Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 3, Republican
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  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. 2012 Endorsed Candidates. 29 August 2012. “Jaime Herrera Beutler has a lifelong record of commitment to serving the interests of women and the unborn. As a Washington State Representative, Jaime Herrera maintained a 100% pro-life voting record. Herrera Beautler served as a senior legislative aide to SBA List endorsed incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and the two now serve side-by-side in the U.S. House of Representatives. During her first term in Congress, she earned a 100% NRLC pro-life voting record and co-sponsored the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Freshman Rep. Herrera Beutler tries to set her own course. 1 April 2012. “Herrera Beutler, a Republican elected last fall from Southwest Washington's 3rd Congressional District, has worked to present herself as something more than a partisan foot soldier for the GOP. She backs just about every major issue on the Republican platform: She opposes abortion, the new financial-reform act, higher taxes for the rich, capping and regulating greenhouse gases and amnesty for illegal immigrants […] She sided with the Republican majority to eliminate federal funding for reproductive health services provided by Planned Parenthood and other groups. Though she is strongly against abortion, Herrera Beutler contends the issue for her was simply financial.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Politico-GOP Freshmen Women Go on Offense. 21 June 2012. “Herrera Beutler thinks women in the conference should be working to promote the advancement of women, but doesn't easily accept the feminist label, preferring instead to call herself 'pro-woman, just like I'm pro-family, just like I'm pro-man.'” (
  • Kathie Durbin. The Columbian. Cuts give Herrera Beutler pause. 16 March 2011. “'If I had sole discretion, who knows, I might do it differently,' Herrera Beutler said of the House-approved spending cuts. 'It doesn’t mean everything (cut) in the first continuing resolution was a bad program. It doesn’t mean some of them didn’t have merit.' For example, she said, before voting to defund Planned Parenthood, which offers a wide array of women’s health services and also provides abortions, she checked to make sure women in Clark County would still have access to services. 'Access to health care is a priority for me,' she said. 'I wanted to make sure health screenings, mammograms, those services are available at clinics that don’t provide abortions. That was important to me.'” (
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 2010 general election. (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jaime Herrera Beutler voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jaime Herrera Beutler voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (

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  • Kathie Durbin. The Columbian. Herrera Beutler defends her vote for House budget. 16 April 2011. “The congresswoman also defended Ryan budget’s proposal to lower the highest tax bracket in the federal tax code from 35 percent to 25 percent, a change that would produce a huge tax windfall for the nation’s wealthiest individuals and corporations. 'I pledged in the campaign that I won’t raise taxes and I’m going to hold to that,' she said. Seventy-five percent of small-business owners file their federal taxes as individuals and would benefit from the tax reduction, she said. 'I’m not interested in hitting the small businesses, because those are the ones that create jobs.'” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, Jaime Herrera Beutler, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3 district of the state of Washington and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Columbian -- Debt Deal Must Spare Social Security, Not Raise Taxes. 24 July 2011. “For our country's economic and financial well-being, we need a deal that meets three main goals. First, it can't raise tax rates. I can support eliminating tax loopholes that allow big corporations to avoid paying their fair share, for example ethanol subsidies and tax breaks for private jets. To me, closing these kinds of loopholes is about fairness and making sure everybody contributes, but I don't pretend these items will make more than a small dent in a $14 trillion debt. Any rise in general tax rates would harm Southwest Washington's families and small businesses when our economy is so weak and so many people struggle to make ends meet. I won't vote for a plan to raise the general taxes – period.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Government Accountability. 23 September 2011. “For too long, the U.S. Congress has ignored the will of the people, expanding its size and power, increasing government spending, and racking up our national debt. That is unacceptable. The budget-busting nexus between Big Government, Big Business, and Big Labor needs to be broken. We need smaller, smarter government and a bipartisan commitment to balancing the budget without raising taxes.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Jobs, Government Spending & The Deficit. 22 September 2011. “I will oppose all tax increases. The Federal government takes in trillions of dollars in revenue every year. The problem isn't that we don't send enough money to Washington DC. The problem is that once it gets there, politicians have been spending it like drunken sailors. My promise is simple -- I will place more value on saving your money than spending your money.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Statement on the Boehner Debt Ceiling Plan. 29 July 2011. “Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement following her vote in favor of the Boehner debt ceiling proposal. […] 'First, it must protect Social Security. Not only does this plan include no cuts to Social Security benefits, it helps us meet our debt obligations and stops the Administration from making a decision to withhold Social Security checks. Second, I said I could not support a plan that included any increase in tax rates on families and small businesses in my district. This plan does not include a single tax increase.'” (

