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  • Ahead of Budget Uncertainty, Schrader Introduces Bills to Limit Members' Pay
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform

    This week, Congressman Kurt Schrader re-introduced his Hold Congress Accountable Act (H.R.1794), which would reduce the salary of Members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown for as long as the shutdown continues. He first introduced a version of this bill in 2013 immediately following the start of the government shutdown in October of that year. Rep. Schrader also joined 18 of his Democratic and Republican colleagues to cosponsor H.R.1779, the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would sus... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on Reckless Trump Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, Education, Energy & Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure, Veterans

    Following the release of the President’s budget proposal today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), the former co-chair of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, issued the following statement: “Slashing Pell grants by $4 billion and eliminating $2.4 billion for teachers? Seriously? Cutting more than 20 percent of the USDA’s budget, including cuts to the National Forest Service, food safety, rural development and conservation programs? Is this a joke? Cutting NOAA programs left a... Read more

  • Schrader Calls for CBO Score on Republican Repeal Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, Healthcare Resources Center

    Today during the Energy and Commerce markup of the Republican Repeal Bill, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) attempted a motion to delay the markup until a CBO score on the bill is released. The motion was tabled without debate. “All I tried to ask for is a delay in consideration of this bill until we have all of the facts,” said Rep. Schrader. “How can we seriously consider a bill without knowing the real-world effect it would have on our economy, our pocket books, and most importantly, our cons... Read more

  • Schrader, Welch Introduce Bill to Declassify $125 Billion in Pentagon Waste Report
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, National Defense

    Just days after the President proposed a $54 billion increase to defense spending, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) introduced the Department of Defense Overhead Cost Savings and Transparency Act which would declassify the entirety of a report from the Pentagon which revealed $125 billion in administrative waste. The Pentagon commissioned the report in 2015 and subsequently covered up its findings. The report lays out suggested ways to cut through bureaucracy ... Read more

  • Rep. Kurt Schrader Calls President Donald Trump's Border Wall "A Stupid Idea"
    Posted in Schrader in the News on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, National Defense, Immigration, Trade

    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced plans to follow through with his campaign pledge to add to the existing wall between the U.S. and Mexico, at a cost of around $15 billion. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.)'s tweet this morning is pretty self-explanatory. Schrader represents Oregon's Fifth District, which covers a wide swath of the Willamette Valley, where agricultural interests depend on immigrant labor, and the parts of the Cascades and the Coast Range, where migrant workers often... Read more

  • Schrader Urges Stronger Oversight of National Debt
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) supported H.R. 3442, the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act, a bill that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on the Administration’s long-term debt reduction plan any time the country nears reaching the debt limit. “As a Blue Dog, I will continue to demand fiscal responsibility of our government and requiring the Treasury Department, the entity that pays our nation’s bills, to come to Congress with long-term solutions to our d... Read more

  • Schrader Votes Against $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) stated his disapproval of the House’s passage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. The bill will fund the government until the end of September 2016. It passed the House today by a vote of 316-113. “While this bill contained some positive policy additions, our bipartisan forestry disaster budget relief did not make the grade, while anti-privacy cyber provisions, NASCAR support, and Russian rocket engines did.” “There was, once again, large, off-budget, de... Read more

  • Schrader Slams Pricey Tax Extenders Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform

    Citing fiscal recklessness, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) announced his opposition to the large, unpaid-for tax extenders bill the House will vote on tomorrow. Experts estimate that the bill will cost $650-670 billion over 10 years and has no cost offsets. Schrader, a Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, released the following statement: “While these tax extensions individually are good things, there is no way to justify increasing the long-term debt by over $500 billion, especially at the co... Read more

  • Schrader Supports Bipartisan Budget Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) released the following statement regarding his vote for H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The bill passed the House by a vote of 266-167. “Today, we averted another government shutdown and paved the way for some budget certainty for our working men and women and small businesses. It is a shame that it takes the resignation of the Speaker of the House to allow Congress to function in the bipartisan manner in which it was intended.” “The two-year budge... Read more

  • Schrader Bill to Demand Biennial Budgeting Reaches Over 218 Cosponsors
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation to reform Congress’s broken budget process reached a milestone today, as the Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act of 2015 now enjoys the support of a bipartisan majority of the House. With the bill receiving support of over 218 Members of Congress, there is enough support for passage on the House floor, an important development as Congress approaches another funding deadline. Congressmen Schrader (OR-05) and Ribble (WI-08) introduced the bill in March. “Wh... Read more