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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

Press Releases

Feb 26, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – With just two days until funding runs out for the Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today warned of the financial hit to Oregon families and the local economy. According to DHS, there are 1,888 full-time DHS employees in the state of Oregon.

*1,111 are active duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard

Feb 25, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today pressed the United States Coast Guard on its decision to close the air facility in Newport, Oregon.

Feb 13, 2015 Press Release
Under current law, mining companies extract minerals for free and leave U.S. taxpayers on the hook for mine cleanup costs

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today introduced legislation to reform our hardrock mining laws that date back to 1872. The bill would finally force corporations to 1) pay royalties for minerals extracted from public lands and 2) contribute to a fund for cleanup costs.

Feb 13, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C.Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after Governor John Kitzhaber announced his resignation.

“This is a tough day for Oregon. John has been a tireless servant for our state, but I believe he made a decision that puts the needs of Oregonians first. Now we move on.”


Feb 12, 2015 Press Release
90 Percent of Americans Supporting the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods To Allow for Informed Decisions About the Foods They Eat

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S.

Feb 11, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC- After the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid failed to respond to a request to delay a rule that negatively impacts rural ambulance service, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that will force the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to do so.

Feb 10, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) released the following statement today to highlight the week the country’s millionaires will finish paying their Social Security payroll taxes for the year.

Feb 5, 2015 Press Release
Oregon Company Inspires Legislation

Washington, DC- Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce a bill that addresses the ever-increasing problem of abusive patent litigation, commonly referred to as “patent trolls.” Patent trolls use broad patents to threaten companies with lawsuits in hopes of forcing a quick settlement.

Feb 3, 2015 Press Release
Blasts agency in rail hearing for failing to address serious safety concerns

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel, III requesting a full audit of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.

Jan 28, 2015 Press Release
Bill increases veterans’ access to healthcare

Washington, DC- In order to ensure better healthcare for our nation’s veterans, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) has signed on as an original cosponsor of the Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015. This bill would improve upon recent reforms to the Veterans Administration, by making two critical clarifications: