U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | August 26, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Defending Southwest Washington against a commuter fee on working-class families

I introduced legislation last week prohibiting any tolls at the Washington-Oregon state line without agreement from both states’ governors. Until Oregon formally scraps their plan to toll I-5 and I-205 at the state line without providing a specific plan to benefit those who will pay, Washington commuters deserve to have a safeguard written into law that will protect them.

My bill, the I-5 Corridor Cooperation Act, comes after multiple high-ranking Washington officials, including Governor Jay Inslee, have joined me in taking public stances opposed to Oregon’s Concept C to toll all lanes of I-5 and I-205 at the state line. Despite this public opposition, Oregon Transportation Commission took additional steps toward the implementation of Concept C at its meeting on August 16.

The I-5 Corridor Cooperation Act requires a signed agreement by the governors of Oregon and Washington before any tolls can be collected on federal roads I-5 or I-205 between S.R. 500 and U.S. 30. It also requires that the Federal Highways Administration issue a formal economic impact study covering tolling impacts on Clark and Cowlitz County businesses, residents and tribes before any such agreement can be reached.

Oregon and Washington should work together on mutually-beneficial, transportation solutions for I-5 and I-205. Oregon’s current plan to disproportionately target Southwest Washington’s working class with tolls while providing no benefits and making it harder to fix our bridges is the opposite.

You can read more about this legislation here

Plan to remove sea lions, save endangered salmon gains traction

My bipartisan bill, Endangered Salmon & Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, passed the U.S. House in June. Now, a companion bill is moving forward in the U.S. Senate and I am hopeful they will vote on it soon so we can get this sent to the president's desk to become law. 

TOP NEWS
COLUMBIAN: Bill insists on bistate agreement on I-5, I-205 tolls
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DAILY NEWS: Herrera Beutler seeks to brake Oregon tolling plan
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OPB: Oregon Transportation Officials Seek Federal Approval For Tolling Plan
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OREGONIAN: Oregon will seek tolls on I-5, I-205, study tolling all metro highways
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CLARK COUNTY TODAY:
 Editorial: Oregon moves forward with its tolling plan
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REFLECTOR: Herrera Beutler pushes legislation to curtail tolling
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KENT REPORTER: Opinion: Tribes support sea lion removal legislation
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Support for my bipartisan bill to remove most predatory sea lions grows
Having the support of so many individuals, organizations, researchers, fishing businesses and tribes has been critical to the momentum behind my bill to control the sea lions ravaging our salmon populations. The chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission recently wrote about the importance of my bill for tribal members.

I'm encouraged to have secured the support of every single Democrat and Republican congressional representative in Washington state for my bipartisan bill to save our salmon runs. Now, we need to get it across the finish line. This Washington paper recently wrote an editorial praising the bipartisan effort in the House and calling for quick action in the Senate.
 
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