Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

WASHINGTON's 4th DISTRICT

Constituent Services are Part of My Job

2014/04/18

As Central Washington’s Representative to the United States Congress, one of my highest priorities is providing service and assistance to all the citizens of our region. I believe working for you in Congress extends beyond voting on legislation, and includes helping constituents navigate the federal government bureaucracy. Below are a number of ways I can offer my help and the expertise of my staff:

Federal Government Help
If you, a family member, or someone you know is experiencing a problem with a federal agency, my office may be able to help. Each week, I assist residents from Central Washington who need help with their Social Security, veterans’ benefits, obtaining a visa or passport, resolving issues with the Internal Revenue Service, and a variety of other matters involving federal agencies. A member of my staff can initiate a Congressional inquiry into a situation as soon as a letter describing the situation and an authorization form that allows me to act on your behalf are received. Anyone requiring this type of assistance should contact my Tri-Cities office at (509) 543-9396 or my Yakima office at (509) 452-3243.

Veterans and Active Duty Military
Keeping our nation’s commitment to those who served and fought to keep America safe is a national priority. My staff can help provide support to veterans, as well as active members of our military, who need assistance with their benefits or health care services. For assistance with obtaining military medals or veteran’s claims, please contact my Tri-Cities office.

Military Academy Nominations
Members of Congress have the privilege of recommending a select group of young men and women to be considered for admission to the United States service academies, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Merchant Marine. The appointments are limited and highly competitive. Applicants must be residents of the 4th Congressional District in Central Washington and be between the ages of 17 and 22. For more information, please contact my Tri-Cities office.

Capitol Flags
It is possible for you to acquire a flag that has flown over the United States Capitol, and even to request a flag be flown for a special occasion. If you are interested in purchasing a flag, please visit my website or contact my office for an order form.

Visiting Our Nation’s Capital
If you are planning a visit to Washington, D.C., I encourage you to contact my office so that my staff can provide you with details on tours of the U.S. Capitol, the White House, museums, monuments, and other sites of interest that are open to the public.

These are just a few examples of how I may be able to help you. If there is another matter involving the federal government with which you may need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office or visit my website at www.hastings.house.gov. It is my honor to represent you in Congress.

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Hastings Announces 2014 Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Site Briefings

2014/04/16

Congressman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Chairman of the bipartisan House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, announced the schedule today for the 20th annual briefing series on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) nuclear cleanup program.

“These briefings provide valuable insight and help educate my colleagues in Congress and their staff about nuclear cleanup issues. The fact is, cleanup doesn't happen in Washington, D.C. – it’s accomplished at our sites in our communities,” Hastings said.

Each briefing will focus on a specific site office and the presentations are conducted by the local site managers and contractors. The briefings are open to Members of Congress, Congressional staff, the news media, and other interested individuals. The 2014 briefing schedule follows:

April 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Idaho National Laboratory
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

May 1 at 8:30 a.m.
Richland Operations Office, Washington
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

May 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

May 8 at 9:00 a.m.
Savannah River Site, South Carolina
1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

May 20 at 8:30 a.m.
Office of River Protection, Washington
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

For more information about the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and the current briefing schedule, visit http://hastings.house.gov/CleanupCaucus

As founder and Chairman of the bipartisan Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, Hastings arranges and hosts the briefings each year. If you have questions about the briefings, room locations, or schedule, please contact Whitney Riggs at 202-225-5816.

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Balancing the Budget

2014/04/11

Families and small business owners all across America know that sometimes difficult decisions must be made in order to balance their budgets – and so should Congress and the President. Whether monthly or annually, we all set priorities and make decisions about how we spend the money that we have earned. The basic principle behind balancing our nation’s checkbook is simple: you can’t spend more money then you take in.

Although D.C. Democrats believe that we should tax and spend our way to prosperity, House Republicans have a different approach – one that balances our nation’s finances without raising taxes and pays off the national debt.

This week marks the fourth year in a row that House Republicans have passed a responsible budget – one that shows the American people that the federal government can stop spending money it doesn’t have and start living within its means.

