Rep. Schrader: Congress isn’t as bad as portrayed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The way U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader sees it, Congress isn’t quite as dysfunctional as you may think. Schrader, the Democrat from Canby serving his fourth term in Congress after first being elected in 2008, also praised ousted House of Representatives speaker John Boehner during a Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 13 at the Keizer Quality Suites. “It’s not been as bad as the media portrays it to be,” Schrader said. “We’re not getting everything done, but there’s a lot more productive stuff going on that the media doesn’t tell you about. Boehner has gone out of his way to bring bills to the floor moderate Democrats like me can vote for. He’s made a real effort to make it more bipartisan. That’s been seen with regulatory changes for businesses and supporting energy projects. That’s a good thing.” Schrader, part of the No Labels group in Washington D.C., feels the spirit of working together is present. “There is pent-up demand in the rank-and-file to work together,” he said. “Take the funding of the Homeland Security. We got caught up in philosophical debate about immigration. The bill was in danger. It needs to be done. The speaker reached out to Nancy Pelosi and we were able to pass a bipartisan Homeland Security bill.” Schrader, now serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has...

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