U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | May 13, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Working together to get kids in school

I was alarmed to discover that Washington is home to the most public school districts facing chronic absenteeism in the U.S. When students miss more than one in ten days of school, it’s considered chronic absenteeism.  Missing that much school has been found to negatively impact school performance, high school graduation rates, and overall success into adulthood.

There are various and complex factors contributing to why kids don’t show up to school. This week, I listened to several Southwest Washington school superintendents talk about the challenges they face regarding chronic absenteeism among their students. I am hopeful a bill I recently introduced will help us make gains in developing effective strategies to improve kids’ attendance reports. Read more about this bipartisan legislation here. 

Addressing mental health needs in our communities 

I recently toured the Clark County Jail and saw firsthand the acute need to provide more facilities that can help those suffering from psychiatric disorders and addiction. It was helpful for me to hear from the Clark County sheriffs and to better understand the challenges that come from limited resources to assist those with mental illness and opioid addiction.

I'm eager to get my bipartisan bill signed into law, which would help communities build additional psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities - helping more individuals get the assistance they need, and taking pressure off of law enforcement and jails. Read more about my efforts with Congressman Derek Kilmer here. 

Getting critical resources to rural communties

The Secure Rural Schools program is currently the only lifeline for many formerly timber-dependent communities in Southwest Washington to keep schools, emergency services and roads operating.  For example, Skamania County once had a thriving timber industry to fund their vital services, but now, with more than 90% of the land in public ownership and producing virtually zero harvest, they no longer have local tax revenue to support the needs of their local residents.

I recently joined with my Democrat and Republican colleagues in the U.S. House and Senate to extend the Secure Rural Schools program, and will push this legislation in Congress until we do.  And I’ll also continue to work with them toward a long-term, sustainable solution by reforming our federal forest management policies to better empower forest-dependent communities. Read more about this effort here. 

Protecting salmon in the Pacific Northwest

The health of our salmon runs in the Northwest are vital to recreation, our economy, our culture – our way of life. 

That’s why I reintroduced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill to improve the survival of endangered salmon, steelhead and other native fish species in the Columbia River system. The legislation provides tribal managers and government fish managers with the means to remove limited numbers of California sea lions from specific areas where they are posing the most harm. Read more here.

TOP NEWS
LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS:  Health care talk dominates Herrera Beutler town hall
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GOLDENDALE SENTINEL/GUEST COMMENTARY:
 We need to improve medical care for all our veterans
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CHRONICLE
Congresswoman Discusses Rural Woes During Visit in Morton
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OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING: 
Washington's Herrera Beutler Says More Beds Needed At County Jails
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LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS:
 Local superintendents talk causes, solutions to chronic absenteeism
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GOLDENDALE SENTINEL
Herrera Beutler at KVH, hospital plans physical therapy center
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National Down Syndrome Society
"Champion of Change Award"
It was a huge honor to receive the “Champion of Change” award from the National Down Syndrome Society in Vancouver last week. I also got to meet the caring folks who started the Southwest Washington-based organization D.A.N.A. (Differently-Abled, Nationally Accepted) that strives to create a community where every child is valued and given a voice. What a fun day!

Visit to Klickitat Valley Hospital 
Thousands of health care professionals work together to provide care for our community in Southwest Washington. It was great to join Klickitat Valley Hospital to celebrate National Hospital Week!
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