U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | June 11, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler

Providing funds for housing and hunger programs

Southwest Washington’s economy is still recovering, and many residents and families are struggling to make ends meet.  For those folks who have encountered economic hardships – including many disabled and elderly residents – there exists helpful resources to get them back on their feet.  The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on which I sit recently approved the Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to provide funding for affordable housing and hunger programs. I helped craft this bill to include Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs.

Clark County and the City of Vancouver use CDBG and HOME grants to fund critical programs, like SHARE outreach and Hunger Response, that provide for shelters and affordable housing, and address an immediate threat to health and safety. It is important that counties and cities have access to grants that give flexibility to local communities, so they can continue to focus resources on the specific needs in our community. Read more about my efforts here.

Strengthening salmon recovery efforts

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee also recently passed the Commerce, Science and Justice Appropriations Bill for 2017 that wisely invests dollars on a variety of law enforcement, national security, economic development and science-related priorities that benefit Southwest Washington. In this bill I fought for resources to boost salmon recovery that improves hatchery production and prevents hatcheries from being shut down. Southwest Washington’s salmon populations are important to the economy and quality of life throughout the Northwest. I will continue to fight to secure and protect hatcheries to ensure our community’s salmon restoration efforts. Read more about my salmon recovery efforts here.

Exposing inaccurate data that deems our rural communities as “too affluent” to receive development grants

Jaime touring the new Toledo Sewer Treatment Plant

On May 24th, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee advanced my transparency measure that would insert transparency into the federal housing department’s flawed calculations that have deemed communities like Vader, Toledo, Pe Ell and Morton as “too affluent.”

Cities like Toledo, where the school district serves over 50% of its students free and reduced lunches and the local food bank is serving approximately 300 families, have lost access to important federal development grants because of this miscalculation. It is important that they regain access so the city can afford important infrastructure projects, like updating the water and sewer system. Read more about my efforts here.

CHRONICLE: Rep. Herrera Beutler Sets Sights on Additional Salmon Recovery Funds

: Congresswoman Pens Measure to Shine Light on Data Depriving Toledo, Vader and Pe Ell of Federal Grants

COLUMBIAN: Housing-hunger bill to move to House for vote

COLUMBIAN:Clark County deputies armed for drug overdoses

Fighting to stop opioid abuse
Opioid abuse is a tragic problem in Southwest Washington, killing hundreds of people every year. Recently, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee of which I’m a member passed a bill that I helped write, providing $103 million for abuse-stemming programs including drug courts, treatment, and prescription drug monitoring. I’m glad that this issue is being recognized as a top priority in Congress, and we can’t lose focus of the tragic impacts it has on our communities.
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