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Feb 26, 2021 Press Release

Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-04) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) $13.1 million for costs tied to the 2020 wildfires.

Feb 26, 2021 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation authored by Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) to make permanent a ban on new mining projects in some of Southwest Oregon’s most fragile and critically important areas, home to pristine fish habitat, clean drinking water, rare plants, and a thriving recreation and tourism economy.

Feb 25, 2021 Press Release

Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today led 41 lawmakers in urging transparency from the Biden Administration regarding U.S. involvement in the Saudi/UAE-led coalition’s war in Yemen as the U.S. ends its support for ‘offensive’ operations.

Feb 24, 2021 Press Release
Lawmakers: “It is imperative to ensure that the remaining wildfire survivors who desperately need federal aid receive it as quickly as possible”

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley led U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4) this week in sending a letter to Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont, urging the Biden administration to continue delivering assistance to Oregonians affected by the 2020 wildfire season, and to address barriers that are making it harder for some survivors to access resources.

Feb 19, 2021 Press Release

After hearing from confused and angry constituents, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today urged Governor Kate Brown, Oregon State Senate President Peter Courtney, and Oregon House of Representatives Speaker Tina Kotek to ensure that COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (EIP) do not contribute to working-class Oregonians’ tax liabilities for 2020.

Feb 18, 2021 Press Release
IRS Enhancement and Tax Gap Reduction Act Would Help IRS Collect Underpaid Taxes from Wealthiest Earners and Corporations, Shrink “Tax Gap”

In the face of an economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) will reintroduce legislation today that will help the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collect  trillions in unpaid and underpaid taxes over the next decade from the top earners and corporations, leveling the playing field for working families and creating a fairer U.S. tax system.

Feb 17, 2021 Press Release
The brief, led by Wyden and filed in the ACOG vs. FDA case, challenges the in-person dispensing requirement of the abortion medication mifepristone during the COVID-19 public health emergency

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Ron Wyden last week led 148 Members of Congress, including Sen. Jeff Merkley, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Peter DeFazio and Rep.

Feb 17, 2021 Press Release
Members to White House: “Oregon and her citizens are suffering under the strain of enormous calamity”

Today, in an effort led by Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), whose committee has jurisdiction over FEMA, the entire Oregon congressional delegation called on President Biden to approve a February 9 request from Governor Kate Brown for additional federal funds to respond to recent windstorm-wildfire events.

Feb 12, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio yesterday re-introduced legislation to make permanent a twenty-year ban on new mining projects in the Pistol River and Rough and Ready Creek watersheds in southwest Oregon.