U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | March 12, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler

Preventing catastrophe for agricultural businesses

In both 2014 and 2015, agricultural businesses across Washington suffered heavy losses due to an insufficient seasonal workforce. The lack of  sufficient labor left  farmers with unharvested crops rotting in the fields, unable to turn a profit on their hard work. These costly mistakes occurred both years due to problems with a federal database -  and unless federal agencies plan accordingly, these same businesses, the consumers they serve, and the jobs they support will receive another blow this year.

Last week, along with nine of my congressional colleagues from the Pacific Northwest, I demanded that Secretaries John Kerry of the U.S. Department of State and Jeh Johnson of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security detail their progress in resolving this issue. It is imperative that the Department's of State and Homeland Security take proactive measures to prevent the same catastrophe from happening in 2016. Read a full text of my letter here.

Announcing the 2016 Congressional Art Competition! 

The Congressional Art Competition is a fantastic opportunity for high school students from across the country to showcase their artistic talent. Artists can submit works using a variety of mediums ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and computer-generated images.  Students from Southwest Washington's 3rd District may submit their original artwork for the competition through Friday, March 25.

The winning artists work will be put on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year and that person will receive free airfare for themselves and one guest to attend the June ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, D.C. For more details, please visit my website. 

 My office is here to help!

One of the most important things I do as your U.S. Representative is to help the people of Southwest Washington when they have questions about or need assistance with a federal agency.  Navigating the various federal agencies can be a daunting process; my staff is here to help you. While we cannot guarantee a specific outcome we will work hard to cut through the red tape, get answers to your questions and find solutions on your behalf.

Here are a few stories from local folks who contacted my office for help with federal agencies. Are you having an issue with a federal agency? My office is here to help! Please contact us by (360) 695-6292 or by visiting JHB.House.Gov.

IRS tax refund released  

In February of 2015, Mr. Duane Fredrickson filed a request with the IRS that his 2014 tax refund be released. After waiting for months with no response from the IRS, Mr. Fredrickson contacted my office asking for help getting his tax refund.

In early September, my staff contacted the IRS on Mr. Fredrickson's behalf.  Just two weeks later, he received his IRS refund check in the mail. 

Help with flood insurance

Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Linda Dailey realized that their flood insurance costs were steadily increasing over the last few years. After receiving their most recent bill of nearly $2,000 dollars, they contacted my office for help.

My staff contacted FEMA, who worked with the Dailey’s to assess whether or not their property was in a flood zone and warranted the sharp cost increase. It was determined that their property actually lies outside of the flood-prone “flood zone” and the cost of their insurance was reduced.

THE REFLECTOR: County issues stop work order to Cowlitz Tribe

COLUMBIAN (Letter to the editor): EPA rule drowns common sense

COLUMBIAN (editorial):  Make most of Trudeau time

THE CHRONICLE: Lewis County towns working to change 'Too Affluent' status to become eligible for grants

THE CHRONICLE: Feds seek ways to avoid another Columbia Basin fish kill

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