Growing our Economy
Creating jobs and revitalizing our economy is my top priority. As I travel throughout the district, I consistently hear from business owners, employees, and those looking for work about how America’s economy needs to get back on track. Expanding trade, keeping taxes low, and encouraging innovation and investment can create long-term, private-sector jobs.
Innovation: Innovation is the lifeblood of our region. We need to encourage that innovative and entrepreneurial spirit by providing incentives for investment, research and development.
Trade: Free trade is critical to Washington State’s economy and the 8th District. As many as one in three Washington State jobs are tied to trade – simply stated: more trade means more jobs. I’m leading the fight in Congress to open new markets for American goods and services through passage of pending free-trade agreements, and my recent appointment as one of just five U.S. Representatives on the President’s Export Council gives me a unique opportunity to advocate for this action.
Taxes: The last thing Congress should do while the economy is struggling is raise taxes. But that is exactly what some Members of Congress want to do. We need to keep taxes low for individuals, families, and businesses and create targeted tax incentives that will provide the certainty businesses need to create jobs.
Controlling Government Spending
Spending is out of control. With a current budget deficit of $1.5 trillion, this needs to stop. We should start to reduce that deficit by cutting wasteful government spending, because we can’t keep mortgaging our children’s future.
Protecting our Environment
Our children and grandchildren should be able to grow up enjoying the same kind of natural beauty we’ve experienced in our time. We’re fortunate to call home one of the most beautiful states in the nation. So from setting aside wilderness areas to keeping tankers out of Puget Sound, I’ll never stop working to protect our environment for future generations.
Leading on Energy Independence
Energy independence is both an economic issue and a national security issue. The US should lead the way to encourage the development of new energy technologies, with the goal of moving away from reliance on oil toward more diverse sources.
Ensuring Quality Education
A strong education system is a critical part of making sure our nation and our children are prepared to compete in a global economy. I am dedicated to strengthening our public schools and ensuring all of our children receive the quality education they deserve.
Making Healthcare Affordable
Every single American should have access to affordable, high quality health care. The government health-care overhaul will raise costs and reduce choices and benefits. I am working to change the most troublesome parts of this new law so that the American people can have the health-care system they need and deserve.
Protecting the Public
I will continue to make sure our children and communities are safe, that our law enforcement and first responders have the tools they need to do their jobs and stay safe themselves, and that we support our brave men and women who so honorably defend our nation at home and abroad.