U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | June 19, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Protecting endangered salmon

As long as sea lions overpopulate the Columbia River, I will continue to advocate on behalf of endangered salmon. My bipartisan bill to protect salmon and steelhead, the Endangered Salmon & Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, received a congressional hearing and I appreciated the opportunity to testify. The legislation provides tribal managers and government fish managers with the means to remove California sea lions from specific areas where they are posing the most harm.

I'm glad to see this common-sense legislation moving forward. The next step will be a markup by the full U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. You can watch my remarks at the hearing here.

Working to bring health care coverage back to Klickitat County
Many Klickitat residents were shocked to receive a recent announcement from Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler that no health insurers have filed to sell individual plans in their county in 2018. I’m committed to doing everything in my power to assist residents who will be impacted.

I recently supported a bill in Congress that would provide immediate relief to those Klickitat County residents who will lose health insurance coverage in 2018. Additionally, I also urged Commissioner Kreidler to take immediate action to restore health insurance options to Klickitat County and reverse the trend of eroding Obamacare exchanges in rural counties. Everybody deserves access to quality, affordable health care – regardless of where they live. I will stay on top of this issue and continue fighting to make this a reality.  You can read more here.
Fighting for veterans

I work for veterans. I take that job seriously and am always pleased to see bills come to the U.S. House floor that support our military heroes – like the VA accountability legislation that we passed last week. America’s veterans deserve the highest quality medical care and part of that care means ensuring under-performing VA employees are held accountable. Now this bill goes to the President to be signed into law!

In a separate effort, I’m making sure women who have served our country courageously receive the specialized care they earned -- specifically, maternity and mental health care. Several provisions I fought for were included in a VA funding plan and passed out of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee last week. We also increased funding at the VA by $5.3 billion. Read more about these provisions here.

CNN's "Badass Women of Washington" Series

Thank you, CNN and Dana Bash, for telling our story in your "Badass Women of Washington" series (I'm one, I guess!). It’s our desire that other families who are facing complex medical diagnoses or a challenging obstacle will have hope. Dan and I are so thankful for the team who have supported us every step of the way. Click here to watch our video.
A Belated Happy Father's Day!
Thank you to all the dads, and a special thank you to my husband, an amazing father. You can read The Oregonian's feature story on Dan, "Faith, family, and a gift," here.

TOP NEWS

CHRONICLE: 
Herrera Beutler Secures Support for Female Veterans in Appropriations Bills
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CHRONICLE: 
Jaime Herrera Beutler Works to Bring Health Insurance Coverage to Klickitat County
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GOLDENDALE SENTINEL: County cut off from health insurance
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GOLDENDALE SENTINEL: County cannot have second-class status (Jaime Herrera Beutler guest column)
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CHRONICLE: Bill to Protect Salmon, Steelhead Receives Hearing
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DAILY NEWS: Bill by Herrera Beutler, Schrader targets sea lions
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SEATTLE TIMES: Just 20% of kids got 4-year degrees, so Chehalis schools changed everything
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CNN: How Rep. Herrera Beutler saved her baby
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"EVERY KID IN A PARK" PASSES FOR 4TH GRADERS
Free federal lands passes are available for fourth graders and families to have an adventurous summer -- for free! For more info, click here.

ASSISTING SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RESIDENTS
RECORDS FOUND: Lynnell of Vancouver never met her father because he died while serving in the military. She wanted to do research about him, but couldn’t find any related documents. My office sent an inquiry to the Department of Defense and National Personnel Records Center and managed to get some of her father’s final pay vouchers -- enough information to help her further research.

LONG-DELAYED PAYMENT: Cara, a Vancouver chiropractor, had earned several years of pay from the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs for services her office rendered to patients. She tried calling the agency to get corrections made so they could release the payment. After more than 30 calls with no success, she reached out to me.

My office sent an inquiry to try to get the issues resolved. In a very short period of time, the issue was corrected and Cara’s office received the payments for several bills she has been waiting for since 2014.

Are you facing a challenge with a federal agency? My office is here to help! While we can't guarantee an outcome, we will try our best to help in any way we can. Please contact us at (360) 695-6292 or by visiting JHB.House.Gov.

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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