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Clean Water

Jan. 12, 2015 10:23 p.m.

Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.

World | Politics | local | Nation

Crisis In Syria

Nov. 19, 2013 9:39 p.m.

In making the case for a military strike against Syria, Obama also acknowledged that a Russian plan to avoid a strike was "encouraging."

Ranchers And Tribes’ Klamath Agreement Shifts The Hard Work To Congress

April 18, 2014 1:52 p.m.

Congress will soon be charged with solving decades of water conflicts in the Klamath Basin. But before they head to Capitol Hill, supporters will visit the region Friday.

Why It’s Harder To Create Wilderness Now, 50 Years After Landmark Law

Sept. 4, 2014 8:33 p.m.

It's gotten harder to create wilderness in the 50 years since Congress passed the Wilderness Act. Wilderness designations have dropped off since the 1980s, and now things are at a near standstill.

'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Helps Oregon Electric Motorcycle Maker

Jan. 4, 2013 12:41 a.m.

An electric motorcycle maker in Oregon got a boost from the “fiscal cliff” deal Congress approved this week.

Polluting The Water With Toothpaste, Shampoo, And Drugs

Sept. 12, 2012 6:48 a.m.

Scientists are increasingly finding evidence that everyday chemicals, pharmaceuticals and human hormones pass right through the treatment plants and into waterways across the country. It would take an act of Congress to add these new pollutants to the list of what’s regulated under the Clean Water Act.

Oregon Fishing Town Crippled By Federal Cuts To Port Maintenance

Oct. 31, 2012 11:27 a.m.

For 40 years the Army Corps has dredged Port Orford’s navigation channel to keep it clear. But Congress and the president have cut the maintenance budget for small ports.

Sparks Fly At Lively Vice Presidential Debate

Oct. 11, 2012 7:23 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden and congressman Paul Ryan clash over taxes, abortion and the war in Afghanistan.

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Think Out Loud

Congressional Roundup

Dec. 21, 2015 9:54 p.m.

We sit down with members of Oregon's Congressional delegation to look back on some of the highs and lows of 2015.

News | Politics | Think Out Loud

Congressman Walden | Local Take On SOTU | Legislative Preview

Jan. 12, 2016 6:54 p.m.

We get Congressman Greg Walden's take on the armed occupation in Harney County. We hear a local analysis of last night's State of the Union address. And we'll find how the Oregon legislature is preparing for this year's session.

Think Out Loud

Remembering Former Congressman Wes Cooley

Feb. 5, 2015 8:25 p.m.

We'll talk with OPB political analyst Bill Lunch, about the one-term congressman who died Wednesday in a Bend hospital.

Nation | Think Out Loud

Oregon Considers Replacing National Statues In Congress

Oct. 14, 2014 7:50 p.m.

Oregon is considering replacing the statues currently at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Think Out Loud

Republican Primary 5th Congressional District Candidates

May 9, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Republicans Tootie Smith and Ben Pollock are vying for the chance to face off against Democrat Kurt Schrader in November.

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Three Oregon Congressmen Vote Against Fiscal Cliff Compromise

Jan. 2, 2013 8:06 p.m.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" — a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. Sixteen Democrats voted against the measure, three of whom were from Oregon: Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader. In a statement, DeFazio said the deal "pushes the spending cuts back just two months, creating yet another fiscal cliff crisis that coincides with the debt ceiling limit." The package does not include a reduction in Social Security payroll tax. So, most Americans will still end up paying more in taxes this year.

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Congressional Representatives on Syria

Sept. 4, 2013 7:06 p.m.

This week, we're reaching out to Oregon's congressional delegation to ask them how they'll vote on the question of whether to authorize force against Syria in response to the chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 civilians. President Barack Obama said this weekend that intelligence shows that the Bashar al-Assad government was responsible for the attack. Obama says he's convinced the U.S. should launch a limited strike against the regime. But the president surprised many with the announcement that he would seek the approval of the American people's representatives in Congress. We talk with Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici about whether they support Obama's decision and how they are planning to vote on the question.

Politics | Think Out Loud

Congressman John Lewis' Graphic Memoir

Jan. 20, 2014 8:06 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis reflects on the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., and his own introduction to activism as a young man.

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