U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | October 7, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Honoring cops, fire fighters, veterans... with a little fishing
It was an honor to once again join Dion Hess,
Brandon Traeger, and The Fallen Outdoors at their
unique and special fishing event last month in
Vancouver. THANK YOU to all our heroes:
law enforcement, fire fighters and veterans.
I will continue to work to be the best advocate I
can be for you in Congress. And I'll keep working
to reduce the number of sea lions overpopulating
the Columbia River. Because of your support, my
bipartisan bill passed the U.S. House -- now we just
need Senate approval so it can be signed into law!
Speaking out on behalf of mothers in Southwest Washington, and around country
I testified September 27 at House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on behalf of my bipartisan bill, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act. Thank you to all the witnesses who spoke out about the devastating trend in our county: more mothers die from pregnancy-related causes here in the U.S. than any other developed country.

As a mother and a lawmaker, I commit to doing more to prevent moms from dying in childbirth. My bipartisan bill would take an important step forward by establishing and supporting Maternal Mortality Review Committees so we can prevent such tragedies in the future. You can read more about this issue or watch the video of my testimony.
Celebrating successful space launch with nLight
What a privilege to join nLight’s brilliant team in Vancouver on September 18 as they celebrated the successful launch of a laser in space that will measure the Earth's surface. This cutting-edge advancement in science and engineering is critical for our nation’s future.
TOP NEWS
REUTERS: U.S. weekly jobless claims near 49-year low; factory orders surge
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COLUMBIAN: County’s employment numbers remain strong in August
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COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler pledges to reinstate Obama-era oil train rules
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WAHKIAKUM EAGLE: STEM App Challenge competition deadline approaching
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COLUMBIAN: Thousands flock to Vancouver Waterfront Park unveiling
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COLUMBIAN: In Our View: Distillery Bill Only Fair
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Working to reinstate safer oil-by-rail standards
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) finalized a proposal to revoke an important safety requirement for trains carrying oil and other hazardous material last week. That was the wrong decision. With trains already carrying oil through the Columbia River Gorge, we should be working to reduce the chance of an incident – but this action goes in the opposite direction.

While I understand there are costs associated with this requirement, safety must remain paramount when it comes to transporting hazardous materials through our communities which is why I am currently developing legislation to reinstate the stronger safety requirement.

I have consistently supported enhanced safety measures for crude-by-rail, including championing the Fire Department Proper Response and Equipment Prioritization Act (FD PREP Act) which directs FEMA to make grants that give firefighters the tools and training to respond to derailments of trains carrying crude oil a high priority. She also successfully fought to include $221 million for federal rail safety operations to improve the safety of grade crossings and the movement of crude oil in the funding package that passed earlier this year.

You can read more about this important issue here. 

ASSISTING SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RESIDENTS
NAVY SENDS PAYCHECK, BENEFITS TO RETIREE

Ms. Joyce Eastwick of Underwood reached out to our office because she had been waiting on her retirement orders from the Department of Navy, without which, she could not receive payments or medical benefits.

After our office reached out to the Navy and got them all the necessary information, a retroactive paycheck was sent to Ms. Eastwick within a week. Additionally, the Navy sent Ms. Eastwick her long-awaited retirement orders, with information on how to obtain a retired ID card and sign up for Tricare. Ms. Eastwick is now receiving regular retirement payments.

HELPING A RESIDENT OBTAIN A NEW MEDICARE PROVIDER

Ms. Cathy Dahl of Kelso is an office manager for a local medical group. She contacted our office due to complications with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). She was trying to get a new provider through their credentialing process, but was told it would not be finished by the time the provider started practicing.

After we reached out to CMS on Ms. Dahl’s behalf, she received notice that the paperwork had been processed and the provider was approved.

Are you having trouble with a federal agency?

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a federal agency, please contact my Vancouver office at 360-695-6292, or through my website jhb.house.gov. While we can't guarantee an outcome, we will try our best to assist in any way we can.
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
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