Specifically, our blueprint for federal spending provides much-needed reforms to programs that grow each year without Congressional action and are the true drivers of our nation’s record debt. Our spending blueprint cuts wasteful government spending by $5.1 trillion over the next ten years, it repeals Obamacare to make room for patient-centered reforms, and it lowers tax rates for all American families.

Our balanced approach also outlines an all-of-the-above energy plan that creates more jobs and lowers energy bills, and it overhauls the federal tax code to boost wages, bring more jobs home, and make our manufacturers and entrepreneurs more competitive.

The House-passed plan provides our troops with the training they need and the compensation they deserve, strengthens Medicare for future generations, and helps Americans enjoy a more secure retirement.

Working Americans deserve to keep more of their hard earned paycheck to support themselves and their families. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the economic effects of our budget would increase economic output by 1.8 percent. That translates to more take-home pay for Americans to the tune of $1,100.

House Republicans have solutions to expand opportunities for everyone and build an America that works. Our balanced budget solution will grow the economy by getting Americans working again and ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a stronger, more prosperous America.

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House Passes a Responsible, Balanced Budget

2014/04/10

Congressman Doc Hastings released the following statement on the House Budget Resolution, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 219-205:

“Today’s vote marks the fourth year in a row that House Republicans have passed a responsible budget that balances our nation’s finances without raising taxes on hardworking Americans and gets a handle on our skyrocketing national debt. It’s past time for our government to stop spending money we don’t have. Specifically, our budget solution provides much-needed reforms to programs that grow each year without Congressional action and are the true drivers of our rising debt. It cuts wasteful government spending by $5.1 trillion over the next ten years, repeals Obamacare to make room for patient-centered reforms, and lowers tax rates for all American families. The House-passed plan provides our troops with the training they need and compensation they deserve, strengthens Medicare for future generations, and helps Americans enjoy a more secure retirement. Most importantly, our budget will grow the economy by getting Americans working again and ensures our children and grandchildren inherit a stronger, more prosperous America.”

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Protecting American Workers and Their Paychecks

2014/04/04

Every day, I hear from hardworking people in Central Washington who are struggling to support their families and put food on the table. At a time when three-quarters of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, the Obama Administration is imposing a new nationwide mandate that could cause millions of workers to see their hours cut and their take-home pay slashed.

The Obamacare law requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance to all of their full-time employees. Buried deep within the thousands of pages of new government regulations is a provision that redefines “full-time employment” as only 30 hours per week, instead of the traditional 40-hour work-week.

The fact of the matter is, many of our nation’s job creators simply cannot afford to purchase health insurance – now mandated by the federal government – for all of their employees who work more than 30 hours each week. As a result, many employers are being forced to reduce their workforce to fewer than 50 employees or reduce the number of hours their employees work. Consequently, Americans across the nation are beginning to see their take-home pay cut by as much as 25 percent, making it difficult to support themselves and their families.

There are 7.2 million Americans working part-time for economic reasons. According to a study by the Hoover Institution, the number of part-time employees is expected to grow to nearly 10 million because of the 30-hour rule, leaving even more workers with a smaller paycheck – income that is necessary to spur economic growth.

The Obama Administration talks about wanting to address income inequality. Sadly, it appears that the very people this Administration seeks to help are the people who will be most impacted by these pay cuts.

President Obama’s 30-hour rule is hurting hourly farm workers in Central Washington who are trying to support themselves and their families. It is hurting young, often entry-level workers who are trying to save for college or buy their first home. And an overwhelming majority of those hurt by the President’s 30-hour rule are women, including single mothers trying to support their children.

This week, the House of Representatives took an important step to protect millions of working-class families across the country from seeing their hours cut by the Obama Administration. I joined my colleagues in passing the “Save American Workers Act,” which repeals the 30-hour definition of “full-time employment” and restores the traditional 40-hour definition for the purposes of the employer health care mandate.

This bipartisan legislation, which I’m proud to co-sponsor, will provide much-needed relief to those who have specifically been impacted by this 30-hour rule. I urge the Senate to quickly pass this commonsense solution, which is critical to getting Americans working again and keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.

