Great discussion during yesterday’s telephone town hall on reducing costly regulations, improving our nation’s immigration laws, reforming the way we manage our forests and public lands, and much more. Thank you to the over 4,285 Oregonians who took the time to join the call and weigh in on the important issues facing our state and country.
Happy birthday to the great state of Oregon! On February 14, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state in the Union, 14 years after my ancestors arrived by wagon train in 1845. As a lifelong Oregonian, I am proud to call the Beaver State my home and join all Oregonians today in celebrating our state’s 159th birthday.
Thank you to everyone who joined my telephone town hall this afternoon. Great discussion on improving the care our veterans receive at the VA, balancing the budget and reducing the federal deficit, reforming the way we manage our forests and public lands to prevent catastrophic wildfire, combating the opioid crisis in Oregon, and much more. There were over 4,500 participants on the call, and I appreciated your input and the chance to update you on my work as your Representative in Congress.
Thank you to the Oregon Wheat Growers League for taking the time to meet with me last week, and for honoring me with the ‘Above and Beyond’ award. The Oregon Wheat Growers League does tremendous work advocating on behalf of this vital industry to Oregon’s ag economy. I look forward to working together on the upcoming Farm Bill, as well as other federal initiatives important to wheat growers in Oregon. Thank you again for your hard work, and for awarding me with this tremendous honor.
Today, Mylene and I mourn the passing of our beloved friend and La Grande native, Ray Baum. People from Oregon to our nation’s capital are better off because of Ray’s selfless commitment to public service. Ray will be deeply missed, but he will never be forgotten. His legacy of decency, kindness, graciousness, and honor will live on in the hearts and memories of those who were blessed to know him:
Today's agreement marks an important step forward on key priorities for Oregon. Read my statement on the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act here:
Good luck to Olympians Ben Ferguson, Tommy Ford, and Laurenne Ross – all of Bend – at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. You are making central Oregon and our entire country proud as members of Team USA. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement – all of Oregon is rooting for you!:
Thank you to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) representatives from Josephine, Klamath, Hood River, and Crook counties for taking the time to meet with me today. CADCA does great work across the country in the battle against drug addiction, including their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic that is plaguing communities in Oregon. I applaud their commitment to ending this scourge in our state and join them in this fight. To learn more about our efforts at the Energy and Commerce Committee to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon and throughout America, please click here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/opioids/
More good news for hardworking employees in Oregon: Thermo Fisher Scientific, which has a facility located in Bend, will be giving all non-executive employees a $500 bonus because of tax reform. The company also announced it will be investing $16 million back into the U.S. economy for research and development, sustainability, and philanthropic activities in support of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: http://ir.thermofisher.com/…/Thermo-Fisher-Sci…/default.aspx
My statement on the release of the House Intelligence Committee's memo regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:
GOOD NEWS: U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in January and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years. ‘Raises stemming from Republican tax cuts’ likely boosted pay last month, via Associated Press:
In Case You Missed It - Check out my latest op-ed in the La Grande Observer on our work in Congress over the past year to reduce regulations, cut taxes, and boost paychecks for hardworking families in Oregon and across the country.
Thank you to the Vets Ice Cream Patrol in La Grande for taking the time to meet with me last week.Their simple but powerful idea to reach out to their fellow veterans is truly inspiring. It was a great privilege to present them with American flags flown over the Capitol in honor of their service to our country, and their continued service to our local community.