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

COVID-19 Response & Information
Economy & Jobs
Climate Change & Environment
Health Care

COVID-19 Response & Information

Workers, families and small business owners are hurting. That is why I am focused on tackling the public health and economic crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is my priority to extend the additional help for unemployment, extend and expand support to help working families put food on the table, and provide continued support for small businesses. We must also provide help for state, local and tribal government workers so they can continue to offer services to our communities, and assistance to school districts to help with their decisions about reopening classrooms in the fall.  We will get through this together. 

Information on COVID-19:
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information on unemployment benefits:
Washington State Employment Security Department

Information on financial resources:
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Information on small business aid:
Small Business Administration
Washington Small Business Development Center

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. And it is why I support the Moving Forward Act, which invests nearly $7 billion over the next five years in Washington state’s transportation systems to put people back to work, jumpstart the economy and make the transportation network safer and greener.

Congress must pass a significant increase to the federal minimum wage to reduce income inequality. I 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 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, creating 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 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 helped draft and pass the Moving Forward Act, which increases funding for low and zero-emission buses and ferries, investing in public transit, greening the transportation sector and the electric grid and promoting new renewable energy infrastructure.

I am 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 am also a co-sponsor of 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 support protections for pre-existing conditions, ensure veterans get the care they need and pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to lower health coverage costs and prescription drug prices.

I am fighting to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, stand against privatizing Social Security and advocate for nutrition assistance for seniors.