Last week, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) sent a letter to NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad, urging the agency to repair inoperable weather buoys at the mouth of the Columbia River. The buoys are critical to providing up-to-date and accurate weather information that can help fishermen, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Columbia River Bar Pilots operate safely.
Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez was alerted in late December that two of the three buoys were not functional. Without operational weather buoys, the Columbia River Bar Pilots, who skillfully navigate roughly 3,600 vessels across the dangerous bar each year, have to close the bar more frequently.
“For industries like crab fishing, where every hour counts, this data gathered from the buoys is integral to safe decision making. … Without the data from the buoys, our local crabbers must decide on whether to miss time during a shorter season or put themselves and their crew at risk,”wrote Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez in the letter. “I’ve seen the impacts that losing fishermen has on a family and the entire community, and I urge NOAA to prioritize replacing these buoys as soon as possible to help ensure that our fishermen, bar pilots, and Coast Guardsmen can return home safely to their families.”
Last week, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez visited Ilwaco to speak with fishermen and community leaders about the devastating fire at a seafood processing facility. With some crabbers working longer hours as a result of the impacts, up-to-date weather information is especially critical for ensuring safety on the water.
Gluesenkamp Perez, Ciscomani, Vasquez Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Rural Veterans’ Transportation to Health Care
Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03), along with Reps. Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06) and Gabe Vasquez (NM-02), introduced the bipartisan Rural Veterans Transportation to Care Act to expand eligibility for rural veterans to get transportation to VA health facilities. The legislation would expand eligibility for the VA’s Highly Rural Transportation Grant (HRTG) Program, which provides grant […]
Gluesenkamp Perez, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bill to Secure Borders, Support Democratic Allies
Yesterday, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03), along with Reps. Jared Golden (ME-2), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), Don Bacon (NE-2), Ed Case (HI-1), Mike Lawler (NY-17), Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-5), and Jim Costa (CA-21), introduced the bipartisan Defending Borders, Defending Democracies Act. This legislation provides, for one-year, necessary authorities to secure the U.S. Southern Border and defense-only appropriations […]
Gluesenkamp Perez, Golden, Peltola Introduce Resolution to Allow for Remote Committee Witnesses
Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03), Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02), and Rep. Mary Peltola (AK-AL) – Co-Chairs of the Blue Dog Coalition – introduced the Bringing Real Ideas, Data, and Genuine Experience (BRIDGE) to Congress Resolution. The resolution would amend House rules to allow for remote appearances of committee witnesses without approval of the chair […]