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Dec 11, 2009 Press Release

December 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) worked to secure jobs in rural communities today when they sent a letter to Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, George Miller.  Chairman Miller will be the key author in any job creation legislation Congress may consider.  Rural communities in Oregon are facing severe economic challenges with levels of unemployment as high as 19%.  As Congress begins to consider a potential jobs package, it is essential for the recovery of rural communities that any legislation include a major investment in our public lands.  This would help address the huge maintenance backlog facing our public land management agencies while simultaneously creating and sustaining thousands of family-wage jobs.

Dec 10, 2009 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) this week secured critical funding to improve services and advocacy for abused and neglected children in Douglas County.  The $300,000 will go towards a program called Kids in Common.  The funding passed the full House as part of H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010.

Dec 10, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today secured final funding approval for two programs in Benton County.  The City of Corvallis will receive $600,000 to replace two buses that are functionally obsolete.  Oregon State University will receive $600,000 for research aimed at improving the health of salmon in the Klamath River salmon.

Dec 10, 2009 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today secured final approval for funding for critical projects in Coos County. The South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT) will receive $500,000 for personnel, operational, and technology costs to ensure this critical task force can continue to fight the manufacture and trafficking of methamphetamines. The Port of Coos Bay will receive $340,900 to replace the outdated and unsafe ice machine on the Charleston ice dock.

 

Dec 7, 2009 Press Release

 

PROGRAM PROMOTES RECYCLING, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN, BUILDS RECREATION AREAS

December 7, 2010

Washington, DC –U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) and the Umpqua Boys and Girls Club today won Nike’s annual Reuse-A-Shoe Challenge.  DeFazio and the Boys and Girls Club were competing against the other members of the Oregon Congressional delegation and a school in each district to collect the most worn out athletic and rubber soled shoes.  The shoes are then ground up and recycled into recreation areas for kids.  DeFazio, with the enthusiastic help of the Boys and Girls club and others throughout the district, smashed his old record and collected 2,137 shoes, putting even more of those stinky shoes to good use.  The competition is sponsored by the Climate Group and Nike.

Dec 4, 2009 Press Release

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) was joined by 23 of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle today when he sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, requesting that he expedite the process of Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) appointments. RACs, which were created as part of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in 2000, help to create and maintain family wage jobs in areas of Oregon which are currently suffering from unemployment rates as high as 16%.

 

Dec 3, 2009 Press Release

December 3, 2009

HARKIN TO INTRODUCE SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE NEXT WEEK

WASHINGTON, DC— Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit was joined by 22 of his House colleagues today in introducing new legislation that assess a miniscule tax on Wall Street securities transactions.  The money it generates will be used to rebuild Main Street.  The legislation, Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street Act, has powerful support from the economists, Wall Street investors, labor organizations, and consumer groups.

Nov 18, 2009 Press Release

House passage expected soon

November 18, 2009

 

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