Rep. Kurt Schrader

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader

Of the Keizertimes

In theory, his next time at Keizer Civic Center will be for longer.

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) spoke briefly – as in just a few minutes – via video call at Tuesday’s Keizer Chamber Luncheon, held at the civic center.

Schrader gave a quick outline of what he’s been up to, took a couple of questions and then rushed off to another meeting in Washington, D.C. in an effort to break up the federal government shutdown.

“I’m busy right now despite the shutdown,” Schrader said. “There are a lot of people who want to get stuff done. There are actually a lot of folks I meet with.”

Schrader noted he meets with Democrats and Republicans alike, from conservatives to liberals.

“We talk about the deficit and what we need right now,” Schrader said. “That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re shut down. I think it will continue to the deadline of Oct. 17. That will be horrible for every American.”

Oct. 17 is the last day the Treasury Department has estimated the federal government will have enough money to pay all of its bills.

That is also the day Schrader is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting at Keizer Civic Center, located at 930 Chemawa Road NE.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to go for an hour.

Schrader was asked why members of Congress are waiting for Oct. 17 to take action.

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