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Larsen Shapes National Defense Authorization Act to Support National Security, Servicemembers, Military Communities

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, helped shape the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. Larsen successfully secured provisions to protect national security, support U.S. servicemembers and their families, and strengthen military communities. “This year’s NDAA makes important investments to strengthen military r... Read More »

Larsen: Robust Transportation and Infrastructure Bill Key to COVID-19 Recovery, Moving Economy Forward

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive, long-term package that invests more than $1.5 trillion in America’s transportation and infrastructure over the next five years. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, championed several important provisions in the final bill to ... Read More »

Larsen Votes for Police Conduct Reform, Equal Justice Legislation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for landmark legislation to halt police violence, help build confidence in law enforcement and keep communities safe. The Justice In Policing Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 236 to 181. “Black lives matter. “Real justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland and countless others and their families... Read More »

Larsen and Gallagher Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen 5G Defense Infrastructure

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the 5G technology systems and infrastructure network across the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD 5G Act requires the Secretary of Defense to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in the military’s telecommunications infrastructure. “As the U.S. continues to invest ... Read More »

Larsen: Surface Transportation Bill Key to Infrastructure-Based COVID-19 Recovery

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EVERETT, WA – On Wednesday, June 17, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will consider the INVEST in America Act, a comprehensive surface transportation bill that will invest nearly $7 billion over the next five years in Washington state’s transportation network. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the below... Read More »

Larsen: A Century Later, Jones Act Still Vital to Washington’s Maritime Economy, Jobs and National Security

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One hundred years ago this week, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Merchant Marine Act into law. Named for the primary sponsor, Senator Wesley Jones from my home state of Washington, the Jones Act, as it is more commonly known, sustains and protects a strong domestic maritime and shipbuilding industry. The Jones Act requires the use of American-owned and operated vessels to move all waterborne c... Read More »

Larsen, Franklin Welcome Destroyer’s Crew to New Homeport

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EVERETT, WA – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin released the following statements after the Navy announced it will temporarily homeport the crew of the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, at Naval Station Everett: “I look forward to welcoming the USS John Paul Jones, her sailors and their families to Everett,” said Larsen, a senio... Read More »

Larsen: Naval Station Everett Welcomes Cruiser’s Crew to New Homeport

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EVERETT, WA – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Navy announced it will temporarily homeport the crew of the USS Cape St. George, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, at Naval Station Everett (NSE): “I look forward to welcoming the USS Cape St. George, her sailors and their families to Everett,” said Larsen. “Everett ... Read More »

Larsen Statement on Boeing’s Decision to Lay Off Nearly 10,000 Washington Employees

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EVERETT, WA – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, released the below statement in response to Boeing’s decision to lay off nearly 10,000 employees in Washington state and more than 12,000 employees nationwide: “Boeing’s decision to lay off nearly 10,000 dedicated, highly-skilled women and men in Washington state is difficult news for the workers and communities I re... Read More »

Larsen to Host Third COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall

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EVERETT, WA - Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will host a live telephone town hall to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic with Second District residents. Larsen and Washington State Employment Security Department staff will hear residents’ concerns and answer questions about benefits available to Washingtonians suffering from the virus’ impacts. Last month, Larsen hosted a COVID-19 telephone town hall w... Read More »

Larsen Votes To Support Washington’s Essential Workers, First Responders

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for the HEROES Act to address the continued public health crisis and provide much needed support for Washington state’s frontline workers. The bill includes increased funding for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, key support for frontline workers and strengthened assistance for Washingtonians. “Since the last relief package was signed in... Read More »

How the 2020 Census Benefits San Juan County, Islanders

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As islanders continue social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19, you are probably wondering how to help your community from home. One easy, impactful way to help? Fill out and return your 2020 Census. By now, Washingtonians should have received an invitation to participate in the Census. Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates a Census counting everyone who lives in the ... Read More »

Larsen Votes to Deliver Critical Relief to Washington’s Small Businesses and Hospitals, Boost COVID-19 Testing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for critical emergency COVID-19 relief funding for Washington state’s small businesses, hospitals and testing. The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 388-5. “I understand the impact COVID-19 and essential social distancing measures continue to have on Washin... Read More »

Larsen Statement on Boeing Decision to Restart Limited Puget Sound Production Operations

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EVERETT, WA – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, released the below statement after Boeing announced the restart of limited Puget Sound production operations for 737, 747, 767 and 777 aircraft. “It is encouraging that Boeing announced it will restart limited production operations in the Puget Sound region while taking precautions to keep its workforce safe a... Read More »

Washington State Airports to Receive More Than $310 Million in COVID-19 Relief

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Washington state airports will receive more than $310 million in critical COVID-19 relief funding provided under the CARES Act. The CARES Act, which the president signed into law on March 27, included $10 billion in federal grants to support commercial and general aviation airports across the United States. “Aviation m... Read More »