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A true bipartisan
effort can empower Oregonians and all Americans. From a real plan
for health coverage for the uninsured, to protecting our citizens
from financial fallout from the California energy crisis, to creatively
addressing natural resources issues, good ideas can prevail in this
contentious political climate.
BUILD ON MOMENTUM OF THE ECONOMIC SUMMIT: Continue to provide leadership
to push the state and the business community forward on the economic
issues addressed at the December 9, 2002, Wyden-Smith-Kulongoski
PREPARE OREGON FOR JOB-CREATING TECHNOLOGIES: Work to support efforts
to bring nanotechnology, biotechnology, health technology, and high
technology research and jobs to Oregon.
PROTECT AFFORDABLE ENERGY: Keep Oregon businesses competitive by
fighting efforts to undermine the regional preference for BPA power.
Fight standard market design and other one-size-fits-all energy
strategies proposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) that will hurt Oregon energy consumers.
MAXIMIZE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION DOLLARS: Fight to increase Oregon’s
transportation funding in the reauthorization of the transportation
IMPROVE STATE-FEDERAL COORDINATION: Regularly collaborate with
Governor Kulongoski to recruit new businesses to Oregon, retain
current Oregon employers, and seek new markets through international
trade for Oregon products.
SUPPORT VIBRANT PORTS: Fight to maintain funding for Oregon’s
smaller ports, and work to ensure Port of Portland’s competitiveness
by dredging the Columbia River Channel to 43 feet.
PROMOTE GREEN ENERGY: Help pass the Energy Tax Incentives Act
of 2003 and support other efforts to make Oregon a leader in green
energy technologies such as geothermal, hydrogen, wind, biomass
and solar energy.
Protect Oregon’s Rural Communities
RESPOND TO CATASTOPHIC WILDFIRES:
Provide adequate resources for fighting catastrophic wildfires.
SUPPORT OREGON FARMERS: Help fund research programs that are critical
to keeping Oregon farms competitive in a global market.
IMPROVE MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES: Support efforts of key Oregon
watersheds to resolve water supply and water quality issues.
STOP INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES: Work to ensure passage of S. 144,
which will bring federal assistance to control and eradicate harmful,
Improve Access to Quality Health Care
REDUCE THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED: Work within respective parties to
push meaningful and comprehensive legislation that will decrease
the number of Americans without health insurance, including congressional
consideration of the Health Care That Works for All Americans Act.
PROVIDE DRUG COVERAGE FOR SENIORS: Pass a broad, market-based prescription
drug benefit through Medicare that provides seniors access to reasonably
priced prescription drugs.
FIGHT FOR FAIR MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENTS: Improve the Medicare reimbursement
rate to Oregon health care providers.
IMPROVE PAIN MANAGEMENT: Reintroduce the Conquering Pain Act, which
will improve end-of-life care for patients in pain and assist providers
with more information on treating pain.
Assist State Education Efforts
LOOK FOR NEW SOURCES OF FEDERAL FUNDING: Lend our resources to the
state to seek new or untapped federal funding for education.
PROTECT COUNTY PAYMENTS: Work to ensure continued funding to preserve
the county payment law that will bring $57 million for Oregon schools
IMPROVE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS: Support efforts to bring world-class
engineering instruction to the state.