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Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio Opposes Fast Tracking Trade Policy

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio says he strongly opposes a bill that would give President Obama the authority to fast track U.S. trade deals.

According to DeFazio, fast track authority grants power to the executive branch to negotiate free trade agreements with little congressional input. He says when a free trade agreement is submitted this way, Congress must pass it within 90-days with an up or down vote, no amendments, and limited debate. 

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Politics & Government
6:58 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Homeowners Face Steep Increase In Flood Insurance Premiums

Credit USGS

Recent changes made to the nation's flood insurance program could cost Oregon homeowners tens of thousands of dollars a year.

After paying out huge insurance claims for storms like Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, the National Flood Insurance Program is about $25-billion in the hole. Congress passed a reform act in 2012 that took effect this October. The Director of the Lincoln County Planning and Development Department is Onno Husing. He says Congress didn't fix the problem, but passed the cost onto homeowners and buyers.

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Government Shutdown
3:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

DeFazio Speaks On Shutdown And Next Steps

Congressman DeFazio
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Peter DeFazio was in Eugene today (Friday) to give a recap of the government shutdown and look forward to the next legislative hurdles.

Congressman DeFazio expressed relief to be at home for a long weekend, and to be done with what he called the disruptive, unnecessary and expensive shutdown. DeFazio said tourists, timber workers and retirees were among those who contacted him with questions and concerns over the past three weeks. He said the shutdown caused a broad range of unexpected consequences.

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Forest policy
8:13 am
Mon September 23, 2013

House Passes Logging Bill

Old growth trees in Oregon's coastal forest.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests. It includes a plan drafted by members of Oregon's congressional delegation to raise money for beleaguered counties.

The O & C Bill sets aside about million acres of Oregon's public land for preservation. Another million or so would be managed under the state forest practices act. Timber harvest revenue would help counties like Lane. Sid Leiken is Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

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