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The U.S. Representative for Oregon's 5th congressional district, serving since 2009.
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ENG: Kurt Schrader (born October 19, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. Early life, education, and early career Schrader was born in Connecticut and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1973. While at Cornell, Schrader met Martha Northam, and the two were married in 1975. Schrader earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 1977. A year later, the Schraders moved to Oregon, and Kurt opened the Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic in Oregon City to begin his veterinary practice. Schrader served for 16 years on the Canby Planning Commission. Oregon ...
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A new forest policy or bust

Sure, you can shift county road and school funds around like deck chairs on the Costa Concordia cruise ship, and you can try to persuade the people who live in some of the poorest communities in Oregon to raise their taxes. But in the end, there is only one way to ensure a future for Oregon's rural timber counties: Get commercial logging and other economic activities going again on federal forests. On Friday, legislators held a public hearing at the Capitol billed as a discussion of ways to respond to the termination of federal county payments, the loss of tens of millions of dollars of ...

Good News & Bad News out of D.C. on Animal Protection

There are big stirrings today at the federal level―both bad and good―on farm animal policy. This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a harmful rulingnullifying major portions of California’s 2008 law to ban the mistreatment and slaughtering of downed animals, with implications not only for the humane treatment of pigs and other farm animals, but also for the health and safety of consumers. Thechallenge to California’s lawwas brought by the National Meat Association and supported before the court by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), which argued that the Federal ...

Bill Introd. to Improve Welfare Stand. for Egg-Laying Hens

The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers -- who, by all accounts, are strange bedfellows -- announced Monday strong support for H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, which was introduced this week by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), and Jeff Denham (R-CA). United Egg Producers, which represents 87 percent of domestic egg production, and HSUS struck a historic deal to create national animal welfare standards for egg production, notably transitioning from battery cages to enriched housing systems, including ...

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Agriculture Department Clarifies Hemp Growing Guidance for U.S. Farmers
Washington, D.C. – After Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici raised concerns about funding for industrial hemp pilot projects last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken a key step by clarifying which industrial hemp research programs are eligible for existing federal funding. The guidance from the USDA  provides a response to a bicameral letter the legislators sent last year for funding for industrial hemp research pilot projects. Specifically, it clarifies that industrial hemp would be eligible for National Institute of Food Agriculture (NIFA) funding, though research must take place in one of twenty-eight states with certified pilot industrial hemp programs. Eligible applicants are institutes of higher education and state departments of agriculture. While the USDA clarification that these programs are eligible for federal research dollars is a welcomed announcement,
Schrader Votes in Favor of VA Appeals Reform
Today, the House voted 310-116 to pass H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016. This bill addresses the VA’s outdated and broken benefits appeals process for veterans. An amendment to the bill, offered by Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN-1), would strip controversial provisions from the bill. “While I am opposed, as evidenced by my vote on the Walz Amendment, to sections of H.R. 5620 which go too far in reducing employment protections for rank and file VA employees, the current appeals process is failing our veterans. Right now, a veteran is forced to wait an average of three years for a decision on his or her appeal, with over 450,000 appeals currently pending. I am hopeful that by taking action now, rank and file employment protections can be fixed in the Senate, and the bill will move to the President by the end of the year. While not perfect, this bill offers the only hope of reforming this outdated process now.” Without changes to the curre
Schrader Applauds FCC Delay, Calls for Greater Transparency
Today, the Federal Communication Commission announced that they will postpone a vote on the new set-top box proposal to allow more time for its consideration. Initially introduced in January, the proposal has since been modified without being made available for public review and comment. “I am pleased the FCC has listened to our concerns and will be delaying a vote on the new set-top box proposal,” said Rep. Schrader. “We all share the goal of greater consumer choice and competition in the video space, however significant concerns remain regarding the impact these new technology mandates will have on many rural Oregon providers and their customers. Stakeholders deserve the opportunity to review any final proposal and provide public input before it receives a vote. Greater transparency on such a complex and technical issue needs be a priority for the Commission going forward.” Earlier this month, Congressman Schrader, along with 63 other Members of Congress, sent a letter
Schrader Introduces Bill to Close Medicare Part B-COBRA Loophole
Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) introduced the Medicare Enrollment Protection Act of 2016 along with Congressman Bob Dold (IL-10) to protect seniors from coverage gaps in Medicare. Under current law, anyone 65 and older who does not enroll in Medicare Part B within 8 months of retiring or being laid off from his or her job is penalized with a higher lifetime premium and a delayed start to Medicare coverage. This includes those who opt into COBRA coverage which essentially extends the coverage they received under their employer up to an additional 18 months. “Confusion over rules should not prevent anyone from receiving coverage, and it certainly should not penalize them for the rest of their life,” said Rep. Schrader. “No one should be slapped with higher premiums for life simply because they opted into a program that kept them in their own network longer. And it is unacceptable for anyone to have a lapse in coverage because of a confusing enrollment process.”

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