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 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

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

A real, meaningful solution for America's farms

When I talk to farmers in Central Washington and across the country, having access to a stable and legal workforce is often their number one concern. Each year, it becomes harder to hire domestic workers, and farm owners have... — Updated 11/6/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Amongst the giants of American exceptionalism

All of Central Washington’s constituents are special, and I am proud to represent each of them in our nation’s capital. One constituent I am most proud of is General James N. Mattis, decorated four-star general and former U.S.... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Congress must act to end crisis facing native communities

Washington’s 4th Congressional District is home to two sovereign tribes, the Yakama Nation in the south and the Colville Tribes in the north. I am proud to represent these strong Native communities in Congress, but there is a... — Updated 10/23/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Dams and salmon can and do coexist

There has been a lot of buzz around the Snake River dams. In the decades-old argument, anti-dam advocates consistently point out that if the people of the Northwest love salmon, the dams have got to go. The communities I represent... — Updated 10/9/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Creating opportunities for agriculture research

With over 300 different commodities, Washington state has one of the most diverse agriculture industries in the country, and we are recognized around the world as a top producer of specialty crops. From apples and tree fruit to... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Supporting healthcare solutions for rural America

Across the country, we have seen communities and patients struggle to access and afford healthcare. In rural areas, this struggle is intensified by longer distances and the remote nature of our communities. Living in rural... — Updated 9/18/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Central Washington is leading in clean energy production

There has been a loud nationwide conversation about clean and carbon-free energy sources, and I am proud to represent Central Washington, where we are leading in renewable energy production. If you drive through our congressional... — Updated 8/28/2019


Hardworking farmers deserve a strong trade agreement

A story out of Ritzville recently gained national attention: Larry Yockey is a fourth-generation wheat farmer, and for nearly fifty years, he hasn’t missed a harvest. Sadly, Larry was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer,... — Updated 8/21/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Tough Decisions

Congress is responsible for funding our country, and we have some difficult decisions to make. I came to Washington D.C. to advocate for the priorities of my constituents, and I have heard loud and clear that the people of Central... — Updated 8/7/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

One-Size-Fits-All minimum wage hike hurts rural Central Washington

Last week, the House of Representatives voted on the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, despite warnings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that this would... — Updated 7/24/2019

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

American Troops Deserve Better

One of Congress’ most important Constitutional responsibilities is providing for our military and national defense. For the past 58 years, this has been a bipartisan affair. Members of the House and Senate from both sides of the... — Updated 7/17/2019


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