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  • Bipartisan Schrader Bill to Lower Drug Costs Passes Congress with Overwhelming Support
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05)’s bipartisan bill to lower drug costs passed overwhelmingly in the Senate today after passing unanimously in the House last month as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. Generic drugs save taxpayers and consumers money. Schrader’s bill will bring more generics to market faster by increasing opportunities for quicker FDA approval, especially where there are few alternatives. “Every few months we see headlines about another extreme drug price hike,” said C... Read more

  • Schrader Leads Bipartisan Health Care Plan to Stabilize the Individual Market
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2017 | Preview rr

    Less than three weeks after initiating a conversation on stabilizing the individual market with a plan that’s been endorsed by roughly half of the Democratic Caucus, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today led the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in unveiling a similar plan to improve the system to provide some predictability as insurance companies make decisions about premium prices in 2018. "The country is fed up with partisanship and politics taking precedence over real solutions to the prob... Read more

  • Schrader Reacts to Failed Skinny Repeal in the Senate
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Just over two weeks after Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) led a group of ten House Democrats to unveil Solutions Over Politics, a series of proposals to stabilize the individual market and improve the Affordable Care Act, repeal of the ACA died in the Senate in a late night vote. “The uncertainty that the new administration has created is throwing the health care industry into a spiral and it’s the folks across this country who will pay for it the most,” said Rep. Schrader. “If we don’t start ... Read more

  • Schrader Leads House Dems in Calling on Speaker Ryan to Stabilize the Individual Market
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Peter Welch (VT-At Large), and Scott Peters (CA-52) led 86 of their House Democratic colleagues in calling on Speaker Paul Ryan to lead in a bipartisan manner to stabilize and improve the individual market while protecting the Affordable Care Act. “We strongly support the Affordable Care Act [which helps millions of families purchase affordable health coverage, and helps keep out of pocket costs low],” the members wrote. “The individual market, accounting for seven p... Read more

  • Schrader Submits Solutions to Improve Obamacare to House Dems Steering & Policy Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    A little over a week after unveiling their five-part plan to stabilize the individual market and improve the Affordable Care Act, a group of ten House Democrats, led by Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05), submitted their proposal of solutions to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Led by Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Ami Bera, MD (CA-07) and Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), the group unveiled Solutions Over Politics to stabilize the individual market while protecting plans for people wit... Read more

  • Ten House Democrats Unveil Plan to Stabilize & Improve the Individual Marketplace
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Less than one week after Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that a limited bill could be needed to stabilize the health insurance marketplace, a group of House Democrats from across the political spectrum unveiled a five-part plan to improve upon the Affordable Care Act and stabilize the individual marketplace. The plan, titled Solutions over Politics, seeks to stabilize the individual market while protecting plans for people with pre-existing conditions, keeping costs down fo... Read more

  • Schrader & Bipartisan Pacific Northwest Delegation Introduce Legislation to Address FCRPS Biological Opinion
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Pacific Northwest Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Greg Walden (OR-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to approve the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) until 2022. This legislation will work to support the FCRPS and the benefit it brings to our region through the clean, renewable, and affordable energy it provides while allowing salmon to recover at record rates. “It ... Read more

  • Oregon Senators, Representatives Introduce Bipartisan, Common-Sense Bill to Ensure Oregon Counties Can Use Emergency Response Funds
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr

    Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Representatives Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Greg Walden (OR-2), and Peter DeFazio (OR-4), today introduced legislation to ensure that Oregon counties can use Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds for a full range of emergency response activities, including preparations for emergency response and law enforcement patrols. This bill represents a common-sense fix to a problem that has prevented many counties from using their full Secure Rural Schools res... Read more

  • Schrader: Republican Repeal Sends Affordable Health Coverage Into A Death Spiral
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    In response to the public release of the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement: “The Republican repeal bill that the Senate is now considering is even worse than the bill that was forced through the House last month, which already would take health care from hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. Slashing Medicaid expansion is going to destroy our efficient coordinated care and rural hospitals in Oregon, killing the economy... Read more

  • Bipartisan Schrader Bill to Strengthen Career & Technical Education Passes with Unanimous Support
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05)’s bill to advance workforce development passed unanimously in the House today. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act will support CTE learning opportunities to align learning opportunities with in demand jobs to give the next generation not only the skills they need to compete in the global economy, but the necessary tools that our communities and industries are lacking. The bill also passed unanimously out of the Education an... Read more