February 10, 2016
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Rep. Dan Newhouse presented with the 2015 National Wheat Advocate Award by National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Brett Blankenship (right) and Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) Membership Chair Kevin Klein (left)

Newhouse Honored with National Wheat Advocate Award

Washington D.C. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was presented this week with the 2015 National Wheat Advocate Award by the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). The Wheat Advocate Award is given annually to members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding support for the wheat industry. Rep. Newhouse was presented with the award during the Wheat Industry Winter Conference in Washington, D.C. by Brett Blankenship, a Washtucna, WA wheat grower and president of NAWG.

The question of how to restore a confident America is key for our future as a nation. In terms of governing, the year ahead must be about more than allowing the President to control the national debate through executive actions during his presidency's lame duck period. Americans must unite around a common vision. Instead of simply reacting to the President's agenda of top-down rules, Congress must lay out a positive national agenda that allows individual freedom to flourish and creates opportunity.

In Jan., the American Association of Railroads or AAR published its first-ever state of the railroads annual report focusing on the industry's economic value, innovations and emphasis on safety.
The nation's railroads have been around for about 180 years and maintain 180,000 miles of track. Trains move over 51 million tons of freight each day which is about 40% of the nation's freight.

Keeping Government Transparent While Preventing Public Records Request Abuses

Mark Twain is often quoted: "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel." Perhaps that may be partially why, after years of trying, lawmakers have still not passed legislation that would prevent the expensive abuse ofWashington's Public Records Act (PRA).