U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update |September 26, 2015 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Finding solutions for Spirit Lake Tunnel at Mount St. Helens

Last Thursday, I joined Senators Murray and Cantwell in urging the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Geological Survey to find a long-term solution for the failing Spirit Lake drainage tunnel. The current tunnel has been expensive and difficult to maintain, and has recently sustained more damage due to seismic activity. Should the tunnel fail, the impact on downriver communities in Cowlitz County would be significant.

While we were able to secure funding for interim tunnel repairs, these short-term fixes will ultimately not address long-term threats. In this most recent letter, we demanded these agencies develop three long-term and cost effective solutions that would prioritize the safety of Cowlitz County residents and protect our communities and homes for years to come. Read the letter here.

House votes to move transportation, energy projects forward with the RAPID Act

This week in DC, my colleagues and I advanced the Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development Act (RAPID) which maintains current federal environmental standards while providing a faster approval process for federally funded and federally permitted transportation, energy, and other construction projects.

The RAPID Act will further economic growth in Southwest Washington by implementing deadlines for review within the permitting process. My goal is to create an environment of certainty so job creators and employers can continue to create jobs for hardworking folks in our region.

VA mobile medical unit coming back to Pacific County October 13-16

The VA Mobile Medical Unit has been coming to Pacific County for one year and has successfully served many of our region’s veterans with health care needs. During its visits to Raymond, this mobile clinic has nearly reached capacity helping individuals who live far away from other VA treatment facilities. From lifesaving referrals to regular check-ups, I am pleased that these individuals who have selflessly sacrificed for our freedom are getting convenient access to basic services.

The VA has announced that they will bring its mobile medical unit back to Pacific County from October 13 through October 16. Veterans can receive primary health care appointments and walk-ups, physical exams, flu shots and other immunizations, prescriptions labs and assistance in signing up for VA benefits.

The VA’s mobile medical unit coming to Raymond to provide primary health services to veterans.

Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 16 2015
Oct. 13, 2015 – 9am -3:30pm
Oct. 14, 2015 – 8am-3:30pm
Oct. 15, 2015 – 8am-3:30pm
Oct. 16, 2015 – 8am-11:30am

The American Legion
221 Duryea St
Raymond, WA 98577

If you are a veteran who is already registered within the VA system, walk-up appointments will be available without appointment. If you wish, you can also set up an appointment by calling 1-800-329-8387 ext. 71234 and ask for the mobile medical unit in Raymond. If you are not in the VA system, you can get help with initial registration at the mobile medical unit.


NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Federal bill calls for better education for prenatal genetic tests 

LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS: Spirit Lake Tunnel repairs start next month

WAHKIAKUM EAGLE: Herrera Beutler announces mobile office schedule

Working for kids’ health
Jaime greeted families and volunteers at the Camas 4 Kids Health Fair. The community brought together many great resources for helping kids get and stay healthy.

Suicide Prevention month
Our military members and veterans have served our country honorably and bravely defended America abroad. It is because of their service and sacrifice that we owe them our most sincere gratitude.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and serves as an important reminder of some of the challenges our service members and veterans encounter. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among active U.S. military personnel and tragically, 22 veterans take their lives every day. We must do a better job giving our active military members and veterans access to the critical support and resources they need to maintain mental health.

Please join me in promoting stronger support and care for those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. To learn more about how to spread awareness and care for those in our community, click here.
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