In a recent editorial for The Hill — a newspaper that covers Congress — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, got right to the point. “Zika is not a theoretical threat,” she wrote. “It is very real, and scientists are warning that it could have catastrophic impacts right here in the U.S.”
Ideally, the Senate will heed those threats today when it is expected to consider competing plans for combatting the disease. In February, President Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight Zika, a request that largely has gone ignored until now. Senate Democrats have been in favor of approving the request; Senate Republicans have been leaning toward $1.1 billion in funding — so long as that money is taken from funding earmarked for the Affordable Care Act. It is the same kind of gridlock that has so poorly served the American public in recent years.
But last week, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced a bipartisan agreement forged with Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to approve $1.1 billion in straightforward funding — an idea designed to draw support from both parties.
Meanwhile, Herrera Beutler has been beating the drum in the House of Representatives for funding to figh
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is championing a measure to help first responders prepare for an oil-by-rail spill or explosion.
On Friday morning, she listened to local fire officials express the challenges they face, from understaffing to limited financial resources, and their desire to develop regional coordinated responses for hazardous material incidents.
The measure Herrera Beutler is advocating would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to consider grant requests for hazmat operations, including training and planning, a priority.
Herrera Beutler called it a “common-sense definition change” that should gain approval.
The Camas Republican noted there are federal funds available for equipment, but coordinating and planning haven’t been prioritized to the same degree.
“So, we said, ‘Great, let’s change the definition and allow you to be able to apply for and get planning dollars that help you coordinate, in case we have, God forbid, a major spill,’ ” Herrera Beutler said.
Lisa Balick and KOIN 6 News Staff – CAMAS, Wash. (KOIN) — It’s a parent’s instinct to protect their children, but imagine fighting to save the life of your child when doctors tell you she won’t survive.
That was the reality for Camas couple Jaime Herrera Buetler and her husband Dan.
Three years ago this month, doctors told the Buetlers Abigail would never survive. A shocking ultrasound at 20 weeks revealed their unborn child had Potter’s Syndrome.The US Congresswoman from Washington’s 3rd District just gave birth to a baby boy and it all went well — but 3 years ago the road to having their first child, Abigail, is a story of heartbreak, hope and joy.
BATTLE GROUND — On Friday, July 1, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award at Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground.
The U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical pro-business legislation. Herrera Beutler was joined by a local group of small business owners and elected officials. She gave brief remarks about her legislative work to help small businesses grow and create jobs.
“In southwest Washington, it is the small and family owned businesses that create good jobs and grow our economy,” Herrera Beutler said. “Job creators are still struggling to get back on their feet, which is why I have supported strategic and responsible initiatives to reverse government overspending and reduce harmful and unnecessary regulations in order to restart southwest Washington’s economy. I am honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award and I will continue to champion these priorities in Congress.”
At a meeting Monday in White Salmon, U.S. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler bluntly told the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) it should immediately get safety marker balls placed on its new transmission lines across the Columbia River.
The BPA completed multiple transmission lines last year near Wishram as part of its Big Eddy Knight Project. The lines have resulted in a safety hazard to aircraft due to its lack of visibility balls, with special concern on two thin ground wires above the main transmission lines.
Monday’s meeting culminated months of conversation between the BPA and local authorities over the safety issue. Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer spearheaded the discussions and helped pull together the meeting. Attending were Songer, Herrera Beutler, Rep. Gina McCabe, Klickitat CountyCommissioner David Sauter, aviation expert Doug Herlihy, FAA Western U.S. Operations Supervisor Robert van Haastert, BPA Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services Mike Miller, and representatives from BPA and Gorge municipalities and counties.
Eighteen months ago Andy Wilder stood on the Cowlitz Way Bridge, considering ending his life. The veteran was homeless, suffering from epilepsy and drug addiction.
“I was standing (on) the bridge ready to just give it up and I said, ‘You know what God, if you’re really here, I need some help,’ ” Wilder recalled. At that moment, pain shot through his abdomen and he collapsed on the sidewalk. A passerby noticed him, and he was taken to St. John Medical Center. He was treated and released a few days later.
The experience was a turning point for Wilder, who has seizures as the result of a head injury from his service the U.S. Navy in the 1970s. After his hospital stay, he lived with friends for a few weeks before moving into a veteran’s emergency shelter. He entered a drug treatment program, and last July landed a flat in the Stratford Apartments on Hemlock Street in Longview.
The House Appropriations Committee recently approved an amendment to address the national shortage of psychiatric beds for patients, according to a press release from the House of Representatives.
The amendment included language from representatives Jaime Herrera Butler and Derek Kilmer, with the language directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to present a report to the committee about how to best assist government agencies in increasing the number of inpatient hospital beds and access to medical care.
There are only 11.7 hospital beds for psychiatric use per 100,000 people, according to a report from the Treatment Advocacy Center. In Washington, only 10.2 hospital beds per 100,000 people were for psychiatric use, and 90 percent of physicians surveyed by the Treatment Advocacy Center reported that mentally ill patients were being held in emergency rooms because no other suitable facilities were available.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, might be holding off on saying whether she will vote for her party’s presidential candidate, but it isn’t stopping her party from backing her.
Herrera Beutler emerged as the clear winner of Tuesday’s primary, with her most formidable Democratic challenger, state Rep. Jim Moeller of Vancouver, coming in second.
Herrera Beutler captured 53.85 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Moeller, who served as speaker pro tempore of the state House, pulled in 25.67 percent of the vote.
Herrera Beutler said she’s not taking anything for granted, but she is grateful for the affirmative nod from voters.
“What’s important to me is people have access to health care, a good job, they can thrive and raise their families,” she said Tuesday night.
LONG BEACH — U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler met Friday with Long Beach city officials, Pacific County emergency managers, local first responders, a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander and a U.S. Geological Survey geologist, to discuss what can be done to keep Peninsula residents safe in the event of a major earthquake and tsunami.
“What do we know? What needs to be done? How can we advocate?” Herrera pointedly asked the roundtable of concerned leaders.
As a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, the congresswoman recently helped secure $10.2 million in additional funding for early earthquake detection.
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