U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | October 30, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Pacific Northwest Waterways recognizes Jaime as "Legislator of the Year"
Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) annually recognizes a member of Congress “for their efforts and leadership on behalf of navigation and economic development interests in the Northwest.” It was a huge honor to accept the “Legislator of the Year” award at their convention in Vancouver earlier this month.

Navigation jobs – coastal and inland – help keep our region afloat. I am humbled by the recognition of my efforts to make sure our waterways are serving the citizens and economy of Southwest Washington.
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Standing with fishermen, helping preserve sustainable resources
Whether it’s fishing boats being able to safely get in and out of the Ports of Ilwaco and Chinook, or ensuring that our fishermen and shellfish growers have access to the sustainable resource they depend on, I’m committed to making sure all our fishermen continue receiving the support they need to keep our region working. 

I had a productive discussion with the Coalition of Coastal Fisheries and others in Ilwaco earlier this month about the future well-being of our fishermen and the jobs they support. Among the issues discussed were my legislation to lethally remove sea lions from the Columbia that are decimating our salmon runs, and fishery disaster funding I've worked with Congressman Derek Kilmer to secure. We have more to do, and I'll keep at it in Congress to support a strong fishing industry.

Supporting our great businesses in Southwest Washington
It was an honor to join the Association of Washington Business’s “Manufacturing Week” bus tour when they made a stop here in Vancouver at Great Western Malting to present them with the Green Manufacturing award. It’s great that businesses here in Southwest Washington are taking crucial steps in helping to conserve our natural resources, while still producing high-quality products.
I will continue supporting businesses – large and small – that fuel our Southwest Washington economy. It was a privilege to join Great Western Malting in Vancouver recently.
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SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RESIDENTS SOUND OFF ON OREGON'S TOLLING SCHEME 

Oregon continues to move ahead with its scheme to place tolls on all lanes of I-5 and I-205, while none of that revenue would go toward either bridge and no plan exists to improve the tolled roadways. Below are just a few of the hundreds of responses I've received from Southwest Washington residents on this matter. I'll continue to press forward with my legislation that would halt Oregon's plan until the state of Washington gives specific approval.

Colynn from Vancouver: "Plain and simple: I would have to quit my job - a job that I love. There is NO WAY I could afford the tolls across the bridge. I cannot change the hours I work, nor work from home. I would also have to give up all my doctors." 

Vicki from La Center: "I must travel to Portland for my health treatment and physicians' care."


David from Vancouver: "We have lots of family in Portland, including two of our kids. A toll would definitely impact our ability to see them." 

Faith from Brush Prairie: "Both my husband and I oppose the toll and don't have a choice over the times to commute for work since both of us are truck drivers."

Larry from Vancouver: "Tolls would be a hardship for me because I only make minimum wage and I have to go across the bridge for work." 

Garren from Amboy: "This will be a great burden on my business. I will no longer choose to do business in Oregon."



PROTECTING COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE COMMUNITIES
Last week, I introduced legislation to reinstate stronger U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) safety regulation for oil trains.

My bill, the Oil and Flammable Material Rail Transportation Safety Act, would reinstate USDOT’s 2015 safety requirement, which it had revoked last month. The 2015 regulation mandated trains carrying oil or other flammable liquids at speeds greater than 30 miles per hour update their current air-controlled brakes with electronically-controlled brakes. The current air-braking system oil trains use today has been around for a century, calling into question whether the brakes are reliable enough to safely transport hazardous materials across the country.

For the sake of our Columbia River Gorge communities and our environment, we need stronger safety measures when it comes to transporting hazardous materials by rail. The U.S. Department of Transportation made the wrong call to roll back a crucial braking-upgrade requirement for oil trains, so I’m taking legislative action to correct this mistake and protect the best interests of Southwest Washington.

 

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