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Larsen Introduces Bill to Boost Federal Response to Flu

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced the Protecting America from Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Act (“The Influenza Act”) to bolster the federal response to seasonal and pandemic influenza as seasonal flu rates continue to rise in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. CDC estimates there have been at least 8.7 million illnesses, 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 d...

Larsen’s Bipartisan Bill to Protect Southern Resident Killer Whales, Marine Mammals Passes House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) celebrated House passage of his bipartisan legislation to protect marine mammals, including Southern Resident killer whales. “In the Pacific Northwest, Southern Resident killer whales are an important cultural symbol and environmental linchpin,” said Larsen. “I am encouraged by the Navy and Coast Guard’s recent efforts to work together to enhance ...

Larsen: Department of Justice Must Protect Election Workers and the Democratic Process

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) recently joined Rep. Nikema Williams (GA-05) and 30 House Democrats in calling on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide more information on how the DOJ’s Election Threats Task Force is addressing threats of violence toward election workers across the country. In a November 3 letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the lawmakers wr...

Larsen Announces In-Person Community Coffee Meetings in Burlington, Bellingham and Friday Harbor

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced locations and times for in-person community coffee meetings in Burlington, Bellingham and Friday Harbor. This week, Larsen hosted two community coffee meetings in Everett and Oak Harbor to answer questions from attendees and provide information on how his office can help constituents experiencing issues with federal agencies. Community members are welcome to atte...

Larsen to Host In-Person Community Coffee Meetings in Everett and Oak Harbor

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EVERETT and OAK HARBOR, WA – On Monday, October 3, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will kick off a series of in-person community coffee meetings across Washington’s Second Congressional District at Everett Public Schools Community Resource Center in Everett. On Tuesday, October 4, Larsen will host a second community coffee meeting at The Center in Oak Harbor. Information about future community coffees in...

Larsen, Beyer and Chu Introduce Legislation to Restore Fulbright Exchanges with China

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Don Beyer (VA-08) and Judy Chu (CA-27) recently introduced the Restoring Fulbright Exchanges with China and Hong Kong Act. In 2020, President Trump signed an executive order to end Fulbright exchanges both to and from China and Hong Kong. “Restoring Fulbright exchanges with China and Hong Kong will help the United States build its China expertise, stre...

Larsen and DelBene: Investment in Global Digital Infrastructure Boosts U.S. Competitiveness

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the Prioritizing Digital Infrastructure Financing Act, legislation to enhance U.S. leadership in global digital infrastructure financing to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative and enhance data security around the world. “A major element of China’s Belt and Road Initiative is foreign investment in digital infrast...

House Unanimously Passes DelBene-Larsen Bill to Add Mount Vernon Court Location to Western District of Washington

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3034, legislation introduced by Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) that would add Mount Vernon as a court location in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington by voice vote. This change would make it easier for Skagit, Snohomish, and Island County residents to access the federal justic...

House Passes Larsen, Beyer Bill to Prepare U.S. Aviation for Future Public Health Emergencies

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Aviation Preparedness Plan Act, legislation introduced by Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Don Beyer (VA-08) to require the development of a national aviation preparedness plan for future public health emergencies. The bipartisan bill, which passed the House by a final vote of 293 to 133, now heads to the Senate for consi...

Larsen Votes to Lower Costs for Northwest Washington Families and Seniors, Make Historic Investment to Combat Climate Change

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs for working families and seniors, make a historic down payment to combat climate change and cut the deficit by $300 billion. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed the House by a final vote of 220 to 207 and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. “Thanks to the Ameri...

Larsen: $8.86 Million Federal Grant Enables Whatcom Transportation Authority to Continue to Reduce Bus Emissions

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BELLINGHAM, WA – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced the Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) has been awarded a $8,862,951 federal grant to replace eight aging diesel buses with eight electric buses and to purchase and install bus chargers. “This is great news for Whatcom County,” said Larsen, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “These critical resources enable WT...

Larsen, DelBene Secure $25 Million for Lynnwood’s Poplar Way Bridge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $25 million grant to construct a new six-lane, multimodal bridge over I-5 in Lynnwood, between the intersections of 196th Street SW (State Route 524)/Poplar Way and 33rd Avenue W/Alderwood Mall Boulevard. DOT awarded the funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discr...

Larsen, DelBene Secure $25 Million for Lummi Island Ferry

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $25 million grant to replace the 60-year-old Lummi Island ferry with an electric-battery hybrid ferry and build related infrastructure. DOT awarded the funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant Program, which enables communities of all sizes to car...

DelBene, Larsen Call for Answers Around Postal Delays in Northwest Washington Days Before Election Deadline

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) are calling for answers about widespread mail delays reported to both offices over recent weeks in Whatcom, Snohomish, and Island Counties. These complaints include delayed mail and packages containing medications, bills, and passports; hours-long lines at post offices; repeatedly unserved home mailboxes; and ele...

Everett Herald: Infrastructure act building equity for Americans, too

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Eight months ago, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Over the next five years, the law will inject at least $8.5 billion into Washington state infrastructure that has its foundation in the 1950s — roads, bridges, transit, airports, ferries, waterways and railways — as well as new innovative infrastructure that will last well into the 2050s and beyond: broadband, ele...