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  • Schrader, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Lower Drug Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) introduced a bipartisan bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs by increasing competition in the market. The Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act will incentivize drug makers to develop generic drugs when competition currently does not exist, or when there is a drug shortage. “The greed and abuse of power we’ve seen from certain unscrupulous drug companies in recent years is disgusting,” said Congressman S... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on Regulatory Order
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement on the President’s Executive Order to Reduce Regulation and Control Regulatory Costs: “For years I’ve heard from schools, teachers, small business owners, farmers, workers and taxpayers in my district that there are too many rules and regulations coming from Washington, D.C,” said Rep. Schrader. “It's time to get rid of antiquated, outdated rules that interfere in local control and decision making. DC should be in the business of ... Read more

  • Schrader & Oregon Democratic Delegation Oppose EPA Grants Freeze
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    Six Oregon lawmakers today told the White House that its decision to freeze grants administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poses a serious threat to fundamental public health and environmental protections in Oregon and nationwide. “Americans deserve to know whether the EPA will protect their health and safety and defend their communities from air, land, and water contamination,’’ said the letter to the president from Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Ea... Read more

  • Schrader, Moulton Introduce Bill to Prohibit Hiring Freeze at the VA
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Yesterday, in one of his first acts as President, Trump signed an Executive Order implementing a 90 day hiring freeze across the executive branch, including at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-6) introduced legislation today that would prohibit any hiring freeze from specifically affecting the VA. This afternoon, the President’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, doubled down on the hiring freeze specifically at the VA, saying “I think th... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on December 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader released the following statement today on the delayed U.N. Security Council on a resolution regarding the Israeli-Palestinian dispute: “I urge President Obama to keep with long-standing U.S. policy and veto the UN Security Council resolution that singularly condemns Israel in the dispute with Palestine. Legitimate and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine requires bilateral negotiations, not a one-sided resolution placing blame on a single party. This resolution wo... Read more

  • Schrader Legislation to Benefit Siletz, Grand Ronde Tribes Passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills introduced by Congressman Kurt Schrader and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley that will streamline the fee-to-trust process for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The bills will provide considerable help to the two tribes in their continued efforts to restore land that was lost during federal policies of allotment and termination of tribal recognition in 1954. “For the past six years we’... Read more

  • Schrader Requests President-Elect Withdraw Bannon Appointment
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Schrader has signed onto the following letter which is currently being circulated among Members of Congress. The deadline to sign the letter is 5pm ET today, November 15th, and the full list of signers will be released tomorrow. Dear President-elect Trump: Immediately following your victory, many Americans were optimistic and hopeful that you would take the steps necessary to unify our country following the divisive and contentious election. In your election night speech you said, “N... Read more

  • Schrader Urges Contract Extension Progress as West Coast Ports Parties Meet
    Posted in Press Releases on October 31, 2016 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC – On the eve of a meeting between Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) led a letter urging both parties to continue discussing an extension of their current contract covering operations at the 29 West Coast container ports. Although the current contract does not expire until 2019, the last time the contract expired in 2014 there was no resolution until... Read more

  • Schrader Applauds FCC Delay, Calls for Greater Transparency
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, the Federal Communication Commission announced that they will postpone a vote on the new set-top box proposal to allow more time for its consideration. Initially introduced in January, the proposal has since been modified without being made available for public review and comment. “I am pleased the FCC has listened to our concerns and will be delaying a vote on the new set-top box proposal,” said Rep. Schrader. “We all share the goal of greater consumer choice and competition in the video... Read more

  • Schrader Introduces Bill to Close Medicare Part B-COBRA Loophole
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) introduced the Medicare Enrollment Protection Act of 2016 along with Congressman Bob Dold (IL-10) to protect seniors from coverage gaps in Medicare. Under current law, anyone 65 and older who does not enroll in Medicare Part B within 8 months of retiring or being laid off from his or her job is penalized with a higher lifetime premium and a delayed start to Medicare coverage. This includes those who opt into COBRA coverage which essentially extends the cov... Read more