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  • Cate Gable. The Chinook Observer. Jobs top question for Herrera. 16 August 2011. “'Everyone I’ve spoken to has said jobs need to be our first priority,' Herrera Beutler said. 'I’ve heard that from everyone across the board. But the question is, how can we work together for a solution? I’m not convinced that we need to throw money at the problem,' she said.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Creating Jobs In America. 12 June 2011. “Well, I listed earlier the stimulus, the bailouts, the auto bailouts, the health care bill, all this spending that's taken place; and we're still where we are now. And people say, well, it happened during World War II; we spent a ton of money and then coming out of that we grew jobs. The difference, the big difference was coming out of World War II, the last time our debt to GDP ratio was near where it is now, the difference was, and the thing that saved us, was the immediate cuts. Right? We cut government spending back, but we grew jobs. We literally made things here in America. You know why? We had an environment that fostered job creation.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Freshman Class on Jobs and Debt. 23 June, 2011. “As this chart actually shows, less government means lower unemployment. Less government spending means, if you look at this, and this is from 1980 to 2010, they have almost tracked equally, our unemployment numbers and the Federal Government spending or outlays. The red line is just that, it is government spending. The blue line is unemployment rate. It is very easy to see that when the Federal Government actually spends less and leaves that money in the pockets of that mom who is trying to make her mortgage payment, or that single dad […] that when we let them keep more of their hard-earned money, we actually improve the economy nationally.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Herrera: Unemployment Rises, New Direction Needed. 16 September 2010. “Despite all the state government bailouts, the so-called stimulus spending, and all the DC talk about recovery, even more folks here are looking for work. Six of the seven counties in this Congressional District are suffering double-digit employment. In Clark County alone 13.9 percent are jobless. These numbers show that Southwest Washington and our country are still going in the wrong direction. More government spending won't create permanent, private sector jobs; it will jeopardize them.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Ending Government Overspending. 1 January 2011. “It's time to stop the credit card spending and reverse course. It's time to make difficult decisions, and establish a framework for responsible budgeting. In doing so, we'll remove barriers to economic growth and help create new, family-wage jobs. […] Reducing the federal deficit will take hard work and leadership. Some popular programs will get less money than expected. Some projects will be scaled down and put on hold and political attacks will be made against those making the tough decisions. But Americans are aware that we cannot stay on the path of overspending and achieve economic recovery. Our country's fiscal crisis is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation today, but we can overcome it if we put a stop to the overspending and force the federal government to live within its means. Once we do, we will be much closer to sustained economic recovery and new jobs.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Jobs and Our Economy. 1 January 2011. “Small business and private enterprise act as America's engine for job creation, but right now these job creators are struggling to survive. We know that big-spending government programs, bailouts and new taxes haven't helped. In fact, stimulus packages paid for by businesses and families have hurt jobs. Still, Congress can play a critical role in restarting Southwest Washington's economy. Removing Barriers to Job Creation. Reverse government overspending: The first step Congress can take to empower job creators is stop government's disastrous habit of overspending. Right now, the federal government is borrowing 42 cents for every dollar it spends and adding to a federal debt that is more than $14 trillion. That level of spending continues to result in more and bigger tax burdens on small business.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Jobs, Government Spending & The Deficit. 22 September 2011. “When the people who run DC see high unemployment, their answer is to run up the deficit by spending money for pet projects and call it a 'jobs plan.' They are borrowing money from China to pay for projects in their districts to help their reelection and the costs will be paid back by our children. That is bad policy for America now and in the future. I have a completely different answer. There is a jobs program that worked to make America the most prosperous nation on earth. The government used to leave small businesses and entrepreneurs with the freedom to succeed or fail on the merits of the value of their goods and services. For 200 years that simple policy was the best jobs program in the history of the earth. That's my policy, and we have 200 years of history to show that it works.” (

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  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. “We share the same goal: ensure our children receive a world class education so they are prepared to succeed in a 21st century global economy. My priorities for education: -Put students at the center of our decisions regarding education; students should be our focus, not the adults in the system. -Increase local control over our education system. Decisions regarding our children should be made in Southwest Washington, not by bureaucrats in Washington, DC. -Equip our children to compete in the global 21st century economy, with a focus on S.T.E.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Education. 22 September 2011. “We need to upgrade our country's education system by enhancing flexibility, innovation, and accountability. Federal policies should reward schools and teachers that apply effective learning techniques, especially in the vitally important fields of math and science. Our global competitiveness and technological advancement depend on it.” (

