am grateful for the bipartisan support from my Washington congressional colleagues to include this language that preserves the radar facility, ensures military readiness for our warfighters across the Pacific Northwest, and fosters economic benefits in Grant County. Click here to read more.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Opioid abuse is a crisis that has hit families hard across the nation. April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and there are sites avialable to take back unused prescription drugs. Check out this map of prescription drug drop-off center locations in Central Washington. 

To educate the public and discuss solutions, I am hosting an Opioid Summit at the Moses Lake Civic Center Auditorium on May 11th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Summit is open to all 4th Congressional District constituents. It will feature experts in the field, focusing on practical and legislative efforts to combat the opioid crisis. 

Successful Jobs Fair

Thank you to all attendees and participants for making this year's Jobs Fair in Tri-Cities a success! I spent last Saturday with hundreds of job seekers and over 40 employer participants. It was great to see so many people connecting with potential employers for a new job or career change. See more photos here.

Google Online Safety Roadshow

The internet can be an incredible tool that young people use to connect to education resources and expand their understanding of our world. Internet safety, online identity protection, and online civility are important lessons to teach our children who have grown up in a wired area. I participated in a Google Online Safety Roadshow event with hundred of middle school students at Sunnyside High School. Google representatives spoke to the kids about how to protect themselves and be good online citizens. It was encouraging to see the students so engaged and ready to learn. KIMA covered the event.

Congrats, Grads!

I was honored to speak at the Fort Simcoe Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center's graduation ceremony. These students worked hard to prepare for real-world employment in a diverse number of fields, developing skills that will create opportunities and contribute to our economy in Central Washington. Vocational and technical training are in high demand in our society, and these graduated students should take pride in being equipped to provide for themselves and their families. I look forward to seeing them succeed in the future!

Taco Crawl

It was a treat to join the Pasco Taco Crawl. Starting at the Port of Pasco, we stopped by Fiesta Foods, Mi Lindo Nayarit, and Super Mex to talk about the impact these businesses are having on local communities, learn about new developments in the area, and to eat some great tacos. I wish we had enough time to stop by all 20 participating establishments!

Local Contributions to School Safety

Congress and the American people have prioritized enhancing safety at our schools. I recently cosponsored H.R. 4811, the Securing Our Schools Act, which would provide grants for local school districts to buy and install panic buttons that would immediately notify law enforcement in the case of an emergency. 

Shortly after this bill was introduced, a Yakima-based company, NRS Systems, reached out to my office to let me know that they have created this panic button technology. I was able to visit their facilities and see first-hand how this technology could provide cost-effective, enhanced security for our students. The Securing Our Schools Act was signed into law as part of a broader package last month, and I am excited to work with NRS Systems to integrate their technology going forward. 

Sincerely,

Dan Newhouse
Member of Congress

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