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Hastings Receives “Water Statesman Award” from the National Water Resources Association

2014/04/02

Today, Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA) received the “Water Statesman Award” from the National Water Resources Association (NWRA), in recognition of his career as a defender and champion of western water issues. Hastings, who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, received the award following his address to the National Water Resources Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.


Sunnyside Irrigation District and NWRA Water Supply Task Force Chairman Jim Trull (left)
and NWRA President Tom Myrum (right) with Congressman Doc Hastings.

“Doc has been a strong advocate for western water interests. He has fought for better management of our natural resources and has a common sense approach to getting things done,” said Jim Trull, District Manager, Sunnyside Irrigation District and NWRA Water Supply Task Force Chairman. “Doc, a devoted family man has served the 4th congressional district and water users around the west well.”

“For two decades, Congressman Doc Hastings has been one of the strongest voices for western water users in Congress. His efforts have benefited Washington State, as well as water users throughout the nation,” said Tom Myrum, NWRA President and Washington State Water Resources Association Executive Director. “The National Water Resources Association thanks Doc for his work and is proud to present him with our Water Statesman Award, our association's highest honor.”

Hastings delivered the following prepared remarks at the NWRA Annual Meeting, highlighting hydropower as a clean, renewable energy resource; California water issues; and the need to update and improve the Endangered Species Act:

“Thank you for that kind introduction, Jim. It’s a pleasure once again to be here.

As many of you know, I represent a district in central Washington State. Of course, I’d like to say that our area is the most productive agricultural region in our nation. Yet, that would be unfair because there are many other arid desert areas have been transformed because of legendary Bureau of Reclamation projects.

These projects, including hundreds of dams and thousands of miles of canals, have not only transformed the West into what it is today, but they provide food and fiber for billions across the country and the world. When consumers go to the grocery store even in places like Washington, DC they can choose and enjoy fruits and vegetables grown from these western irrigated lands.

The water used for these crops comes from storage reservoirs behind dams that also provide emissions-free hydropower. In fact, the Pacific Northwest region is the least carbon-emitting area of our Nation thanks to a whole series of dams – including Grand Coulee – that produce massive amounts of clean and renewable and hydroelectricity that keeps the lights on and our economy running.

But, these legendary projects are under constant assault from age and environmental litigation. Despite the known and widely regarded successes associated with the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers projects, the flow of our Columbia River system had been managed by a federal judge who knew little about science or engineering. Over the past decade, these projects have been managed by litigation, and judicial action and reaction because of the Endangered Species Act. As California is now painfully witnessing, we are at a point in the West where species are becoming more important than people.

Let me talk a bit about California. The House Natural Resources Committee has spent considerable time investigating and trying to resolve the water issues in California. Without a doubt, the lack of rainfall has led to a drought. Yet, the drought has been exacerbated by federal regulations that have released over 800,000 acre feet of storage into the Pacific Ocean. Undoubtedly, that water could and should be in storage now, but it isn’t because of an endangered three-inch Delta Smelt.

As it stands now, irrigators in the San Joaquin Valley are slated to receive zero percent of their water and, as a result, unemployment is going to skyrocket. It’s a travesty that was completely avoidable.

The House has acted twice on this matter and we are still waiting for the Senate to act. It’s fine if the Senate has an alternative approach, but it must act and we must then find a solution together to avoid another man-made drought.

Certainly one of the longer-term solutions to resolving the California situation and droughts throughout the West is more water storage. Dams and reservoirs were designed to capture water in normal times to provide water in dry times. That’s why the West has prospered, yet federal regulations and lack of vision have undercut our ability to build more multi-purpose storage on a comprehensive basis.

As many of you know, the Yakima basin is in real need of storage. Conservation is important in the basin and must be part of that solution, but storage is the key to meeting water supply needs.

Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee have introduced three bills to build more storage through innovative means and through what’s called “one-stop-shop” permitting reforms. We owe it to future generations to plan and to build these projects now before we get to a mindset in this country that big projects like these are unattainable and shouldn’t be pursued.

These projects can also provide hydropower. This is an audience I certainly don’t need to convince about the benefits of hydropower. Yet, because of politics, some of the most vocal climate change activists are incapable of plainly stating that low-cost hydropower is a clean energy source, a renewable energy source, and a non-emitting energy source.

