OLYMPIA — Just a week after her swearing in, Congresswoman Kim Schrier took the House floor Wednesday to defend the Affordable Care Act, while her peer, Congressman Dan Newhouse, sang the praises of a career central Washington lawman.
Schrier, the 8th District’s newly elected Democratic representative, used her first-ever floor speech to encourage the new majority’s intervention in a federal lawsuit that challenges the ACA. Under that motion, the House would join the Texas lawsuit to defend the health insurance law, because the administration of President Donald Trump has refused to do so.
“Having seen families struggle to pay ever higher insurance premiums and deductibles each year, I understand that we need improvements in our system,” Schrier said. “The answer is to shore up the ACA, not dismantle it.”
Newhouse, a three-term Republican from the 4th District, used his one-minute time to congratulate former Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, who left office after 16 years on Dec. 31.
“From solving burglaries and violent crime cases to helping evacuate those affected by devastating wildfires, Frank has been dedicated to his friends and neighbors,” Newhouse said.
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