U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | October 29, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
First-hand accounts of combat history from Southwest Washington heroes

World War II and Korea War veteran Gordon Sipe of Centralia recollected his time serving in the Navy as part of the Veterans History Project. 

Representing all five branches of the military, veterans from Southwest Washington showed up for our veterans history event on October 16 to share their stories of what it was like to serve our country on the front lines. It was a privilege to host these two events in Clark and Lewis counties, giving veterans an opportunity to record their stories for preservation in the Library of Congress. 

It was fascinating to hear a Vietnam War helicopter pilot share his story, plus we had another 16 Clark County veterans record their interviews for the Veterans History Project.

My thanks goes to all those who attended in Lewis County to tell their stories, as well as those who came in support and to conduct the interviews. Among the stories we heard: Vietnam veterans who served as a bodyguard, courier and cook; a World War II Destroyer ship escort; and a World War II Navy gunner on merchant ships.

Stay tuned for an e-newsletter coming soon where I will highlight a few of the stories we heard from our combat men and women who have served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Fate of Oregon tolling scheme lies with U.S. Senate

Right now, my amendment to prohibit Oregon from imposing unfair tolls on the I-5 and I-205 bridges lies in the fate of the U.S. Senate. I formally pressed Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell to fight for this amendment in the Senate’s funding bill; we need their help to put Oregon’s scheme on hold until Washington residents have assurance that the plan will not unfairly target their wallets.

Three out of 20 Southwest Washington representatives on Oregon's tolling advisory committee is nice, but not enough to ensure Washington commuters' interests and hard-earned dollars are protected. And while our region recognizes the need to improve I-5, the tolling plan won't do that. Oregon has stated its intentions - these tolls will either be used to price people out of their cars, or to pay for Oregon infrastructure miles away from the place of collection.

Please read more on this issue and why it's critical U.S. Senators Murray and Cantwell uphold the prohibition on Oregon's plans in the U.S. Senate.

Preventing moms from Southwest Washington, across the U.S., from dying after giving birth

It's a troubling and unacceptable trend.

The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world - and it's only getting worse. As a mom and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care, I know we can do better for moms in Southwest Washington, and across the country. 

There has been a lot of national attention focused on this trend lately, and many of these reports are pointing toward the need for my bipartisan bill, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act. This truly is a life or death issue. Here are a few of the recent articles highlighting the importance of addressing this critical issue: The United States is failing its mothers (Nature journal); Nobody knows how many women die in childbirth and Congress isn't doing anything about it (Newsweek); Focus on infants during childbirth leaves U.S. moms in danger (NPR); Editorial: Why are there more maternal deaths in the U.S. than in other advanced nation? (St. Louise Dispatch).

The U.S. has the expertise and resources to not only reverse the trend, but to develop strategies for prevention and interventions that could help throughout the world. 


TOP NEWS
KOIN: Jaime Herrera Beutler partners with Veterans History Project
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CHRONICLE: McDonald Commentary: Rich history found in memories of veterans
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COLUMBIAN: Clark Talks: Republicans discuss local, national issues
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DAILY NEWS: Area vets share stories for Library of Congress
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THE REFLECTOR: Herrera Beutler pens letter asking for more actively managed forest resources
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CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler urges Washington senators to uphold amendment opposing Oregon tolling plan
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ASSISTING SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RESIDENTS
Thomas Wallace of Camas had been having difficulty getting his tax refund from the IRS. Our office went to bat on his behalf. After making an inquiry, we were able to get the full amount refunded to him, $55,882 plus interest, bringing the total amount to $56,836. 

Are you having trouble 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. 

COWLITZ COUNTY VETERANS STAND DOWN

Cowlitz County put on another successful Veterans Stand Down this year! I enjoyed stopping in and seeing veterans supported, and also viewing the myriad of free services that were provided. 


ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF ORGAN DONORS
I had the privilege of meeting with Washington residents at a recent summit in Washington, D.C. to support organ donor recipients.

I was recently able to share my family's personal experience on the life-saving power of organ donation. I also talked about the growing need for my bipartisan bill, Living Donor Protection Act, to receive congressional action. This legislation would ensure that people who want to donate an organ to someone in need are supported, rather than presented with unnecessary hurdles.  






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