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Synopsis: Congressman Kurt Schrader is a 25-year politician who has lost touch with Oregon’s working families. He’s taken hundreds of thousands from big pharma, oil, and gas companies and changed who he’s working for, joining with Republicans to vote against affordable prescription drug prices and against tackling climate change.

Proof Points:

Voters—especially in the Portland metro area—need to see that:

  • After 25 years in elected office Kurt Schrader has lost touch with the people he represents. In Washington DC he regularly votes with Republicans, blocking a bill that would have made prescription drugs more affordable15, voting to slash stimulus checks at the height of the pandemic16, voting against a $15 minimum wage17, and opposing a bill that protected Oregon workers’ right to bargain collectively with their employer18.
  • Kurt Schrader has taken millions in corporate dollars in exchange for his votes. He’s has taken $300 thousand dollars from oil and gas interests, is one of only three Democrats in Congress to get max contributions from the Koch Brothers—and has one of the worst environmental voting records of any Democrat in Congress19. He voted with Republicans to block the Democrat’s plan to address climate change and the disastrous wildfires, drought, flooding, and ice storms it causes20. He’s even voted against corporate accountability for climate change21, against stronger regulations for fossil fuel drilling22, against clean water protections23, and supported gutting the E-P-A24.

Likely Democratic primary voters—especially women and in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Deschutes counties—need to read that:

  • Kurt Schrader has taken millions in corporate dollars in exchange for his votes. He’s taken $650 thousand dollars from big pharmaceutical companies and voted to kill a bill that would have regulated the cost of prescription drugs like insulin1. And Kurt has taken $300 thousand dollars from oil and gas interests and voted against tackling climate change2 and protecting our clean water and environment3.
  • Kurt Schrader has drifted so far from Oregon working family values that following the attempted coup and attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, he sided with the insurrectionists, suggesting that any attempts to hold Donald Trump accountable for inciting the attack would be akin to a quote, “lynching114.”
  • In Washington DC Kurt Schrader regularly votes with Republicans, blocking a bill that would have made prescription drugs more affordable5, voting to slash stimulus checks at the height of the pandemic6, voting against a $15 minimum wage7, and opposing a bill that protected Oregon workers’ right to bargain collectively with their employer8.
  • Kurt Schrader has one of the worst environmental voting records of any Democrat in Congress9. He voted with Republicans to block the Democrat’s plan to address climate change and the disastrous wildfires, drought, flooding, and ice storms it causes10. He’s even voted against corporate accountability for climate change11, against stronger regulations for fossil fuel drilling12, against clean water protections13, and supports gutting the E-P-A14.

1 Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader defends vote against drug-pricing plan – OPB

2 H.Amdt.1154 to H.R.4775 – 114th Congress (2015-2016) – Actions | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

3 Summary of H.R. 5895 (115th): Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, … – GovTrack.us

4 www.businessinsider.com/democratic-lawmaker-kurt-schrader-likens-impeaching-trump-lynching-reports-2021-1

5 Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader defends vote against drug-pricing plan – OPB

6 U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader explains vote against covid relief bill | kgw.com

7 House votes to raise minimum wage, uniting Dems after months-long struggle – POLITICO

8 Holding Congressman Schrader Accountable — Oregon AFL-CIO (oraflcio.org)

9 All Member of Congress Scores | League of Conservation Voters Scorecard (lcv.org)

11 Corporate Governance Improvement and Investor Protection Act (H.R. 1187) – GovTrack.us

12 H.R.7608 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2021 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

13 Summary of H.R. 5895 (115th): Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, … – GovTrack.us

14 H.R.4153 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Clean Energy Future Through Innovation Act of 2021 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

15 Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader defends vote against drug-pricing plan – OPB

16 U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader explains vote against covid relief bill | kgw.com

17 House votes to raise minimum wage, uniting Dems after months-long struggle – POLITICO

18 Holding Congressman Schrader Accountable — Oregon AFL-CIO (oraflcio.org)

19 All Member of Congress Scores | League of Conservation Voters Scorecard (lcv.org)

20 www.eenews.net/articles/committee-oks-methane-fee-launches-debate-on-climate-plan/

21 Corporate Governance Improvement and Investor Protection Act (H.R. 1187) – GovTrack.us

22 H.R.7608 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2021 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

23 Summary of H.R. 5895 (115th): Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, … – GovTrack.us

24 H.R.4153 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Clean Energy Future Through Innovation Act of 2021 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress