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Washington Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is demanding the Department of Veteran Affairs investigate the death of a southwest Washington man who waited months for cancer treatment.
Reynolds High School, site of Tuesday's deadly shooting, sits in Oregon's 3rd Congressional District. Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer, currently in Washington, D.C., joined OPB's Geoff Norcross by phone to discuss incident. Norcross asked Blumenauer if gun legislation is an appropriate response.
Friday's ceremonial acknowledgement of a new agreement in the Klamath Basin shifts the hard work of consensus building from the drought-afflicted region stradling Oregon and California to the U.S. Congress.
Three Oregon Congressmen have asked Senator Ron Wyden to hold hearings about the financial problems faced by southern Oregon counties.
A last minute deal passed by Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff extended a key tax credit for the wind power industry.
In a conference call Tuesday with reporters, Rep. Greg Walden, Ore.-R, said he remains hopeful that Republicans and Democrats will be able to reach a deal by year's end to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
Statement from Congressman Wu's office
Wednesday, Southwest Washington’s new Congresswoman took office. She’s part of a freshman class that will face high expectations in the opening weeks of the 112th Congress.
Oregon’s First Congressional district is both rural and urban.
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.
Oregon is considering replacing the statues currently at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.
Republicans Tootie Smith and Ben Pollock are vying for the chance to face off against Democrat Kurt Schrader in November.
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.
Voters in Oregon's First Congressional District will cast ballots in a special election on November 8th since Congressman David Wu left his seat before the end of his term. There are several candidates vying for the position. On Monday, we heard from three of the Democrats. In this show, we'll hear from two Republicans competing for their party's nomination.
Rob Cornilles and Jim Greenfield each have a business background. They've also both competed against Wu in past elections. Greenfield garnered 34 percent of the vote as the Republican nominee in 2002, but lost to the incumbant Wu by 29 points. Republicans nominated Cornilles to compete against Wu in last year's election, where he won 41 percent of the vote but lost to Wu by 13 points. Neither Cornilles nor Greenfield has ever held elected office. Cornilles runs his own sports marketing company called Game Face in Tualatin and Greenfield is a real estate investor based in Tigard. In the past, he's also been a political talk radio host with several area stations, but the Jim Greenfield Show hasn't been on the air for a few years.
Two polls show Cornilles in the lead and he has far out-paced his opponent in terms of fundraising. That hasn't stopped Greenfield from criticizing Cornilles for not being conservative enough. Greenfield frequently points out that Cornilles hasn't signed the "no new taxes" pledge many Republican members of Congress have signed. Cornilles argues that the pledge paints with too broad a brush and would not allow him to advocate for eliminating certain tax breaks he finds unnecessary.
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Oregonians in the First Congressional District will vote in a special election Jan. 31 to replace David Wu, who stepped down last August. Voters will choose between Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles, who have both been campaigning hard in the short election cycle. Cornilles is a businessman with his own Tualitan-based sports marketing firm called Game Face. Bonamici, who has a background as a lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission, gave up her seat in the Oregon State Senate to run for Congress.