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Rep. Kurt Schrader speaks on Biden's $3.5 trillion spending plan


PORTLAND, Ore. — Joining KATU News' Your Voice Your Vote this week is U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader who represents Oregon's 5th District.

Recently, he and two other Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted against part of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion spending plan, which is part of his "Build Back Better" agenda. Part of the plan includes lowering drug prices and expanding Medicare coverage.

Schrader explains why he voted against it and what he thinks the alternative should be. He also shares what his concerns are with the bill and if he thinks it could pass in the Senate. Schrader points to the price tag on the overall bill, saying that we should be targeting "key areas such as climate change and ACA expansion."

“But we’ve got everything in this massive bill and we just spent $5 trillion that we don’t have, saving America from COVID. I’m proud of the work Congress did... But at some point, you gotta stop spending," he said.

He gives his thoughts when asked if a bipartisan approach to lowering drug prices is even possible.

Also in the one-on-one interview with KATU News, Schrader is asked if he supports Biden's recent vaccine mandate for larger companies and what his thoughts are on redistricting congressional boundaries in Oregon.

Click below for the web-exclusive extended interview: