U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update |June 22, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Resident Spotlight: Home at last!

In late 2014, Page and Heather Ackler came to my office for assistance because they had been informed that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was refusing to grant an exit letter for their adoptive daughter, Miradi. Even though they had received all of the adoption approvals they needed from the U.S. and DRC governments to bring Miradi home, they and many other families throughout the nation faced great difficulty when the DRC suddenly stopped issuing all exit letters.

I immediately contacted the State Department and worked with my colleagues in the U.S. House and Senate to press the DRC to allow these children to be united with their families. We also wrote letters urging President Boshab and DRC Ambassador Balamuene urging to let these children come home.

After more than two years of effort, the Acklers received the happy news that their daughter would receive her exit letter and she is now home with her family. It is deeply rewarding and my pleasure to welcome Miradi to America!

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. 

Protecting from wildfires and earthquakes

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill I helped write that funds strong wildfire suppression and prevention, more active management of national forests, federal payments used for emergency services in rural counties, expansion of the early earthquake detection system as well as other Southwest Washington priorities.
The bill also saves $1 billion from the President’s budget request to fund the Forest Service and other Department of Interior agencies.

The horrific wildfires of the last few years have wreaked havoc on our communities, forests and wildlife, and it’s not good enough to just fight them once they’ve started – we have to start managing our federal forests to make them more resilient to fires in the first place. This spending plan puts us on the right course to better care for our forests and rural communities, and invests in important response tools we’ll need in the event of a significant earthquake. Importantly, overall we identified tens of millions of dollars in savings to ensure each taxpayer dollar is going farther and doing more. Read more about this bill here.

CHRONICLE: Cascadia Rising: Days After Quake, Military Aid Would Arrive by Air

COLUMBIAN: Spirit Lake study committee selected

COLUMBIAN: Letter: Approach is to prioritize assistance

Resident Spotlight Finally back on the job
Mr Vince Woode is a class A truck driver and a U.S. Marine veteran. Due to a new state law that was passed in September of 2015, he needed to show proof of citizenship to renew his license. Mr. Woode’s Commercial Drivers License expired in January of 2016 and had not been able to work, depriving his family of its main source of income.

Mr. Woode applied for replacement citizenship documents in August of 2015. In February of 2016, after several attempts to follow-up on his own, Mr. Woode had still not received his replacement documentation and contacted our office for assistance.

Through the work of my staff, we were finally able to get Mr. Woode the documentation he needed to get back on the road with a renewed commercial license.

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. 
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