Rep. Schrier reflects on first 6 months in office

Returned $74,191 to constituents, traveled 3,749 miles in 8th District

Rep. Schrier. FILE PHOTO

Rep. Schrier. FILE PHOTO

From Schrier’s office:

Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-WA, has passed the six-month milestone serving the people of Washington’s Eighth District since being sworn in on Jan. 3.

Schrier serves on the Education and Labor Committee, and the Committee on Agriculture.

“We have accomplished a lot in the first six months and I’m proud of the work we have been able to do on behalf of the people of the 8th district,” she said. “I came to Congress to fight for families – to lower the cost of health care, make sure every child gets a strong start, clean up government corruption, and protect our environment for our children and generations we will never know. We have already passed bills that begin to deliver on all of those priorities, including legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions, lower the cost of prescription drugs, expand background checks for gun sales, crack down on big money and special interests in politics, and combat climate change.”

Among her accomplishments in the first six months, Schrier’s bill, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment (CAPTA) Act, passed the House in May. In February, Schrier’s bill with Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA, District 4), the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Phase III Act, passed the House and the Senate, and was signed into law by the president. The Lands Package also elevated our beloved Mountains to Sound Greenway to a National Heritage Area.

The 2019 National Defense Authorization included Schrier’s amendments to get necessary equipment to Washington State to fight wildfires and to help small and medium sized companies compete for government contracts. Additionally, Schrier introduced the VACCINES Act, a bipartisan bill that will increase immunization rates in the country and prevent future outbreaks of contagious diseases like measles.

Added Schrier, “The best part of my job is hearing directly from the residents of our district at town halls, “Coffees with Kim,” and community events. While I am working hard to fight for families in the 8th District, it is critically important that I stay in touch with the people I represent. I want my constituents to know that my office is always available to help them navigate federal agencies.”

Schrier’s staff have helped return $74,191 to constituents and responded to more than 39,000 calls and emails. Between D.C. and Washington state, Schrier has held more than 400 meetings with constituents and helped arrange 275 tours for visiting families.

Schrier has had 12 town hall meetings, including two on wildfire preparedness and one telephone town hall. She has visited seven farms, 12 schools and 25 local businesses to learn about their needs and how she can elevate their issues on her committees.

Since being sworn in, Rep. Schrier has traveled 67,769 miles – 3,749 miles of which have been spent driving to events around the 8th district. Those other 64,020 miles, of course, are back and forth each week between the Washingtons.

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Rep. Schrier reflects on first 6 months in office

Returned $74,191 to constituents, traveled 3,749 miles in 8th District