U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | April 8, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Better health care for Southwest Washington residents

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives delayed a vote on its plan to replace Obamacare. This was the right move. While Southwest Washington residents deserve better health care options at prices they can afford from doctors and providers they like, this particular replacement plan — the American Health Care Act — needed more work to achieve those goals.

Whether you cheered the fate of this particular bill on Capitol Hill or not, the reality in Southwest Washington hasn’t changed: Our health care system remains broken. In Klickitat County and many others across the country, there is only one insurance provider under Obamacare. Costs have risen for middle-income families, and they keep rising. The Medicaid safety net — created to serve those who have hit hard times and their children — is being stretched to the point of breaking. The failure of the vote in Congress does nothing to help the Vancouver Clinic and other doctors offices, for example, that have had to reduce the number of Medicaid patients they see because the finances simply don’t pencil out.

So, whether we see the American Health Care Act in Congress again or not, I will continue to fight for solutions to our health care crisis. Here are some of my efforts to improve health care that we should pass into law without delay.

Click here to continue reading about my proposed health care solutions. 

Telephone Town Hall April 13th 

I’m inviting Southwest Washington residents to join me for a live telephone town hall, April 13th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm. 

Telephone town halls are a great way for folks from rural farm land and urban centers to all join me for a live, back-and-forth conversation from the convenience of their kitchen tables. I look forward to updating residents on my efforts to improve health care, create jobs, improve education and solve problems back in Congress, and take questions and ideas on any issues that matter to them.

I’ve held nearly 70 town halls, public hearings, community coffee meetings and telephone town halls all across Southwest Washington – and I’ll continue to utilize every method there is that fosters productive, civil dialogue with residents from all political viewpoints. There is a lot of interest in what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now, and there’s no way to communicate live with as many people at once as a telephone town hall.

Southwest Washington residents can sign up to join the event by visiting this link and entering their contact information or by calling my office at 360-695-6292. 

Residents of Southwest Washington’s third congressional district can also call in to join the telephone town hall at any point during the event by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365.

Giving more students a shot at a quality education

Empowering students with quality education is so important to their success, and we should identify and eliminate obstacles to achieving that goal. Unfortunately, Washington state has the most public school districts that face chronic absenteeism in the U.S.  

I was pleased to introduce a bipartisan legislative solution this week that would empower educators at the local level with tools and support to address factors that are leading to kids in Southwest Washington missing school.

By partnering with local health, transportation and social service providers, school officials will be better equipped to address unique causes of student absence. This type of effort has worked well in other parts of the country.  For example, in New York, local task forces were able to create conditions that made targeted students 31 percent less likely to be chronically absent.

Real more about my bill here. 

Improving health care for veterans 

Recently, I successfully amended a bill to empower the Veterans Administration (VA) to more effectively hire and retain physicians and other care providers at its medical care facilities in Southwest Washington, and across the country. The legislation passed the U.S. House on a strong bipartisan vote.

The VA was already required to conduct these exit surveys thanks to my prior efforts and report the information to Congress, but there are ways Congress can strengthen them to ensure we’re achieving our goal: to make sure our veteran heroes can see a doctor or care provider in a timely fashion.

Click here to watch my floor speech or read more about my amendment here

COLUMBIAN JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER GUEST COLUMN: Herrera Beutler: Fight needs to continue for better health care solution

Congress passes tsunami readiness bill

Herrera Beutler Co-Sponsors Legislation to Provide Funding to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism in Schools

Environmental groups concerned about Trump’s water rule changes

Jaime Herrera Beutler Reintroduces Bill to Strengthen Emergency Response Capabilities for Oil Train Accidents

Jaime’s statement on Syria
“Friday afternoon, I received a classified briefing from General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A targeted strike against the airfield used by Assad to launch an abhorrent and illegal chemical weapons attack on his own people appears to have been an appropriate response. If President Trump has any more plans for military action against Syria he needs to bring them before Congress.”

Pastor Bob MacGregor of Vancouver leads Congress in prayer
It was a special treat to have my pastor, Pastor Bob MacGregor of City Harvest Church in Vancouver, serve as the Guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives and give the opening prayer a few weeks ago.   
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
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