While it’s astonishing that hydropower as a renewable energy source is even a matter of debate, it is even more astonishing that some demand the removal of the four Snake River dams in the name of climate change. This is pure politics and hypocrisy at its worst. If you are serious about global warming, you can’t seriously support Snake River dam removal when hydropower is a non-emitting energy source.

On the flip side of federal regulations, we have pushed for the reform of the federal hydropower relicensing process. A process where federal resource agencies extort dam owners to make costly improvements that have little or nothing to do with the environment.

For example, a public utility district wants to put a 6 megawatt facility at the Enloe Dam far above migratory fish habitat. This effort has been sidetracked by the Bureau of Land Management for almost a decade for something that has nothing to do with the environment or fish. There is truly no accountability. If we want clean and renewable power, these bureaucratic hurdles must stop.

We did clear some bureaucratic hurdles with the passage of the Tipton conduit hydropower bill. This public law is a significant accomplishment and is the first west-wide authorization of hydropower in decades – clearing up multi-agency confusion on over 29,000 miles of federal canals and allowing irrigators the first right-of-refusal in developing hydropower in canals, pipes and ditches.

Now, the Bureau of Reclamation must implement this law properly to ensure so that we have more hydropower investment while protecting irrigators and their water supplies. I thank NWRA for their leadership in supporting this bill.

I want to focus on two areas that I know are significant concerns during your visit to Washington, DC this year: The Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

First, as many of you heard yesterday from my staff, we have put considerable work on the Endangered Species Act, which has not been amended or reauthorized in 26 years. Serial litigants have abused the law. At the same time, only 2 percent of species have actually been recovered.

We can do better for species and people. Yet, many of the serial litigants are fighting hard to keep the status quo.

In response, Wyoming’s Congresswoman, Cynthia Lummis, and I started the Endangered Species Working Group. This Group was composed of Republicans throughout the U.S. to help build the national case for modest improvements to the ESA.

We in the West know firsthand about the ESA, but the mega-settlements entered into by the Obama Administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service, the Center for Biological Diversity and the WildEarth Guardians will continue to bring the ESA issue to many more Americans.

The Working Group proposed dozens of reforms. The first of those reforms, principally dealing with the need for data and litigation transparency, were introduced as legislation last week.

The Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on those bills next week. We fundamentally believe that these simple, straightforward and common sense reforms will improve the ESA for people and species. We look forward to working with you on these efforts.

Second, while our bills are aimed at improving the regulatory environment, the Obama Administration made matters worse when it announced a revised “Waters of the U.S.” proposal last week. As many of you know, this proposal is the non-legislative form of the old Jim Oberstar bill from four years ago which sought to take the word “navigable” out of the Clean Water Act, effectively regulating almost every body of water – including irrigation canals.

This is a massive federal overreach, guaranteeing more paperwork, more bureaucratic red tape and federal micromanagement of private landowners – not better water quality.

I urge you in your visits this week to talk to your representatives and their staff to give firsthand accounts of what this means to your water districts. There will be congressional action to stop this proposal but we need your help.

As always, we face daunting tasks even in the midst of successes. For this reason, you are vitally important to bringing it home about how federal actions impact your farmers, communities and even the nation. You are the ones on the ground who deal with federal regulations every day, you have a story tell and you should tell it.

I commend you for your hard work and dedication and look forward to working with you in these important endeavors.

With that, I say thank you for inviting me to join you and would like to open it up to a few questions.”

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Hastings Statement on Cleanup Commitments

2014/04/01

Congressman Doc Hastings released the following statement on the cleanup commitments and a path forward at Hanford:

“When the Consent Decree was signed, legal commitments were made to the State of Washington. It was widely believed that these commitments were unlikely to be met shortly after the ink was dry. I support our state's right to utilize all tools available to ensure that the federal government is held accountable and that cleanup commitments are upheld.

“While some work has progressed on-site, the path forward for the Waste Treatment Plant has been in limbo for over 3 years. This degree of uncertainty and the unavailability of even basic information has severely hindered the project. I welcome today's actions, not because I believe either proposal is perfect, but because it moves us one step closer to an agreement on a real plan to achieve the shared goal of a safe, effective, efficient Waste Treatment Plant.

