U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update |March 9, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Living donors save lives but need help

Kidneys are one of several organs that can be given by a living donor to save a life. There are nearly 100,000 people currently waiting for kidney transplants in the United States. Earlier this week, I spoke at a press conference about the need for my bipartisan bill, the Living Donor Protection Act, that gives living organ donors the ability to use the Family and Medical Leave Act for their recovery from a transplant surgery. It also makes sure these donors are not penalized by insurance companies for volunteering to donate to help save or vastly improve another person’s life.

Read more about the Living Donor Protection Act here

Jaime and family, including kidney donor and recipient Dan and Abigail, advocate for the Living Donor Protection Act that will support those who choose to donate lifesaving organs.
Lowering the rate of maternal deaths in Southwest Washington, across the country 

Last week, I introduced the bipartisan Preventing Maternal Deaths Act that will allow states to address preventable maternal deaths. The United States is ranked 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate. Unfortunately, this number is rising – making the U.S. unlike any other industrialized nation in this troubling trend.  For the sake of so many mothers and babies, we have to do better.

The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act would support states in creating Maternal Mortality Review Committees to examine pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths and identify ways to reduce these tragedies.

With this solution, we can help save the lives of women and children during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postpartum period. Read more about this bill here

Solutions to tackle mental health challenges

Far too many are struggling with mental health and substance abuse in communities throughout Southwest Washington and across our nation – and too few communities have the resources to address this challenge. Too often, hospitals and law enforcement are having to overcommit resources and are simply ill-equipped to try and assist those individuals in a mental health crisis. Because of the shortage of properly-equipped facilities, it can be weeks or months before individuals can receive treatment. 

I joined Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) in introducing the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act of 2017 that would begin to combat this shortage. Our bipartisan bill would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to provide loans to local entities with plans to build psychiatric and substance abuse facilities.  Importantly, it would use a financing structure that would not add any additional burden to taxpayers.

Read more about this legislation here.  

CHRONICLE:  Bill to Protect Living Organ Donors Introduced in U.S. House

LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS: Congress bill would require military vets convicted of child abuse to pay restitution

FUSION: Too many pregnant women are dying in America. Here’s how lawmakers are trying to help.

Listening to, meeting with and updating folks around Southwest Washington

 Just recently, I met with crab fishermen in Ilwaco about protecting coastal jobs and their industry.  We discussed the need to complete dredging and get my bipartisan Dungeness crab fisheries management bill signed into law.
 I toured Karcher in Camas to talk about protecting our waterways from invasive species. Contamination would be a devastating blow to our economy and environment.

 It was great to talk to the Skamania Economic Deleopment Council about the jobs, natural resources and recreation opportunites in our community. 
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