U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | Sept. 6, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
As wildfires burn in Skamania County and other parts of Washington, I know folks are having to evacuate their homes and businesses. I am praying for and standing ready to help those in harm’s way. I want to thank the firefighters who are working around the clock to combat the fires – our prayers are with you all as well.

Securing a major win for crab fishermen
 Earlier this year, I was in Ilwaco meeting with crab fishermen to listen and provide an update on my legislation to make permanent an important agreement for managing crab resources. My bill was signed into law on August 18.  
 
Last month, President Trump signed my bipartisan bill into law, notching an important win for Southwest Washington coastal communities, crab fishermen and businesses who rely on a healthy crab fishing industry. 

My bill permanently extends a decades-old fishery management agreement that has been vital to Washington state’s Dungeness crab fishery. You can
read more here about why this bill is vital to Southwest Washington's economy. 
Jobs for Southwest Washington residents

On August 21, I was proud to have facilitated my 7th annual jobs fair and annual job hunting workshop in Clark County -- and we even snuck in an eclipse viewing, thanks to glasses provided by NASA. Thank you to the dozens of employers for participating and all those who showed up to learn about the great job opportunities right here in our region. 

Highway tolling: Your votes

Thank you to all who responded to the recent e-survey I sent regarding Oregon's proposal to toll commuters on I-5 and I-205. Of the more than 8,500 responses I received, 87.6% agreed that "Oregon should not impose tolls on our federal highways, the lion’s share of which would be paid for by Southwest Washington commuters, to fund infrastructure projects that would rarely be used by Washington residents." On the other hand, 12.4% of those who responded said "tolling is a sensible user-fee and they'd be supportive of paying a toll to Oregon when crossing the existing bridges." 

Your opinions and concerns are of utmost importance to me and I value your input on this and other issues. It's not too late to weigh in on the tolling issue; if you'd like to give me your opinion, you can take the online survey here.

Improving maternal health care in Southwest Washington and in communities across the nation
While in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, I met with ob/gyns from Washington who are working on maternity health care solutions.

Preventing Maternal Mortality:
The U.S. is seeing a rise in pregnancy-related deaths, which is why I introduced the bipartisan bill, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, to help save women's lives and improve the quality of healthcare and health outcomes for moms and babies. My bill was highlighted recently in an editorial by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Why are there more maternal deaths in the U.S. than in other advanced nation?

Postpartum Depression:
I'm proud to have helped secure funding to better screen mothers for postpartum depression. The importance of this issue was the subject of a recent Washington Post article.

Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Report: The newly-released report underscores the need for my Preventing Maternal Deaths Act to move quickly through Congress. Check out the report here. 

TOP NEWS
COLUMBIAN: Jaime Herrera Beutler Column: To save steelhead, we must cut sea lion numbers
READ MORE HERE

CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler’s West Coast Crab Management Bill Signed into Law
READ MORE HERE

COLUMBIAN: Clark Talks: Podcast looks at tolls, primary outcomes
READ MORE HERE

CHINOOK OBSERVER: Congress delivers major win for crabbers
READ MORE HERE

DAILY NEWS: Local ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs
READ MORE HERE
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ASSISTING SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RESIDENTS
Securing benefits for a veteran:

Jack Gray of Vancouver resides in an assisted living facility. His family applied for aid in July of 2016, but the VA erroneously decided that Mr. Gray did not qualify due to his income. They refiled three months ago and had not received a response which led them to reach out to our office on May 25. On May 31, we received word that Mr. Gray's benefits were granted. He will now be receiving $2,127/month. The VA was also helpful in recently getting Mr. Gray a new wheelchair.

Correcting a veteran's record:

Larry Daugherty was in the Army Reserves from 1972-1978 and was honorably discharged. Recently, he went to apply for membership into the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Vancouver, but due to a mix-up during his discharge in the 1970’s, his application could not be processed. My office got involved in May and by June we received a response that the issue had been resolved and Mr. Daugherty would be allowed to apply for the Coast Guard Auxiliary after all.

Since then, Mr. Daugherty has received his membership number in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Starting in January, he will begin the program to become Boat Crew qualified.


Are you facing a challenge with a federal agency?

My office is here to help! While we can't guarantee an outcome, we will try our best to help in any way we can. Please contact us at (360) 695-6292 or by visiting JHB.House.Gov.

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GUIDE TO GRANTS SEMINAR

It was a valuable time together at the Guide to Grants Seminar that I hosted in August in Vancouver. A big thank you to all the federal agency and foundation representatives for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us. And thank you to all who attended!
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MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY APPLICATIONS

Interested in applying for a congressional nomination through my office to attend one of the U.S. Military Service Academies? The deadline is October 31st to submit an application. Please visit my website to request an application
 
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