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Larsen Releases Report to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Northwest Washington

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released a district opioid report that analyzes the ongoing opioid epidemic in Northwest Washington and offers federal policy recommendations to address many of the concerns he has heard from constituents, local leaders and stakeholders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cascadia Daily News: Op-Ed: The opioid epidemic has devastated Northwest Washington

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How do we regain momentum? Congress and the Biden administration must do more to coordinate with local governments, Tribal communities, law enforcement, health care providers and community partners who are on the front lines of the epidemic. This begins with understanding the challenges communities are facing and working together to break down barriers to lasting solutions.

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

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This change would make it easier for Skagit, Snohomish and Island County residents to access federal justice system services and attend court. Currently, the Western District of Washington has courthouses in Seattle and Tacoma and holds hearings in Bellingham and Vancouver.

Larsen: Extreme GOP Bill Restricts Reproductive Health Care, Hurts Northwest Washington Families

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“MAGA Republicans are more concerned about restricting reproductive health care than protecting families,” said Larsen. “Instead of working toward a harmful national abortion ban, Congress must protect and expand safe reproductive health care and enable families to choose what is best for them.”

Larsen Joins Bipartisan Rural Health Caucus

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) recently joined the bipartisan Rural Health Caucus to improve understanding and coordinate policies that address rural health issues in Northwest Washington. The Rural Health Caucus, which relaunched on September 20, is led by Reps. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) and Jill Tokuda (D-HI).

Larsen, WA Delegation Members Seek Answers on State’s Plan to Fund Local Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) led seven members of the Washington congressional delegation calling for the State to provide answers about its long-term plan to reduce critical Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funding for regional drug task forces that help local communities fight the opioid epidemic.

Larsen: Bipartisan Budget Agreement is “Necessary Step” to Prevent Catastrophic Default, Maintain U.S. Global Economic Leadership

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the below statement in support of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement (BBA): “I will be voting ‘yes’ on the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, a necessary step to prevent catastrophic default and maintain U.S. economic leadership in the world,” said Larsen, the lead Democrat on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.…

Larsen Requests $46,401,575 for Fifteen Local Projects in Fiscal Year 2024 Spending Bill

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) requested $46,401,575 for fifteen local projects in the Fiscal Year 2024 spending bill that local leaders and stakeholders identified as critical to their communities. Larsen submitted the requests to the House Appropriations Committee as the Committee begins work on legislation to fund the federal government.

Larsen Discusses Local Priorities to Address Veteran Homelessness with VA Secretary Denis McDonough

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) recently joined U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, Dr. Thomas Bundt, Executive Director of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and regional stakeholders for a roundtable discussion focused on efforts to assist and house veterans experiencing homelessness in Washington state. During the roundtable, Larsen highlighted the unique challenges facing local veterans and their families, as well as the ongoing efforts by agencies and organizations to serve veterans in Northwest Washington.

Larsen Secures $31,529,221 for Fifteen Local Projects in Omnibus Spending Package

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for the Fiscal Year 2023 omnibus spending package, which included funding Larsen secured for fifteen projects in the Second District that local leaders and stakeholders identified as critical to their communities. The package now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.