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  • 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

  • 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

  • Six Oregon lawmakers oppose Trump's EPA grant freeze
    Posted in Schrader in the News on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    WASHINGTON - Six Oregon lawmakers, all Democrats, told the White House on Wednesday that its decision to freeze grants administered by the Environmental Protection Agency 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 Merkle... Read more

  • Newhouse, Schrader Lead 65 House Members to Warn USDA of Uncertainty, Potential Trade Disruptions in Proposed Biotech Revisions
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) led a letter signed by 65 Members of the House of Representatives to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack warning the USDA to take all factors – including potential market and regulatory uncertainty and trade disruptions – into account when considering a proposed pre-market biotechnology regulatory framework called “Part 340.” The Members wrote to the USDA regarding the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service... Read more

  • Schrader and Yoho Praise Funding For Veterinary Services
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $2.4 million in grants to go towards recruitment, training and retention programs for veterinary services. The veterinary industry has seen increased shortages in both medical and technology services across the country, particularly in our more rural areas. Congressmen Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Ted Yoho (FL-3), co-chairs of the bipartisan Veterinary Medicine Caucus, praised this announcement. Rep. Schrader explained the necessity of increase... Read more

  • Schrader to Travel to Cuba on Agricultural Congressional Delegation
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) announced he will travel to Cuba as part of a agricultural trade mission from November 11th until the 14th. Schrader is part of a Congressional delegation traveling with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a mission to identify areas for agricultural collaboration between the U.S. and Cuba. “This trip to Cuba allows me to investigate agricultural opportunities for Oregon farmers given that the U.S. is moving towards normalizing relations,” said Schrad... Read more

  • Schrader and Bonamici Announce USDA Grant for “Invest Locally Initiative”
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) today announced the award of a $50,000 grant to Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District (Col-Pac) for its “Invest Locally Initiative,” which will help rural Northwest Oregon businesses access capital through the state’s newly launched community public offering process. “It is my pleasure to announce that the Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Ag... Read more

  • Schrader Urges Passage of Safe Food Labeling Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Small Business

    Washington – Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) released the following statement regarding his vote for H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, of which he was an original cosponsor. “I’m a cosponsor of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, because it addresses the confusion surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Right now, there is no national definition for what a GMO is and consumers are lost in marketplaces with so many options. Moreover, there is... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on House Passage of Country of Origin Labeling Repeal for Meat Products
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington – Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) released the following statement regarding his vote for H.R. 2392, the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015, which repeals country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and poultry products. The bill passed the House by a vote of 300-131. “Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for meat products was well intentioned, however, the WTO has now ruled for the fourth time that we are in violation of our trade obligations with o... Read more

  • Schrader Continues the Fight for Full Repeal of Country of Origin Labeling
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Kurt Schrader’s (OR-05) work on the 2014 FARM Bill was vindicated yesterday by a fourth and final ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO), declaring that U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements are discriminatory against our trading partners. Schrader attempted to remove COOL provisions from the FARM Bill in 2013, recognizing their negative economic impact on northwest cattlemen and packers. “The inherent risk the U.S. took by continuing to pursue pr... Read more