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  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Weekly Republican Address 3/19/11: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA). 18 March 2011. “Soon we will vote to stop the EPA's backdoor national energy tax that would drive up gas prices and we're holding hearings on the REINS act, commonsense reforms that give the people's congress a say before the government tries to implement any costly, job crushing regulations.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jaime Herrera Beutler voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Creating Jobs in America. 13 June 2011. “I got to tour Somarakis Vacuum Pumps. He is an engineer that started a small little company. Built it up. He's passing it on to his son. He's now expanded into two counties. He has a vision to grow and hire people. He said, Jaime, if that cap-and-trade bill went into effect or if you increase my energy taxes through the EPA, I will be out of business. I will not be able to hire the next generation of engineers and pass this company on. And other small businesses around our whole region and around our Nation are saying the same thing: can you give us some predictability, quit raising our taxes, get the EPA off our backs. We all want to protect our way of life, but what's happening right now is small business owners, the job creators, are being squeezed.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. House Energy Action Team. 12 July 2011. “The first problem we have encountered, and he has seen here with regard to some of these regulations, is we have very strict boiler MACT rules that are on hold. But if they are implemented, they would cost the forest products industry alone $5 billion to $7 billion to implement. And that's not hiring new people, that's not expanding their business, that's just costs of complying with Federal Government rules. […] Now, instead of stepping on the air hose of employers like John Leber, I cosponsored legislation and a solution that would allow the EPA to make the Boiler MACT rule more reasonable. Makes common sense; right? In turn, this would help the promising industry of biomass and the jobs that would come with it.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: An "All of the Above" Energy Plan. 1 January 2011. “I share a desire for cleaner energy -- but not at the cost of more jobs to our communities. Incentives, not punishment, should be the path to more renewable energy. Arbitrary 'clean energy' mandates, and backdoor attempts at cap-and-trade taxes on families and businesses are not in the best interest of our recovering economy.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Job Creation Still Our Biggest Priority. 17 July 2011. “Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released far-reaching rules affecting hundreds of thousands of boilers and incinerators in industrial and manufacturing facilities across the country. The forest products industry, which provides thousands of jobs in Southwest Washington, would be hit with an estimated $5 --7 billion in costs just to comply. It's tough for them to add new workers when they have to worry about such a big hit to their bottom lines.” (

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 2010 general election. (
  • Kathie Durbin. The Columbian. Congresswoman drafts her to-do list. 6 February 2011. “During her congressional campaign, Herrera Beutler stressed her support for gun rights. That won her the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. The Columbian asked her whether, in the wake of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., which killed six people and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, she could support restrictions on the sale of extended magazines like the one that allowed alleged assailant Jared Lee Loughner to get off at least 30 shots before he stopped to reload. She said she was not familiar with the issue but stood by her position. 'I’m not going to support limiting anyone in Southwest Washington’s Second Amendment rights just because an individual chose to break the law,' she said.” (

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  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Jaime Herrera Beutler Statement on Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling. 28 June 2012. “Two years after the massive government health care bill was passed, families and seniors are still grappling with skyrocketing health care costs. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report shows that Americans will continue paying higher health insurance premiums while having fewer plans to choose from. The Supreme Court's decision won't help folks gain greater access to coverage or lower health care costs in this difficult economy. I still support repealing and replacing this bill with solutions that will empower patients, and put them at the center of their health care.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on Health Care Repeal. 18 January 2011. “This year we have the chance to correct mistakes made by both parties. The Obamacare bill passed by the other party last year was the wrong approach. It increases the debt and the deficit to future generations while doing nothing to decrease the- the inflationary curve of health care. […] [52s] today we hit reset on health care reform.” (
  • Tony Lylstra. The Daily News Online. Candidate Q&A: Jaime Herrera, 3rd District U.S. House. 1 August 2010. “Q: Do you believe in a basic government safety net? A: I am not opposed to the safety nets. […] Q: Does the current system meet those standards? A: I think that we always need to make reforms. Whenever government is involved, it can always be better. My goal isn't necessarily to slash and burn. My goal is to find the best way to deliver services, and within our means. With the trillion dollar-plus health care bill, you're jeopardizing the safety nets. You're adding on one piece of the federal budget, an unfunded mandate. A: Wasn't the health care bill supposed to be deficit-neutral? Q: It's not deficit-neutral. The Congressional Budget Office has come and said that it's not. There was a lot of budget gimmicks in there.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jaime Herrera Beutler voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. “Congress passed a health care overhaul that will end up costing Americans $2.6 trillion -- but that giant program did nothing to lower the cost of health care. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office says that the health care law will cause insurance premiums to rise by 10 – 13%. To really fix health care, we must get serious about implementing a plan that doesn't grow government but does get at the root causes of rising health care costs in Southwest Washington and across the country. Here are some patient-centered solutions I promote: -Small Business Health Plans: […]. -Medical lawsuit reform: […]. -Expanded Health Savings Accounts: […]. -Allow the purchase of insurance across state lines: […]. -Give individuals the same tax treatment as businesses.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Health Care. 22 September 2011. “The recent federal health care bill did nothing to lower health care costs. In fact, this $1 trillion bill is projected to raise premiums by 10-13% on families and businesses. America still needs common sense solutions. […] As a matter of principle, health care decisions should be made by patients with their doctors, not by government bureaucrats. The Democrats in Congress ignored that principle by disregarding the will of the American people to ram through a radical health care bill which cut Medicare, raised premiums on working families, increased taxes on small businesses, and threatens the high quality of health care that we've enjoyed. The solution to our health care crisis is not to give more power to the federal government; it is to give more power to the American people themselves.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Job Creation Still Our Biggest Priority. 17 July 2011. “My goal is to lower health care costs and eliminate the complex rules that are tripping up employers. Medical lawsuit abuse reform, for example, would save this country an estimated $50 billion per year. I cosponsored a bill the President signed that repealed the health care bill's most complex '1099' rule that would have forced small businesses to shift from growing and hiring to filling out extra paperwork.” (

