U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | May 25, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Getting veterans the care they deserve

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for 2017. The bill included accountability measures that I authored to address wait times and other issues in the Portland VA. An unreasonably lengthy VA hiring process and numerous staff vacancies have led to delayed care for Southwest Washington’s veterans. The VA insists they are correcting these problems, but it’s happening too slowly for Southwest Washington veterans who need quality medical care. Congress did the right thing in advancing these accountability measures I’ve authored to give the VA more tools to provide better services to our military heroes.

The bill also includes additional funding for addressing management problems, health care shortages, and to increase the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of service provided to veterans. Read more about my efforts here.

Pushing for clear access to forest roads

Forest Road No. 23 is a major route for recreational access in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Over the years, severe weather and winter floods have severely damaged the road, making it completely impassible for residents and visitors. Furthermore, Forest Road No.24, No. 25, and No. 26 will remain closed after this year’s snowfall, leaving few options for motorists in the area. The inability to travel on this road will restrict recreational opportunities and negatively impact the recreational economy and the jobs that it supports; especially in the coming summer months.

I wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) demanding that they provide Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) funding. The U.S. Forest Service applied for ERFO funding months ago but they have yet to receive any assistance. It is imperative that the DOT provide the requested funding as soon as possible. Our local residents, visitors, and economy depend on it and we need these roads to be operable. Read more about my letter here. 

2016 Art Competition Showcase!
2016 Art Competition winner Maria Schaljo and her oil painting, "Submerged."  The top three artists and their work on display at the North Bank Artists Gallery in Vancouver.
Runner-up Sarah Litt and her beautiful photo of Long Beach, WA. 3rd place finisher Storm Reid and his ink drawing entitled, "Lost in Frustration." 

The Congressional Art Competition is a fantastic opportunity for high school students from across Southwest Washington to showcase their artistic talent. Each year, the winner of the competition is invited to Washington D.C. where their artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
TOP NEWS
COLUMBIAN (Letter to Editor): U.S. must lead Zika fight
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COLUMBIAN (Editorial): Unite Against Zika
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CHRONICLE: Congresswoman Calls Delay in Forest Road Repairs 'Unacceptable'
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AP: House GOP to unveil Zika funding measure next week
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