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  • Schrader Applauds VA Decision to Stop Removing Veterans from Caregiver Program Nationwide
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will temporarily stop removing veterans from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). This comes roughly one week after Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) led the Oregon delegation in sending a letter to VA Secretary Shulkin asking for a halt on removing veterans from the PCAFC in Portland where veterans have been getting kicked off at a rate of 50%, significantly higher than the national rate of 16%. “I’... Read more

  • Schrader, Herrera Beutler Introduce Bill to Protect Endangered Salmon and Steelhead on the Columbia River
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) have introduced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill to improve the survival of endangered salmon, steelhead and other native fish species in the Columbia River system. The legislation provides tribal members and government fish managers with the means to remove sea lions from specific areas where they are posing the most harm. Our community prioritizes protecting salmon and steelhead in t... Read more

  • Oregon Democratic Delegation Sends Letter Calling for Investigation into VA Caregiver Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Last week, Reps. Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, and Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden sent a letter to VA Secretary Shulkin in response to recent news reports about a Salem veteran, Aaron Olivas, who was removed from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers by the VA Portland Health Care System (PCAFC). The letter raises concerns about the rate at which veterans are being removed from the program and lays out a list of questions for the VA... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on Syria Missile Strike
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement in response to last night’s U.S. airstrike on Syria: “It is imperative that Assad be removed from power. He has shown himself to be a brutal authoritarian with zero compassion or respect for his own people much less any other nation. His regime’s heinous actions and his cruelty towards his own people are intolerable and have to end immediately. The tepid response this past week by our European and Arab partners is terribly dishear... Read more

  • Schrader, Yoho Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Stop Horse Soring
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) and Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05), both veterinarians for more than 30 years and two of the only veterinarians currently in Congress, re-introduced H.R. 1847, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. This bill will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970, ending the abusive practice known as horse soring. Soring is the practice of intentionally injuring the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses to exaggerate the leg motion of these high gaited horse... Read more

  • Schrader, LaMalfa Introduce Legislation to Protect Electrical Infrastructure, Prevent Forest Fires
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Today, Congressmen Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1873, the Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which allows utility companies to more efficiently remove hazardous trees and other vegetation near a transmission lines to reduce the risk of wildfires. LaMalfa said: “This bipartisan legislation is beneficial for everyone involved, decreasing the risk of blackouts, lowering costs for utilities and the Forest Service, and preventing forest fires. A single tre... Read more

  • Ahead of Budget Uncertainty, Schrader Introduces Bills to Limit Members' Pay
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform

    This week, Congressman Kurt Schrader re-introduced his Hold Congress Accountable Act (H.R.1794), which would reduce the salary of Members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown for as long as the shutdown continues. He first introduced a version of this bill in 2013 immediately following the start of the government shutdown in October of that year. Rep. Schrader also joined 18 of his Democratic and Republican colleagues to cosponsor H.R.1779, the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would sus... Read more

  • Schrader to Portland VA: Stop Kicking Veterans Off Care Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Veterans

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement in response to recent news around the Portland Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program. “Something is very clearly wrong in our Portland VA, and we needed an investigation yesterday,” said Rep. Schrader. “Right now, the Portland VA has kicked more veterans out of the Caregiver Program for unidentified reasons than anywhere else in the country. In no way does this reflect Oregon or Oregon values. Our veteran... Read more

  • Schrader on GOP Repeal Attempt: It's Easy to Throw Bombs. Governing is Tough.
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Earlier today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) joined his colleagues in four hours of debate on the House floor to urge a no vote on the Republican repeal bill which was estimated to strip health care from 24 million Americans. The vote on the bill was pulled this afternoon. “I guess I am not really surprised that the Republican ACA repeal bill was not even brought to a vote,” said Rep. Schrader. “It’s easy to throw bombs. Governing is tough. We had months of hearings and public engagement on t... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on Reckless Trump Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, Education, Energy & Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure, Veterans

    Following the release of the President’s budget proposal today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), the former co-chair of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, issued the following statement: “Slashing Pell grants by $4 billion and eliminating $2.4 billion for teachers? Seriously? Cutting more than 20 percent of the USDA’s budget, including cuts to the National Forest Service, food safety, rural development and conservation programs? Is this a joke? Cutting NOAA programs left a... Read more