U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | April 23, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Leading the fight against the Zika Virus

In the past few months, it has become clear that the Zika virus is a direct threat to the health and well-being of U.S. citizens. The threat posed to women is especially serious; the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that Zika causes microcephaly and other devastating birth defects. Thousands of these defects have been observed in South and Central America and Zika has already been diagnosed in travelers returning home to the U.S. from these areas.

Congress has the responsibility to act now to prevent sever birth defects on a massive scale. A congressional committee has approved my effort to direct $10 million towards Zika prevention in the Women, Infants, and Children Program that assists vulnerable, low-income women in many Zika-prone areas. I also voted to fund the President’s $1.9 billion request for a robust response to Zika – and I believe we can meet his request in a fiscally responsible mannerRead more about my efforts here.

2016 Southwest Washington Jobs Fair on May 2, Job Hunting Workshop on April 28

Getting people back to work has been one of my top priorities since I was first elected to Congress. I am excited to host our Sixth Annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair. This great event that brings employers and job seekers together. The jobs fair is free and open to all Southwest Washington residents and will include employers from a variety of industries.

We will also be hosting a Job Hunting Workshop to help prepare folks who are in the process of looking for a job. The workshop will feature a panel of experts to help with interview preparation and resume-writing tips. 

             Southwest Washington Jobs Fair

Date and Time: Monday, May 2 • 9:00am - Noon

Location: Armed Forces Reserve Center

15005 NE 65th Street, Vancouver WA 98682

Employers who are interested in participating should contact Pam Peiper in Jaime’s Vancouver office at (360) 695-6292

                     Job Hunting Workshop

Date and Time: Thursday, April 28 • 9:30am - 11:30am

Location: Vancouver Community Library

901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 

Demanding answers from the EPA about its unlawful, taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign

This week, I joined 144 of my colleagues in Congress demanding answers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its unlawful funding – using taxpayer dollars – of its “WhatsUpStream” propaganda campaign in Washington state. The campaign broke the law in its effort to influence legislators to support the EPA’s backward “Waters of the U.S. Rule” – an expansion of authority by the agency that would overturn 42 years of Clean Water Act protection and allow it to strictly regulate any development near ditches, man-made ponds, and streams on public and private property.

It’s bad enough that the EPA is trying to gain new authority over every wet area, whether public or private, in the United States. Now we learn that it illegally used taxpayer money to advocate for this egregious power grab. The EPA owes taxpayers an answer as to how it made the decision to waste their money and violate federal law. Read more about the letter here. 


CHRONICLE: Congresswoman Pushes for Increased Funding for Zika Virus Prevention

CHRONICLE: House Committee approves Herrera Beutler's efforts to decrease VA wait times

COLUMBIAN/AP: US Officials: The more we learn about Zika, scarier it is

YAKIMA HERALD (EDITORIAL): FDA takes logical step in decision on folic acid

CAPITAL PRESS: 145 House members sign letter criticizing EPA over What's Upstream

Resident Spotlight:
Backwoods Brewing back on track 
Mr. Kevin Waters, owner of Backwoods Brewing, wanted to expand his business with a new production facility in Stevenson. Mr. Waters applied for a Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTP) permit and waited to hear back on approval of the new facility.

After waiting for months, and losing revenue during that time, Mr. Waters contacted my office for help. My staff contacted the TTP on his behalf and was able to get the permit approval process back on track. Now that it has the new space that it needs, Backwoods Brewing can continue to grow it's business.

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. 
The VA’s mobile medical unit coming to Raymond to provide primary health services to veterans.

Upcoming visit:
May 9-13

Monday, May 9: 9:00am-3:30pm
Tues-Thurs, May 10-12: 8:00am-3:30pm
Friday, May 13: 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