U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | September 30, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
My bipartisan bill to repeal outdated prohibition on tribal land passes U.S. House 
My bipartisan bill to repeal an antiquated 19th century prohibition of distilleries on tribal land passed the U.S. House by unanimous voice vote on September 13.

This issue is a matter of fairness; Washington, D.C. shouldn’t be in the business of telling Indian country it cannot engage in a business that’s allowed everywhere else and is actually helping many neighboring areas revitalize their local economies. I was proud to shepherd this bill through the U.S. House in a bipartisan manner. 

This legislation would allow tribes to increase economic development by permitting distilleries on tribal lands. The Chehalis Tribe is planning to build and operate a distillery, brewery and restaurant that would bring about 100 new jobs to Southwest Washington. You can watch the remarks I gave on the House floor in support of my bill.


Walking to end Alzheimer's
It was a privilege for me to join Vancouver's inaugural Walk to End Alzheimer's earlier this month. I’m proud to stand alongside folks like Les & Julie in the fight to end this terrible disease.

I recently worked to secure a $414 million increase for Alzheimer’s and dementia research, and have recently cosponsored a bill for the prevention, treatment and care of this devastating disease. It was an amazing job by all of the organizers and teams at the walk to blow their fundraising goal out of the water!

Balancing wildlife protection, active forest management on Mount St. Helens
The completion of the Mount St. Helens Forest Conservation Area is a huge accomplishment, and it was an honor to speak at the celebration event in Vancouver earlier this month. It’s great when the community comes together around a solution that balances wildlife protection with active forest management and recreational opportunities.

I applaud Columbia Land Trust, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Skamania County officials and Pope Resources for their hard work. I was proud to have a role in this conservation project that values working forests and keeping a very popular Southwest Washington treasure accessible to the public. You can read more here.

 

TOP NEWS
COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler’s tribal distillery bill passes House
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CHRONICLE: First Veterans Summit Held to Connect With Former Service Members
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COLUMBIAN: Blog: Herrera Beutler ranked No. 15 for bipartisanship
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DAILY HERALD: Editorial: Allow tribes to benefit from a brewing opportunity
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GOLDENDALE SENTINEL: STEM App Challenge deadline approaching
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KIIITV: What states aren't doing to save new mothers' lives
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DAILY NEWS: House approves Herrera Beutler tribal distilleries bill
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Working to provide resources for Southwest Washington veterans, water infrastructure
I was honored to be part of the negotiation process and help secure key resources to better care for Southwest Washington military service members and veterans, and also provide funding for the Army Corps to continue working on harbor maintenance and navigation projects.

This funding package provided the VA with the largest dollar amount in history - $86.5 billion - the majority of which goes to funding VA medical care for 7 million patients, including mental health services, suicide prevention outreach, opioid abuse prevention, and rural veterans' health initiatives. 

The president recently signed the funding package into law, a critical win in supporting national security efforts and water and energy resources. You can read more here.

ASSISTING SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RESIDENTS
RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY BACKPAY

Mrs. Donna Bushnell from Longview reached out to our office after trying to receive survivor benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Mrs. Bushnell applied for benefits 14 months prior to contacting our office and had yet to receive a response.

After reaching out to SSA, we were able to get Mrs. Bushnell her backpay and get the benefits started. Mrs. Bushnell will receive $14,196 in backpay and will begin to receive $1,620 for monthly benefits.


CLEARING UP FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY

Mr. Mark Andrell from Vancouver reached out to our office after he experienced an issue with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Mr. Andrell was alerted to a fraudulent claim on his account about two years ago. Although he was assured by the SSA that this issue would be taken care of, when he went to apply for his retirement benefits and Medicare, he was told the fraudulent claim was still on his account.

Mr. Andrell worked with the SSA for months to fix this issue, to no avail. After our office contacted the SSA, we were able to get the fraudulent claim removed from Mr. Andrell’s account and get his retirement benefits and Medicare started.

Are you having trouble with a federal agency?

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a federal agency, please contact my Vancouver office at 360-695-6292, or through my website jhb.house.gov. While we can't guarantee an outcome, we will try our best to assist in any way we can.
Washington, DC Office
1107 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
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