U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | May 31, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Keeping energy costs down

A recent proposal to sell-off Bonneville Power Administration’s assets has generated a lot of debate here locally. I oppose this proposal. First, it is a non-starter for residents and employers throughout the entire Northwest. For decades, ratepayers have made financial investments in and had say over hydropower infrastructure that provides our region with the cleanest, most affordable and most reliable energy in the nation. That opportunity has been afforded by the unique and sustainable model made possible by the BPA. If this were sold off to a private bidder, residents would most certainly face higher monthly energy bills and the needs of rural communities would likely be overlooked.
Read my full statement here.

Honoring our fallen heroes

It was such an honor to participate in the Community Military Appreciation Committee's Memorial Day event in Vancouver. I also had the privilege to attend the dedication ceremony of the new war memorial in Longview.

Revolutionary War General John Stark put it like this: “Live free or die.” For many of our troops, death was the price of ensuring that we could be a free people. And how grateful I am to have grown up in a free country. I know there are folks who have lost a family member or a close friend to a war perhaps fought several decades ago … or maybe as recently as the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. We honor their sacrifice and show our heartfelt gratitude.

To those who have supported one of our servicemen or women on the ground – thank you! Their courage and sacrifice don’t go unnoticed.
Supporting mental health patients

It was fun to join my friend and colleague, Rep. Derek Kilmer, for a panel discussion regarding the critical issue of mental health care in Washington state. Our bipartisan bill addresses the need for more inpatient beds for those suffering from mental health illness and substance abuse addictions. To read more, click here.

Vancouver fire chief brings local perspective to federal level

I am pleased that City of Vancouver’s Fire Chief Joseph Molina has been selected to serve as a member of the FEMA National Advisory Council RESPONSE Subcommittee. Chief Molina is deserving of this prestigious appointment. His knowledge of Southwest Washington issues, especially in regards to oil train safety, will be a huge asset as he serves on the federal level. To read more, click here.

NPR: Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

COLUMBIAN: Hundreds honor fallen at Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Vancouver 

DAILY NEWS: City of Longview dedicates veteran monuments

GORGE NEWS CENTER: U.S. Rep. Herrera Beutler opposes President’s proposal to sell BPA’s assets

COLUMBIAN: BPA drops I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

Congrats to the winners of Southwest Washington's Congressional Art Competition!
1st Place Winner: "Unity" by Christine Choi, Columbia River High School
2nd Place Winner: "Man's Best Friend" by Ysabel Morales, Cedar Tree Classical Christian School
3rd Place Winner: "Wonder" by Taelor Adderly, Ridgefield High School

Addressing forest management & funding for Secure Rural Schools
I'm proud to be part of the Congressional Western Caucus and work on issues that directly impact our way of life in Southwest Washington. In this video, I share the importance of securing funding for rural communities and actively managing our forests. Click here to watch the video.
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