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  • Schrader, Cooper, Cuellar, Peterson Introduce Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-5), Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Congressman Collin Peterson (MN-7) introduced legislation that will initiate a reasonable three-year phase-in of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The new rule, proposed in May, raises the threshold for employees who are exempt from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476, and goes into effect immediately on December 1, 2016. The Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act, introduced to... Read more

  • Schrader Responds to President's Final State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense, Energy & Environment, Immigration, Healthcare Resources Center, Small Business, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address tonight. Schrader entered office in 2009, when Obama was sworn in for his first term as President. “Our country is in a much stronger position than it was 7 years ago. We’ve added over 14 million private sector jobs since 2008 and in the last two years have experienced the strongest private sector job growth since 1997 to 1999. Unemployment has dropped from 10 to 5... 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

  • Oregon has a congressman worried
    Posted in Schrader in the News on March 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Small Business

    Kurt Schrader worries about Oregon: "We're in tough shape here." Our education system ranks near the bottom nationally. Our main port, the Port of Portland, has been embroiled in a work-slowing labor dispute, which is an economic disaster for a state whose vitality depends on trade. Rural areas are not enjoying the metropolitan areas' post-recession resurgence. And then there's this scandal that has forced the once-venerable Gov. John Kitzhaber out of office. Schrader didn't want to talk about t... Read more

  • Rep. Schrader answers questions at town hall in Salem
    Posted in Schrader in the News on March 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Education, Small Business, Trade

    Community members gathered at the Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium Tuesday evening to voice their concerns to Rep. Kurt Schrader at a town hall meeting. What was on the public's mind? Education and Trans-Pacific Partnerships. By: Alexa Armstrong Community members expressed education concerns about how Oregon is competing globally and how the state accommodates students whose first language is not English. "We live in a world where education is becoming more and more important to getting a ... Read more

  • Schrader, Renacci introduce STARS ACT
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Small Business

    Representative Kurt Schrader (D-ORE) today introduced HR 5213, The STARS ACT, with Representatives Jim Renacci (R-OH), Jim Costa (D-CA) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS). The legislation would clarify and simplify the definition of a season employee under the Affordable Care Act. “This bi-partisan bill will make our healthcare system work better for businesses and employees. It simplifies a complex area of the new healthcare law that is causing great uncertainty for our nations small businesses and farme... Read more

  • Schrader Bill To Assist Veterinarians Unanimously Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resources, Healthcare Resources Center, Small Business

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today praised the unanimous passage of H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, legislation he authored along with fellow veterinarian Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL). The bill would clarify that it is legal for veterinarians to carry and dispense controlled substances to ensure they are able to provide proper care for their animal patients, so long as they are licensed in the state in which they practice and registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). “Today... Read more

  • Schrader Responds to the State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, Education, Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources, Healthcare Resources Center, Small Business, Transportation & Infrastructure

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today released the following statement after the President delivered his State of the Union address: “I appreciate the President’s remarks this evening, particularly his emphasis on education and workforce training. These are the keys to growing our economy, creating good-paying American jobs and strengthening our global competitiveness as we advance into the 21st century,” Schrader said. “I also share the President’s frustration with Congress’s partisan gridlock... Read more

  • Schrader Applauds $414K to Expand Manufacturing, Job Growth in Mid-Willamette Valley
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Small Business

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today applauded an investment award of $414,440 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Mid-Willamette Council of Governments and Strategic Economic Development Corporation for the expansion of advanced manufacturing and jobs. This investment is funded through the Make it in America Challenge, a national competition that seeks to encourage foreign and domestic businesses to build and/or expand their operations in the United States. The award wil... Read more

  • Schrader Votes to Bolster Oregon Ports, Waterways
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Small Business, Transportation & Infrastructure

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today voted in favor of the Water Resource Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), a bill authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain and develop our nation’s port and waterways infrastructure needs and support affected and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs. The House passed the bill with a bipartisan vote of 417 to 3. “It is uplifting to see a bill pass through the House that is focused on putting folks to work,” Rep Schrader... Read more