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  • 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 Votes in Favor of VA Appeals Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    Today, the House voted 310-116 to pass H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016. This bill addresses the VA’s outdated and broken benefits appeals process for veterans. An amendment to the bill, offered by Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN-1), would strip controversial provisions from the bill. “While I am opposed, as evidenced by my vote on the Walz Amendment, to sections of H.R. 5620 which go too far in reducing employment protections for rank and file VA employees... Read more

  • Schrader Votes Against Discriminatory Defense Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    Washington – Last night, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) voted against H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). An amendment containing broad language that allows for clear discrimination against LGBT people in the federal workplace was added to the NDAA earlier this week. Meanwhile, a bipartisan amendment, cosponsored by Rep. Schrader, to strike the amendment from the bill was rejected. “I am incredibly disappointed that our bipartisan amendment was not even allowed a vote; fo... Read more

  • Schrader Responds to President's Final State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense, Energy & Environment, Immigration, Healthcare Resources Center, Small Business, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address tonight. Schrader entered office in 2009, when Obama was sworn in for his first term as President. “Our country is in a much stronger position than it was 7 years ago. We’ve added over 14 million private sector jobs since 2008 and in the last two years have experienced the strongest private sector job growth since 1997 to 1999. Unemployment has dropped from 10 to 5... Read more

  • Schrader Supports Ensuring FBI, Intelligence Community Coordinates Refugee Screening
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    Today Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) voted in support for H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill simply adds Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) review and unanimous agreement between the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence before refugees from Iraq and Syria are admitted to the United States. “We live in a world where threats to our homeland have become an unfortunate part of life. This commonsense b... Read more

  • Schrader to Board: 'Oregon Guardsmen Deserve Better'
    Posted in Press Releases on September 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, National Defense

    In the wake of a recent decision saddling American taxpayers with more than $30 million in legal fees to military contractor KBR, Congressman Kurt Schrader released the following statement renewing his call for justice for the Oregon Guardsmen sickened by KBR’s actions exposing them to toxic chemicals at a site in Iraq. “This is an outrageous decision by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, reflecting a badly broken defense contracting system. Our Oregon guardsmen deserve justice from o... Read more

  • Schrader Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on September 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) announced his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed to by the P5+1 countries (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia) and Iran in July, releasing the following statement: “Serving the people of Oregon has been the greatest honor of my life and I weigh the thoughts and opinions shared with me by my constituents carefully in every decision I make and every vote I take. There is no greater responsibility that m... Read more

  • Oregon Lawmakers Blast KBR’s Decision to Target Sick Oregon Veterans, Call on Pentagon to End Legal Purgatory
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, National Defense

    Washington, D.C. –Oregon lawmakers called on the Defense Department to quickly reach a fair settlement with 12 Oregon veterans who were sickened after being exposed to a toxic chemical in Iraq a decade ago. Those Oregon National Guard soldiers were stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in Iraq, which was managed by the military contactor KBR. After a decade of legal wrangling, which included an $85 million award by a Portland jury, an unrelated Supreme Court case resulted in the case... Read more

  • Schrader, DeFazio Applaud House Passage of Legislation to Permanently Save Newport Air Station
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    Washington, D.C. –. Today, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) applauded the House passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, legislation that would keep the Newport air facility open indefinitely. 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. Last year, the Oregon congressional delegation was successful in passing a one year prohibition... Read more