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  • 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

  • Schrader Bill to Prevent Forest Fires, Reduce Blackouts Passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5)’s bill to improve the safety and reliability of the electric grid on our federal lands, the Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act, passed through the House with overwhelming bipartisan support today, 300-118. “Our bill ensures a safe and secure electric grid for our homes and communities, curbing the potential for blackouts or forest fires,” said Rep. Schrader. “Utility companies will now have a streamlined and consistent process for being able to fulfil... Read more

  • Schrader, Newhouse Lead Bipartisan Request Urging President Trump to Renegotiate Columbia River Treaty
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) were joined today by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Greg Walden (R-OR), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Dave Reichert (R-WA) in a bipartisan letter urging President Trump to commence negotiations with Canada over the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) as soon as possible. “Managing the flow of the Columbia River and its tributaries governs our way of life in Central Washington in many ways,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Renegotiat... Read more

  • Defending the Pacific Northwest from Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: Northwest Members of Congress Seek Protection of Columbia River Ecosystem, Hydropower Infrastructure
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    Today, Members of Congress from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke requesting assistance to combat the spread of an invasive species of mussels that threatens the Columbia River system, fisheries, and hydropower infrastructure. In a bipartisan effort, U.S. Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Suzanne Bon... Read more

  • Oregon Congressional Delegation Presses for Federal Disaster Relief for Severe Winter Storms
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First

    Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, joined by Representatives Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Greg Walden (OR-2), Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), today pressed for a reversal of the Trump administration’s previous decision denying federal disaster relief to Oregon communities following severe winter storms. In a letter to President Trump, the Senators and Representatives added their support to Governor Kate Brown’s appeal of the decision, pointing out th... Read more

  • Schrader, Huffman, McKinley, Walz, Reichert, & Katko Introduce Bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), David McKinley (R-WV), Tim Walz (D-MN), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and John Katko (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act, H.R. 2902, to level the playing field for children with disabilities and provide them with a high quality education. In 1975, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), with the goal of guaranteeing that every child with disabilities would have the opportunity to reach h... Read more

  • Schrader, Simpson Reintroduce Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Forestry & Natural Resources

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader today reintroduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA), legislation which would fix the current budgeting process for wildfires. In recent years, Congress has budgeted for wildfire suppression by appropriating money according to the average cost for wildfires over the past ten years, known as the “ten-year average.” When costs exceed an agency’s fire budget, that agency is forced to borrow from non-fire accounts to pay for ... Read more

  • Schrader Votes to Protect Dodd-Frank, Rein in Wall Street
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) voted against the Financial CHOICE Act today, which dismantles the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. “As a small business owner, I believe DC should be in the business of producing outcomes rather than micromanaging with bureaucratic red tape, rules and regulations. But Dodd-Frank is a good piece of legislation that’s been necessary in preventing another financial catastrophe like the one we saw in 2008,” said Rep. Schrader. “Mill... Read more

  • Oregon Delegation Honors Heroes of Portland Terrorist Attack
    Posted in Press Releases on June 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First

    Representative Earl Blumenauer, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, and Greg Walden today announced that they will introduce a joint resolution to honor the heroism of Rick Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher. On Friday, May 26, these brave individuals were brutally stabbed on local transit in Portland, OR as they protected two young women who were the targets of threatening anti-Muslim hate speec... Read more