Herrera Beutler touts policy wins as legislative year winds down

Herrera Beutler touts policy wins as legislative year winds down

Trump signed one last week, another headed to his desk

The Reflector

December 17, 2018

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is seeing momentum on several of her legislative priorities as Congress wraps its term.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, President Trump signed into law Herrera Beutler’s bill to repeal the ban on distilleries on tribal land. That bill was prompted after the Chehalis Tribe sought to build a distillery, before learning that an antiquated law blocked them from moving forward.

“This is a good day for tribal members who can now expand economically in the distillery business and bring new skills training and jobs to our region,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement.

The bill garnered wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate, passing by voice vote in both chambers.

Another long-term priority of Herrera Beutler’s, a bill to prevent maternal deaths, passed the House on Dec. 11 by voice vote. That bill will establish state committees to review pregnancy-related deaths, with the goal of learning and preventing the causes of maternal death.

“Today marks an important day in addressing our country’s maternal mortality crisis, as this is the strongest step Congress has taken to date to reverse it,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “By providing states with resources to investigate every maternal death, we can begin to tackle this troubling trend and take appropriate steps to prevent such tragedies in the future.”

A companion bill to the one that passed the House has been filed in the Senate, but it’s unclear if it will be brought up for a vote before Congress goes home for the year.

Another bill pushed by Herrera Beutler won approval in the Senate on the 11th, allowing for the killing of some sea lions that have devastated salmon runs. The bill, which passed the House in June, changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow tribal members and fish managers to obtain permits to kill sea lions, not exceeding 10 percent of the annual potential biological removal level for the animals.

Herrera Beutler has talked repeatedly about how sea lions on the Columbia River have taken a toll on the runs of endangered salmon and steelhead, and she called the bill “a personal victory for each of us who treasure our Northwest salmon runs and want to see them preserved for generations to come.”

Due to some differences in the House and Senate versions of the bill, the chambers will have to reconcile the legislation before it heads to the President’s desk.

Joining Herrera Beutler’s flurry of victorious press releases last week was the announcement that the ACE Kids Act she co-sponsored had passed the House. The bill, which was rolled into a larger Medicaid improvement measure, creates networks to coordinate care for children on Medicaid with medically complex conditions, easing options for their families and allowing them to seek treatment across state lines.

“I can put too many faces and names to the reality that little kiddos often can’t get the care they need,” she said in a statement. “With passage of this bill, we are doing right by our kids — regardless of their zip codes, they’ll be able to get specialized medical treatment that can often be life-saving.”

 

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Three Herrera Beutler Bills Advance, One Signed into Law

Three Herrera Beutler Bills Advance, One Signed into Law

The Columbian

December 12, 2018

 

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has reintroduced a bill to reinstate oil train safety regulations. The rules, implemented by the Obama administration in 2015, were rolled back last year.

The regulations required trains carrying oil or other flammable materials to update air-controlled braking systems with electronic brakes. But the U.S. Department of Transportation previously determined the cost to outfit trains with new braking systems outweighed the safety benefit.

Herrera Beutler first introduced the bill, known as the Oil and Flammable Material Rail Transportation Safety Act, to bring back the safety requirements in October.

“With trains carrying hazardous materials through Southwest Washington, it is paramount we increase safety for the nearby communities,” Herrera Beutler said in a press release. “I’m committed to reversing the decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to ease this critical safety regulation, and reinstating the braking upgrade requirement for trains carrying flammable liquids.”

The Washington State Department of Ecology classifies Southwest Washington as a major oil train corridor, with hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil moving through the region each year.

“As a community that has oil trains regularly running through our commercial areas, neighborhoods and downtown, Vancouver is very supportive and appreciative of Congresswoman Herrera Beutler’s efforts to reinstate the requirement that oil trains transition to the much more effective electronic pneumatic brakes,” Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle said in a press release.

