U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | August 1, 2015
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U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
 Come to my Senior Resource Fair on August 5
Just a reminder that I’m hosting a FREE Senior Resource fair on Wednesday, August 5 in Vancouver. We’ll bring together resources for lifelong learners, volunteer opportunities, help for starting a business, Social Security and Medicare, and more.

Details and a complete list of resources are available here.

Preserving affordable healthcare for small businesses
Thousands of Washington’s small businesses and the folks they employ rely on Association Health Plans, which is why I’m working to preserve them. Association Health Plans allow small businesses to band together to offer quality and affordable health care coverage. These health plans have provided coverage to more than 500,000 employers and employees across Washington, so it’s unfortunate that efforts have been made to eliminate them. The last thing we should be doing is squeezing health coverage options that are successful at lowering costs while maintaining quality.

We must address our nation’s health care crisis with better reforms, and I believe Association Health Plans are an important solution. Read more about my efforts here.
Protecting our fish resources

On July 23, the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee of the U.S. Committee on Natural Resources met to consider my bill entitled the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act. With unnatural levels of sea lions in and around our waters, our community’s efforts to preserve the Columbia River salmon are facing a serious setback. This bipartisan solution will give fish managers the tools they need to lethally remove predatory sea lions and protect our endangered salmon and steelhead.

Here in Southwest Washington we are so fortunate to possess diverse landscapes and abundant natural resources, and I am committed to preserving our resources for future generations. Click here to watch my statement before a congressional committee on protecting our salmon.

U.S. House passes the REINS Act, works to rein in harmful federal regulations

Allowing employers to operate, thrive and grow is an essential step to continue Southwest Washington’s economic recovery. That means taking into account the effects federal rules and regulations have on job creators and our economy. Congress has delegated too much of its rulemaking authority to unelected bureaucrats resulting in excessive, job-killing regulations for far too long.

That is why I strongly support and helped the U.S. House advance the bipartisan REINS (Regulation from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act on July 28. This legislation would simply require any regulation with $100 million in economic impact to obtain Congressional approval. Read more about this bill here.

Supporting hundreds of jobs by ensuring crab management

Dale Beasley testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee

Last week, Pacific County crab fisherman Dale Beasley testified in a U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of my bill, the West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act. This bill will permanently extend a 17-year fishery management agreement that has been vital to Washington state’s Dungeness crab fishery.

My bill would also eliminate any uncertainty for crab fisherman so they can continue to support hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in benefits to our communities. Read more about my bill here.

COLUMBIAN: Free senior resource fair set for Aug. 5

Herrera Beutler Helps Pass Bill to Protect Small Businesses From ‘Potentially Harmful Regulations’

CHINOOK OBSERVER: Crabbers, Herrera unite behind tri-state management

CHRONICLE: Centralia College Receives $1.6 Million Federal Grant to Extend TRiO Student Support Services
The VA
Accountability Act
Last week, the House passed a bill I cosponsored that gives authority to the VA to remove employees for misconduct. After the VA’s shameful performance was revealed last year, reform has been too slow. This bill establishes accountability for those individuals charged with providing assistance to our nation’s heroes.

A visit from Skamania's Sheriff Brown
Sheriff Dave Brown visited me in DC to talk about the challenges of patrolling Skamania County without proper resources. The federal government must update federal forest policy- struggling timber counties deserve much better!
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Washington, DC 20515
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Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 695-6292
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