As Southwest Washington's representative in Congress, I want to keep you up-to-date on my work to improve life in our region. If you have any questions or ideas to share with me, I welcome you to send me a direct message here.
Helping secure a Vancouver Police Department priority
Body-worn and in-car cameras have become a useful tool for our police officers to safely and effectively protect citizens. That's why I was pleased to work with the Vancouver Police Department and secure critical funding to provide 250 body-worn cameras for police officers and equip 100 police patrol vehicles with in-car cameras.
Vancouver Chief of Police James McElvain said, "As law enforcement continuesto seek opportunities to build trust and transparency with our communities, receiving this funding is very helpful as the Vancouver Police Department moves closer to implementing our Police Camera Program. Our community has asked for police cameras for a while now. We are grateful for Representative Herrera Beutler and Senator Cantwell’s support in securing this funding for us. This makes the next steps in our process assured and easier."
The Department of Justice recently announced it would explore using taxpayer-funded drug injection sites - public facilities designed for people to consume illicit drugs under medical supervision without legal consequence. This comes even after a January 2021 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that supervised injection sites are illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.
I've introduced a bill to halt this ill-conceived effort, called the Stop Injection Sites for Illegal Drugs Act, which would block federal tax dollars from going to states or cities that open up injection sites for people to use illicit drugs.
Using taxpayer money to enable individuals to use heroin, fentanyl, and opioids in spaces throughout our communities will only worsen crime and dangerous debris. In fact, it's been tried in Canada where overdose deaths didn't go down, but crime and debris in the nearby communities increased. Click here to read more.
Calling all Southwest Washington student artists!
I'm pleased to once again host the 2022 Congressional Art Competition. My office is now accepting submissions, and the competition is open to all high school students, grades 9-12, in Southwest Washington's 3rd Congressional District.
The submission deadline for this year's competition is May 2nd, 2022.
The winner of the competition will have his or her artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building. The second and third place winners will be invited to display their artwork in my office.
CLICK HERE for more information on the rules and how to enter the competition.
FYI: deadline for flood disaster loan program approaching
The deadline for the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program for properties damaged by flooding earlier this year is April 18th. To qualify, the damage must have been done during the timeframe of Jan. 5 - Jan. 16, 2022.