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We’re at a critical juncture in our country today. Too many issues have gone unaddressed for too long, hurting our economy and working families. We can’t afford to keep the same failed policies and play the same partisan games that caused these problems in the first place. I support expanding economic opportunity, helping working families and small businesses, spurring job growth and being fiscally responsible. I am focused on results, not rhetoric.

In Congress, my
priorities include:

Job Creation

To strengthen the middle class and help struggling families we must do more to create jobs and grow an economy that works for everyone. This means helping our small businesses and local industries that can support good paying jobs for years to come, including aerospace, manufacturing, high-tech, sustainable agriculture, clean energy and health care. We must support businesses that are creating family wage jobs and invest in the training, education and skills of our workers to ensure they are prepared for success.

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Building A Fair Economy

We must build an economy that works for everyone, where prosperity is widely shared and everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. This means raising the federal minimum wage to lift millions of Americans out of poverty. We need comprehensive tax reform to ensure everyone is paying their fair share. I support the Buffett rule, which would ensure that those making a million dollars or more per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle-class families.

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Women’s Health and Security

Today, women make up 47 percent of the workforce and are the primary or sole income earner for nearly half of America’s families. It’s simple: when women succeed, America succeeds. I’m fighting for strong, commonsense policies that address economic challenges facing women and families. I’ve also worked hard to protect women’s reproductive health and rights, fighting against attempts to restrict access to abortion and birth control.

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Fiscal Responsibility

Congress must stop lurching from one fiscal crisis to the next. This is the least efficient and most expensive way to budget. The time has come to restore fiscal transparency and sanity in Congress. We must move forward by passing a responsible budget that cuts wasteful spending and prioritizes job-creating investments in our infrastructure, research and education. This means looking closely at where we are getting a good return on our investments and cutting in places where we are not.

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Innovation

The key to long-term economic growth and prosperity are policies that encourage entrepreneurship and support innovation. Nowhere in the country is the impact of innovation on the economy more visible than in Washington’s 1st Congressional District. The people in this district build the world’s best airplanes, grow the finest food and design world class software.

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Immigration

We have an historic opportunity to fix our nation’s broken immigration system so it works for businesses, families and our economy. Immigration reform is especially important for the 1st Congressional District. We have a border, a vibrant agricultural industry, world-leading technology and advanced manufacturing businesses and workers, families, students and entrepreneurs who are all hurting because our current system is so dysfunctional.

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Infrastructure

Investing in our transportation infrastructure is how we keep our economy moving. Billions of dollars of freight and goods move through our region, as do hundreds of thousands of workers. They all depend on safe roads, bridges and transit. As we saw in May of 2013 with the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit river, this infrastructure is fragile and any disruption to it has large, broad consequences to our economy. The bridge collapse was a wake-up call.

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Privacy

The revelations of secret, government surveillance programs monitoring the communications of millions of law-abiding Americans was deeply troubling, and represented a constitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment. I’ve been a leader in passing bipartisan legislation to restore innocent Americans’ online privacy rights by ending the government’s bulk collection of phone records and requiring greater transparency and oversight of NSA’s surveillance programs. I’ve also worked closely with my colleagues to ensure there is a warrant standard for electronic communications – something most Americans assume is already the case.

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Energy

We need a balanced approach to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. This means investing in clean, renewable energy. Doing so will help develop a new sector in our economy, and address the growing challenges of climate change. It’s urgent that we take meaningful steps now to begin the transformation to an economy based on clean and renewable energy sources for the security and health of future generations.

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Health Care

We cannot go back to the days when someone could be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition or when you could be charged more for coverage for simply being a woman. That’s why I’ve voted against each and every attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, we must do more to make sure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care.

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Social Security

Social Security has been a building block of our middle class. It’s created a social safety net and a basic level of financial security for seniors. It’s an investment we’ve all made and a promise I’m committed to protecting and strengthening for all of our seniors.

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Environment

What makes living in the Pacific Northwest so special is the natural environment that surrounds us. The 1st Congressional District is home to some of our nation’s most beautiful forests, mountains and waterways. We also have some of the most fertile agricultural land. Taking care of our natural resources and protecting our environment is critical to maintaining the quality of life we cherish. That’s why I’ve introduced and passed legislation to protect our public lands including protecting Illabot Creek as wild and scenic and expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I’ve also fought for an extension of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a critical tool for conservation.

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Medicare

Medicare is a cornerstone of our nation’s health care system. I am committed to protecting it and will fight against any efforts to privatize or dismantle Medicare. The focus instead should be on controlling the rising costs of care and improving the level of care seniors receive. I support allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices to bring down the costs for seniors.

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Agriculture

Agriculture represents $49 billion of economic activity and supports 160,000 jobs in Washington state. The 1st Congressional District has an especially vibrant agriculture sector. We are home to thousands of farms that grow everything from seeds that feed the world, to berries, flowers and dairy, providing nutritious food to customers all around the globe. Supporting our farms is critical to ensuring a healthy economy in the 1st District. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I helped craft a bipartisan Farm Bill that provides tremendous support for our growers of fruits, vegetables and organic products, while also reducing the federal deficit.

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Education

A well-educated workforce is vital to our economic success. And a quality education system is the key to creating a workforce prepared for the 21st century economy. I will fight for policies that strengthen our education system focused on closing the achievement gap, raising standards and giving our teachers the support they deserve to help ensure that every child gets the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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