U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | May 14, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Fighting for small towns in Lewis County

Last week, I met with Lewis County mayors to discuss the circumstances that resulted in their communities being considered “too affluent” for community development grants. Too affluent? In towns where over 50% of the kids qualify for free or reduced lunch? That claim just doesn’t add up. This week, I sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) demanding that it fix the flawed data that led to this misclassification. Towns like Pe Ell, Toledo, and Vader depend on these grants and HUD must fix this problem. Read more about my meeting here.

Another productive jobs fair – were you there?

Thank you to all the employers and job hunters who came out to my 6th Annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair. More than 350 prospective employees came out to connect with over 50 employers from across the region. Getting people back to work has been a top priority of mine and I thank everyone who made this year's jobs fair such a successful event!

Did you attend the jobs fair?  Please send me a note and let me know about your experience.

Getting expectant mothers the information they need to make safe medication choices

This week, I introduced legislation that would increase the safety of pregnant and breastfeeding women who take medication. There is very little research being done to show how prescription drugs affect mothers during pregnancy. The Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act establishes a task force to advance research and information sharing on medication use during pregnancy. It also requires the Food and Drug Administration to report on the number of medications that included pregnant women or lactating women in trials, and the number of new drugs with post-market studies.

Women who are prescribed regular medication too often have to decide between taking to take medicine that could have unknown impacts on their health and the health of their baby -- or forgo medication and suffer other health risks as a result. It’s critical that expectant mothers have the information they need to make the best decisions for their health and for the health of their baby. Read more about my bill here.


COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler pushes funding to combat Zika virus

THE CHRONICLE: Congresswoman: 'You Can Be Wrong, but You Can't Stay Wrong'

AP: Judge sides with House Republicans against health care law

COLUMBIAN: Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health care law

KGW Portland: Skamania Sheriff: Funding cuts put gorge rescues at risk
Guest Column: Funding the fight against Zika
This week, I wrote a column underlining how important it is that Congress act now to fund the fight against the Zika virus. A link to the article originally published in the Hill can be found here.
 2016 Art Competition Winner
Congratulations to Maria Schaljo from the Vancouver School of the Arts and Academics. Her artwork was chosen by our panel of judges as the 1st place winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. 

Maria is invited to travel to Washington D.C. where her work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. Congratulations Maria!

See our top three winners, details about showcase.
"Submerged" by Maria Schaljo 
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