To keep you updated about the work I'm doing on behalf of the Second Congressional District, I send out regular e-newsletters. If you don't already receive these e-newsletters, you can subscribe here. To hear from me about specific issues of importance to you, sign up here. Check out past e-newsletters below.
I also sometimes send folks updates in the mail. You can see two updates about transportation issues below, as well.
- An important message on Northwest Washington's transportation infrastructure (December 2015). One of my top priorities in Congress is to help create jobs and opportunity for people in Northwest Washington. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in our roads, bridges, highways and transit systems. These investments put people to work immediately, keep goods moving across our state, and improve safety for all of us. ... (Read full mail update here)
- An update on investing in Northwest Washington's transportation infrastructure (December 2015) In Washington state, transportation means jobs. Investing in our roads, bridges, highways and transit systems puts people to work and keeps our economy moving. That is why I am fighting in Congress for the interests of the Pacific Northwest, where we rely on all forms of transportation every day. ... (Read full mail update here)
Freeland Mobile Office Hours (October 13, 2016): Did you know that my office may be able to assist you if you are experiencing a personal issue with a federal agency? My staff will be holding "mobile office hours" this month to hear directly from you, address... (Read full newsletter here.)
Great News for Military Families (October 10, 2016): It is not every day as a lawmaker that you can point to your actions and say, "this is going to improve people's ives in a real way." This is one of those days. Back in 2012 when I began my fight for veterans' access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatement, I met with young military couples from Washington State... (Read full newsletter here.)
Burlington Shooting (September 28, 2016): On Monday, I took to the House floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor these five individuals who were killed in a horrific mass shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington this past weekend... (Read full newsletter here.)
The Next Snapchat? (September 17, 2016): It has never been more important for students to gain science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills — especially in Washington state where there are currently 25,000 unfilled STEM jobs.To further encourage young folks to learn STEM skills, I am asking the 160,000 K-12 students living in or attending school in Washington’s 2nd Congressional District to try creating a smart phone app by participating in the Congressional App Challenge... (Read full newsletter here).
Fighting Opioid Addiction (August 26, 2016): Addiction is not a moral failing but rather a medical condition that can and should be addressed through treatment — and the law enforcement, health officials, advocates and elected officials I met with over the past two weeks agreed... (Read full newsletter here).
A Breakthrough for Veterans (July 4, 2016): I am excited to share that after a four year fight we have reached a breakthrough – the House has voted to lift the ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF) services for veterans. Thousands of servicemembers suffer battlefield injuries that make it difficult to have children without medical assistance... (Read full newsletter here).
Gun Violence – Enough is Enough (June 21, 2016): The shooting in Orlando broke my heart. But for the hundreds of you who contacted me since June 12th — hearing your elected representatives express heartbreak is clearly not enough. Nor should it be... (Read full newsletter here).
Fighting the opioid addiction epidemic (May 23, 2016): The stories are heartbreaking and all too frequent. One mother from Everett shared of her son's struggle with addiction that led to an overdose. Another mother from Bellingham told me her daughter is in and out of jail and the hospital as she struggles with a heroin addiction. Addiction is a ruthless disease... (Read full newsletter here).
Updating you on good news for seniors (Mar. 21, 2016): I am pleased to share with you that today, the House of Representatives reathorized the Older Americans Act, which provides important services to seniors in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. The bill now goes to the President for his signature... (Read full newsletter here).
Let's talk (Feb. 25, 2016): I want to hear from you about the issues that are on your mind. On Monday, February 29, I’ll be holding a Facebook Q&A from 1 p.m. — 2 p.m. This is an opportunity for us to chat live and to cover the topics that are important to you. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Let's keep in touch (Feb. 11, 2016): Keeping in touch with you is important to me, and I can continue to send you these updates if you subscribe to my list by signing up for updates. I promise not to clog up your inbox with too many emails and you can always unsubscribe from this list at any time. Most importantly, your name and e-mail address will never be shared with anyone. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Coming to a library near you (Feb. 2, 2016): Did you know that my office may be able to assist you if you are experienceing a personal issue with a federal agency? ... (Read full newsletter here).
Please join me for a community coffee (Feb. 1, 2016): Please join me on Saturday, February 6, for a community coffee. I look forward to talking with you about issues important to Northwest Washington, answering your questions, and giving you an update on my work in Congress. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Sharing some good news from 2015, goals for 2016 (Jan. 22, 2016): As we begin a new year, I want to let you know that it is an honor to serve you and the people of the Second Congressional District. Your ideas and your stories are ritical in guiding the work that I do in Congress, so I want to share with you some of thehighlights from 2015 and my goals for the coming year. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Victory for PNW workers (Dec. 14, 2015): I am excited to share with you that the job-creating Export-Import Bank is back open for business. Because you are interested in hearing from me about issues related to jobs and the economy, I wanted to update you about this major victory for workers in the Pacific Northwest. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Giving our students the best opportunities (Dec. 10, 2015): I am pleased to share that today, President Obama signed a major education reform bill into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). I voted for this bill in the House because students, teachers and families in Washington state and across the country have waited too long for Congress to fix the flawed No Child Left Behind standards. Our hardworking students and dedicated teachers and administrators will now get the support they deserve to learn, innovate and succeed. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Get covered 2016 (Nov. 23, 2015): As someone who is interested in hearing from me about health care issues, I want to make sure you know that open enrollment for 2016 health coverage has started. If you don’t have health coverage yet, now is the time to sign up. If you have enrolled previously, you should plan to log into your account to update your personal information and review your options. For coverage that starts January 1, 2016, make sure you sign up by December 23. ... (Read full newsletter here).
