Dear Friend,

This is a pivotal time in our country on many issues; it is important for people to participate and make their voices heard. Thank you to everyone who attended one of my 6 fall town hall meetings in Seaside, Tualatin, Newberg, Banks, Scappoose, and Portland! 

                                    

 I also met with younger constituents—students—at their schools, on Manufacturing Day, and at other events. I enjoyed hearing directly from you and look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in Congress. 


Improving the health of our oceans

The ocean is resilient and we can help it heal, but we cannot continue to ignore the garbage polluting our oceans and shores. I worked with my House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Don Young, on the bipartisan Save Our Seas Act, which passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support. This bill was signed into law in early October, and will assist local communities and states in removing garbage and debris from our oceans and coastline. Marine debris is preventable, and this law will help protect the health of our oceans.

I was also thrilled to help enact a provision to restore more than 50 acres of salmon habitat on Clatsop County’s Walluski River. This provision was signed into law as part of the new bipartisan Water Resources Development Act. Salmon are an important part of our heritage in the Pacific Northwest, but old, unnecessary levees on our rivers and waterways have turned some salmon habitat into farm or pasture land. Because of this provision, the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce will be able to lead habitat restoration projects and smart infrastructure upgrades to protect the environment and make sure that salmon will continue to be there for generations to come.

  

Strengthening protections for airline passengers

When people travel by air, they often experience lost luggage, delays, or other complications that are entirely out of their control. Thanks to a provision I led that was signed into law, the Federal Aviation Administration will create a new Aviation Consumer Advocate position to make sure that all airline passengers have someone on their side to help tackle problems they face while flying. The Advocate will help consumers navigate the system, resolve difficulties, and alleviate some of the stress that comes with unexpected complications.

 

Standing up for student loan borrowers

Education is always one of my top priorities, and this includes protecting the rights of student loan borrowers. This month, Senator Elizabeth Warren and I led our colleagues in the House and Senate to send the following message to Sec. Betsy DeVos: stop putting profits ahead of students. We demanded that Sec. DeVos provide the full set of documents that the Department of Education used as the basis for the Department’s decision to reinstate an accreditor that has a troubling history of failing to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges. I will continue to hold Sec. DeVos accountable.

  

Helping constituents

If you have trouble with a federal agency, my office is available to help. I’m honored to have played a part in reuniting the Nguyen siblings, who struggled with the legal immigration process for decades. Mr. Nguyen and his father sacrificed for the U.S. during the Vietnam War and beyond, yet our policies kept his family apart for more than 40 years. If you or a family member needs help navigating federal government agencies on immigration, veterans, Medicare, Social Security, or other concerns, please call my office at (503) 469-6010.

You can find more updates about my work around NW Oregon and in Washington, DC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also contact my Oregon and Washington, DC offices with questions, comments, or for assistance with a federal agency. This mailbox is not monitored. To contact me via email, please use this secure web form.

   

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