Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, representing Southwest Washington’s 3rd congressional district, is among the wave of freshman Republicans that swept into office in November. Being the youngest woman in the House of Representatives — she is 32 years old — it might be surprising to hear that these tumultuous few months have passed slowly.
“I’ve been in D.C. eight months and it feels like 1,000 years. But the best thing is that a year ago we were still talking about how much we would need to raise the budget, and now we’re talking about how much we’ll need to cut it. “
Agree or disagree, a lot has changed in Washington, D.C. And in many ways, Congresswoman Herrera Beutler is a microcosm of the freshman Republican class that has shaped the new national debate. On the campaign trail she wanted to extend the Bush tax cuts permanently and once elected, she signed (PDF) the controversial tax increase pledge. She has challenged the president and Senate to be more bullish in deficit reduction. She wants to reduce the amount of funds being channeled to the E.P.A. and grudgingly voted YES for the debt limit deficit reduction deal.
But in other ways, the Congresswoman Herrera Beutler stands alone. The first bill she introduced to the House was aimed at a 10 percent pay reduction for all members of Congress, the president and vice president. Although a proponent of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, she has continuously opposed sending troops and resources to Libya. And locally, she might refuse to lobby one her district’s most important infrastructure projects, unless a vote is held surrounding a potential sales tax increase of a tenth of percent.
We’ll find out more about Herrera Beutler’s first year in Congress, her perspective on the nation’s financial path and where we she believes we need to go from here.
In this summer recess session, what questions do you have for Washington’s 3rd district Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler?
- Jaime Herrera Beutler: US Representative (R-WA)