A vote for hardworking families (Nov. 4, 2015): Hardworking families in Northwest Washington deserve a government that supports jobs and opportunity. That’s why I am fighting in Congress to make investments that grow our economy and help people participate fully in their communities, issues I hear about from my constituents. I’m pleased to share with you that I recently voted for and President Obama signed into a law a two-year budget that keeps the government working for the people. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Join me for a public meeting: Let's talk TPP (Nov. 3, 2015): I hope you will join me for one of my public meetings starting on November 10. I want to hear your thoughts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries. Your ideas and questions about the agreement are important to me and will help me make a decision about how I will vote on the TPP. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Supporting our seniors (Oct. 29, 2015): I am adamant about supporting our seniors, which is why I am fighting to protect the benefits that seniors have earned and depend on every day. Given your interest in hearing from me about my work on behalf of seniors, I want to share some information about how I am working to protect Medicare and Social Security Disability Insurance. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Fighting for jobs (Oct. 28, 2015): I am fighting to get the job-creating Export-Import Bank renewed – I helped introduced a bill earlier this year, and I led efforts to renew the Bank in 2012. Because you are interested in hearing from me about issues related to jobs and the economy, I wanted to share some good news with you. I voted for and the U.S. House passed a bipartisan bill (H.R. 597) yesterday to renew the Export-Import Bank for four years. ... (Read full newsletter here).
I stand with Planned Parenthood (Oct. 15, 2015): I want to update you on the House majority’s most recent attack against women’s health care. The majority recently voted to take away federal funding from Planned Parenthood (H.R. 3134), while also threatening to shut down the government with that same unacceptable demand. I am deeply frustrated that a shutdown was once again on the table, and that Congress continues to focus its attention on stripping away people’s health care and interfering with women’s ability to make decisions with their doctors. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Do you know a veteran nearby? (Aug. 19, 2015): Next week I will be holding roundtable discussions with veterans across Northwest Washington. I welcome all veterans who are residents of the 2nd Congressional District to join me in a discussion about veterans’ issues and how my office can help veterans get access to the services available to them. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Protecting the fundamental right to vote (Aug. 11, 2015): This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), a groundbreaking civil rights law to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. The Act has broken down barriers for millions of people in our country to more fully participate in our democracy. But barriers still stand. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Conserving our lands and waters (Jul. 16, 2015): A critical source of federal funding for land preservation is set to expire at the end of September. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected open spaces, boosted tourism and enhanced recreation in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide for the last 50 years. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Transportation means jobs (Jul. 9, 2015): Washington state cannot have a big league economy with little league infrastructure. Transportation means jobs. Repairing and maintaining our roads, bridges, highways and transit systems puts people to work and keeps people and goods moving so our economy can grow. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Happy July 4th! (Jul. 4, 2015): Happy Independence Day! I hope you are able to enjoy our country’s birthday and the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Building a bridge from classrooms to jobs (May 28, 2015): I recently met with students across Northwest Washington who are gaining valuable skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly known as STEM. At Burlington-Edison High School, students showed me a robot they built that can move and stack items. Middle school students in Arlington are learning about aerodynamics and population growth estimations. And I have heard from high school students from South Whidbey Island who recently competed regionally and internationally on a project involving submarines. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Helping veterans with health care, housing (May 22, 2015): One of my top priorities in Congress is to break down barriers for all people to participate in our economy and our democracy. This means making sure veterans have access to the education, job training, housing and health care they need. Given your interest in hearing from me about how I am supporting veterans, I want to share information about some of my recent efforts to help veterans access health care and permanent, affordable housing. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Protecting our environment (Apr. 22, 2015): It is my privilege to represent one of the most scenic areas of the country. From Skagit Valley’s Tulip Festival to the San Juan Islands coastlines to the river deltas along the Puget Sound, the Second Congressional District is one of a kind. In celebration of Earth Day, I would like to share with you a few of my efforts in Congress to protect our unique environment in the Pacific Northwest and across the globe. ... (Read full newsletter here).
My vote today to protect workers' rights (Mar. 19, 2015): I wanted to let you know that today I voted to uphold the power of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to streamline the union organizing process. NLRB set new rules in December that are designed to update and ease organizing efforts in the private sector. However, the House of Representatives approved a resolution today to reverse these rules. I voted against the resolution. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Join me for a town hall meeting (Mar. 17, 2015): I hope you will join me for one of my town hall meetings starting on March 29. Hearing directly from you about your questions and concerns is important to me. You will find more information about the dates and locations of my town hall meetings below. I look forward to talking with you, and please pass along this invitation to others in the Second Congressional District who may be interested in attending. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Supporting Small Distilleries (Mar. 9, 2015): Small businesses are the engine of our economy. They employ at least half of Washington state’s workforce. As someone who wants to hear from me about how I am supporting small businesses, I thought you would be interested to know about a bill I recently introduced that is designed to spur job creation and encourage growth among small distilleries. ... (Read full newsletter here).
Priorities for the New Congress (Feb. 9, 2015): As Congress starts a new session, I want to share with you some of my priorities that will help keep our region strong. You can sign up to get updates from me on the work I am doing in these areas by clicking the image below and selecting issues on the list. ... (Read full newsletter here).
The 56th Repeal Vote (Feb. 4, 2015): As someone who is interested in hearing from me about health care issues, I wanted to share an update about my ongoing efforts to protect access to affordable health coverage for thousands of hardworking families and individuals across the Pacific Northwest. Republicans voted yesterday for the 56th time to undercut the middle class and take this coverage away by repealing the Affordable Care Act. ... (Read full newsletter here).