“As proposals are considered, I am hopeful that all involved are mindful of the need to achieve a workable, achievable and fundable path forward in short order. I am also hopeful that more information, including details from the Department of Energy that remain elusive, will be made available before any agreement is finalized.

“I also encourage all parties and the public to review proposals with a broad lens as work continues towards a solution. I am concerned, particularly after reviewing the Administration's budget proposal, that their plan for funding (still unreleased) cost increases associated with WTP will result in missed milestones at other EM sites including the Richland Operations Office. I'm equally concerned about pumping AY-102, building new storage tanks, and other activities that divert resources and workers away from treating and vitrifying the tank waste. It's critical that everyone understands exactly what the trade-offs are in any plan.”

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Tips for Tax Season

2014/03/28

As tax day nears on April 15th, we’re reminded of the tremendous impact that decisions made in Washington, D.C. have on Central Washington families, farmers, and businesses. With many still searching for jobs or working twice as hard to pay the bills, the last thing Americans need is a higher tax bill from the federal government. Unfortunately, this Administration has repeatedly shown that its approach is to tax more and spend more.

Americans deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money and they deserve a tax code that is easy to understand. I have long supported efforts to eliminate our current tax system and replace it with one that is simpler, fairer, and consistent. Simplifying our tax code will give American families and job creators the certainty of knowing what their tax bill will be year-to-year so that they can plan for the future, save, and invest.

A competitive tax system will grow our economy, allow American small businesses to create new jobs, and enable private sector growth. The Chairman of the House tax writing committee recently released a proposal to reform the tax code with these goals in mind. While this is just the first draft, it will allow Americans to review it and see what they like and don’t like about the proposal before moving forward. In my view, this open process is how Congress should work, instead of former Speaker Pelosi’s infamous quote that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” in reference to Obamacare. You can learn more and share your tax reform ideas at www.taxreform.gov. I will continue to support efforts to create a simpler, more competitive tax code that will help American families and businesses succeed.

As the April 15th tax filing deadline fast approaches, here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare your taxes this year:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Assistance Center, located in Yakima, may be able to assist you with questions or concerns regarding your tax return. You can also call toll-free 1-800-829-1040 to speak with an IRS representative on the phone.

The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail. Therefore, do not answer an e-mail that appears to have been sent by the IRS.

If you choose to hire a professional tax preparer, choose wisely. Ask questions and make sure you understand and are comfortable with the accuracy of your tax returns as you are ultimately responsible.

If you are unable to file by April 15th, file for an extension.

Always save a copy of your tax return.

For more information about filing, tax forms, answers to frequently asked questions, or to track the status of your tax refund, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

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Western Governors’ Association Praises the ESA Congressional Working Group’s Report and Recommendations

2014/03/26

Yesterday, the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association, led by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, issued a letter praising the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group for its recent report and recommendations for improving the ESA. The letter specifically highlights their support for several areas of reform that align with the Working Group Report, including strengthening states’ role, greater use of state data and using sound science in ESA decisions, and clarity and transparency of ESA definitions. The letter states:

“Western Governors have called on Congress to amend and reauthorize the ESA. The Working Group’s report covers a breadth of ESA reform issues. We are particularly pleased to see that your recommendations call for significant enhancement of the role of states. The ESA statute is premised on a strong federal-state partnership but, in practice, the role of states has become increasingly limited over time. Western Governors encourage Congress to implement ESA reforms that reinstate the robust state engagement envisioned under the Act.”

“I’m pleased by the bipartisan support we’ve received from the Western Governors’ Association for several of the Working Group’s recommendations. I strongly believe there are targeted ways to improve and modernize the ESA for the 21st century. Improving state and local participation and transparency of science and data are essential components. I look forward to continuing to work with state governors as we move ahead with sensible, targeted reforms,” said ESA Working Group Co-Chair Doc Hastings (WA-04).

