Letter: Work to change course has just begun



A heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to my recent town hall in Vancouver. I appreciated the sharing of facts, the open dialogue, and even our disagreements. I may not always agree with you, but I need to hear from you, and if the facts are on your side I’m willing to change my mind.

Overwhelmingly, I’ve heard, “Go clean up the spending mess in D.C.” The town hall showed there are disagreements over how we get there. But I owe it to Southwest Washington to present the truth, address the crisis and to be accountable for my work.

And here are the facts: We have a $14 trillion debt threatening our economic recovery, our country’s most valued safety nets and our quality of life. I’m not interested in making promises that can’t be kept. Both parties have done that for too long, and now the U.S. is borrowing $58,000 every second and Medicare is on track to run out of money in just nine years. America needs solutions, and leadership.

I’m committed to a continued honest conversation with Southwest Washington because you deserve that. I welcome your opinion. With your continued involvement I believe we can change course.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler