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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

30 years in Congress: Still plugging away

Written August 15th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Monday afternoon didn’t promise any greater excitement elsewhere, so why not take in a public “town hall” meeting put on by Congressman Peter DeFazio, the Democrat who has represented Oregon’s 4th District since way before anybody worried about global warming. So I went.


Keep passenger trains rolling

Written March 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Amtrak may not make sense in dollars and cents, but I’d hate to see Albany and much of the country lose passenger train service. So I’m glad the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed HR 749, the Amtrak funding bill. As Oregon’s Congressman Peter DeFazio said on the floor of the House, without passenger trains we’d […]


Obama against sound forest policy

Written September 19th, 2013 by

The Obama administration says the president would veto a bill by Oregon congressmen to revive the timber economy of some Oregon counties. It’s another indication of how liberals cling to their favorite policies even though the policies have failed. In this case, the idea is that in order to save the northern spotted owl, there […]


No gun grabbers these

Written March 22nd, 2013 by

It took a while — a month, actually — but Congressman Kurt Schrader has given me a response to questions about what kind of gun control measures he would support. In short, he seems to agree with Congressman Peter DeFazio, who said in a letter in February he doubted the U.S. House would consider bans on […]


The gun issue: DeFazio responds

Written February 21st, 2013 by

Our two mid-valley congressmen responded very differently on an issue of current concern. I asked Reps. Kurt Schrader in the 5th District and Peter DeFazio of the 4th what they thought of the current gun control proposals. I sent each one an email via the contact addresses provided on their congressional websites. Schrader’s office replied, […]


DeFazio right on Russian deal

Written November 20th, 2012 by

Our congressman Peter DeFazio from Oregon’s 4th District was one of only 43 members of the House — and the only one from Oregon — who voted last week against normalizing trade with Russia under the World Trade Organization. He is one of the few House members who made sense on this deal. The majority […]


 
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