By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
The way U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) sees it, not enough of his colleagues in Congress are being honest enough with constituents.
During comments at a Keizer Rotary luncheon May 2, the 5th District representative shared frustration about the lack of information being shared regarding the ongoing budget woes, which led to sequester cuts earlier this year.
“Very few people are talking about the sequester cuts with their constituents,” said Schrader, a former state legislative leader who was first elected to Congress in 2008.
Schrader said a lack of political courage leads to such behavior.
“The tone I get is people are willing to give up a little if everyone else is,” he said. “Most (members of Congress) aren’t talking with folks about what’s really going on. Part of the issue is redistricting. There are 435 representatives and 400 are guaranteed re-election if they stay true to either the right or left wing. That means only 35 seats are toss-ups, including two in Oregon with me and Peter DeFazio.
“I’m taking on all leadership,” Schrader added. “I get hooted down when I bring things up. The other thing is people are scared about being re-elected. If people in my district say they want someone new, I’m fine with that. Heck, I could probably do something that pays a lot more.”
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