Dear Friend,

Thanks to the more than 1,600 people who joined my recent telephone town hall meeting! For more than 90% of the participants, this was their first telephone town hall. I hold these meetings - both in person and on the phone - to make sure the people I represent have an opportunity to weigh in on the important issues we face as a country.

ImageOne issue we discussed during the town hall meeting was the appalling treatment of migrant children by the Trump administration. As a mother and a policymaker, I find it shocking that anyone would say or even imply that it is okay to let children sleep on concrete or to leave sick toddlers in the care of other children. I’ve called on Customs and Border Patrol to end this atrocious abuse immediately.

Unfortunately, the emergency bill the House passed on Thursday did not include important safeguards to make certain that the funds would be used to help the detained children. I will continue to fight for comprehensive, humane immigration reform, and in the meantime I’ll push for action in Congress to protect the safety and well-being of migrant children and their families.

Here's more on what I’ve been working on:

Protecting the Ocean

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June is National Ocean Month, and this year we made significant progress to protect our ocean. The House unanimously passed my bipartisan COAST Research Act to expand scientific research and monitoring to improve our understanding of ocean and coastal acidification, as well as three more bipartisan bills to address this challenge. I teamed up with former NOAA Administrator and distinguished OSU Professor, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, to call for greater recognition of the threats to our ocean from climate change.  As Co-Chair of the House Oceans Caucus, I introduced a resolution that commits to increasing investments in scientific research and monitoring for World Oceans Day. And finally, I had a great discussion on Our Oceans and Climate Change with OSU and NOAA scientists and more than ninety community members in Astoria.


Continuing the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

ImageThe opioid crisis is still devastating our communities and wreaking havoc on people from every background. Last year I published a report based on what I heard from Oregonians that outlines the federal solutions I’ve been working to move forward. Since then, Congress passed the SUPPORT Act to address the opioid epidemic, and I helped Oregon secure $4.1 million in additional funding from the State Opioid Response (SOR) grants program.

I’ve heard frequently that the lack of safe ways to dispose of opioids and other prescription drugs is putting lives at risk. I’m continuing to work on my bipartisan bill to increase disposal options for unused opioid medication, the Safe Disposal of Opioids Act. The legislation places a fee on opioid manufacturers to fund up to 10,000 drug disposal boxes around the country. This legislation will hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role in the opioid crisis, save lives, and prevent addiction.


Restoring Infrastructure and Creating Good Jobs

ImageAs we address our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure and transition to a clean energy economy, we must make meaningful investments in our workforce. I recently introduced bipartisan legislation to help increase diversity in the transportation, infrastructure, and energy sectors by providing people who have faced barriers to employment with the support services and training they need to find and succeed in better-paying jobs. The BUILDS Act is a win-win-win: it will get more people back to work, meet the demands of our local employers, and make sure we have the workforce we need to modernize and expand our aging infrastructure systems.


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