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Schrader Secures Community Project Funding for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) is pleased to announce major priorities in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District are moving forward, after Subcommittees in the House Appropriations Committee included his Community Project Funding Requests in their Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Bills. 

“I am honored to champion critical funding for community projects that will make significant impacts throughout Oregon’s 5th Congressional District,” Rep. Schrader said. “Getting these top district priorities through the House Appropriations Subcommittees means we are a considerable step closer to meeting the needs in our communities that include strengthening wildfire preparedness and environmental protections, increasing education equity and elder care and investing in our infrastructure. I am proud to fight for these district priorities, and I look forward to supporting them through the process ahead to get them across the finish line.”

Among the approved Community Project Funding requests for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District included in the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill is $1.2 million to assist Marion County in upgrading to a new digital, state-of-the-art public safety radio network, after last year’s Beachie Creek Fire destroyed two of its radio sites. The move will allow all first responder agencies in the county to access the same system for the first time to coordinate, which will prove vital during future wildfire seasons. Projects also included in the CJS Bill are: $100,000 to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to aerially observe whales off the Oregon coast in order to allow crab fishing by lowering entanglement risk; and $892,000 for the purchase of equipment that is necessary to remove problem sea lions from the Columbia River and its tributaries to help protect salmon, steelhead and other native fish to the Pacific Northwest.

Another major district priority Congressman Schrader has been working toward for years is funded in the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The Subcommittee granted $6.2 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers so they can make long-needed repairs to the Willamette Falls Locks, which have been unusable since 2011. This includes seismically securing the gates and walls and preserving the water table of the upper-locks to bring them one step closer to getting back online and return the Willamette River to a single navigable waterway. 

The Congressman also secured major wins to address shortages in elder care and education in the district in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill. The Subcommittee granted Providence Milwaukie Hospital $800,000 to address the growing number of seniors experiencing housing insecurity in Clackamas County, through building Milwaukie House — a 72-unit supportive housing project will serve low-income seniors in need of housing and health support. Rep. Schrader also secured funding for the Tillamook Bay Community College in the amount of $425,000 to launch a nursing program, as it is currently the only community college in Oregon that does not have one. The funds will go toward helping the school establish a nursing program by 2023, so it can support educational equity and address health care workforce shortages in rural Tillamook County.

Lastly, Congressman Schrader was able to secure three essential projects for the 5th District in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill: $1.44 million to help Marion County improve fire-damaged North Fork Road, a collector roadway which provides year-round access to the Little North Fork Santiam River corridor; $2 million to Oregon City, so the City can design and construct a Quiet Zone to reduce rail noise levels and attract business growth to the historic Downtown area; and $425,000 for the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s SafeSleep United Women’s Shelter in Salem to update its bathrooms, laundry services, kitchen supplies and other projects to provide a safe place for unsheltered women to sleep at night. 

The funding draft bills will go before the full Appropriations Committee next before moving to consideration on the House floor. If it clears the chamber, the package of Appropriations Bills will then head to the Senate for consideration.