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  • Schrader: CBO Confirms GOP Repeal Bill Would Be Catastrophic For Tens of Millions
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and current co-chair of the Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force for the New Democrat Coalition, released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office report on the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Last week, we were forced to vote on this bill in committee without knowing its real world effect on our wallets or our health care,” said Rep. Schrader. “Now CBO has ... Read more

  • Schrader Calls for CBO Score on Republican Repeal Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, Healthcare Resources Center

    Today during the Energy and Commerce markup of the Republican Repeal Bill, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) attempted a motion to delay the markup until a CBO score on the bill is released. The motion was tabled without debate. “All I tried to ask for is a delay in consideration of this bill until we have all of the facts,” said Rep. Schrader. “How can we seriously consider a bill without knowing the real-world effect it would have on our economy, our pocket books, and most importantly, our cons... Read more

  • Schrader Reintroduces Bipartisan Timber Innovation Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Forestry & Natural Resources

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Oregon’s Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, have joined Senate and House colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Timber Innovation Act, which aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as building material. “Oregon’s rural economy depends upon innovative thinking around the challenges and opportunities facing our timber mills and manufacturing businesses,” Senator Jeff Merkley said. “O... Read more

  • Schrader, Welch Introduce Bill to Declassify $125 Billion in Pentagon Waste Report
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, National Defense

    Just days after the President proposed a $54 billion increase to defense spending, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) introduced the Department of Defense Overhead Cost Savings and Transparency Act which would declassify the entirety of a report from the Pentagon which revealed $125 billion in administrative waste. The Pentagon commissioned the report in 2015 and subsequently covered up its findings. The report lays out suggested ways to cut through bureaucracy ... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on Termination of Port of Portland Contract
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Trade

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement in response to the announcement this week that the Port of Portland has terminated its contract with ICTSI after nearly a year of stalled shipping in Terminal 6 over a labor dispute. “This could be a brighter future for the Port of Portland,” said Rep. Schrader. “The opportunity to have a new manager for Terminal 6 gives our farming and manufacturing communities renewed hope that this fresh start can bring container service back t... Read more

  • Schrader Introduces bill to preserve Molalla River
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Energy & Environment

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) reintroduced HR 1056, the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which would designate a 21-mile stretch of the Molalla River as “recreational” under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Receiving this designation has shown to provide a positive economic, social and cultural boost to the surrounding local area. “The beauty, history and ecosystem of our Molalla River deserve to be protected,” said Rep. Schrader. “My bill will bring together the local, sta... Read more

  • Schrader Introduces Constitutional Amendment for Campaign Finance Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) reintroduced a constitutional amendment this week to reform campaign finance laws that would take the influence of big money out of our government and give power back to the individual. “This amendment to our constitution to protect the voice of the people has never felt more crucial,” said Rep. Schrader. “We are a democracy of the people, by the people and for the people – that means the leaders we elect should be given their power by the individual, not by big ... Read more

  • Schrader, Yoho Reestablish Veterinary Medicine Caucus in the 115th
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-3), two of only three licensed Veterinarians in Congress, reestablished the bipartisan Veterinary Medicine Caucus for the 115th Congress. The caucus aims to raise awareness of the importance of veterinary medicine, as well as to advance research, public health, animal health and welfare, and food safety. “The Caucus remains committed to finding solutions to the biggest issues facing veterinarian medicine right now like recr... Read more

  • 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