Four Things Jaime Herrera Beutler Does Not Want to Talk About in Today’s #WA03Debate
VANCOUVER, WA — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is going to act like your typical D.C. politician on the virtual debate stage this afternoon, and spend a lot of time trying to rewrite her record. Herrera Beutler has made a career in D.C. taking more than $1.6 million from Corporate PACs and then voting their way – from the massive tax giveaway to her corporate donors to bragging about voting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than 80 times. She’s turned into a creature of D.C. and a rubber stamp for Donald Trump.
Here’s what Jaime Herrera Beutler doesn’t want you to know:
Jaime Herrera Beutler is in lockstep with Donald Trump (video).
In 2016, Jaime Herrera Beutler couldn’t put her name next to Trump’s, but this year, he’s got her vote. Why? Because he’s delivering for big corporations. Herrera Beutler sold out Southwest Washington for her corporate donors. She supported Trump when he gave billions in tax giveaways to big banks and drug companies, when he wanted to dismantle health care during the pandemic, and when he opposed extending COVID-19 unemployment relief and helping schools reopen safely. She’s voted 82% of the time with Donald Trump and 90% with her party. She won’t ever stand up to him; she won’t stand up for Southwest Washington.
Jaime Herrera Beutler says she’s for affordable health care but has voted repeatedly to eliminate protections for Washingtonians with pre-existing conditions.
Jaime Herrera Beutler bragged about voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 80 times. The ACA protects people with preexisting conditions, and just one week after the election, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the case that could repeal the Affordable Care Act – a lawsuit that Herrera Beutler voted to support. This could strip coverage from more than 650,000 Washingtonians in the middle of a pandemic.
Jaime Hererra Beutler sold out Southwest Washington for her corporate donors.
Hererra Beutler has taken more than $1.6 million in corporate PAC money, including more than $75,000 from the pharmaceutical industry and more than $200,000 from the insurance industry. Jaime admits she’s prioritizing the needs of big corporations in how she votes. She says the “defining moment of her career” was voting for a tax bill that gave massive tax breaks to billionaires and corporations like Amazon that don’t pay federal taxes. And she spent years looking the other way while big drug companies jacked up prices on Washingtonians in need of care.
Jaime Herrera Beutler calls the 2017 tax plan her ‘defining moment,’ but it put the country nearly $2 trillion more in debt.
Herrera Beutler continuously defends the 2017 tax plan, saying that it did not increase the deficit. Instead, she inaccurately claimed during The Columbian editorial board “that the federal deficit was decreasing before the pandemic scuttled the economy.” What she really voted for was a massive tax giveaway to the largest corporations and richest 1%. She took that vote despite the fact that the tax bill added nearly $2 trillion to the national debt, threatening cuts to Medicare and Social Security and putting the burden on future generations of Southwest Washingtonians to pay for it.