Congressional Update Dear Neighbor,As Oregon keeps pushing to turn a corner in our fight against COVID-19, we are making strides because of the incredible effort of our frontline and essential workers and volunteers, as well as our shared strength and resilience. While we are getting closer to putting the pandemic behind us, we still have a ways to go. Right now, the COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone 16 and older. If you have not done so already, I urge you to get vaccinated to protect your loved ones, friends and neighbors, so we can keep moving our state forward.
As Oregon keeps pushing to turn a corner in our fight against COVID-19, we are making strides because of the incredible effort of our frontline and essential workers and volunteers, as well as our shared strength and resilience. While we are getting closer to putting the pandemic behind us, we still have a ways to go. Right now, the COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone 16 and older. If you have not done so already, I urge you to get vaccinated to protect your loved ones, friends and neighbors, so we can keep moving our state forward.
Congress and the President must come together on an ambitious infrastructure plan that pumps real money into modernizing our communities to bring American infrastructure into the 21st century.
Infrastructure has always been a bipartisan effort in Washington, because regardless of party, we all use the same roads and networks. Over the next few months, my colleagues and I will be working toward creating bold new reforms, jobs and real investments that provide long-term funding solutions for our infrastructure, but it's essential for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District to have a voice in this process.
I recently appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for priorities and job creation in the district, including pushing to fund projects like I-205 improvements, the Aurora-Donald Interchange and the Oregon Routes 22 and 51 interchange area, as well as enact a long-term, sustainable solution to fund the Highway Trust Fund.
As Congress moves forward with legislation, I hope our scope expands beyond just surface projects to include other long-neglected forms of infrastructure, such as employing direct funds to support the critical work needed to repair the south jetty at the entrance of Tillamook Bay. I visited the Port of Garibaldi in April to see
the work needed to keep this crucial economic hub on the Oregon Coast going strong.
Through championing these local projects and more, I will continue to stand up for Oregon communities and jobs every step of the way.
Lowering Drug Costs
While there is no doubt that many pharmaceutical innovations have drastically improved the health of patients, the drugs can't work if patients can't afford to take them. Patients' lives and livelihoods are at risk. That's why reducing health costs, including the cost of prescription drugs, is one of my top priorities.
This Congress I am leading bipartisan efforts to bring drug costs down by introducing several bills designed to close loopholes in our current system, which hold back competition in the marketplace.
and was signed into law by President Biden. The law makes a change to FDA applications to narrow what drugs can receive market exclusivity. This means generic drugs will be able to come to market much faster, which will save Americans money.
Watch me speak on the House floor in favor of the bill, shortly before it passed:
More work remains to further drive down drug prices, and through my position on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I will be advocating for my other legislation this Congress to lower costs, including:
The House has been very active passing legislation on a number of issues that would have a direct impact on Oregon's 5th Congressional District. These are just a few of the bills I've recently supported to protect your rights:
The most rewarding part of being your Congressman is traveling around the district, speaking with constituents and making sure your voices are heard in our Nation's Capital. Check out a few of my recent visits below.
I joined Lake Oswego Mayor Joe Buck and U.S. Small Business Administration District Director Marty Golden to speak with local small business owners about the challenges and successes they've faced over the past year.
Oregon's Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm budded with visitors again, a year after the pandemic forced the annual festival to cancel. I stopped by to discuss all the health and safety changes that were made so the event could return.
I have been visiting several COVID-19 vaccination sites across the district, including Adventist Health Tillamook, to see the incredible work these volunteers and professionals are doing to get shots in arms.
Marion Polk Food Share gave me a tour of its warehouse. This nonprofit is offering food assistance, distributing weekly food boxes and launching community garden programs to look after our neighbors in need in Marion and Polk Counties.
Oregon's first Tribally owned and operated medication-assisted treatment facility recently opened in Salem. Great Circle Recovery, operated by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is giving people seeking recovery access to the culturally-based care they need.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about what I've been doing to serve Oregon's 5th Congressional District. It is an honor to represent you in Congress.