PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Portland Tuesday afternoon to highlight the Inflation Reduction Act that she says will lower energy costs and help the climate crisis.

Oregon is getting a lot of attention from national political leaders — showing the state has some highly competitive races they want to win that could affect the balance of power in Washington D.C.

The Democratic House Speaker visited Energy Trust of Oregon and met with Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.

The speaker is also in Portland to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates working to keep the U.S. House controlled by Democrats in November.

Nancy Pelosi visits Portland, OR to talk Inflation Reduction Act
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici met during Pelosi’s trip to Portland to discuss the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act and to fundraise for Democratic races. September 6, 2022 (KOIN).

“Let me remove all doubt in anyone’s minds, should you mistakenly have such a doubt, Democrats intend to hold the House. In fact, we intend to grow our numbers and Oregon is very important in that regard,” Pelosi said.
 
Furthermore, there’s a national focus on Oregon’s 5th District race between Democrat Jamie McLeod Skinner and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer as well as the race for the newly-created 6th District. There is a lot of attention on Southwest Washington’s Congressional district race as well.

In August, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was in Oregon to fundraise for Republican Congressional candidates.