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.
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.
I’ve also consistently advocated for increased money for agriculture research. Each year, I lead an effort in the House to secure more money for USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Last year I was able to secure $425 million and I am fighting for an increase this year.
Finally, as a member of the Ways & Means Committee, I have consistently fought to open new markets for our farmers so that they can compete in the global economy.