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 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Looking forward to a safe and joyous New Year

Throughout the past year, I have written a lot about how I have witnessed Central Washington come together in times of crisis. The challenges of a global pandemic are certainly unprecedented, but individuals, families, healthcare... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Recognizing Native American Heritage Month

Native American history is engrained in the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Throughout our region, we are reminded of Tribal culture and heritage which greatly influence our way of life. November is Native American Heritage... — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Wildfire recovery demonstrates Central Washington's resiliency

Over the past few months, catastrophic wildfires raged – once again – throughout Central Washington and across the West. Smoke blanketed the Pacific Northwest, and whole towns were essentially wiped off the map. Unfortunately,... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The American Dream is alive and well on Main Street

I have often said that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and that could not be truer in Central Washington’s rural communities. The owners and employees of Main Street businesses are integral to the well-being of... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Delist the gray wolf

  The Endangered Species Act was signed into law to help protect and recover animals and wildlife facing critical threats or risk of extinction. As Americans, we share the common goal of protecting our environment, creating... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Renewing our commitment to Impact Aid and rural students

Many of us are familiar with how our school districts are funded. Construction costs, maintenance updates, teacher salaries, and more are funded by local taxpayers. With local property taxes, levies, and bonds, superintendents and... — Updated 9/30/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The original conservationists

Hunters, fishers, and farmers are the original conservationists. Growing up in Central Washington, I have been surrounded by agriculture my whole life. As our farmers and ranchers work to feed the world, we also recognize the... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Massive bailout will not "save the Post Office"

When rural communities call, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) answers. Our postal service employees provide critical services to the communities of Central Washington and are often the only delivery service that will go the “final... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Education is essential: Reopening our schools

I recently conducted a survey of constituents in Central Washington, asking a question that is on the minds of parents across our district and the entire country: “Do you support doing everything we can to safely reopen schools... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Latino Americans deserve their seat in the nation's capital

If you have ever visited Washington, D.C., or even looked into planning a trip to the nation’s capital, you know there are quite a few sights to see. Washington, D.C. is a hub for both American history and cultural exploration,... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Rural communities have finally been heard on grizzly bear decision

The proposal to introduce grizzly bears into the North Cascades Ecosystem has been looming over the communities of Central Washington since I was elected to Congress. I have worked with officials in the past two Administrations to... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The Next Generation of Hydropower

As I have said in the past and will continue to vocalize in our nation’s capital: Hydropower is truly the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest. From the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest power producing hydroelectric dam in North... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The truths we hold self-evident

At its founding, the United States of America was the first of its kind: an experimental government based on the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Gaining our independence from Britain was, in a way, a... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Love thy neighbor as thyself

The First Amendment and the right to peacefully protest is a bedrock of our nation’s founding. Empowering our neighbors to speak up for what is right, take action when injustice rears its ugly head in our communities, and create... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Cutting out China to strengthen our supply chains

For years, U.S. dependence on China has harbored a rising threat to our national security. Now, during a global pandemic, this threat has come clearly into view. After decades of well-known wrongdoings, human rights violations, and... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

A plan for the People's House

Throughout these unprecedented times, members of Congress — like many families across the country — are facing uncertainty about returning to work. While we understand that it will take time to return to business as usual, we... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Community strength in unprecedented times

We are in unprecedented times. The coronavirus outbreak has had a profound impact on the American people and our economy, but – together – we will make sure that impact is not a lasting one. As many businesses temporarily... — Updated 4/6/2020 Full story

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Our promise to seniors

Our nation values those who have come before us, and that includes our seniors and retirees. Past generations have paved the way for future growth, and I truly believe we owe them the respect — and the benefits — they have... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Healthy Forests are the key to wildfire prevention

In Central Washington, we understand that healthy forests are the true key to wildfire prevention. Each summer, we come face-to-face with the threat wildfires pose to our land, our communities, and our health. We are blessed to... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Washington wine industry has enormous impact from start to finish

When we look around Central Washington, it is hard to miss the thousands of acres of wine grapes that cascade across our rolling hills and valleys. In fact, there were more than 59,000 acres and nearly 70 varieties of wine grapes... — Updated 1/29/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Local voices crucial to resetting outdated Columbia River Treaty

In 1964, the United States and Canada ratified the Columbia River Treaty to increase coordination between our countries on power generation and flood control issues, along with critical support of irrigation, navigation, and... — Updated 12/18/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Time to honor and preserve Washington's Native Heritage

November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month, and I believe this is an important time to remember and celebrate the contributions and history of our Native friends and neighbors in Central Washington and... — Updated 12/13/2019


Promoting rural STEM education

Science, technology, engineering, and math – more commonly known as STEM – have become some of the most highly demanded careers in our nation’s economy. Schools across the country and in Central Washington have emphasized... — Updated 12/11/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Giving thanks to our farmers

Each Thanksgiving, I am reminded that in Central Washington, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are blessed with gorgeous national forests and public lands, powerful rivers and dams, and bountiful farm land. As we gather with... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

A renewed commitment to conservation in the West

The students of Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers were recently given a second chance. Earlier this year, the future of these programs was threatened when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed closing nine of... — Updated 11/20/2019


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