WASHINGTON—Today, in response to the ongoing illegal occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) led eight Members of Congress in sending a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
EUGENE—After fighting to overcome years of bureaucratic delays and mismanagement, Congressman Peter DeFazio today participated in the ribbon-cutting of the brand-new VA Health Center in Eugene. Congressman DeFazio was instrumental in securing nearly $80 million in federal funding for a new, larger VA clinic.
Congressman Peter DeFazio today responded to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Following are Rep. DeFazio’s remarks:
Congressman Peter DeFazio today welcomed to Washington as his guest at the State of the Union address Steve Phillips, an Oregon paper mill worker who has repeatedly lost his job due to the United States’ failed trade policies.
Today, members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation announced they have secured a provision in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 that would keep the Newport air facility open for at least two years. Due to budget cuts, the Coast Guard threatened in 2014 to close the Newport air facility-- which handles half of the emergency response calls on the Central Oregon Coast.
Bill Provides $281 Billion to Oregon for Highways, Transit
Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio applauded House passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), a bipartisan, long-term transportation bill that will create family-wage jobs, rebuild and replace the nation’s aging infrastructure, and boost the economy.
Washington, DC –Today, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) joined a letter led by Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent to the Director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shaun Donovan urging the agency to increase funding for small ports in the Pacific Northwest in their FY 2017 budget proposal.
Members of Congress Condemn Voluntary GMO Labeling, Push for Mandatory GMO Labeling
Lawmakers today blasted announcements from the FDA approving weak GMO-labeling measures that deny consumers the right to know how the food they purchase for their families is produced.
“The decision by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to remove gray wolves from the Oregon endangered species list is outrageous. With only 81 known wolves in the state, the gray wolf needs protection now more than ever. Although the Commission is supposed to base their decisions in sound science, they instead caved to powerful ranching and other special interests.
Legislation includes “Docs-to-Doctors” provision to allow servicemembers who have served in medical roles to transition directly into the VA; would make it easier for veterans to access the health care they need
Today, Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representative Peter DeFazio announced new, bipartisan legislation to improve health care at VA facilities. The Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act would make common-sense changes in staffing policies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve veterans care at VA health care facilities.