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Larsen: Building Northwest Washington’s Transportation Network Back Better Means Building Back Cleaner, Greener

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late last night, after a 15-hour markup, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported passage of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act, which invests nearly $60 billion to build a cleaner and greener U.S. transportation network, create more well-paying jobs and fight climate change. The bill now moves to the full House of Representati...

Larsen: Annual Defense Bill Supports Northwest Washington’s Servicemembers and their Families, Military Communities

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) successfully secured provisions in the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to protect national security, support servicemembers and their families and strengthen military communities in Northwest Washington. The NDAA was debated, amended and approved by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and will be considered by ...

Larsen: Annual Defense Bill Fosters U.S. Leadership in New and Emerging Technologies

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) successfully secured provisions in the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to foster U.S. leadership in new and emerging technologies. The NDAA was debated, amended and approved by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and will be considered by the full House of Representatives later this year. “The U.S. must increas...

Larsen Statement on Current Situation in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the below statement on the current situation in Afghanistan: “Since August 1, the United States has evacuated 58,700 U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals from Afghanistan, including 230 Afghan nationals to Washington state. However, this is only a small portion of the U.S. citizens, al...

Larsen Votes to Restore Critical Protections of the Voting Rights Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported legislation to restore critical protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) and keep the promise of democracy for all Americans. H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act prevents states and localities with a recent history of voter discrimination from restricting the right to vote by requiring these jurisdictions to...

Larsen Announces 2021 Congressional App Challenge

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EVERETT, WA – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced the launch of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The annual competition, which runs through Monday, November 1, is open to high school and middle school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District. The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for students to create programs or apps for any...

Larsen, McMorris Rodgers, Tester, Moran: Bipartisan Bill Will Improve Rural Veterans’ Access to Health Care

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help veterans who live in rural communities get to and from their medical appointments. The Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2021 makes permanent two successful initiatives providing veterans with trans...

Larsen: Federal Relief Available to Save U.S. Aerospace Supply Chain Jobs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will soon begin accepting a second round of applications from eligible small businesses for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program (AMJP), a temporary relief initiative to help cover costs of pay and benefits for aerospace supply chain employees at risk of being furloughed or who were furl...

Larsen: American WINGS Act Gives High School Students STEM Skills to Soar

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced legislation to help U.S. high school students access in-demand jobs in growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries. The American Workforce Investment in Next Generation of Students (WINGS) Act establishes a six-year pathway for high school students through community college and into a registered apprenticeship, p...

Larsen Secures Funding for Local Priorities in Spending Bills

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced he has secured $10,662,665 for ten Second District projects in the Fiscal Year 2022 House appropriations bills. “My priority in shaping spending bills is to invest in local communities to create well-paying jobs and provide vital services in Northwest Washington,” said Larsen. “I will continue to champion these critical projects to ensur...

Larsen: Safely Reopen U.S.-Canada Border to Help WA Border Communities Build Back Better

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WHATCOM COUNTY, WA – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the below statement after the Biden administration announced an extension of temporary cross-border travel restrictions through August 21st: “The Biden administration’s short-sighted decision to yet again extend temporary cross-border restrictions is another blow to border communities in Washington state,” said Larsen (WA-02), whose dis...

Chair Larsen Opening Statement at Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on “Bridging the Gap: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (WA-02) delivered the below opening statement at today’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing entitled “Bridging the Gap: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce.” More information about Tuesday’s hearing, including witnesses, testimony and background information, can be found here. For video of Larsen’s openi...

Larsen: Expanded Child Tax Credit Puts Money in Pockets of Northwest Washington’s Working Families

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EVERETT, WA – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is encouraging Northwest Washington’s working families to be on the lookout for advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit of up to $300 per month per child beginning this Thursday, July 15. In March, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive relief bill Larsen supported that expanded the Child Tax Credit to up to $3,600 ...

Larsen: Bold, FDR-Like Investment in Infrastructure Creates Well-Paying Jobs, Fights Climate Change

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) applauded House passage of the INVEST in America Act, an historic investment in the nation’s roads, bridges, highways, transit, rail and water infrastructure. The bipartisan bill passed the House of Representatives, 221 to 201. “The INVEST in America Act is the bold, FDR-like investment in infrastructure the nation needs to create well-paying jobs...

Larsen Calls for Long-Term, Structural Investment in Child Care

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) called on Congress to make a long-term, structural investment in child care to secure accessible and affordable child care for working families, drive economic recovery, and create and retain child care jobs. Larsen joined Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark and 130 Members of Congress to urge congressional leaders to invest $700 billio...