Thank you Chairman Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman Johanson, Commissioner Williamson, and Commissioner Broadbent. I represent the First Congressional District of Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today.
M. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Senate amendment to H.R. 244, the FY2017 omnibus spending bill. This is not a perfect bill, but many priorities that are important to my constituents in Oregon and people around the country are funded and protected, and it prevents a government shutdown.
Unfortunately, too many workers in Oregon and across the country are still facing a great deal of economic anxiety. They worry about rent payments, increasing health care costs, saving for retirement, balancing family responsibilities and work, and making ends meet.
I rise today to honor the life of Claire Lovell, an accomplished columnist and devoted resident of Seaside, Oregon. North Coast residents are richer for Claire’s presence, and I join them in celebrating her life and her legacy.
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Last week I joined massive protests at the Portland international airport against President Trump’s unconstitutional executive order. With this order, America turned its back on refugees and betrayed religious freedoms.
Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this budget resolution. The Affordable Care Act saves lives.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2146, the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. For the past several years I have had many conversations about trade with the people of Northwest Oregon. I’ve spoken with farmers, environmentalists, semiconductor manufacturers, wine makers, workers, sports and outdoor apparel employees, and others.