Herrera Beutler’s Bill on Distilleries Advances to House

Herrera Beutler’s Bill on Distilleries Advances to House

By Katy Sword, Columbian staff writer

Published: May 8, 2018, 5:56 PM

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is chalking up a win today as one of her bills moves to the House floor.

HR 5317 would repeal a 19th-century law that prohibits distilleries on tribal lands. The law, left over from prohibition rules set in 1834, states that any distillery built on tribal land spurs a $1,000 fine and will be shut down by the federal government.

“Indian tribes deserve the same economic opportunities as non-tribal citizens,” Herrera Beutler said Tuesday in a press release. “I’m pleased my bipartisan bill was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee this morning, paving the way for the Chehalis Tribe in Southwest Washington and other tribes all over the country to be able to build and operate distilleries on their own lands.”

The bill will support plans in the works by the Chehalis Tribe to open a distillery and brewery and diversify the tribe’s economic base.

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Believe It or Not, There’s a Reason to Celebrate

Editor’s note: Today’s guest editorial was written by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground). Editorial content from other publications and authors is provided to give readers a sampling of regional and national opinion and does not necessarily reflect positions endorsed by the Editorial Board of The Daily News.

OK, I realize tax time isn’t anyone’s favorite season, but this year is unique: April 17, 2018 marked the last time Americans had to to navigate the current complicated tax code and pay a higher rate when they file their taxes. In December 2017, Congress passed and I supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that, starting in 2019, will make it simpler and easier for hardworking citizens to file their taxes.

Even more importantly, starting now, the average Southwest Washington family of four will see $2,300 more in their paychecks this year thanks to these tax cuts. In fact, nine out of ten residents from Longview, Castle Rock, Woodland and Kelso will have their federal taxes cut thanks to this bill we passed.

When I entered Congress eight years ago, we were in the worst economic times our country has seen in decades. People were losing their homes and their jobs. Cowlitz County was particularly hit hard. To this day, wages have failed to keep up with the cost of paying the bills and making the mortgage.

Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to help improve this situation. Our goal was to let individuals and families keep more of their money, and to jumpstart economic growth that America so desperately needs.

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Herrera Beutler visits Daybreak Youth Services

Herrera Beutler visits Daybreak Youth Services

Walking through the halls of Daybreak Youth Services on Wednesday, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s presence was immediately noted.

Several teen girls looked on in awe of the small group getting a behind-the-scenes look at the adolescent recovery center, remarking how exciting visitors armed with cameras, notepads and blazers were.

Herrera Beutler took the impromptu opportunity to ask one of the female patients what she thinks of the Daybreak center.

The girl’s answer: She likes how much free time they have.

The Southwest Washington congresswoman from Battle Ground was on-site at the RWC Center for Adolescent Recovery to get a feel for how the center works, and possibly use that experience to advocate for additional substance abuse and mental health treatment funding in the future.

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Herrera Beutler assesses tax law’s local impact

Herrera Beutler assesses tax law’s local impact

Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler was in Longview Tuesday to assess the early effects of the new tax law signed by President Donald Trump in December.

The fourth-term Republican visited Northwest Motor Services in Longview, a local business that has flourished under the leadership of President Spencer Wiggins since he acquired the company five years ago.

As a member of Herrera Beutler’s local economic advisory council, Wiggins said he invited the congresswoman to tour the company’s new $3.8 million, 40,000-square-foot building on Baltimore Street after receiving an email from her office earlier this month. The building went up last spring and has been in the planning stages for at least two years.

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Jaime Herrera Beutler attempting to make individual tax cuts permanent

Jaime Herrera Beutler attempting to make individual tax cuts permanent

Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler wants the individual tax cuts from December’s new tax law to become permanent, and she’s introduced a bill to make that happen.

Tax cuts for individual taxpayers from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which Herrera Beutler voted for) will expire in 2025, though the tax cuts for businesses and corporations are permanent. Beutler’s new legislation, if it works through Congress and is signed by President Donald Trump, would take away that expiration date.

