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October 18, 2006
DeFazio Proposes Donation Of Bailey Branch Rail Line To Ensure Continued Use
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio sent a letter to the Union Pacific Railroad requesting that it consider donating, rather than selling, the 14-mile Bailey Branch railroad line, which runs from south of Corvallis down to Monroe and over to Dawson.

October 18, 2006
DeFazio Requests FERC Hearing On Klamath Management In Coos Bay
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio today requested a hearing to be scheduled in Coos Bay to discuss recommendations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for management of the Klamath River.

September 27, 2006
DeFazio Joins Military Leaders And Legal Experts In Opposing Military Commissions Bill
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted today against a bill that would create an unfair and possibly unconstitutional trial system for foreign military detainees and is vague as to whether or not the U.S. will abide by the Geneva Conventions.

September 27, 2006
DeFazio Votes For Equipment And Pay Raise For Troops, Funding For Wildfire Suppression
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio announced that he helped secure funding for several important projects, including research at three Oregon universities, in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2007, which passed the House yesterday.

September 25, 2006
FERC Fails To Address Concerns About Pipeline Route
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio received a response from federal regulators to a letter he sent expressing concerns about the proposed route of the Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline.

September 20, 2006
DeFazio Opposes Legislation That Threatens Oregonians' Privacy
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio today voted against HR 4844, which would require Oregonians voting by mail to submit a photocopy of their federal ID and proof of citizenship each time they vote in a federal election, opening the door to breaches of privacy of this sensitive information.

September 1, 2006
DeFazio Urges Bush Administration To Engage In Diplomacy With Iran
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio will send a letter today to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging her to engage in direct diplomacy with Iran and to open up negotiation to a broad range of issues.

August 10, 2006
DeFazio Applauds Decision On Disaster Declaration For Salmon Fishers
Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement today following the disaster declaration issued by the federal government for West Coast salmon fishers

July 28, 2006
DeFazio Opposes Pairing Minimum Wage Increase With Costly Tax Cuts For Millionaires
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today voted against legislation that cynically paired a modest long overdue increase in the federal minimum wage with tax cuts on estates worth more than $10 million.

June 28, 2006
DeFazio And West Coast Members Win Assistance For Salmon Fishers
West Coast members of Congress today hailed a significant step in the fight for disaster assistance for salmon fishers.

June 21, 2006
DeFazio Votes Against Yet Another Tax Cut For Heirs Of Multimillionaires
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted today against H.R. 5638, a Republican bill that would permanently cut the tax on estates of the wealthiest Americans.

June 21, 2006
DeFazio Secures $8 Million For Research At Oregon Universities
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio announced that he helped secure funding for several important projects, including research at three Oregon universities, in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2007.

June 21, 2006
DeFazio Offers War Powers Amendment To Defense Appropriations Bill
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted yesterday in favor of the fiscal year 2007 Defense Appropriations Act.

June 21, 2006
Bipartisan Walden-DeFazio Amendment Takes First Step Toward Funding Critical County Payments Program
The House Resources Committee today approved a bipartisan amendment offered by Oregon Congressmen Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, that would provide an annual revenue stream to partially fund the critical Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 517), which would reauthorize the "county payments" program.

June 16, 2006
DeFazio Opposes Partisan Iraq Resolution
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted today against H. Res 861, a partisan resolution which would rubberstamp the Bush administration's poor planning and mismanagement of the Iraq war.

June 15, 2006
FLOOR STATEMENT: Full Extension of Remarks on H.Res. 861, Global War on Terror Resolution
he SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Oregon (Mr. DeFazio ) is recognized for 5 minutes.

June 13, 2006
Floor Statements:
H. Res. 861, Iraq Resolution
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Oregon (Mr. DeFazio ) is recognized for 5 minutes.

June 13, 2006
DeFazio And Northwest Energy Caucus' Block BPA Energy Rate Increase
A provision to block a rate increase proposed by President Bush for Northwest energy consumers was included in a supplemental funding bill passed today in the House.

June 13, 2006
DeFazio Votes Against Congressional COLA, Donates Salary Increases To Displaced Workers
Today, the House voted for an automatic cost of living increase for members' salaries, increasing them to $168,500.

June 13, 2006
Pro-Israel Group Supports DeFazio's Vote Against Palestinian Sanctions Bill
A leading Jewish, pro-Israel group, Americans for Peace Now (APN), sent the following letter to Congressman Peter DeFazio thanking him for his vote against H.R. 4681, a bill that would impose sanctions against the Palestinian Authority.

June 9, 2006
DeFazio Votes Against Discrimination In Telecom And Internet Access
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted last night against a telecommunications bill that favors telecom giants over small businesses and lacks adequate consumer protections.

