Dear Friend,

It is an honor to represent you and the people of Northwest Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives. This Congress, I will continue to serve on the Education and Labor Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. These committees work on issues Oregonians deeply care about: public education, retirement security, environmental protection, higher education, workplace discrimination, and more. Additionally, I look forward to taking action on climate change on the newly created Select Committee on the Climate Crisis (more below).

The House of Representatives is moving quickly to address the urgent issues we face as a country. I value your input: please contact me with your questions or concerns. And I invite you to come to my April town hall meetings in McMinnville, Portland, Astoria, Gaston, Hillsboro, and Clatskanie.


Historic Action to Prevent Gun Violence

After many years of inaction, the House passed a bill to address gun violence by requiring a background check for nearly all firearm sales and transfers. This bill will save lives. Oregon and other states that have already passed comprehensive background checks have 35 percent fewer gun deaths, and 47 percent fewer women shot by their intimate partners. Congress is finally doing more than offering thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence. With the leadership of young people like Alexandria Goddard, my guest for the State of the Union, fewer families will suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to gun violence.

Tackling the Climate Crisis

Climate change requires action now.  If we do not take bold action soon, the consequences will be serious and swift. I am honored to serve as one of only nine Democrats on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. I will work with my colleagues to fight for comprehensive policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to 100 percent clean energy, create good-paying jobs, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure in a sustainable and resilient manner, and invest in clean and efficient transportation systems. 

We’ve already started to address climate change in our legislative committees: last week in the Science Committee, the Environment Subcommittee held a hearing on my bipartisan bill to help coastal communities with more research on ocean and coastal acidification, which is threatening fisheries and local economies. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill quickly so coastal communities have the resources and information they need to cope with climate change.


Investing in Workers At Every Stage of Their Careers

I have heard from workers who believe they were dismissed or denied employment because of their age. We cannot allow employers to violate the civil rights of older workers who are striving to provide for themselves and their families. As the chair of the Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, I take workplace discrimination seriously. I was proud to co-sponsor a bill to address discrimination against older workers. 

The Civil Rights and Human Services subcommittee also held a hearing on gender-based wage discrimination, which has persisted for decades despite a 1960s federal law expressly requiring equal pay for equal work. And I’ve reintroduced the PARTNERS Act, my bipartisan bill to expand apprenticeship opportunities. Stronger investments in apprenticeships will get more people into better paying, stable careers and provide our nation’s businesses with the skilled workforce they need.


Now Accepting: Entries for the Congressional Art Competition

I am now accepting submissions for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for high school students who live or attend school in the First Congressional District to share their talents with people who visit the U.S. Capitol from all over the world. Submissions are due to my Beaverton Office by 5 pm on Friday, April 26th. Find more details here.



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