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Congresswoman Blames VA Delay For Southwest Washington Veteran's Death

Jan. 10, 2017 12:13 a.m.

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.

local | Politics

Q&A: Congressman Blumenauer On School Shooting, Gun Control

June 11, 2014 5:28 p.m.

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.

Environment | Water

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

April 17, 2014 10:37 p.m.

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.

local | News

Congressmen Ask For Senate Hearing On Timber Payments

Feb. 14, 2013 6:27 p.m.

Three Oregon Congressmen have asked Senator Ron Wyden to hold hearings about the financial problems faced by southern Oregon counties.

Environment | Energy

Congress Gives New Life To Clean Energy Tax Credits

Jan. 2, 2013 10:03 p.m.

A last minute deal passed by Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff extended a key tax credit for the wind power industry.

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Oregon Congressman Hopes For Deal On Fiscal Cliff

Dec. 11, 2012 11:31 p.m.

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.


Resignation Statement From Congressman Wu's Office

July 26, 2011 9:28 a.m.

Statement from Congressman Wu's office


Third District's New Representative Joins 112th Congress

Jan. 5, 2011 5:56 p.m.

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.

local | Economy

Unemployed Call On Congress To Extend Benefits

Nov. 29, 2010 1:36 p.m.

Millions of jobless Americans will lose their extended unemployment benefits Tuesday unless Congress takes action.


A Crowded Field Challenges Wu In 1st Congressional District

March 16, 2010 9:22 a.m.

Oregon’s First Congressional district is both rural and urban.

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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.

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.

Think Out Loud

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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Primary Conversations: 1st Congressional Republicans

Oct. 28, 2011 4:06 p.m.

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.

Barney Frank, Former Congressman

July 27, 2015 7:52 a.m.

Barney Frank is author of "Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage."

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.

Think Out Loud

Candidate Conversation: 1st Congressional District

Jan. 17, 2012 5:06 p.m.

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.

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