U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is holding her first town hall meetings in the 3rd Congressional District next Tuesday.
Her spokesman Casey Bowman says she is returning to the Southwest Washington district for town halls in Cowlitz and Clark counties:
Thursday, Feb. 3 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Battle Ground Community Center in Battle Ground. UPDATE 2: The site changed from city hall in order to accommodate a larger crowd.
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Herrera Beutler also plans stops during the week in Thurston County and plans to host a town hall for Olympia and Tumwater-area residents by spring.
The freshman Republican might need a track suit to keep up with her Democratic predecessor Brian Baird’s pace (more than 300 town halls in over a decade). But she's been busy since beating Democrat Denny Heck in November and assuming the seat this month.
Herrera Beutler added her husband's name, voted for repeal of health reform and to limit budgets for members of Congress, and sponsored a constitutional amendment to require balanced budgets.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee isn't giving her a free ride to start her two-year term. It has answered many of her actions with news releases, including one that said she showed hypocrisy by voting to repeal national health-reform but not to cut her own government-subsidized health care, which some "tea party" Republicans have done.
UPDATE 1: Herrera Beutler also is going to Tumwater on Wednesday morning [Feb. 2] to talk to doctors at a local clinic and later that same day to tour the Providence Centralia Hospital.