Today Jaime Herrera Beutler helped launch the bipartisan Congressional Cranberry Caucus with U.S. Senate and House colleagues from the nation's top cranberry producing states.
Jaime joined with caucus members and cranberry growers in a kickoff ceremony to highlight the important role cranberries play in Southwest Washington and across the country. In Washington state alone, 127 growers make up a cranberry industry that supports more than 220 year-round and seasonal jobs.
"For more than 100 years, cranberry growing has been part of our identity in Southwest Washington. Cranberries support jobs and livelihoods in our coastal communities, and I'm committed to protecting opportunities for this region's growers," said Jaime. "I've toured bogs and met with growers from Pacific County, and know there are challenges to keeping a cranberry operation running and viable. At today's event I was pleased to reaffirm my commitment to helping Southwest Washington's growers meet those challenges.
"During my short time in Congress, I've fought on behalf of cranberry growers who believe removing the levees that protect the Willapa Wildlife Refuge would lead to the depredation of their bogs. The Cranberry Caucus is one more resource I can use to help these businesses. Together with my colleagues from both parties, I'll work to address industry concerns and harmful regulations that affect cranberry growers in Southwest Washington."