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  • Rep. Schrader Donates Paycheck from 2018 Government Shutdowns
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader donated his combined paycheck from the two government shutdowns this year to the Oregon Service Member Relief Fund (OSMRF) this week. The federal government shut down twice in February for three days which accounted for a total paycheck of $1,430 for the Congressman. “I am of the belief that if you don’t do your job, you shouldn’t get a paycheck and this year, Congress failed to do its job not once but twice,” said Rep. Schrader. “I’m glad to be able to donate my payche... Read more

  • Rep. Schrader Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Restore & Rebuild Our National Parks
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Energy & Environment

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05) , along with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), led a group of eight Senators and two Representatives today to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral bill that will use revenues from energy production on federal lands to help pay for the over $11 billion maintenance backlog at our national parks. The National Park Restoration Act will help restore and rebuild roads, buildings, campgrounds, trails and water... Read more

  • Schrader, DeFazio, Merkley, Wyden Announce $8 Million Investment in Mill City Infrastructure
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Transportation & Infrastructure

    Oregon’s U.S. Congressmen Kurt Schrader and Peter DeFazio, who is ranking member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, along with Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, today announced more than $8 million in grant funding to repair and renovate the North Santiam River Bridge, a major rural connector on a designated freight route near Mill City, which sits in Linn and Marion counties. Last fall, both Congressman Schrader and Ranking Member DeFazio sent letters to Secretary Chao... Read more

  • Schrader, Curbelo, Thompson, Bilirakis Introduce Bill to Close Medicare Part B-COBRA Loophole
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressmen Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-06) introduced the bipartisan Medicare Enrollment Protection Act of 2018 (HR 5104) to protect seniors from coverage gaps in Medicare. Under current law, anyone 65 and older who does not enroll in Medicare Part B within eight months of retiring or being laid off from his or her job is penalized with a higher lifetime premium and a delayed start to Medicare coverage. This includes... Read more

  • Oregon Democrats Call for Extension to Public Comment Period on Off-Shore Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05), along with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Peter DeFazio (OR-04) sent a letter to the Department of the Interior calling for a 60-day extension of the public comment period for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). “West Coast shores are pristine habitats, economic drivers for our states, and most i... Read more

  • Schrader Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency Around Presidential Inaugural Funds
    Posted in Press Releases on February 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    Every four years, between November and January, the incumbent President or President-elect establishes a short-lived Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) to plan and execute the Presidential Inauguration and celebrations. Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today introduced the Presidential Inaugural Committee Oversight Act which would increase transparency and accountability around the fundraising and spending of PIC money. “We’ve spent the last few months in Congress in heated debate over how ... Read more

  • Rep. Schrader Votes Against Deficit Inflating Two-Year Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Schrader voted early today against the two-year budget deal that is slated to add over $500 billion more to the deficit, and an estimated $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. The bill does nothing to address wildfire prevention after one of the worst wildfire seasons in Oregon and across the Western states. Additionally, the bill inflates military spending less than one week after an internal audit revealed that an agency within the Pentagon lost track of more than $800 million. It ... Read more

  • Rep. Schrader Reacts to President’s First State of the Union
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader released the following statement in response to the President’s first State of the Union Address: “My focus tonight wasn’t on anything this over-promise, under-deliver President said, but rather on the skeleton patch funding bills that have barely sustained us each month and the long-term budget that we have yet to write. I thought about the dire need to update our roads and bridges throughout Oregon, the community health centers which my rural neighbors rely on that st... Read more

  • Rep. Schrader Invites DACA Recipient to State of the Union
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) has invited Juan Navarro of Monmouth, Oregon to be his guest to the President’s State of the Union Address this year. Navarro, a student at Oregon State University and one of more than 11,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in Oregon, immigrated with his parents from Guadalajara, Mexico at the age of three to seek medical treatment for his Cerebral Palsy. He is one of six Oregon Dreamers who will attend the State of the Un... Read more

  • Schrader Slams Absent Leadership in Face of Federal Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, Education, Immigration, Transportation & Infrastructure

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) voted against yet another short-term funding bill that failed to outline any clear budget priorities and did not address a slew of bipartisan and popular programs including: funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs), where 27 million Americans receive their primary health care, which expired last September; disaster funding for the wildfires that have plagued the entire West Coast and flooding that has impacted regions across the country all at historic rates ... Read more