What's Next?

Looking at the challenges ahead, most Oregonians know what to do—and are already doing it. From transportation to innovative programs with kids, environmental protection, energy, and healthcare, we know how to save the world. We will only be successful in advancing our cause by bringing it to scale and enlisting and harnessing all of the power in Oregon and beyond.

It is time to visualize where we want to be forty years from now and where and what we will do in the next forty months to make these changes happen. Please take a look at my priorities for the next Congress, as well as 40 ideas that I have highlighted to help change how we’re doing business both at home and across the country.

It’s time to take what works for us and make it work for America.  We can get past the gridlock

We can make change. We’ve already proven that. It’s time for what’s next.

Earl's Priorities

The Farm Bill is a law that helps determine what we eat, how and where crops are grown, and how we take care of the land it’s grown in. The current Farm Bill provides little help to most American farmers and ranchers. 94% of all Farm Bill subsidy payments go to a few large-scale corporate farms that produce corn, rice, wheat, soy, cotton, and peanuts. These payments do little to support local food systems and growers. The result is that, we are paying the wrong people to grow the wrong things in the wrong places.
If Democrats are going to win back the majority, we must do more than resist Donald Trump and his hateful and divisive agenda. It’s time that Democrats in Congress stand up and make clear what we are fighting FOR—our vision for America.  I am advocating for positive alternatives for people to get behind—issues that I believe will put us on a path toward safer, healthier, and more economically secure communities.
Marijuana policy at the state level has shifted abruptly in recent years as states have moved to legalize the drug for both medicinal and recreation use. Unfortunately, federal marijuana policy remains rooted in the past, as all types of marijuana continue to remain illegal under federal law. It is time for Congress to face the facts surrounding marijuana, its use and regulation, and develop a legislative framework that accounts for the inevitable transition of marijuana policy – one that is already well under way.
As Co-Chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, Congressman Blumenauer understands that how we treat our fellow creatures is intrinsically linked to how we treat each other. Promoting animal welfare benefits not only our animals, but our society as a whole.
Campaign Finance Reform Corporate influence in politics is one of the most pressing issues our country faces – and is a direct threat to our democracy. The voices of small donors and individuals should not be drowned out by corporations that spend hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns – and with no transparency or accountability. 
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