Jaime Herrera Beutler Ends Her Bid for Fifth Reelection as She Started it – Lying About Her Record of Selling Out to Big Corporations, Which She Can’t Defend
The Columbian corrects Jaime Herrera Beutler’s lies about voting to eliminate protections for Washingtonians with preexisting conditions and to give a massive tax giveaway to the rich and big corporations
VANCOUVER, WA— Just days before the general election, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s campaign deceives Southwest Washington voters by lying about her disastrous record of throwing them under the bus continues unabated.
Sunday, The Columbian published a summary of Herrera Beutler’s positions with fact checks that make clear she simply hasn’t been truthful.
“Herrera Beutler only looks out for herself, not Southwest Washington,” said Abby Olmstead, Long’s campaign manager. “With zero town halls and no public meetings, she thinks she can vote to destroy Southwest Washingtonians’ health care and answer to no one. It’s simply not how representation works. We need a leader who will stand up for Southwest Washington, not someone who falls in line with Trump and her own corporate interest donors.”
This isn’t the first time Herrera Beutler’s been caught lying. This is merely the latest example of her lies about her record of selling out to big corporations and voting to give them a massive tax break and eliminate protection for Washingtonians with preexisting conditions.
Herrera Beutler has an abysmal record on health care. In a recent interview with the Seattle Times, she tried to distract from this by pointing to a bill she co-sponsored that multiple nonpartisan health care analysts say would “cause premiums to increase substantially and result in an unstable market,” and the proposal will not protect people with preexisting conditions as well as the ACA.
Herrera Beutler calls voting for the Trump Tax Plan her ‘defining moment’ In an editorial board interview with The Columbian, Herrera Beutler inaccurately claimed that the cuts were already starting to pay for themselves before the coronavirus pandemic sank the economy. Prior to the pandemic, the tax plan added $2 trillion to the national debt, while bailing out her corporate donors with giant tax breaks. Herrera Beutler continues to double down on this lie.
Herrera Beutler takes these votes over and over again because she’s bought off by her corporate donors. She’s not looking out for Southwest Washington. She took more than $659,850 this cycle and $1.93 million from corporate special interest groups. On top of that, she bought into Donald Trump and sold out Southwest Washington.
In September, Carolyn Long received the endorsement of The Columbian Editorial Board.
Read excerpts from The Columbian below.
Calley Hair • November 1, 2020
Long: The top priority of Long’s platform in both 2018 and 2020 has been shoring up the protections offered under the Affordable Care Act and creating a public health insurance option. She told The Columbian’s Editorial Board: “The framework that I use to address health care is, try to get health care coverage for as many people as possible as quickly as possible while maintaining the element of choice, and with an eye toward affordability. That has always been my position,” Long said. “If somebody chooses to do so, they can buy government-provided health insurance … if you don’t want to do it, you don’t have to do it.” She’s critical of Republicans’ sustained efforts to repeal the ACA. “It protects tens of millions of Americans with preexisting conditions,” Long said. “They’ve brought that issue to the courts in the middle of a global pandemic.”
Herrera Beutler: Voted for Trump this year. That’s a departure from what she said 2016, when she said “I refuse to accept this is the best we can do” and wrote in then-House Speaker Paul Ryan for president. In June, Herrera Beutler said in a PBS interview that she measures Trump’s comments on a “cringe meter.” “Do I think the way the president presents his ideas or his opinions is appropriate? Not always,” Herrera Beutler said.
Long: Says she’d seek to replace the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In an Oct. 15 interview with KOIN-TV, she said the bill disproportionately benefited corporations and the wealthy, and added $2 trillion to the national deficit “Our tax reform should instead prioritize tax cuts for small businesses and working families.” She was echoing what she told The Columbian’s Editorial Board in August: “Trickle-down economics has never worked historically,” Long said. “What we saw big corporations do, and the biggest beneficiaries of the tax bill, was buy back stocks and give dividends to their shareholders.”
Herrera Beutler: Is a strong proponent of the 2017 tax bill. She sparred with The Columbian’s Editorial Board over the topic, and claimed that the cuts were already starting to pay for themselves before the coronavirus pandemic sank the economy.
“The reality is we were seeing that come back into the economy,” Herrera Beutler said. “We were bringing in more in tax receipts, hundreds of millions of dollars — it had started.” She points to data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury indicating that the cuts increased average annual household income by an estimated $4,000.
Fact check: According to a report from the Congressional Budget Office, the bill is expected to increase the projected national deficit by $1.9 trillion between 2018 and 2028. The same (pre-pandemic) report also estimated that the tax cuts would add 1.1 million jobs over the decade.
Herrera Beutler also joined her House colleagues in a unanimous March voice vote to pass the CARES Act, which sent direct relief checks of $1,200 to every adult citizen.
Long: Released an overarching pandemic recovery plan in September. The 17-page document focuses on health care (highlighting her aforementioned Affordable Care Act plus public option proposal), infrastructure and emergency unemployment aid. It also takes a broader view on rebuilding the economy, and proposes a graduated $15 federal minimum wage, expansion of the Child Care Development Block Grant program and guaranteed paid sick leave.
“We have people still talking about a CARES Act that was passed five months ago. Congress hasn’t done its job,” Long told The Columbian at the time.