June 9, 2006
DeFazio Secured Grant Consideration For Hydration Technology And OSU
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio announced today that the House passed the fiscal year 2007 Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations bill, which included grant consideration for important projects for Albany-based Hydration Technologies, Inc., and Oregon State University.

June 8, 2006
DeFazio Secures Funding For Gold Beach Dock Renovation
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio is proud to announce that $500,000 for dock renovation at the Port of Gold Beach has been included in the fiscal year 2007 Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.

June 8, 2006
DeFazio Secures Funding For Pioneer Parkway, West Eugene Wetlands Education Center
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio is proud to announce that $250,000 for Lane Transit District (LTD) and $100,000 for West Eugene Wetlands Education Center have been included in the fiscal year 2007 Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.

June 7, 2006
DeFazio Rejects Sham Legislation Purporting To Lower Gas Prices
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted today against House Republicans' most recent attempt to convince the American people that they are working to reduce gas prices, the Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act (H.R. 5254).

May 26, 2006
DeFazio Offers Amendment To Homeland Security Funding Bill
Congressman Peter DeFazio offered an amendment yesterday to the FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Act that would have increased funding for the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

May 24, 2006
House Passes Bill To Fund Dredging
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio today announced that the House of Representatives approved legislation which includes funding for dredging south coast ports, including an additional $500,000 in funds for a major maintenance report and analysis of the north jetty at the Port of Coos Bay.

May 19, 2006
Funding For Veterans And Troops Passes House
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio today voted for legislation that would increase funding for veterans' health care programs.

May 18, 2006
Republican Budget Outlines True Priorities
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted against the House Republican budget resolution yesterday that will make deficits worse, continue tax cuts for the wealthy, borrow and spend every single penny of the Social Security surplus, and fail to adequately fund key priorities including health care, veterans' benefits, education, and Homeland Security.

May 11, 2006
DeFazio Votes Against Another Republican Tax Break For The Rich
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio voted yesterday against a tax conference bill that would extend the capital gains and dividends tax breaks, which overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans.

May 10, 2006
DeFazio Secures Access To Rural Development Funds For Coburg Wastewater Project
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio today announced that he secured grant consideration for the City of Coburg, which will provide the city special access to federal Rural Development funds in the next fiscal year to address wastewater needs in their community.

May 4, 2006
Rep. DeFazio Fights High Prices At The Pump
With gas prices quickly rising across the country, Congress acted yesterday to protect consumers from price gouging.

May 3, 2006
DeFazio oped on Gas Prices
It shouldn't be a surprise that gas prices are already over $3 a gallon in some areas of Oregon.

April 28, 2006
DeFazio Earns 92 Percent Rating On Peace And Justice Report Card
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio earned a 92 percent rating from the Peace Action Education Fund (PAEF) on his congressional voting record from the 2005 session of the 109th Congress.

April 26, 2006
DeFazio Votes Against Bill Endorsing Regime Change In Iran
Concerned about the mounting indications that President Bush is planning military action against Iran, Congressman DeFazio has introduced a resolution calling on the president to seek authorization from Congress prior to taking any such action.

April 26, 2006
Oregon Representatives Introduce Bill To Provide Disaster Assistance To Salmon Fishers
U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Darlene Hooley and David Wu introduced a bill today to provide emergency disaster assistance to salmon fishers devastated by unprecedented fishing closures along the West Coast.

April 25, 2006
Four Oregon Universities To Receive Grant For Transportation Research
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio is proud to announce that a partnership of four universities, Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology, will receive a $1.56 million grant today to support transportation research and technology innovation.

April 14, 2006
DeFazio Urges Preparation For Possible Flu Pandemic
Concerned about the threat of an influenza pandemic, U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio and other Democrats on the House Committee on Homeland Security sent a letter to President Bush today urging him to develop a comprehensive, operational plan in case of a pandemic.

April 13, 2006
DeFazio To Bush: Iran Military Strikes Require Congressional Authorization
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio will send a letter to President Bush reminding him that he is constitutionally bound to seek congressional approval before making any preemptive military strikes against Iran.

April 7, 2006
Bush Administration To Challenge Klamath Decision
On the heels of a decision limiting this year’s salmon season and crippling local economies along the California and Oregon coast, the Bush administration has decided to challenge a court decision that would have aided in the protection of salmon and the redevelopment of their habitat on the Klamath River.

