Herrera Beutler speaks to business group; opponents rally

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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photoU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler speaks at a Vancouver town hall May 16 at Skyview High School. She has also held forums in Battle Ground, Longview, Centralia and Ilwaco.

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Members of Congress may be enjoying their August recess, but that doesn't mean politics are far from peoples' minds.

Locally, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is spending the week with a variety of appearances around the 3rd Congressional District (though no public town halls were scheduled.) Today she spoke at a luncheon meeting of the Vancouver Rotary Club at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. She discussed the economy and federal spending, and also said she was doubtful that a House-Senate special committee would be able to come up with large reductions in the deficit. Instead, she said, she thinks the entire Congress will need to have the debate in front of the American people.

Meanwhile, about 100 protesters, many affiliated with the liberal group moveon.org, staged a noon rally at Herrera Beutler's office in the O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. They had staged a similar rally last month as Congress debated lifting the debt ceiling, as did a group of Tea Party supporters and other conservatives.

About 100 people were at today's rally.

More on this story will appear in Thursday's Columbian.