“I am very pleased that our Working Group’s report has struck common ground with the governors who simply know their states better than Washington, including their land, water, and wildlife,” said Lummis. “Our governors in the west are conservation leaders, putting actual boots-on-the-ground to conserve species and habitat. This has never been more evident than in recent years, where states have poured enormous time, money and effort into protecting species targeted for federal listing like the greater sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken. Home grown conservation works, and we can harness it most effectively under the Endangered Species Act by making states equal partners. I thank the Western Governors for their support and I look forward to continue working with them on this issue,” said ESA Working Group Co-Chair Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large).

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Protecting the Second Amendment for Future Generations

2014/03/21

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.”

Our Founding Fathers recognized that certain rights are inherent to all Americans, which is why they had the wisdom and foresight to draft the Constitution and the Bill of Rights – documents that were forged by life experiences in the fight for freedom and democracy against tyranny and oppression. I took an oath to protect all of the freedoms and rights guaranteed by our Constitution – whether it is freedom of speech, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, or the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The right to bear arms is no less sacred of a Constitutional right than freedom of speech, religion, or of the press.

My heart goes out to the victims of tragic shootings like those at schools, movie theaters, and shopping malls. That said, I do not believe these tragic events should be used as an excuse to enact additional gun restrictions and weaken Americans’ Second Amendment rights. There are currently thousands of federal, state, and local gun laws in place to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms, and I do not believe that the answer to preventing future shootings is to enact further restrictions on law-abiding citizens who legally own guns or who wish to obtain them through legal means.

Make no mistake, we all want our communities to be safe places to live, work, learn, and play. I firmly believe we must better understand the role that mental illness plays in gun-related violent crimes and look for ways to help and support individuals suffering from mental illness and their families.

When any of our Constitutional rights are called into question, whether it is freedom of speech or gun rights, all Americans should be concerned. It will take everyone working together to find a solution that puts an end to senseless gun violence and protects the right of responsible gun ownership through legal means. As a nation, our focus should be on preventing criminals from obtaining firearms by strictly enforcing our existing gun laws, helping those who suffer from mental illness, and their families, and preserving the Constitutional rights of all law-abiding Americans, regardless of where they live.

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1203 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5816
Fax 202-225-3251
hastings.house.gov

Doc Hastings first joined the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 to serve Washington’s Fourth Congressional District. He brought with him solid legislative experience and a strong work ethic, coupled with the desire to bring the common sense traditional values of Central Washington back to Washington, D.C.

After graduating from Pasco High School, Doc studied business administration at Columbia Basin College and at Central Washington University. Later, while running his family’s small business, Columbia Basin Paper and Supply, Doc established himself as a leader in the local business community. Before being elected to Congress, Doc served eight years in the Washington State Legislature.

During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Doc has established a long record of serving the people, communities, and priorities of Central Washington. He supported ongoing efforts for new water storage in the Yakima Basin; passed a law to protect the survivor benefits for families of soldiers killed in action; worked to enact fair trade agreements that benefit Washington state; and fought attempts to ban local doctor-owned hospitals. He continues to lead efforts to open new markets for local farmers and remains a strong defender of dams and a proponent of nuclear power.

In 2011, at the start of the 112th Congress, Doc was selected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The Committee has jurisdiction over most federal land use and water policies, including national forests, national parks and monuments, wilderness areas, national scenic areas, Indian reservations, and Bureau of Land Management lands. Of importance to Central Washington and the Pacific Northwest, the Committee oversees the Bonneville Power Administration, Bureau of Reclamation irrigation projects (Columbia Basin Project and Yakima Project), endangered species recovery, federal hydropower projects, Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes (PILT) payments, and wildfire prevention on federal lands.

Under Doc’s leadership, the Committee is dedicated to pursuing policies that both strengthen our economy and protect our nation’s treasured lands, oceans, and wildlife. Specifically, Doc’s priorities include increasing American energy production, ensuring U.S. offshore drilling is the safest in the world, guaranteeing access to public lands for recreation and job creation, effective management of our nation’s oceans, and fighting for water rights in the West.

Doc is the founder and Chairman of the House Nuclear Clean-Up Caucus. He also serves as a Co-Chairman of the Northwest Energy Caucus and is a member of the Rural Health Care Coalition and the Specialty Crop Caucus.

Doc and his wife Claire live in Pasco, Washington. They have three children and eight grandchildren.


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