U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | April 2, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Training and equipping our first-responders along the Columbia River

Public safety needs to be a top priority as train traffic increases across Southwest Washington. Currently, federal restrictions are preventing our first-responders from qualifying for funding that would better prepare them to respond to rail accidents that could include crude-by-rail.

To fix this funding loophole, I introduced legislation changing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s grant program to make funding for hazmat operations, training, and equipment relating to rail traffic officially considered “high priority.” If this bill is enacted, Southwest Washington could strengthen training and upgrade equipment for our local fire departments, keeping first-responder personnel and our communities safer. Read more about my bill here.

A message to TSA: let parents travel with formula and breast milk

The Transportation Security Authority (TSA) is supposed to allow mothers and passengers traveling with breastmilk and formula to proceed without issue – yet many parents still complain of inconsistent, harassment-like scrutiny. TSA employees often force parents to throw out breastmilk, formula and cooling packs to get through TSA security.

As a co-chair of the Congressional Maternity Care Caucus, I’m urging TSA to comply with its own rule and stop the unnecessary harassment of parents traveling with food for infants. Read more about these incidents and the full text of my letter by clicking here.

Northwest ports visit Congress

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with members of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) during their annual visit to Washington, D.C. It was great to see many local leaders and partners out in D.C. representing our ports, waterways, farmer and shippers.

Combating scam phone calls during tax season

Scam phone calls from those impersonating IRS employees have become a dangerous and widespread problem for taxpayers. The most effective way to avoid becoming a victim of these deceptive scam calls is to be aware of them, and listen for the warning signs.  Here are a few tips that will help you recognize scam IRS calls:

  • The caller demands immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first having sent you a bill;
  • The caller demands that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
  • The caller asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone;
  • The caller threatens to bring in local police or law enforcement groups to have you arrested if you refuse to comply.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, do not give out any information and hang up immediately. For more information, visit Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts on IRS.gov.

THE COLUMBIAN: Bill addresses local oil-train derailments

THE COLUMBIAN: In Our View: On The Right Track

THE CHRONICLE: Washington Congresswoman Urges TSA to Comply with Formula, Breastmilk Rule

Art Competition Reminder!
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, grades 9-12, who either reside or attend school in Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Be sure to submit your completed entries to my office by Monday, April 18.

For complete details and guidelines, students and education leaders should visit my website or call my office at (360) 695-6292.

Resident Spotlight
Restoring Ridgefield resident’s Social Security benefits

Mr. David Holcomb of Ridgefield contacted my office after having trouble having his Social Security benefits reinstated. After three months of having to spend hours on the phone and in the Social Security office, Mr. Holcomb contacted my office for help.

My staff contacted the Social Security Administration on Mr. Holcomb’s behalf right away and in a matter of days, Mr. Holcomb’s benefits were reinstated.

Are you having an issue with a federal agency? My office is here to help! Please contact us at (360) 695-6292 or by visiting JHB.House.Gov.
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