“We passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last year to allow folks to keep more of their money, and to help Southwest Washington families have a little more financial security to save, invest, and plan for the future,” Herrera Beutler said in the press release. “Rather than wait until 2025 to extend that tax relief, Congress should make it permanent now.”

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Congresswoman Impressed After Tour of New STEM Wing at W.F. West High School

Congresswoman Impressed After Tour of New STEM Wing at W.F. West High School

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler visited the Chehalis School District Wednesday to learn about the district’s initiatives and take a sneak peak at the new STEM facility prior to its grand-opening celebration, stating the moves the district has made so far are incredible.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, said. “I felt like I just walked through a college level molecular science lab.”

Joined by school district and Chehalis Foundation officials, she was briefed about the work the district has done to further its science, technology, engineering and mathematics offerings. More than $1 million has been invested into STEM, robotics and molecular engineering at W.F. West High School. She also learned about the Beyond K-12 Initiative, which established a goal to increase the number of students who obtain their college degree or some sort of credential after high school by focusing on college awareness, eligibility, preparedness, success in college and being career ready. The district is surpassing the goals it had previously established. About 80 percent of the class of 2022 is expected to be eligible for college, with 60 percent expected to graduate from college.

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Herrera Beutler opposes offshore drilling plan

Herrera Beutler opposes offshore drilling plan

Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler Thursday affirmed her opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal for new offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration off Washington’s coastline.

She and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a letter asking the administration to remove the coast of Washington from its planning areas for expanded drilling and exploration. Herrera Beutler and Reichert are two of the four Republican members of the Washington congressional delegation.

“I don’t support offshore oil and gas exploration in states that don’t want it, and Washington’s citizens have never indicated any desire to have oil and gas activity off their coast,” Rep. Herrera Beutler said in a prepared statement.
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Washington State Congresswoman Tells March for Life about Her Miracle Baby

Washington State Congresswoman Tells March for Life about Her Miracle Baby

At the March for Life rally on the National Mall this afternoon, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R., Wash.) told the story of her daughter Abigail to illustrate the value of every unborn life.

As she stood on the stage with her husband and children, Herrera Beutler said that several years ago, her unborn daughter had been diagnosed at 20 weeks’ gestation with a fatal deformity. The doctor told her and her husband Dan that their child had no kidneys and would miscarry or suffocate at birth because her lungs could not develop.

Their doctor told them, too, that, when women received this type of news, they would immediately head across the street to schedule an abortion procedure. “The sooner you start over, the better off you will be emotionally,” the doctor told them.
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Herrera Beutler bill aimed at stopping I-5 Bridge tolls

Herrera Beutler bill aimed at stopping I-5 Bridge tolls

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has successfully sponsored an amendment to a federal spending bill that’s intended to stymie Oregon’s plans to pursue tolls on routes that many Clark County commuters rely on to get to work.

The amendment was approved Wednesday evening by a voice vote and is attached to a House bill that funds multiple federal agencies and departments, including the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The text of Herrera Beutler’s amendment states, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to enter into an agreement for the establishment or collection of tolls on Interstate Route 5 or Interstate Route 205 in the State of Oregon or Washington.”
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Herrera Beutler: To save steelhead, we must cut sea lion numbers

Herrera Beutler: To save steelhead, we must cut sea lion numbers

Steelhead, longtime residents in our rivers here in the Pacific Northwest, are now approaching extinction with alarming speed. This isn’t exaggeration; the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife found that one population of steelhead has an 89 percent chance of becoming extinct in the not too distant future.

The culprit for the fish’s demise? Sea lions.

Experts are pointing to the increased population of California sea lions as the biggest threat. The sea lions gather in locations where steelhead and salmon are the most vulnerable, like below the Willamette Falls or the Bonneville Dam, where these native fish species congregate before heading upstream to spawn.
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