April 7, 2006
Lane County Receives $500,000 For Small Businesses From USDA
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio announced today that the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) received a $500,000 low-interest loan to support small businesses in rural Lane County from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

April 4, 2006
DeFazio And Other West Coast Members Call For Expedited Relief For Salmon Fleet
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) and 13 other west coast members today asked the Department of Commerce to immediately declare this year's West Coast salmon fishery a disaster if a closure of the fishery is approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

March 29, 2006
DeFazio Offers Amendment To Expedite Salvage Logging
DC—U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today offered an amendment that would expedite salvage logging and better prepare for forest fires and other unexpected catastrophic events.

March 14, 2006
DeFazio Cosponsors Bi-Partisan Port Security Legislation Expects Quick Action
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today joined Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) at a press conference announcing the introduction of the SAFE Port Act, comprehensive legislation that will improve the security of our nation's ports.

March 9, 2006
DeFazio Votes For Legislation To Combat Meth
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today voted for passage of legislation which will help combat methamphetamine trafficking.

March 3, 2006
Lawmakers Urge Administration To Drop Proposed Foreign Ownership Of Port Operations And U.S. Airlines
U.S. Rep. DeFazio (D-Springfield) and nine other members of the House Aviation Subcommittee today expressed concerns about recent decisions by the administration to encourage and allow foreign ownership of U.S. infrastructure and industries that are critical to our national security.

February 22, 2006
DeFAZIO: DeFazio Leads Bipartisan NW Energy Caucus in Fighting BPA Rate Increase
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), Co-Chair of the Northwest Energy Caucus in the House of Representatives, coordinated a letter from the bipartisan Caucus that was sent today to the Department of Energy and the Office of Management and Budget to protest recent proposals in the President's Fiscal Year 2007 Budget that would lead to rate increases for Northwest consumers.

February 16, 2006
DeFAZIO: DeFazio Introduces Legislation To Transfer West Eugene Wetlands Property To City
Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today introduced legislation to transfer approximately 12 acres of West Eugene Wetlands property to the City of Eugene.

February 8, 2006
DeFazio Op-Ed: DeFazio on Immigration
America has a proud heritage as a beacon for the dispossessed and oppressed around the world, who come here for a shot at achieving their dreams.

February 7, 2006
DeFazio Participates In Pandemic War Game
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today was invited to the National Defense University in Washington, DC to participate in Global Tempest a Pandemic Influenza War Game.

February 6, 2006
NW Energy Caucus Leaders Call on Administration to Withdraw Rate Increase Plan
Co-Chairs of the Northwest Energy Caucus Congressmen Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), wasted no time in calling on the Administration to withdraw a provision in its budget proposal for next year that would increase power rates in the Pacific Northwest by 10 percent or more.

February 6, 2006
DeFazio, Walden Statement on Inclusion of County Payments Reauthorization in President’s FY07 Budget
U.S. Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Greg Walden (R-OR) issued the below statements in response to inclusion of partial reauthorization of the crucial county payments law in President Bush’s fiscal year 2007 budget.

February 1, 2006
Republican Budget Reconciliation Bill Outlines True Priorities
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today voted against balancing the budget on the backs of working families.

January 31, 2006
DeFAZIO: DeFazio Responds To State Of The Union
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today responded to the president's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.


 
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  • January 17, 2006
    DeFAZIO: DeFazio Praises Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today responded to a 6-3 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law.

    January 10, 2006
    Agriculture Department Cuts County Payments Checks
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) called on President Bush to include in his annual federal budget, funding to support the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2005, legislation that would reauthorize the successful "county payments" program for an additional seven years.

    December 19, 2005
    Congress Finalizes Defense Spending Bill
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today announced that he helped secure funding for research at Oregon’s universities under the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2006.

    December 8, 2005
    House Completes Budget Reconciliation Plan
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today criticized House Republican leadership for jamming through the second part of a budget reconciliation plan that burdens working families to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest among us—those who earn over $300,000 a year.

    December 8, 2005
    DeFazio Calls On Administration To Appeal NAFTA Softwood Lumber Ruling
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today sent a letter to the administration urging them to protect the American timber industry.

    December 7, 2005
    DeFazio Applauds Forest Service Home Page Timber Sale Withdrawal
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today applauded Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor Scott Conroy's decision to withdraw the Home Page timber sale.

    November 29, 2005
    DeFazio Restates Call For Iraq Exit Strategy
    In a letter sent to the president today, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) restated his call for a plan to begin withdrawing troops safely from Iraq following the December parliamentary elections, and put control of the country in the hands of the Iraqis.

    November 18, 2005
    House Republicans Use House Of Representatives To Attack Decorated War Veteran And Congressman, Opposed To Iraq War
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today criticized the Republican majority for using the House of Representatives to attack one member of Congress for his position on the Iraq war.

