U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | October 3, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Urging Senators Murray & Cantwell to protect Southwest Washington commuters
Today, I formally urged Washington's U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to uphold my amendment to protect Southwest Washington commuters from Oregon's tolling scheme.

While my legislative provision passed the U.S. House, its fate now lies with the U.S. Senate.

Southwest Washington residents have made their concerns about Oregon’s toll scheme known to my office. More than 8,500 people responded to my survey on the matter, and nearly 90% of those individuals let me know they oppose Oregon’s plan.

You can read the letter I sent to Senators Murray and Cantwell here. 

Voting to protect Southwest Washington taxpayers

It was an honor to receive the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" a couple weeks ago from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU). I was one of 15 U.S. House Representatives to receive the award for my fiscally-responsible voting record to protect Southwest Washington taxpayers. Receiving this award is a reminder of our critical, ongoing responsibility to cut wasteful government spending and stretch taxpayers' dollars. To read more about how the NTU scores Members of Congress' voting records, click here.

Inviting veterans to preserve their stories with the Library of Congress

Jaime listens to Southwest Washington-area veterans in Pacific County. 

I am inviting all Southwest Washington veterans to participate in an event on October 16 to record their stories to be preserved in the Library of Congress. I am partnering with the Veterans History Project to honor the men and women of Southwest Washington who have served our nation in the military. 

I will be holding two events for veterans and their families to attend - one in Clark County and one in Lewis County. At the events, we will be conducting one-on-one, 30-minute interviews with Southwest Washington veterans about their wartime experiences. The interviews will then be submitted for preservation at the Library of Congress.

Those who wish to participate, should RSVP by contacting Louise Fendrich at my Vancouver office at 360-695-6292 or louise.fendrich@mail.house.gov. To read more, click here.

Calling for improved forest management from the U.S. Forest Service, action to alleviate funding crisis in rural communities

Formerly timber-dependent communities like Skamania County that have a high proportion of federal land are in a constant state of financial crisis due to the lack of active management of forest resources. As a result, schools, emergency and police response capabilities, roads and other vital services do not receive adequate funding in these areas. Last week, I sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke urging the agencies' new leaders to take action in helping alleviate the funding crisis in Skamania County and other rural communities with significant swaths of national forest. 

While I will not let up on my efforts to renew the Secure Rural Schools Program in the 115th Congress, I am imploring the administration to use the tools available to them, including a much-needed rebuilding of forestry staff, to increase responsible harvests. You can read the letter I sent the administration here

TOP NEWS
COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler to host veterans history event
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CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler pens letter asking for more actively managed forest resources
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COLUMBIAN: Inslee responds to Oregon tolls
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GOLDENDALE SENTINEL: Herrera Beutler announces app-building competition
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DAILY NEWS: Herrera Beutler makes case against Oregon interstate tolling plan
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COLUMBIAN: House passes federal spending plan
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CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler's legislation prohibits Oregon's tolling plan, restores assistance for towns in Lewis County
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CALLING ALL SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON STUDENTS!
I am pleased to host the Congressional App Challenge, an original app-building competition, again this year for Southwest Washington students. The competition is open for all students high school and below and works to inspire innovation in STEM and computer science education.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of local technology professionals and STEM educators. Winners will get to attend the #HouseOfCode Celebration in D.C. To register and for official rules, you can click here. The submission deadline is November 1. 
SPEAKING TO THE LONGVIEW LIONS, MEETING WITH CLARK COUNTY EMPLOYERS 
I had a great time with the Longview Pioneer Lions last month. Thank you for inviting me to share some of our recent legislative wins for Southwest Washington like our progress toward preserving salmon, preventing wildfires, and reducing veterans’ wait times to see a doctor.

I met with two small businesses in Clark County a couple weeks ago who are working to improve prescription drug safety. Combined, these two local businesses bring in $15 million to our region’s economy. Keep up the great work, GSL Solutions and ControlTek!
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