PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Despite the incessant drumbeat of partisan gridlock in Congress, Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader said there is actually a lot of work getting done in a bipartisan fashion.
Schrader, the Democrat who represents Oregon’s 5th district, said the “stuff that is getting done probably matters more to (average Americans) on a daily basis” than the headline-grabbing Twitter feuds and hot tempers.
About 6 years ago, he said, he formed the Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress. Currently it has about 48 members — equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans — who work in a bipartisan effort to accomplish things.
He pointed to a humanitarian package for the border and on health care.
“Oregon is a leader in that whole endeavor,” he said, and is “blazing a whole new path of holistic care.”
Schrader also said there is “a lot of good work” being done on the issue of prescription drugs.
But he also talked about the impact President Trump’s trade war is having, particularly on Oregon farmers.
“Once you lose a market it’s really tough to get it back,” he told KOIN 6 News anchors Jeff Gianola and Jennifer Hoff. “Most of our hazelnuts go to China and as a result for a lot of folks it’s a dangerous time.”
He’s worried about the effects of the trade war, though.
“(Farmers are) standing by the president, by and large, at this time. I just hope it doesn’t cost them their homes and their livelihood.”