    November 18, 2005
    House Burdens Middle-Class To Provide Tax Cuts To Wealthy
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today criticized House Republican leadership for jamming through legislation in the middle of the night that burdens the working families to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest—those who earn over $300,000 a year.

    November 17, 2005
    DeFazio Introduces Flu Vaccine Bill
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today introduced "The Influenza Vaccine Emergency Act," to give the Secretary of Health and Human Services more authority to acquire and distribute the influenza vaccine during a crisis.

    November 17, 2005
    DeFazio Op-Ed: Balancing the Budget to Meet America's Needs
    The federal government will borrow $4 million in the time it takes you to read this opinion piece.

    November 16, 2005
    DeFazio Calls On Bush To Get Tough With China On Intellectual Property Violations
    On the eve of the president’s trip to China, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), urged President Bush to get tough with China on the rampant intellectual property violations by Chinese companies against U.S. businesses.

    November 10, 2005
    VA Responds To Pressure From DeFazio, Congress and Vets
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today has responded to pressure from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), his House colleagues and veterans groups by agreeing to stop an unfair review of veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases.

    November 9, 2005
    Congress Finalizes Law Enforcement, NOAA Funding Bill
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today announced that several law enforcement and fishery programs in southwest Oregon have received federal funding.

    November 9, 2005
    Congress Finalizes Energy And Water Spending Bill
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today announced that Congress has finalized legislation which includes $9.3 million for metallurgical research at the Albany Research Center.

    November 8, 2005
    Truly Honoring Our Veterans
    Floor Statement:
    In a speech from the House floor, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio today stated that the best way we can honor those who have proudly served in the Armed Forces on Veterans day is to establish mandatory funding in the federal budget for the Veterans Administration.

    November 8, 2005
    The Right Reconciliation for America
    Floor Statement:
    In a statement from the House floor, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio criticized a Republican budget reconciliation plan that adds to the federal deficit and cuts funding for student loans, foster care, school lunches and Medicaid to make room for more tax cuts for the wealthy (those who earn over $300,000 a year).

    November 8, 2005
    National Security Letters - Spying on America
    Floor Statement:
    In a statement on the House floor today, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio expressed his grave concerns with a chilling tool given to the FBI under the USA PATRIOT Act, known as National Security Letters.

    November 4, 2005
    A Sea of Red Ink
    Floor Statement:
    Rep. DeFazio today delivered a one minute speech on the floor of the House of Representatives about a controversial budget reconciliation proposal offered by the Republican leadership.

    November 4, 2005
    Floor Statement:
    November 04, 2005
    In a statement delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives today, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio discussed the need to address the growing federal debt and reorder budget priorities.

    November 3, 2005
    DeFazio Votes To Protect Private Property Rights
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today voted to protect private property rights.

    November 3, 2005
    Floor Statement
    Rep. DeFazio today delivered a one minute speech on the floor of the House of Representatives about a controversial budget reconciliation proposal offered by the Republican leadership.

    November 2, 2005
    Trickle-Down Economics
    Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today delivered a speech on the House floor today about the growing federal debt and the White House and Republican Leadership's failure to address the issue.

    October 20, 2005
    Emanuel, DeFazio, Bishop, Delahunt Announce American Parity Act
    Today U.S. Representatives William Delahunt (D-MA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) joined U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) at a press conference to introduce the American Parity Act of 2005.

    October 20, 2005
    VA To Review Over 72,000 PTSD Claims, Possible Cuts Pending, Oregon Vets Could Be Hit Hard
    A bipartisan group of 54 House members joined U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) to urge their colleagues to stop the Veterans Administration (VA) from unfairly cutting a veteran’s post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation.

    October 7, 2005
    House Approves A Second Energy Bill, But Still No Relief From High Oil And Gas Prices
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today criticized a second energy bill that barely passed the House today that still does nothing in the short term or the long term to bring Americans relief from high oil and gas prices.

    September 20, 2005
    DeFazio Calls For Special Session to Protect Oregonians From Gas Price Gouging
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today called on Governor Ted Kulongoski to organize a special session of the state legislature to pass a bill that would protect Oregonians from price gouging at the pump.

    September 8, 2005
    DeFazio Calls For Investigation Into Gas Price Spikes Following Hurricane Katrina
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today joined over 60 of his colleagues in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Deborah Majoris calling for an investigation into sharply rising gas prices.

    August 15, 2005
    DeFazio Announces Gas Price Stabilization Bill As Prices At The Pump Break Records
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) today announced the reintroduction of legislation to address skyrocketing gas prices.

    July 29, 2005
    House Approves Highway Bill
    U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio today praised passage of legislation that includes $2.7 billion for highway and transit projects in Oregon over the next five years.

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