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  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Freshman Rep. Herrera Beutler tries to set her own course. 1 April 2012. “Herrera Beutler, a Republican elected last fall from Southwest Washington's 3rd Congressional District, has worked to present herself as something more than a partisan foot soldier for the GOP. She backs just about every major issue on the Republican platform: She opposes abortion, the new financial-reform act, higher taxes for the rich, capping and regulating greenhouse gases and amnesty for illegal immigrants.” (
  • Tony Lylstra. The Daily News Online. Candidate Q&A: Jaime Herrera, 3rd District U.S. House. 1 August 2010. “Q: Let's talk about your take on the immigration issue. Walk me through how you'd solve the problem. A: It is something that the government has been abdicating its responsibility for. People are talking about comprehensive immigration solutions. I think we need to do it in phases. We need to prove to the American people that the government can secure the border. I don't support amnesty. People do need to learn English.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 September 2011. “The first step to meaningful immigration reform is to secure our borders, and as a Member of Congress, I will work to give law enforcement the tools they need to do their jobs. Any real reform will start by stemming the flow of those entering this country illegally. I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. We must also make it tougher on those here unlawfully, which is why as a state legislator I have opposed this state's practice of issuing drivers' licenses to illegal residents.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. “The federal government has a Constitutional responsibility to defend our borders. Unfortunately, for years it has failed to live up that responsibility. As your Member of Congress, my first and most important job when it comes to fixing our broken immigration system is to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. This includes those who cross the border illegally, and those who come to the country on legal visas but once here do not comply with the rules and remain here illegally […] I will do everything in my power to strengthen our existing border operations in order to get our borders under control. I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants, and I don't believe we can seriously discuss what to do with the people already here illegally until we've stemmed the flow of people crossing into our country illegally every day. It is our responsibility to protect social service safety nets and jobs for legal, taxpaying citizens and residents.” (

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  • Stevie Mathieu. The Columbian: Congressional candidates' stances on health care, marriage, climate change. 17 July 2012. “Herrera Beutler: "I support traditional marriage." As a state representative, she opposed extending legal partnerships to same-sex couples.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Politico-GOP Freshmen Women Go on Offense. 21 June 2012. “Herrera Beutler thinks women in the conference should be working to promote the advancement of women, but doesn't easily accept the feminist label, preferring instead to call herself 'pro-woman, just like I'm pro-family, just like I'm pro-man.'” (
  • Kathie Durbin. The Columbian: Jaime Herrera: Staying ‘true to the principles’ 23 July 2010. “'I do believe in smaller government, less government at every possible turn,' she said. She opposes abortion rights, opposes extending legal partnerships to same-sex couples.” (

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  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Facebook: Notes. My statement on the death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. “Yesterday, justice was served when Osama bin Laden was found and killed. For nearly a decade, Bin Laden has been the world’s symbol for fear, terror and evil. His death is a milestone victory in the war against terror. I commend our military and intelligence communities for their dedicated vigilance in rooting out terrorists wherever they are.” (

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  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Columbian -- Debt Deal Must Spare Social Security, Not Raise Taxes. 24 July 2011. “I saw that the debt ceiling issue might provide a way to start bringing federal overspending under control. Watching the posturing on this issue by federal leaders is frustrating, but I know a sensible deal is possible. […] The deal must protect Social Security from cuts. Social Security has not driven our debt, and I will not support a debt ceiling deal that makes cuts to Social Security in order to cover overspending in other areas. Every month of our working lives our pay stubs show the amount we hand to the government for Social Security, with a promise it will be there for us when we retire. I'll always vote to make sure the U.S. keeps this promise no matter what kind of mess politicians in D.C. are making.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. 1 January 2011. “Millions of Americans who are retired or near retirement are counting on a promise made by the U.S. government that Social Security will be there for them. I will work to make sure Social Security is funded so that we can keep that promise. Privatizing Social Security is not an option and I do not support it.” (
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 22 September 2011. “I have never supported privatizing Social Security. I strongly favor tax incentives to encourage and make it easier for families to save for retirement through their own investments in addition to and not in place of Social Security.” (


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