U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | February 4, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Oregon's tolling scheme - could drivers here pay $10 a trip? 

Oregon’s transportation spokesman talked last week about Oregon’s plan to toll the I-5 and I-205 bridges:

“The toll is basically an incentive that helps people to change their trips to different times of the day, to take different forms of transportation.”

Maybe it's easy for the well-off to change their driving times, but most hardworking Southwest Washington residents don't have the luxury of deciding when they will drive to work.

What do you think: Would you consider paying a new fee for going to work an “incentive”? How easy would it be for you to change the hours you commute? Oregon is hosting an online open house through Monday, February 5 and they’re asking for people to weigh in with their thoughts on its tolling proposal via email at valuepricinginfo@odot.state.or.us.

Community Health Centers play critical role in our community
I know firsthand that the thirty community health sites in Southwest Washington provide high quality health care to folks in underserved areas, which is why I’ve always been a champion for Community Health Center funding in Congress. Last week, I joined my colleagues in making a formal request to Speaker Ryan urging an immediate long term reauthorization of Community Health Center dollars before current funding expires at the end of March so that none of the folks who depend on them will experience a lapse in care. You can learn more and read our letter here.
Washington's coast should be off limits to oil drilling

Last week, I joined a bipartisan group of Pacific Northwest lawmakers in sending a letter to Interior Secretary Zinke opposing oil and gas production off Washington coast. In our letter, we ask the secretary to remove Washington and Oregon's coastline from the planning area for expanded oil and gas exploration. You can read our letter here.

Helping craft breweries succeed, grow and hire

As part of the tax cuts package signed into law in December, I'm pleased the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act - a legislative solution I helped champion - was included. With the inclusion of this act in the final tax bill, craft breweries in Southwest Washington will now save thousands of dollars annually.

Specifically, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act reduces the excise tax rates on beer and spirits and increases the small wine producer tax credit amount.

Small, independent breweries, wineries, and distilleries face many economic challenges amidst a booming demand from consumers. These smaller businesses were taxed on a higher scale than those who produce greater quantities of craft beverages. This bill levels the playing field and allows small craft beverage companies to grow their businesses in such a capital intensive sector. I will continue to support and sponsor legislation that helps smaller craft beverage businesses invest in their operations and spur economic growth.

Ghost Runners Brewery in Vancouver is one of 33 craft breweries in Southwest Washington who contribute to our local economy and employ residents. I'm working in Congress to help these and other small businesses succeed, grow and hire.

CLARK COUNTY TODAY: ODOT open house provides information and gathers feedback on interstate toll proposal

KATU: Vancouver drivers weigh in on tolls on Portland area roads

Herrera Beutler on support for tax cuts bill

DAILY NEWS: Sixteen Northwest Congress Members oppose offshore drilling

COLUMBIAN: In Our View: No drilling off coast

CHRONICLE: Dangers linger long after eruption of Mount St. Helens

KXL: NW Congressional reaction to SOTU speech

It was an honor to meet Ji Seong-ho, one of the President's special guests at last week's State of the Union address. Ji escaped North Korea; he carried his old crutches as a reminder of the horrors he suffered after losing limbs while suffering under extreme poverty in North Korea, and he now aims to help others escape. He is quite an amazing person!

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