November Update
 



As November comes to an end and we look toward the holiday season that is fast approaching, I urge you to reflect on Veterans Day that we recently observed. This Veterans Day, I spent time volunteering with my staff in Washington, DC. We distributed toiletries, hats, socks and gloves to homeless veterans and helped them access shelters. I urge everyone, if it's Veterans Day or not, to get involved in their communities and serve those who served us! Thank you to our servicemen, servicewomen and their families for the sacrifices that they have made to protect our country and American values. 

        

This month, I toured the Yachats Shake Alert Station which gives our coastal communities early warnings in case of an earthquake. The University of Oregon is working with the U.S. Geological Survey and other universities to set up these stations on the West Coast.

               

The Port of Toledo recently received two grants from the United Maritime Administration Small Shipyard Grant Program. This investment will allow them to improve their facilities and start a welding training program for local students. It was great to see all their hard work in action!



Latino businesses are among the fastest growing in Oregon. The Latino Business Alliance is dedicated to helping local Latino-owned businesses across the state. I sat down with members to talk about what challenges they see for local businesses.

This year Oregon farms will ship out over 5 million Christmas trees across the US and Mexico, making Oregon the top producer of Christmas trees in the United States! Local, family farms, like Silver Bells Tree Farm, make up a key part of this truly Oregonian industry. 

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @RepSchrader throughout the month of December, as I highlight the Christmas tree industry and our Oregon farmers!


November was a very productive month in the United States Congress! Last week, my Energy and Commerce Committee marked up eighteen bills in a markup lasting two days, many of which were bipartisan! These bills ranged in topic from reducing maternal mortality, to broadband reforms that improve maps especially for rural areas and make our system more secure,  to curbing the youth tobacco epidemic. Click here to learn more about these bills that will be coming to the House floor soon! 

I regularly hear from farmers in Oregon that they are facing a labor crisis. That's why I am an original cosponsor of the commonsense, bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act. This bill would amend the H2A visa program by reducing costs and burdensome bureaucracy for employers, improving working conditions for farmworkers, and advancing the legalization of our nation’s farmworkers. When farm workers can stay in the country year-round, farmers have stability and are able to continue to produce the best agricultural products in the world. I am extremely proud to be a part of this legislation that is supported by Republicans, Democrats, farmers and farm workers alike. 

Last week I cosponsored the 100% Clean Economy Act. This legislation sets a nationwide goal of achieving a 100 percent clean energy economy, defined as economy-wide net-zero greenhouse gas pollution, by 2050. The devastating effects of climate change are real, and they are here. I am committed to serious climate action and that means moving our country to a 100 percent clean economy. This legislation will ensure that our planet is protected while strengthening our economy and creating new green-collar jobs. Click here to learn more about this bold legislation. 



November is Native American Heritage Month. I was honored to speak on the House Floor in recognition of the nine tribes in Oregon and the three in my district. The Fifth District of Oregon is home to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. I am grateful to all of these tribes for their contributions to our state and stand in strong support of Indian Country. 

The Salem Area Mass Transit District received a federal grant of over one million dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation. This grant will be used for badly needed upgrades to buses. Hardworking Oregonians rely on safe and dependable public transportation to get to their jobs. When buses can’t run, it puts their livelihoods in jeopardy. Federal investments in transit help put people to work and connect them to employers throughout the Salem-Keizer area. Transit investments should be a top national priority and I am proud to have worked to help secure this needed funding.

I will be hosting a telephone town hall at 6pm PST on Wednesday, December 4th. You can sign up using this link. This is an opportunity for me to update you on what we are working on in Washington and for you to ask me any questions about the work I am doing on behalf of my constituents. I want to hear from you!

If you purchase your own health insurance on the exchange, you have until DECEMBER 15th to sign up for a new plan or make changes to an existing plan. More information can be found at HealthCare.gov, including how to find a representative who can help find the best plan for you and your family. Also, if you receive your health care through Medicare, open enrollment continues until DECEMBER 7th. This means that any changes to your existing plan, or any new enrollments must be completed by DECEMBER 7th to take effect in 2020. Visit healthcare.oregon.gov if you have questions. Please feel free to reach out to my office at 503-588-9100 if you need assistance with your health insurance. We are here to help you get covered! 


Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

(signed)

Kurt Schrader
Member of Congress

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