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Administration's overreach continues with WOTUS rulemaking

If someone asked you what the single worst, most egregious example of government overreach was, what would you say? The death tax? Emissions standards on cars? Livestock trucking rules? Excessive workplace safety requirements?... — Updated 1/11/2023


Christmas: A Time of Hope and Joy

Christmastime is the season of hope and joy — hope that even when times are dark, we can find the light and joy that follows. The greatest gift the world has received is the birth of Christ and his salvation of humanity. The... — Updated 12/21/2022


Looking back on 2022

As we near the end of 2022, I want to take a moment to look back on some of the work I’ve done in Congress for our district. From passing landmark legislation to securing critical funds for projects in our communities, we’ve ac... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Providing opportunities for STEM students to grow

To help prepare students for future careers in fields from chemistry and earth sciences to computer engineering and physics, schools in Central Washington and across the country are emphasizing STEM (science, technology,... — Updated 12/7/2022


Diesel shortage imperils rural communities most

Last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that distillate inventories (which include diesel) were at their lowest levels since 1951—currently we only have a 27-day supply remaining. That means if all... — Updated 11/30/2022


We have so much to give thanks for

In Central Washington, we have so much to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving, as we come together with our friends and family, don’t forget to take a moment to give thanks to our hard-working farmers, processors, and food bank... — Updated 11/23/2022


Central Washington has (already) spoken: grizzly bears are a threat

For decades, Central Washingtonians have had to fight to make our voices heard over the noise of outside interest groups and government bureaucrats who think they know what is best for our communities. Unfortunately, last week’s... — Updated 11/16/2022


Caring for our veterans

Central Washington is lucky to be home to over 33,000 veterans. As our nation observes this upcoming Veterans Day, we reaffirm a solemn promise to remember and honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces — past and... — Updated 11/9/2022


Central Washington facing an all-time crime high

Over the past few years, there has been an uptick in crime across the nation. Unfortunately, Central Washington has been no exception to this trend. Indeed, the total number of... — Updated 10/14/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Celebrating Central Washington's clean energy

From September 26 to September 30, we are recognizing National Clean Energy Week, an opportunity to celebrate the clean energy advancements taking place across the country. In Central Washington, we have extra cause to celebrate... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The time for agriculture labor reform is now

We must fix our broken immigration system and combat the rising food costs every single American across the country is facing right now, and we must do it now. Agriculture producers across the country have been facing a labor short... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Student loan forgiveness hurts everyday Americans

President Biden’s student-loan debt forgiveness plan is one of the worst decisions I’ve seen this president make. This debt “forgiveness” would have Robin Hood rolling in his grave—it takes from the poor to give to the ri... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Ignore China's threat to our own peril

Tensions have steadily risen between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for years now. From the pandemic-era trade wars to military drills around Taiwan, it’s clear the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Back to school brings new challenges

Inflation has soared from 1.4% in January 2021 to 8.5% in July of this year, and parents are bearing the brunt of these increased costs as they face their annual back-to-school shopping trips — on top of the mounting costs for... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Every community is a border community

It’s no secret the situation at our southern border is out of control. Indeed, recent figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show record levels of border crossings are continuing, including a record-setting number of ter... — Updated 7/20/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Central Washington ignored in Snake River dams reports

This week marked the conclusion of the public comment period for Governor Inslee and Senator Murray’s recently released draft Lower Snake River Dams Benefit Replacement Report. I have read the Inslee-Murray report, and while I... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Facing a better tomorrow

This Fourth of July, Americans in Central Washington and across the country are contending with a host of financial worries. Red-hot inflation has contributed to a skyrocketing cost of living and continues to wreak havoc on... — Updated 7/6/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

We must protect Central Washington's veterans

The Biden Administration must be held accountable for failing to serve Central Washington’s veterans. This weekend, details on a draft report from the VA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) broke news headlines, outlining... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Energy crisis worsens, cost of living skyrockets

A year and a half ago, when President Biden was sworn into office, gas prices were $2.39 a gallon. Today, gas prices have more than doubled, averaging $5.01 per gallon. The Labor Department reported Friday that inflation rose to... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

China's threat to American food security

China has been buying up American farmland, and, for some reason, people aren’t worried about it. Maybe they’re unaware that China’s American agricultural land holdings have increased over tenfold in the last decade. Maybe... — Updated 6/8/2022


The power of Central Washington's all-of-the-above energy portfolio

Over the past year and a half — under the Democrats’ one-party rule — rural communities like ours in Central Washington have been harmed by the failed, anti-energy policies coming out of our nation’s capital. Gas prices... — Updated 6/3/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Continuing the fight for missing and murdered native women and girls

This week, as Native American tribes and communities gather to honor the women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing at alarming rates here in Central Washington and across the country, the glaring question remains:... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Serving Our Nation's Finest

Currently, a little over 1.3 million people are serving on active duty in our nation’s military—that is less than half of one percent of the U.S. population. Securing our national defense and protecting our interests is a heavy... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Inflation is devastating to our family farms

 Farming season is here, and unfortunately, due to supply-chain issues and rising energy costs exacerbated by President Biden’s policies, input costs are at a record-high. This has placed a huge burden on Central Washington... — Updated 4/13/2022


Biden Administration ignores the facts: Dams are not the problem

It is completely mind-boggling that amidst an energy and supply chain crisis, President Biden would remove a source of power and transportation for an entire region. Yet, just last week, the White House updated their blog with a... — Updated 4/6/2022


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