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Jaime Herrera Beutler Leads Long by Seven in Independent Poll

New York Times poll, the only independent survey in WA-03 congressional race, shows Jaime with comfortable lead
VANCOUVER – In a poll conducted by the New York Times in Southwest Washington’s third congressional district, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is leading Carolyn Long 48-41%.
The survey of 497 voters is the only independent public poll to date in this race. It was conducted via phone from October 14-19.  Detailed results are available here.
“In spite of piles of out of state liberal money flowing into Carolyn Long’s campaign and ads from Nancy Pelosi-aligned super PACs attacking Jaime, the only independent poll in this race shows what we’ve said all along – Jaime is winning,” said Parker Truax, campaign manager for Jaime for Congress. “The credit for Jaime’s comfortable lead goes to her strong record of fighting for solutions and getting results for the residents of Southwest Washington.”
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Carolyn Long will cost Southwest Washington residents on taxes, health care and tolling

Long has repeatedly called for a single-payer government healthcare takeover (aka “Medicare for All”) which could require doubling all federal income taxes.

  • The Daily News: “Long said she would vote for a so-called “Medicare for All” bill if Democrats win back control of the House, but she said that the chances of such a bill passing Congress would be nil.” (The Daily News 6/19/2018)

 

  • Long plans to eventually support Medicare for All:
    Question: “With your incremental approach, do you ever see yourself supporting a Medicare for All type healthcare program?”
    Long: “Absolutely. Absolutely.” (Washington State Indivisible Podcast 4/4/2018, 19:32)

 

  • Long on government run insurance: “Then I think people would get comfortable with a government run insurance. I think one of the great barriers is that people don’t understand it because of its complexity. But they are also fearful of a government plan, which is what happened with the ACA, because they thought government was going to control who they could see. A public option would get us a little bit closer to expanded care. Then at some point we have to start talking about single payer.” (Wahkiakum Eagle 4/5/2018)
    And this single-payer scheme would cost $32 trillion: “A doubling of all currently projected federal individual and corporate income tax collections would be insufficient to finance the added federal costs of the plan.” (Mercatus Center 7/30/2018)

 

Carolyn Long has repeatedly called for the complete repeal of the tax cuts passed last year, including the tax cuts that save Southwest Washington middle income families more than $2,300 per year.

 

  • On repealing Tax Cuts and Job Act: “I would not have voted for that bill, and if I could repeal that bill, I would.” (Columbian 8/24/2018)
    The average Southwest Washington family is saving $2,385 from these tax cuts. (Ways and Means Committee)

 

Carolyn Long believes efforts to stop Oregon from tolling I-5 and I-205 are “unnecessary.”

  • Long says legislation to stop tolling is unnecessary: “My understanding is that was unnecessary for that to be actual pieces of legislation, that that wouldn’t have happened to begin with.” (Columbian Editorial Board 7/18/2018)

 

  • Long inexplicably thinks the tolls were already stopped by an Oregon-led advisory board: “I do think that the policy committee is responsible for stopping it [Oregon’s plan to toll]. The bill that my opponent speaks of would put the decision to toll – it would have to be an agreement between the two governors, and it’s absolutely unnecessary because it makes it more of a partisan issue. This is something that should be handled by our transportation committees because they’re the professionals, and they’re the ones who I think are better suited to making a non-political decision.” (CVTV Debate 9/18/18, 16:45)

 

Setting the Record Straight: Carolyn Long Supports $32 trillion “Medicare for All”, Repealing Southwest Washington Tax Cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VANCOUVER – Jaime Herrera Beutler’s campaign today confirmed that congressional candidate Carolyn Long has repeatedly pledged to vote for the government takeover of the U.S. health care system known as “Medicare for All” and overturn the entire tax cut bill benefitting 90% of Southwest Washington residents.

