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  • 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 proposes new financial protection for soldiers, dares banks to object
    Posted in Schrader in the News on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Motivated by the story of Jacob McGreevey, the longtime Marine who lost his Vancouver home to foreclosure, Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, has introduced a bill strengthening active-duty soldiers' protections against banks and other creditors. A New Jersey lender repossessed McGreevey's house in 2010 between his third and fourth tours of duty in the Middle East despite a federal law that prohibits creditors from taking collections actions against active-duty soldiers. Schrader's act would amend th... 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

  • Oregon Democratic Delegation Sends Letter Calling for Investigation into VA Caregiver Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Last week, Reps. Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, and Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden sent a letter to VA Secretary Shulkin in response to recent news reports about a Salem veteran, Aaron Olivas, who was removed from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers by the VA Portland Health Care System (PCAFC). The letter raises concerns about the rate at which veterans are being removed from the program and lays out a list of questions for the VA... 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 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

  • Trump at Odds With His VA Nominee on Hiring Freeze
    Posted in Schrader in the News on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    President Donald Trump's hiring freeze at the Department of Veterans Affairs appeared to put him at odds with his own nominee to head the VA, Dr. David Shulkin. Shulkin, currently chief executive of the Veterans Health Administration, has repeatedly cited the need to hire more caregivers at the VA to cut wait times. In addition, the acting head of the VA, Robert Snyder, said Tuesday that he was looking for ways around the Trump freeze. "The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to exempt anyone... Read more

  • Schrader, Moulton Introduce Bill to Prohibit Hiring Freeze at the VA
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Yesterday, in one of his first acts as President, Trump signed an Executive Order implementing a 90 day hiring freeze across the executive branch, including at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-6) introduced legislation today that would prohibit any hiring freeze from specifically affecting the VA. This afternoon, the President’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, doubled down on the hiring freeze specifically at the VA, saying “I think th... Read more