U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update |July 5, 2015 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler

Fishing with heroes

Late last month, the nonprofit Fallen Veterans and the Community Military Appreciation Committee sponsored a day of fishing on the Columbia River for veteran heroes to show our community’s appreciation. The event gave me the opportunity to meet up with several of our region’s veterans in Ridgefield, share my own words of gratitude, and have some fun with those who have served our country. We owe our veterans and military our most sincere “thanks,” and I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure those who have bravely served our country are honored through word and action.

Oil-by-rail safety measure advances in Congress

Public safety needs to be a top priority as train traffic increases in Southwest Washington – and that starts with properly equipping our firefighters and first responders. To ensure that our communities have the equipment to respond to an oil-by-rail or other hazardous materials incident, I wrote the Fire Department Proper Response and Equipment Prioritization Act (FD PREP Act).  This legislative solution makes hazmat response efforts to oil-by-rail accidents “high priority” in FEMA’s grant funding criteria.

On June 22, 2016, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved its Homeland Security funding bill for 2017 that includes a provision based on the FD PREP Act to improve response to oil train accidents. More information on the oil emergency response can be found here.

Making the TSA more accommodating to parents traveling with children

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security funding bill also included another provision I authored in order to make the TSA more accommodating to passengers traveling with breastmilk, formula and infant feeding equipment. Many parents report harassment-like treatment by TSA agents even when they’re following TSA guidelines, which sometimes ends in missed flights and broken equipment. This provision requires TSA to hold its agents accountable for consistent compliance with its own regulations that allow parents to travel with these items.

The legislative provision on TSA compliance has been adapted from the BABES Act – legislation that I introduced in April. More information on the BABES Act can be found here.

COLUMBIAN: Fishing outing a therapeutic appreciation for veterans

REFLECTOR: Veterans participate in Operation Salmon Salute early Sunday morning

COLUMBIAN: Key Gifford Pinchot National Forest road to open

LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS: Earthquake simulation in Longview helps scientists understand "the Big One"
Pacific County-area Veterans: VA mobile medical unit coming to Raymond July 11-15
The VA’s mobile medical unit coming to Raymond to provide primary health services to veterans.

July 11-15

Monday, July 11: 9:00am-3:30pm
Tues-Thurs, July 12-14: 8:00am-3:30pm
Friday, July 15: 8:00am-11:30am

The American Legion
221 Duryea St
Raymond, WA 98577

If you are a veteran who is already registered within the VA system, walk-up appointments will be available without appointment. If you wish, you can also set up an appointment by calling 1-800-329-8387 ext. 71234 and ask for the mobile medical unit in Raymond. If you are not in the VA system, you can get help with initial registration at the mobile medical unit.
Washington, DC Office
1130 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3536
Fax: (202) 225-3478
Vancouver Office
O.O. Howard House (Officers' Row)
750 Anderson Street, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 695-6292
Fax: (360) 695-6197