July 23, 2009 – New National Park Service Director – Rep. Dicks meets with former Mt. Rainier National Park Superintendent Jon Jarvis, who has been nominated by President Obama to become the Director of the National Park Service.
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May 23, 2009 – Rep. Dicks met with the finalists of the Sixth District’s Congressional Art Competition. GaYoung “Kate” Choi was declared this year’s winner, and will have her artwork displayed in the Capitol complex for one year. Read more…

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Health Reform Legislation Moves Forward in the House
7/17/2009 – Norm has long advocated comprehensive health care reform in this country as health care cost increases have outpaced inflation in recent years, affecting almost all U.S. businesses and leaving a large portion of the American population without any health care benefits. This year, one of the top priorities of the Obama Administration has been the adoption of a health care reform plan that maintains the quality and choices available in our current system but increases access and addresses the cost growth. Legislation is currently moving through various House committees of jurisdiction, with the intent of bringing a bill to the full membership of the House sometime this summer or fall.
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Floor Statement on the Importance of West Coast Salmon Runs
7/10/2009 – A recent Biological Opinion by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service found the California salmon runs to be a critical component in the survival of the Puget Sound killer whale population. Norm delivered the following remarks to his House colleagues stressing the need to work together to preserve our West Coast salmon runs.
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House Passes Military Construction / VA Appropriations Bill
7/10/2009 – More than $415 million in construction funding will be headed to military bases in Washington next year, resulting in continued expansion of Fort Lewis as well as modernization of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Sub Base Bangor, U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks said today.
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Bremerton Tunnel Opens
7/6/2009 – Norm was in Bremerton on July 6 for the opening of the new State Route 304 Tunnel, which will channel inbound ferry traffic beneath Pacific Avenue, helping to make Bremerton more “pedestrian friendly.”
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Summary: 2010 Interior and the Environment Appropriations
6/18/2009 – "On June 18th, the House Appropriations Committee approved the bill we passed last week in my Subcommittee.  I am proud of the progress we have made in this bill at improving the visitor experience in our National Parks, which have declined in the past decade, as well as our wildlife refuge areas.  In addition we are increasing the resources available from the EPA to help local communities improve their drinking water and wastewater systems, meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act.  In this budget we are also taking a major step forward on addressing the pollution impacts in the nation’s major water bodies, including the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.  I am pleased that the bill our Subcommittee has approved includes $50 million for restoration projects in Puget Sound, placing our region’s cleanup effort on a par with the federal government’s participation in the Chesapeake Bay program.  Following is a summary of the bill’s provisions.  The Committee’s complete report will be available soon, and I will post a link to it as soon as it is published."
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Big Boost for Puget Sound Cleanup Approved
6/10/2009 – The House subcommittee that Norm chairs today approved a major increase in funding for the Puget Sound pollution cleanup effort, recommending $50 million in the next fiscal year, a funding level equivalent to the federal role in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program.
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Appropriations Committee Agrees to boost funding for Mitchell Act Hatcheries
6/9/2009 – The House Appropriations Committee agreed to Norm’s request today to boost funding for the 17 federally-operated fish hatcheries on the Columbia River in order to implement a major reform of the hatchery operations to increase their role in the recovery of threatened west coast salmon.
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Winner of the 2009 Congressional Art Competition
5/23/2009 – On Saturday, May 23rd, the six finalists of the 2009 Congressional Art Competition, their families, and teachers were invited to attend a ceremony and reception in Bremerton where Congressman Dicks announced the winner and presented the finalists with certificates of recognition. GaYoung "Kate" Choi of University Place, WA won this year’s competition with her pencil and oil color drawing titled “Looking at Art.”  It features small silhouetted people gazing through a telescope at large art pencils. Kate has been offered roundtrip air transportation to Washington, D.C. to attend a ceremony unveiling the winning works of art from around the country on June 24, 2009.
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Pacific Salmon Recovery Funds Restored in Obama Budget
5/21/2009 – U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks learned late Thursday that the Obama administration will send to Congress a budget amendment restoring funding for the Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund to a level of $50 million.
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Rep. Dicks Recommends Local Transportation Projects for Priority Funding
5/15/2009 – Every six years, Congress reauthorizes the Surface Transportation Act programs to address major highway and transit needs across the nation and to apportion the funds that are collected through highway use taxes.  The current authorization expires on Sept. 30, 2009, and in the coming months the House and Senate will be developing an updated version of this legislation that provides annual funding to state Departments of Transportation, regional planning organizations and local transit agencies to construct and maintain public transportation systems.
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Supplemental Bill Contains $100 Million Ft. Lewis Complex
4/24/2009 – The Army’s effort to promote healing and rehabilitation of wounded soldiers and their families will get a major boost in the Pentagon’s supplemental appropriations request that was sent to Congress this week, including $110 million for a “Warrior Transition Complex” at Fort Lewis, Rep. Norm Dicks said Friday.
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Park Stimulus Funding To Boost Elwha Project
4/22/2009 – National Parks in Washington State will receive nearly $62 million in construction and rehabilitation funding that is being released by the Interior Department as part of the government’s economic stimulus program effort, U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks said Wednesday.
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FY 2010 Appropriations Requests
4/3/2009 – Congressman Dicks has sent to the House Appropriations Committee a series of recommendations for specific federal expenditures that affect people and programs in the 6th Congressional District and Washington State.  These recommendations are being made following the submission of requests to the Congressman from local governments, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and area businesses.   As part of the effort to increase transparency in the appropriations process, we are posting these requests at this time in order to assure that fellow legislators and constituents can learn about these projects before the relevant subcommittees make a decision on which may be funded.  
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2009 Congressional Art Competition Open for Entries
3/25/2009 – Congressman Dicks is pleased to announce his office’s participation in the 27th annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” which allows high school students from across the United States to showcase their artistic ability. Each year Members of Congress hold contests within their districts to choose winning pieces of art by high school students.
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Norm Interviewed by KUOW Regarding Border Patrol Activities on Olympic Peninsula
2/17/2009 – Norm called into Puget Sound Public Radio’s The Conversation to discuss the controversy surrounding the Border Patrol’s roadblocks and checkpoints set up throughout the Olympic Peninsula.
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