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. I am committed to being an advocate for our local farmers, working to cut regulatory red-tape while protecting our natural resources and promoting the local food movement.
To grow and thrive, our farmers and farm workers desperately need comprehensive immigration reform. I was a lead sponsor in the House of Representatives of a bipartisan, comprehensive proposal that would help farmers to have the workforce they need while also protecting farmworkers and their families. I will continue to push for commonsense, comprehensive reform to fix our broken immigration system.