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  • 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 Schrader in the News on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Energy & Environment

    The Molalla River Alliance, which has been advocating in recent years for the river to be designated a National Wild and Scenic River, applauds Schrader's support by reintroducing the bill. Congressman Kurt Schrader, a longtime advocate for the Molalla River, 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 the wild and scenic designation h... 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 Ranked Among Top 10 Most Effective Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress
    Posted in Schrader in the News on December 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First

    Public approval of Congress is near historic lows. Journalists, scholars, and presidential candidates regularly express frustration with Congress’s inability to get anything done. So which members of the U.S. House are skilled at overcoming gridlock and successfully making laws? Building on our existing research on legislative effectiveness in the United States Congress, we have updated our Legislative Effectiveness Scores (LES) to include those House members who served in the 113th Congress (20... Read more

  • Oregon Delegation Announces Deal to Save Newport Air Station
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First

    Today, members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation announced they have secured a provision in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 that would keep the Newport air facility open for at least two years. Due to budget cuts, the Coast Guard threatened in 2014 to close the Newport air facility-- which handles half of the emergency response calls on the Central Oregon Coast. Today’s announcement was made by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff M... Read more

  • Oregon Lawmakers Urge Congress to Target High School Graduation Rates
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Education

    Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici today urged Congressional leaders to target high school graduation rates in Oregon and across the country as part of a larger K-12 education bill. The Senate passed its version of the education bill in July, which contains a Wyden-authored provision to help schools raise their graduation rates by making more low-income and low-performing middle and high schools... Read more

  • Schrader Pushes VA Director to Improve Doctor Retention
    Posted in Press Releases on September 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Healthcare Resources Center

    Congressman Kurt Schrader today sent a letter to Portland Veterans Administration (VA) Director Joanne Krumberger urging her to address a troubling increase in departures of Primary Care Providers (PCP) at the Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). “The inability for the VA Portland Health Care System to recruit and retain healthcare providers is very troubling and appears to be an ongoing problem that has yet to be resolved,” Schrader wrote. Recently two temporary Primary Care Provider... Read more

  • Schrader to Board: 'Oregon Guardsmen Deserve Better'
    Posted in Press Releases on September 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, National Defense

    In the wake of a recent decision saddling American taxpayers with more than $30 million in legal fees to military contractor KBR, Congressman Kurt Schrader released the following statement renewing his call for justice for the Oregon Guardsmen sickened by KBR’s actions exposing them to toxic chemicals at a site in Iraq. “This is an outrageous decision by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, reflecting a badly broken defense contracting system. Our Oregon guardsmen deserve justice from o... Read more

  • Oregon Lawmakers Blast KBR’s Decision to Target Sick Oregon Veterans, Call on Pentagon to End Legal Purgatory
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, National Defense

    Washington, D.C. –Oregon lawmakers called on the Defense Department to quickly reach a fair settlement with 12 Oregon veterans who were sickened after being exposed to a toxic chemical in Iraq a decade ago. Those Oregon National Guard soldiers were stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in Iraq, which was managed by the military contactor KBR. After a decade of legal wrangling, which included an $85 million award by a Portland jury, an unrelated Supreme Court case resulted in the case... Read more

  • Oregon Delegation Members Applaud Success of OHSU Knight Cancer Challenge to Raise $1 Billion for Cancer Care and Research
    Posted in Press Releases on June 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Healthcare Resources Center

    Washington, DC – Today, the Oregon Congressional delegation, including Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden, welcomed Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) announcement on meeting its Knight Cancer Challenge, raising $1 billion for cancer care and research at OHSU. The delegation released the following statement: “This is a great day for Oregon and for advancing the fight against cancer. OHSU... Read more