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  • Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Vote-by-Mail Bill to Fight Growing Tide of Voter Suppression
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, today introduced their bill to expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationwide and knock down the mounting obstacles that voters across the country are facing, just to cast their ballots. “This administration is fixated with making it harder for Americans to vote,” Wyden said. “And when regular Americans can’t vote, lobbyists, special interests and everyone else ... Read more

  • Schrader Continues to Fight for Veterans, Introduces Bill to Protect Servicemembers from Home Foreclosure
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the bipartisan Halting of Mortgage Exploitation of Servicemembers (HOMES) Act of 2017 to provide greater clarity and uniformity to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA is designed to provide protection for active duty servicemembers, including Reservists and members of the National Guard, from civil obligations while they are deployed. Among these obligations are mortgage payments, leases, taxes... Read more

  • Schrader Bill to Lower Drug Costs Moves Forward with Unanimous Support
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Today Congressman Kurt Schrader’s (OR-05) bipartisan bill to lower drug costs was unanimously approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health during the markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. “This has long been an area where Congress needed to act to put a stop to abuses by unscrupulous, bad actors,” said Rep. Schrader. “In recent years, in particular, we’ve seen dramatic price hikes on life-saving drugs occur, some overnight. But, we know that when generic drugs ... Read more

  • Schrader Slams Bill to Strip Health Care from 400,000 Oregonians
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) joined House Democrats and 20 Republicans to vote against the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare which passed today 217-213. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, is estimated to strip health care from over 400,000 Oregonians and 24 million Americans, and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions. “I’m at a loss for words, frankly,” said Rep. Schrader. “This is a bad piece of legislation that is going to strip healthcare from millions of... Read more

  • 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