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  • Schrader Slams Trump Announcement to End Cost Lowering Health Care Payments as Pure Spite
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) issued the following statement in response to the President’s announcement to stop cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments for the individual health insurance exchange. It’s estimated that ending CSR payments will hike exchange-plan premiums an average of 20 percent. “This President has based his whole career on showmanship and publicity stunts, but what he just pulled is more than a stunt: it’s the worst kind of spite,” said Rep. Schrader. “The only consequence o... Read more

  • New Dem Health Care Leaders Slam Trump’s Ending of Cost Lowering Payments
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) and Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition Task Force on Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force, and New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) slammed the President today for ending cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments to the individual health insurance exchange. In July, the co-chairs led a group of 10 House Democrats from across the political spectrum in a five-part plan, titled Solutions Over Politic... Read more

  • Schrader, Sánchez, Meehan, Lance Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Seniors Stay in Their Homes
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Scharder (D-OR), along with Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), today introduced the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act to create a new Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan (CBI-SNP) demonstration program. This program would target home and community-based services to low-income Medicare beneficiaries who need help with activities of daily living. “Seniors shouldn’t be forced to spend down their assets to access the ... Read more

  • Oregon Members Applaud Inclusion of Emergency Wildfire Suppression Assistance in Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), along with Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Greg Walden (OR-02), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) today applauded the inclusion of emergency funding for wildland fire suppression in the supplemental appropriations bill just passed by the House of Representatives. This comes a week after Congressman Schrader led a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) calling on the Administration to include “comprehensive forest management and... Read more

  • Schrader, Renacci, Jenkins, and Costa Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and Jim Costa (D-CA) introduced the Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act. This bipartisan legislation clarifies the employer mandate provision within the Affordable Care Act to provide one clear definition of seasonal employment. The simplified standard, which is consistent across industries, will reduce the administrative burden for small businesses and help them avoid steep penalties under the Affor... Read more

  • Schrader Applauds OMB Request for $576.5 Million Towards Wildfires
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement in response to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s announcement that $576.5 million toward wildfire funding will be included in their supplemental budget request to Congress this week. This announcement comes after Congressman Schrader led his colleagues in the Western Caucus in calling on the Administration to include “comprehensive forest management and wildland fire budgeting reforms as part of the next disaster relief ... Read more

  • Schrader Calls Attention to Oregon’s Wildfires During Committee Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) joined the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment today to bring attention to the impact that wildfires and federal forests have on air quality throughout communities in the Oregon. The hearing, titled Air Quality Impacts of Wildfires: Perspectives of Key Stakeholders, comes one week after the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing to examine ways to reduce wildfire suppression costs and improve forest management practices. “I thank Chairmen... Read more

  • Schrader Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Extend Veterans Educational Waivers After Natural Disaster
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR), along with Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX) ), Al Green (D-TX), and Kevin Brady (R-TX), filed H.R. 3940, the bipartisan Veterans Education Disaster Act, which would ensure that veterans will continue to receive the housing stipends and supply fee payment waivers that they are entitled to receive when they face extended school closures due to natural disasters. Recent natural disasters in Oregon and across the country have ravaged our towns, cities, and communit... Read more

  • Schrader, O’Halleran Introduce Bill to End Government Travel Abuse
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-05) and Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) today introduced the Taxpayers Don’t Incur Meaningless Expenses (Taxpayers DIME) Act, which ensures no taxpayer money is spent on government air travel that violates rules applied to senior federal officials, increases transparency and oversight of government travel, and calls for the independent Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to report on ways to strengthen existing rules. "There's often a running, mostly false narrative that Washington ... Read more

  • Schrader Applauds Attention Given to Wildfires, Says There’s More to Be Done
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing today titled “Exploring Solutions to Reduce Risks of Catastrophic Wildfire and Improve Resiliency of National Forests,” focused on finding solutions to reduce fire suppression costs along with the need to improve forest management practices. Since coming into federal office, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) has made a priority of working to fix our broken forest management system and the resulting destruction from preventable wildfires. “I ... Read more