“Carolyn Long has praised and pledged to vote for a $32 trillion ‘Medicare for all’ plan not once, but repeatedly.  She has also pledged to overturn the entire federal tax cut bill that is saving Southwest Washington families $2,300 per year – repeatedly,” said Jaime for Congress campaign manager Parker Truax. “Despite her attempts to waffle on these positions at today’s debate in Woodland, her prior statements speak for themselves: Carolyn Long would vote to raise taxes on Southwest Washington families and wreck our health care system while bankrupting Medicare’s finances and ending that vital program as we know it.”

Long opposes the tax cuts and would repeal the whole bill:

  • January 24 on KXRW Unfiltered Radio, when asked about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, aka the tax cut bill:

Long: “So, I hate the entire bill, I’d like to throw it all out.”

Long: “I would not have voted for that bill, and if I could repeal that bill, I would.”

Question: “The tax cuts have put more money into peoples’ paychecks for people around the country. We’re seeing the GDP at, what, 4% or over 4%. Knowing that now, would you have voted for or against that tax bill if you would’ve been in Congress?”

Long: “Oh, I would have voted against it.”

Long supports “Medicare for All” once Democrats control the U.S. House:

“Long said she would vote for a so-called “Medicare for All” bill if Democrats win back control of the House…”

Question: “With your incremental approach, do you ever see yourself supporting a Medicare for All type healthcare program?”

Long: “Absolutely. Absolutely.”

Long: “Then I think people would get comfortable with a government run insurance. I think one of the great barriers is that people don’t understand it because of its complexity. But they are also fearful of a government plan, which is what happened with the ACA, because they thought government was going to control who they could see. A public option would get us a little bit closer to expanded care. Then at some point we have to start talking about single payer.”

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Jaime Herrera Beutler Secures Key Backing from Law Enforcement

Washington State Fraternal Order of Police endorse Jaime for “always supporting the men and women that put their lives on the line every day”

 

Vancouver, WA – Jaime Herrera Beutler today announced that her campaign has earned the endorsement of the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) – the state chapter of the nation’s largest law enforcement organization representing 2,600 police officials in Washington alone.

In its letter, WAFOP cited Jaime’s backing of legislation that would create federal penalties for attacks that seriously injure or kill police officers, and other solutions during her tenure in office that have provided consistent support for law enforcement. “Your dedication for public safety has shown our members that you will continue to support and advocate for law enforcement, not only in the state of Washington, but throughout this nation,” WAFOP wrote in its endorsement letter.  “Thank you for always supporting the men and women that put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve within the communities they live in.”

“I’m honored that Washington’s chapter of the nation’s largest organization of law enforcement officers recognizes that I’m the best person to keep working for them in Congress. I can’t imagine Southwest Washington communities without these brave men and women who daily put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe,” said Jaime.  “Every single day, I fight so that Southwest Washington residents can live securely and pursue opportunity, and it’s our law enforcement officers who make sure those rights are protected.”

Hypocrite Much? Carolyn Long Ad Decries Drug Companies while Her Family’s Livelihood Comes from Drug Companies

Hypocrite Much? Carolyn Long Ad Decries Drug Companies while Her Family’s Livelihood Comes from Drug Companies

Vancouver, WA – This week, Carolyn Long launched a campaign attack ad suggesting drug company money is influencing Jaime’s actions in Congress.
The problem?
Carolyn Long’s family’s livelihood comes from the success of drug companies; her husband is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Sanofi-Aventis.  Their family’s pensions worth between $30,000-$100,000 are with Pfizer and Merck – two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.  In the required financial disclosure form, Long refused to list the level of her husband’s income from drug sales.
Long’s attack ad falsely states:
“Jaime Herrera Beutler took $56,000 from drug companies, then voted with them to raise prescription costs.” The ad cites Jaime’s vote to repeal Obamacare in January of 2011 as evidence – legislation she pledged to oppose before even running for Congress and a vote she took before virtually any of those campaign contributions were made.
“Carolyn Long is the worst kind of hypocrite if she’s going to try and make this race about the influence of drug money, since drug money helps pay her family’s mortgage and is feathering their retirement,” said Jaime for Congress campaign manager Parker Truax. “While our campaign’s advertising had been focusing on candidates’ differences on the issues, Professor ‘Civility in Politics’ Long just accused Jaime of taking legal bribes. The problem is, Long went after Jaime on ties to an industry that sends checks to the Long family mailbox.
“We didn’t take the campaign to this level, but if Carolyn ‘Civility’ Long is going to talk about drug company money, voters need to know that her ties to pharmaceutical companies are the strongest in this race.”
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Did She Really Say That? Carolyn Long’s Plan for Oregon Tolling: No Action Required, Let Bureaucrats Handle It

