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  • 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

  • Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Vote-by-Mail Bill to Fight Growing Tide of Voter Suppression
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, today introduced their bill to expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationwide and knock down the mounting obstacles that voters across the country are facing, just to cast their ballots. “This administration is fixated with making it harder for Americans to vote,” Wyden said. “And when regular Americans can’t vote, lobbyists, special interests and everyone else ... Read more

  • Schrader Continues to Fight for Veterans, Introduces Bill to Protect Servicemembers from Home Foreclosure
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the bipartisan Halting of Mortgage Exploitation of Servicemembers (HOMES) Act of 2017 to provide greater clarity and uniformity to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA is designed to provide protection for active duty servicemembers, including Reservists and members of the National Guard, from civil obligations while they are deployed. Among these obligations are mortgage payments, leases, taxes... Read more

  • Schrader Bill to Lower Drug Costs Moves Forward with Unanimous Support
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Today Congressman Kurt Schrader’s (OR-05) bipartisan bill to lower drug costs was unanimously approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health during the markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. “This has long been an area where Congress needed to act to put a stop to abuses by unscrupulous, bad actors,” said Rep. Schrader. “In recent years, in particular, we’ve seen dramatic price hikes on life-saving drugs occur, some overnight. But, we know that when generic drugs ... Read more

  • Schrader Slams Bill to Strip Health Care from 400,000 Oregonians
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) joined House Democrats and 20 Republicans to vote against the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare which passed today 217-213. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, is estimated to strip health care from over 400,000 Oregonians and 24 million Americans, and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions. “I’m at a loss for words, frankly,” said Rep. Schrader. “This is a bad piece of legislation that is going to strip healthcare from millions of... Read more

  • Schrader Applauds VA Decision to Stop Removing Veterans from Caregiver Program Nationwide
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will temporarily stop removing veterans from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). This comes roughly one week after Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) led the Oregon delegation in sending a letter to VA Secretary Shulkin asking for a halt on removing veterans from the PCAFC in Portland where veterans have been getting kicked off at a rate of 50%, significantly higher than the national rate of 16%. “I’... Read more