Southwest Washington has a diverse set of interests that keep Jaime extremely busy on a complex set of issues. Here are some of the accomplishments Jaime has achieved in the first ten months of her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
· Regulation from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act: Jaime strongly supported and helped the U.S. House advance this bill which would simply require any regulation with $100 million in economic impact to obtain Congressional approval.
· Regulatory Accountability Act: Jaime supported this bill that requires federal agencies to consider the economic impact of new regulations and implement them in the most cost effective way.
· CDBG Letter: Jaime addressed the serious problem that certain rural communities were being denied community development grants based on inaccurate economic data. In this letter addressed to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Jaime worked with federal agencies to get better data that more accurately reflects the economic realities of rural communities.
· State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act: Jaime supported permanently extending the state and local sales tax deduction, which allows residents of states without a state income tax, like Washington, to deduct those sales taxes from their federal tax returns.
· Save American Workers Act: In order to avoid federal mandates from the Affordable Care Act, many employers cut workers’ hours. Jaime voted to reestablish America’s traditional 40-hour work week.
· America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act: Jaime voted to provide small businesses permanent tax relief for investments back in their own operations of equipment, software, and property. Jaime received the “Hero of Main Street” Award from the National Retailers Federation.
· VA Mobile Medical Unit: Jaime worked with the VA to bring the Mobile Medical Unit to Pacific County to provide services to veterans who would otherwise have to drive 50-plus miles to fill a prescription, get a flu shot or obtain other basic health care.
· Improving VA Care: The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved Jaime’s legislative directive to address high VA staff turnover rates that are contributing to veterans being forced to wait 30-plus days for health care appointments.
· Sergeant Roy Long: Jaime worked to help Staff Sgt. Roy Long, a constituent from Lewis County, obtain the Bronze Star medal he had earned for his service in World War II.
· Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act: Jaime sponsored this bill that enables trained members of tribal communities and government fish managers to remove sea lions that pose a threat to the Columbia River’s endangered fish population.
· West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act: Jaime sponsored and helped advance this bill that will permanently extend a 17-year fishery management agreement that has been vital to Washington state’s Dungeness crab fishery.
· Pollock and King Crab Labeling: Jaime sponsored a bill in response to the flood of mislabeled fish from less sustainable fisheries that harm U.S. pollock fishermen and the businesses they support.
· REFI Act signed into law: Jaime led a bill to boost the West Coast groundfish industry, and support Washington’s 148,000 maritime industry jobs, that was signed into law.
· Clean Power: Jaime reintroduced a bipartisan bill to have Congress recognize hydroelectric power as a source of clean, renewable energy.
· Oscar B. Ferry: Jaime worked with Senator Patty Murray, Wahkiakum County officials, and the Army Corps of Engineers to help navigate the complex permitting process and make sure the Oscar B. Ferry was completed before its deadline.
· Energy and Water Appropriations bill: As a member of this subcommittee, Jaime helped craft this bill that funded Columbia River maintenance small port dredging and Hanford cleanup, while also saving $633 billion from the President’s spending proposal.
· Transportation Funding Bill: Jaime helped write this transportation funding bill that funds critical rail safety efforts including at-grade train crossing improvements, oil by rail safety, Positive Train Control technology, and other safety efforts.
· Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act: Jaime voted in support of this bill that maintains current federal environmental standards while providing a faster approval process for federally funded and federally permitted transportation, energy, and other construction projects.
· Spirit Lake Tunnel Letter: Jaime joined Senators Murray and Cantwell in urging the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Geological Survey to address the failing Spirit Lake drainage tunnel to prevent a future dangerous tunnel collapse that would devastate downriver communities in Cowlitz County. They also asked the federal agencies to develop a safe long-term solution regarding drainage from the lake.
· Timely Permitting Accessibility Act: Jaime sponsored this bill that would allow private entities to pay for additional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff to expedite the permitting process for important economic development projects.
· Six-year transportation bill with strengthened funding for Southwest Washington buses and bridges: Jaime championed two amendments to a six-year transportation bill that boosted funding for Southwest Washington buses and Columbia Gorge bridges – all without raising the federal gas tax.
· H.R. 529: Jaime voted with a bipartisan majority to help students and families save money for higher education. This bill would allow students to use their 529 college savings to purchase computers, and make it easier to redeposit funds for expenses into the account.
· Secure Rural Schools Program: Jaime joined a bipartisan majority to extend a two-year program that provides critical school funding for rural counties, including those in SW Washington.
· ACE Kids Act: Jaime is an original cosponsor of this bill that helps medically-complex kids of families on Medicaid access 21st century health care, regardless of their zip code.
· Securing Seniors’ Health Care Act: Jaime voted in support of this bill to protect seniors’ option of choosing the best Medicare plan to meet their needs, including Medicare Advantage.
· Improving parents’ education on prenatal screenings: Jaime is leading a bill to strengthen parental information and education around prenatal screenings – tests that indicate potential health problems for expectant parents but have high rates of flawed results.
· Preserving the rights of employers and employees regarding health plans: Jaime sponsored this legislation to preserve association health plans, which allow small businesses to band together to offer high-quality, affordable health care to employees and their families.
· Maternity Care Caucus: Jaime joined with Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) to form the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care in the House.
· Regulatory Integrity Protection Act: Jaime voted in support of this bill that would reject the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ new and expanded definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act.
· Glenwood Valley: Jaime worked with ranchers in the Glenwood Valley and the Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize a plan that will allow the ranchers to continue to operate their lands and still satisfy the Endangered Species Act protections for the Oregon Spotted Frog.
· Resilient Federal Forests Act: Jaime helped to advance this bill that corrects the funding process for funding wildfire disasters, allows the Forest Service to approve projects that reduce fire risk, extends Secure Rural Schools authorization through 2020, and improves “early seral” habitat for elk and other wildlife.
· Victims of Trafficking Act: Jaime joined a strong bipartisan majority to advance 12 pieces of legislation through the House that aim to end the terrible epidemic of human trafficking. President Obama signed The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 into law in March.
· The Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act: Jaime supported this bill that denies Iran the benefit of lifting their economic sanctions until it honors the settlements ordered by U.S. courts to pay $43 billion in damages to victims caused by terrorist acts it supported.
· Email Privacy Act: Jaime cosponsored this bill that would extend protections to citizen’s private e-mail and online communication. Under this bipartisan bill, a government agency would not be able to access a U.S. citizen’s emails without a court-ordered search warrant.
· The Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act of 2015 (FAIR Act): Jaime cosponsored this bill that would protect citizens’ private property from seizure by government agencies until those agencies present clear convincing evidence prior to the seizure of a person’s personal property.
· Southwest Washington Jobs Fair: Held five annual Jobs Fairs that brought together employers from many different industries with prospective employees. Also brought in instructors to provide applicants with resume, interview and job search tips.
· Veterans Resource Fair: Veterans, along with those on active duty, were brought together with organizations, businesses, and groups to learn about opportunities and benefits.
· Southwest Washington Seniors Resource Fair: Seniors and their families were brought together with organizations and experts on senior issues. Information on job and learning opportunities was made available, as was assistance for obtaining benefits.