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, WA – When congressional candidate Carolyn Long was asked about Oregon’s plan to toll I-5 and I-205 at the state line, she said that the tolling advisory committee could be trusted to protect Southwest Washington commuters.

The flaw in Long’s strategy: June 26, The Reflector: Committee votes for tolling on I-5, I-205

During the September 18 CVTV debate between Long and Jaime, Long stated:

“I do think that the policy committee is responsible for stopping it [Oregon’s plan to toll]. The bill that my opponent speaks of would put the decision to toll – it would have to be an agreement between the two governors, and it’s absolutely unnecessary because it makes it more of a partisan issue.  This is something that should be handled by our transportation committees because they’re the professionals, and they’re the ones who I think are better suited to making a non-political decision.” 

To summarize:

  • Long has no plan to take action if elected to stand up to unfair tolls.
  • She believes Jaime’s legislative efforts on tolling are “absolutely unnecessary.”  Instead, she trusts an advisory panel of three Washingtonians and 22 Oregonians to look out for our interests; a panel that already green-lighted Oregon’s max-tolling plan.
  • She doesn’t think it’s appropriate for elected officials to weigh in here, but rather transportation bureaucrats.  Did she notice WSDOT’s bureaucrat assigned to represent Washington was just hired by Oregon? Talk about a passionate conviction to stand up against Oregon’s unfair tolls.

“If Carolyn Long is elected, Southwest Washington commuters might as well send Oregon their credit card numbers now and save the hassle. Long has shown she can’t be trusted to stand up for us when it comes to unfair tolls,” said Jaime for Congress campaign manager Parker Truax. “Whether she’s simply naïve or isn’t forthcoming about her actual stance on Oregon’s ‘congestion pricing’ plans, Carolyn Long would leave Washington commuters’ fate up to bureaucrats and officials who support tolls throughout the I-5 and I-205 corridors. Clark and Cowlitz County residents deserve a representative like Jaime who will fight to make sure they aren’t treated like unwilling piggy banks.”

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Herrera Beutler Introduces Bill to Address High Maternal Death Rate

TDN.com

May 15, 2018

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, co-sponsored legislation last week that seeks to reduce the nation’s disturbingly high maternal mortality and morbidity rate.

The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world, and the country ranks 47th for maternal mortality globally, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. is now one of only eight countries in which the maternal mortality rate is rising.

Between 700 and 900 American women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes each year, and more than 50,000 endure life-threatening complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Herrera Beutler Touts House Passage of Bill to Block Increased Dam Spills

The Reflector

May 15, 2018

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is hailing legislative progress for her effort to challenge a legal ruling that would divert more water through spillways at the Columbia and Snake River dams.

The ruling, made by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon, mandates that the dams move more water through spillways instead of turbines, a move to aid salmon migration. Herrera Beutler — along with a contingent of Pacific Northwest colleagues — argued that the ruling is not based on science, and moving water away from turbines will deprive the region of the hydropower it relies on.

“Dams and fish can coexist,” she said in a statement. “Our dams provide critical baseload energy to power homes and businesses.”

The bill codifies the 2014 Biological Opinion, a document that outlines management of the river system. Backers of the legislation called it the “science-based” approach. The bill passed the House by a 225-189 on April 25. The Senate has yet to act on the legislation.

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