U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | July 18, 2015
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U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Promoting hydroelectric energy: clean, affordable power for Southwest Washington

Last week, I reintroduced a bipartisan bill to have Congress recognize hydroelectric power as a source of clean, renewable energy. This emission-free, domestic energy source accounts for 78% of power produced in Washington state, and has played an important role in keeping our economy running. From drawing employers to Southwest Washington to producing the lowest residential electrify prices in the nation, this carbon-free energy source continues to benefit folks in our region.

Hydroelectric power needs to be a central component of our nation’s energy strategy. That starts with recognizing it as the renewable energy source that it is. Read more about my efforts here.

Restoring forest health to struggling federal forests

Over the last 20 years, our federal forests have lacked effective management which has left them susceptible to wildfires, disease and insects infestation. After championing initiatives that will benefit our forests, I am pleased to share that last week the U.S. House passed the Resilient Forests Act with bipartisan support. This bill greatly benefits folks in Southwest Washington by funding wildfire prevention, improving reforestation and extending the Secure Rural Schools program through 2020.

Our community in Southwest Washington is tied to the legacy of the magnificent forests that surround us, and it is our responsibility to protect these cherished resources. This bill is an excellent start to protecting the health of our federal forests. Click here for more information.

Securing improvements to oil spill response grants

Public safety is paramount with regard to oil being shipped by rail through Southwest Washington. Last week, I led an important reform through a congressional committee that will make federal emergency response grants for crude oil and ethanol rail traffic a higher priority. Under the current system, cities and towns on our rail lines are at a disadvantage as they compete for federal assistance to prepare for an incident. Through this initiative, oil-by-rail accident response efforts will be a higher priority and will help ensure that we are equipped to protect safety in Southwest Washington. Read more about the updates to Firefighter Assistance Grants here.

COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler targets oil spills

CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler Helps Pass Bill to Improve Federal Forest Health

CHRONICLE: State Timber Revenue Fix to Yield $1M for County Schools
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 Public safety needs to be paramount with regard to the oil traveling through Southwest Washington by rail. Today, a congressional committee approved my reform that will provide more federal grants to first responders who can address oil-by-rail accidents.
 Teaching Abigail about American history at the National Archives in DC. It was great running into George Washington and Thomas Jefferson! #startemyoung
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