Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Guest Opinion: Bills would improve the VA for Oregon veterans

Veterans in Oregon and across the country deserve quality care in a timely manner when they go to the VA. Unfortunately, long wait times at many facilities have resulted in delayed access to essential health services, especially in rural and underserved areas in Oregon. We can and must solve this problem, and I’ve sponsored legislation […]
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Josh Mills: Bill would rubber-stamp salmon failure — Guest Opinion

H.R. 3144 would effectively overturn the court ruling and rubber-stamp the government’s previous inadequate and illegal plan. As I read John Francisco’s Aug. 5 op-ed (“Legislation saves salmon, hydrosystem”), a question came to mind: If the federal agencies had told us 20 years ago that they would spend $16 billion of our money – as […]
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Report details overdraft fees

Consumers face cascade of big fees if they don’t catch it. Perhaps the most despised bank fee among consumers is the overdraft fee, an ugly $30 (or so) insult to your wallet. Many consumers have been hit with it at one time or another, usually when it’s the absolute last thing they need. Source: Report […]
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Guest column: Make care available to all who have dementia

One of the most common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease is that it’s a “normal” part of aging. But that is not the case. At age 32, my beautiful daughter Rhonda was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that of the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, 200,000 are under […]
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Guest Opinion: We need responsible forest fire policies, not more logging

Many people view large wildfires as only destructive. But fires in Oregon’s forests are exactly what these ecosystems need to thrive. After wildfire, the forest is transformed into the earliest stage of forest growth that allows a completely new fire-adapted community of plants and animals to get their time in the sun. Source: Guest Opinion: […]
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Schrader, House Moderates Craft Bipartisan Obamacare Fixes

A draft of the deal released this week would scrap the medical device tax and the employer mandate for businesses with fewer than 500 workers. At the same time, it supports re-establishing up to $15 billion a year for reinsurance to help carriers with the costliest patients, and would guarantee cost-sharing assistance for working-class adults. […]
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‘Wildfire fix’ legislation before Senate committee

The U.S. Forest Service continues to spend more than half of its budget on fighting fires, more than it does on preventing them, causing a cycle of re-escalation and devastation across Oregon, according to agency officials and members of the Senate natural resources committee. A hearing before the committee Thursday came as fires continued to […]
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Bipartisan Legislation Tackles Student Loan Defaults

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to address student loan defaults by steering delinquent and defaulted borrowers toward income-driven repayment programs and reducing other paperwork barriers to student loan relief. The SIMPLE Act — Streamlining Income-driven, Manageable Payments on Loans for Education — is co-sponsored by Representative Suzanne Bonamici, an Oregon Democrat, Representative […]
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Our view: Solid cooperation produced important legislation – Editorials

Lawmakers crafted measures beneficial to our region. While Republican U.S. senators and representatives returned home forlorn last week for the long August congressional recess after failure to repeal or replace Obamacare, our region’s congressional delegation chalked up a big bipartisan win for fishermen. And despite a pervading air of dysfunction in Congress, there is solid […]
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Bill could stabilize crab fishery

Extends agreement between Washington state, Oregon and California. Dungeness crab fishermen can heave a sigh of relief. A bill that advocates say will lead to much-needed stability for the West Coast’s valuable Dungeness crab fishery passed the U.S. Senate Friday and now heads to the president’s desk for signature into law. The bipartisan bill permanently […]
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