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Rick Larsen for Congress

 

Key Priorities

It is an honor to represent the 2nd District. I am inspired by the strength and resilience of workers, families, students and small business owners across Northwest Washington, whose experiences drive me to fight for an economy that works for everyone.

In our region, that means bringing middle class families better jobs and higher wages, and addressing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am focused on putting the middle class and workers first, fighting climate change and protecting our environment, increasing access to health care and protecting the right to vote.

If you feel the same, I ask for your support.

Economy & Jobs

If we give our communities the tools they need to thrive and empower middle class families and workers, the result will be economic growth and a better future for all. I am committed to building an economy that creates more jobs and opportunities right here in the 2nd District.

In Washington state, transportation means jobs. We must invest in better transit by putting dollars towards roads, bridges and highways. That is why I introduced the BUILD UP Act to ensure mid-sized cities get federal funding for surface transportation and infrastructure projects. I also support ensuring bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure gets its fair share of investments, and investing in electric bus transit to lower emissions from transportation.

Congress must pass a significant increase to the federal minimum wage to reduce income inequality. I am proud to support the Raise the Wage Act to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, this bill would give 27 million workers a raise and lift over 1 million people out of poverty.

To compete in the changing global economy, we must also invest in education and skills training. I am committed to making it easier and more affordable for workers to go back to school, and for students to get the education they need. It is important to bring science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education into our classrooms.

I support ensuring workers have access to registered apprenticeship programs. My Youth Access to American Jobs Act would establish a 2-2-2 pilot program that allows students to go from high school to community college to an apprenticeship program. This legislation would create a real pathway for young people looking to enter the workforce.

Climate Change & Environment

Our kids and grandkids are depending on us to take immediate action to address the biggest challenge of our time: climate change. We must halt and reverse the devastating effects of man-made climate change by working tirelessly to implement solutions.

I am a co-sponsor of the Climate Action Now Act to get the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement and of the 100% Clean Economy Act, which calls for a net-zero pollution economy by 2050 and works to improve public health and create clean jobs.

I am also acting locally to secure clean water, a sustainable environment and green and resilient infrastructure by putting dollars behind electric buses, light rail in Lynnwood and efforts to restore salmon habitat at the mouths of the Stillaguamish, Skagit and Snohomish rivers.

I am the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Estuaries Caucus to champion robust federal funding to support these critical ecosystems and a strong supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. I also support the Save our Seas 2.0 Act to improve U.S. response to marine debris and encourage international cooperation to address marine plastics.

Health Care

Health care is a right. My support of the Affordable Care Act and my fight against the Trump administration's efforts to undermine it are based on this fundamental belief.

We must expand access to high-quality, affordable health care in our region and across the country. I continue to fight for health care that fits families’ budgets.

I support universal health care coverage by creating a public option and allowing Medicare buy-in. We must pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act to lower prescription drug prices and give Medicare the ability to negotiate lower drug prices and limit out-of-pocket costs, support protections for pre-existing conditions and ensure veterans get the care they need.

Many seniors in our region rely on Medicare. I am working hard to strengthen Medicare, and ensure Medicare and Medicaid are protected for future generations.

 

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Rick Larsen

Meet Rick Larsen

Rick Larsen represents Washington state's 2nd Congressional District. Rick was born and raised in Arlington and his family has called Northwest Washington home for over a century. Learn more.