Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is taking a bit softer tone than some of her Republican colleagues in responding to the President’s State of the Union address. In a brief statement issued following the address, Beutler says that she and the President share in the goal of creating better opportunities for Americans that are out of work or are in low-income jobs, and she hopes that the President will join with them in finding solutions that both sides can support to help the private sector get hiring again. Beutler says that the recently-passed spending bill and the new Farm Bill are good places to start, and she wants to keep going. She says that we all agree that the immigration and tax systems are broken, and that if the President is willing to find common ground, she will work with him on solutions that will benefit the residents of Southwest Washington.
Beutler also says that she has been able to include provisions that will preserve “sensible, science-based management of forest roads” in the compromise Farm Bill that could soon be on its way to the President. Those provisions had been included in the original House-passed version of the bill, but were not included in the Senate’s version. Beutler introduced the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act after a federal court had ruled that forest roads needed to go through the same kind of permitting process as parking lots. Working with Democrat Kurt Schrader of Oregon on the SRCA, Beutler says that the bill works to protect tens of thousands of forest jobs in the Northwest. The compromise Farm Bill passed through the House on a vote of 251-166; the Senate could take the vote up on Friday.