U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | November 22, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Working to improve veterans' access to quality medical care

Last Saturday at the 40 Et 8 in Vancouver, U.S. House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Roe and I listened as veterans shared their challenges with the VA.

Thank you to the veterans who shared about their challenges with the VA at our roundtable Saturday morning in Vancouver. We heard from individuals who are experiencing lengthy wait times, claims getting stuck in the appeals backlog and a lack of accessible medical care.

I heard some great suggestions and I took lots of notes on how I can continue to advocate for quality health care for all Southwest Washington veterans, no matter where you live. Recently, I've been able to secure some important legislative provisions to improve medical care at the VA.

Also, it was a privilege to host U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe who listened to the concerns of our local vets and together, we will continue to advocate on their behalf back in Congress.

Pressing Oregon for answers, fair representation for Southwest Washington commuters

I formally requested Oregon's Department of Transportation answer questions regarding the authority and public outreach of its tolling advisory committee. In response to my letter, Oregon confirmed that its I-5 and I-205 tolling advisory committee has “no statutory authority” over Oregon’s actual decision making on whether or how to toll those bridges. So, even if this advisory committee – with three Southwest Washington representatives and 22 Oregon representatives – decides that tolling both bridges is too harmful to Washington residents, Oregon has zero obligation to listen.

I would like to be able to trust them when they say Southwest Washington residents won't be targeted to pay for infrastructure they don't use, but the bill the Oregon Legislature passed last year doesn't give me cause to do that. Read their response to my questions here.

Lowering taxes = increase in wages, bigger paychecks, more jobs for Southwest Washington

I proudly voted last week to help middle-income Southwest Washington families keep almost $2,000 more of their money instead of paying it in taxes, and to boost their paychecks by $2,672 each year. As a result of this tax plan, most residents will keep more of their money, paychecks will be bigger, and we'll have nearly 20,000 new jobs in Washington alone.

You can read more about why I supported tax cuts and believe it is a good deal for Southwest Washington.

   from my family to yours

COLUMBIAN: In Our View: Value Pricing? Ha! Good One

DAILY NEWS: Herrera Beutler defends tax vote

COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler presses ODOT for information on tolling

COLUMBIAN: Reps. Herrera Beutler, Roe hold roundtable on Veterans Affairs issues

COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler seeks aid for fishery disasters

WEB MD: Advocates Call For Maternal Mortality Solutions

CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler Shares Stories, Photos of Southwest Washington Veterans

A meaningful discussion about protecting lives - locally and globally
(from left) Rep. Chris Smith (NJ), UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Her Excellency Oludolapo Osinbajo, 2nd Lady of Nigeria

I met recently with my colleague Rep. Chris Smith, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and Her Excellency Oludolapo Osinbajo, the second lady of Nigeria to talk about critical, global issues like China's gender selection problem and combatting sex trafficking. It was a very productive, interesting discussion with a lot of intersections between preserving lives across the world and right here at home.
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