Congressman Doc Hastings

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Washington, Jul 24, 2009 | comments

I'm pleased to provide this Tri-Cities newsletter as a way for me to keep in touch with local residents and update you on my work in your community.  I hope you find it informative and I encourage you to forward it to any co-workers or friends who might be interested in signing up themselves to receive periodic updates in the future.





Speaks at WSU Tri-Cities 20th Anniversary


Congressman Hastings recently spoke at the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University. 

Protecting the Future of the Tri-Cities Economy

While nuclear cleanup will continue at Hanford for decades, the Tri-Cities community is wisely looking towards life post-cleanup and is actively engaged in discussing our future and economy once this massive undertaking is completed. 

As these discussions continue, Congressman Hastings is working to make certain that Congress and the federal government maintain flexibility in order to keep all options on the table – and not enact legislation that could permanently lock-up the entire Hanford site to be used only for a nature preserve to promote scientific study and education.

Whether it is an energy park, another nuclear power plant, a medical isotope facility – or other appropriate beneficial uses – maintaining the ability to use these lands to diversify the economy and ensure a robust post-cleanup future is a priority.

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Potato Research Bolsters Central Washington Economy

Pacific Northwest potato research is essential to the continued ability of the local potato growers and processors to remain competitive in the global marketplace.  With this world class research potato farmers can continue to create jobs and grow the economy of our region.  Congressman Hastings recently helped protect ongoing efforts to research the best ways to keep potato crops healthy and disease free. 

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Assistant Secretary Ines Triay Visits Hanford

On Thursday, July 23rd Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Ines Triay was at Hanford to join workers and state and local leaders at a ceremony to mark the start of construction on a groundwater treatment facility.  Congressman Hastings’ District Director Barb Lisk was on hand to welcome Dr. Triay and highlight the importance of moving Hanford cleanup forward. 


Focus Must be Lowering Health Care Costs

Congressman Hastings supports health care reform that lowers costs, lets you keep your doctor, creates more choices and puts patients first. 

Those who control Congress have introduced a government takeover of health care and plan to rush it through the House of Representatives by the end of the month.  Unfortunately, this plan would increase taxes, eliminate choices, cut Medicare, force Americans out of their current plans, put federal bureaucrats between you and your doctor, and place billion dollar mandates on small businesses…without lowering costs. 

The chart below is an example of what American health care would resemble if this plan becomes law. 

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