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  • 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

  • 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

  • Schrader to Portland VA: Stop Kicking Veterans Off Care Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Veterans

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement in response to recent news around the Portland Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program. “Something is very clearly wrong in our Portland VA, and we needed an investigation yesterday,” said Rep. Schrader. “Right now, the Portland VA has kicked more veterans out of the Caregiver Program for unidentified reasons than anywhere else in the country. In no way does this reflect Oregon or Oregon values. Our veteran... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on Termination of Port of Portland Contract
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Trade

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement in response to the announcement this week that the Port of Portland has terminated its contract with ICTSI after nearly a year of stalled shipping in Terminal 6 over a labor dispute. “This could be a brighter future for the Port of Portland,” said Rep. Schrader. “The opportunity to have a new manager for Terminal 6 gives our farming and manufacturing communities renewed hope that this fresh start can bring container service back t... Read more

  • Schrader Introduces bill to preserve Molalla River
    Posted in Schrader in the News on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Energy & Environment

    The Molalla River Alliance, which has been advocating in recent years for the river to be designated a National Wild and Scenic River, applauds Schrader's support by reintroducing the bill. Congressman Kurt Schrader, a longtime advocate for the Molalla River, reintroduced HR 1056, the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which would designate a 21-mile stretch of the Molalla River as "recreational" under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Receiving the wild and scenic designation h... Read more

  • Schrader Introduces bill to preserve Molalla River
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Energy & Environment

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) reintroduced HR 1056, the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which would designate a 21-mile stretch of the Molalla River as “recreational” under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Receiving this designation has shown to provide a positive economic, social and cultural boost to the surrounding local area. “The beauty, history and ecosystem of our Molalla River deserve to be protected,” said Rep. Schrader. “My bill will bring together the local, sta... Read more

  • Schrader Ranked Among Top 10 Most Effective Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress
    Posted in Schrader in the News on December 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First

    Public approval of Congress is near historic lows. Journalists, scholars, and presidential candidates regularly express frustration with Congress’s inability to get anything done. So which members of the U.S. House are skilled at overcoming gridlock and successfully making laws? Building on our existing research on legislative effectiveness in the United States Congress, we have updated our Legislative Effectiveness Scores (LES) to include those House members who served in the 113th Congress (20... Read more

  • Oregon Delegation Announces Deal to Save Newport Air Station
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First

    Today, members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation announced they have secured a provision in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 that would keep the Newport air facility open for at least two years. Due to budget cuts, the Coast Guard threatened in 2014 to close the Newport air facility-- which handles half of the emergency response calls on the Central Oregon Coast. Today’s announcement was made by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff M... Read more