U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | November 3, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Helping save homes in Lewis County from river erosion
Celebrating the completion of the new bank protecting the cabins in Packwood from the Cowlitz River was a memorable day. I was pleased to play a role in the project by securing the necessary funding through FEMA, and attend the dedication ceremony last weekend.
When there was a major threat of river erosion to the Timberland Community cabins, the neighbors banded together to see this project through to completion. It was an honor to assist and meet the residents whose homes were saved.
Rebuilding warming shelter for winter sports enthusiasts
After the warming shelter on Marble Mountain burned down seven years ago, the Mount St. Helens Trac Riders Snowmobile Club worked tirelessly with the U.S. Forest Service to get this structure re-built. Last Saturday, I joined the club celebrating the completion of the new shelter.
I was happy to work with the U.S. Forest Service to get the new warming shelter project back on track after it been stalled earlier this year. I’m thrilled this awesome shelter will now be ready for the 2018 winter recreation season!
Investing time and resources to help the next generation succeed
Investing time and resources in our youth brings benefit to the community. It was my privilege to recently tour Next, a new one-stop youth center in Vancouver seeking to assist Clark County young people with skills training and education. It’s always great to see how federal funds are helping people here.

WSJ: U.S. Consumer Confidence Surged in October to 18-Year High

REFLECTOR: Forest Service to Open New Winter Warming Shelter at Marble Mountain

Stat News: States are protecting living organ donors. Congress should follow suit

CHRONICLE: Community to Celebrate Completion of Erosion Project Near Packwood

CNBC: Wages and salaries jump by 3.1%, highest level in a decade

CHINOOK OBSERVER: U.S. capital captivates county kids

Talking about the economy, future of health care at Southwest Washington human resources conference
It was an honor to join Southwest Washington Society for Human Resource Management for their conference in Vancouver last week and talk about our economy, and the future of immigration and health care, among other topics. And thank you for helping folks in Southwest Washington get, and keep, great jobs!

Southwest Washington fishermen sound off on sea lion predation

I've been asking folks in Southwest Washington to tell me what fishing means to them and the importance of preserving our fish and tackling the overpopulation of sea lions in the Columbia River. 

My bipartisan bill to lethally remove the most problematic sea lions passed the U.S. House this summer; now we're working hard to get it through the Senate so we can save our native salmon and steelhead runs. 

Here are a few of the thousands of responses I've received on what fishing means to folks here:

Christine from Vancouver:
“I have personally witnessed [the increased sea lion predation] over the past 30 years fishing extensively on the Columbia River. They are more and more brazen. I have had them grab my net next to my boat for a fish before it could be hoisted into my boat.”

Daniel from Vancouver:
“I fish in the Columbia River frequently. I am tired of seeing ocean mammals in a freshwater river, eating the bellies out of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. 20 years ago you never saw sea lions in the river. Now you see them all the time.”

George from Cathlamet:
“I started commercial fishing at the age of 12 and I’m now 75. It makes me sad to see the decline in fish runs.”

Dean from Ridgefield:
“Worked my whole life to able to fish in my retirement. Now I need help to have a chance to fish. Thank you!”

Bob from Brush Prairie:
“I'd like to think that there might still be salmon and steelhead to fish for when my great-grandchildren try fishing for bigger fish than the trout we now target." 

Gary from Washougal:
Wants to be able "to take my grandchildren fishing and catching.”

Donald from Vancouver: 
"Been fishing on Columbia. Only reeled in half a salmon -- a sea lion was fighting for, and ate, the other half."

Meeting with Southwest Washington residents
One of the best parts of my job is being able to help folks in Southwest Washington navigate federal bureaucracy. I was pleased to help Mr. Dierenfeld obtain his presidential service award for his time in the White House, and it was my honor to catch up with him at my Vancouver office last week.

Thank you, Save the Children Network, for taking the time to personally highlight the importance of high-quality early learning.

Washington, DC Office
1107 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3536
Fax: (202) 225-3478
Vancouver Office
O.O. Howard House (Officers' Row)
750 Anderson Street, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 695-6292
Fax: (360) 695-6197