Rally at Herrera Beutlers Vancouver office draws crowd

first_imgAcross the nation, Republicans returning home from Congress are facing angry constituents demanding answers on a range of issues from the future of health care to what’s happening at the Environmental Protection Agency.On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, well over a hundred people gathered outside of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office. Some were hoping the congresswoman would emerge and address their questions directly. Others arrived knowing it was unlikely they would see Herrera Beutler.Several people carried a cardboard sign picturing the congresswoman sporting a “Where’s Waldo?” striped shirt and hat with the words, “Where’s Jaime?”Locally, the pressure on Herrera Beutler to host more town hall-style meetings has increased in the past couple of weeks.Herrera Beutler doesn’t have any town halls scheduled during the congressional recess. She has speeches planned in Skamania County on economic development and a handful of meetings, according to her spokeswoman. Last month she hosted a town hall meeting in Vancouver that was punctuated with people interrupting and shouting over the congresswoman.Kathy Funk, 64, of Hockinson, held a sign at the protest reading, “Have you seen Jaime? Please let her know that her constituents miss her and want to meet with her at her earliest convenience. Preferably before the 2018 mid-term election.”last_img

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