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

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.
At the most fundamental level, good governance is about implementing policies that promote a strong, transparent, and participatory government that is accountable and ethical. 
Blumenauer has always based his fiscal policies on five basic principles: Fair tax relief for Americans; Funding commitments to children, seniors, veterans, and the environment; Honoring our promises to Social Security and Medicare recipients; Paying down our national debt; Avoiding funding shortfalls for important national priorities.
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.
Our nation’s infrastructure is falling apart.  Climate change, the aging of the baby boomers, lack of repair, and the movement to our nation’s cities are all putting different strains on our infrastructure, which have for too long been neglected.  Blumenauer is a leader in Congress for a national plan that will revitalize America’s communities, economy, and infrastructure, allowing America to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Saving Lives and Taxpayer Dollars We could help save millions of lives and billions of tax dollars by reducing Cold War era nuclear weapons systems and redirecting a tiny fraction of that money to helping provide millions access clean water and sanitation.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer has authored The Personalize Your Care Act, bipartisan legislation that will provide Medicare and Medicaid coverage for voluntary consultations about advance-care planning every 5 years or in the event of a change in health status. The bill also provides grants to states to establish or expand Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) programs, and ensures that an individual’s electronic health record is able to display his or her current advance directive and/or POLST form.
Since Tea Party Republicans assumed control of Congress and made gains in the United States Senate, public broadcasting has been under a relentless, unprecedented assault. Even with attacks in the past, this is the first time that there has been a political party united in their assault and a nominee of a major political party, Mitt Romney, vowing to defund this critical institution. The Republican led effort culminated in the Appropriations budget, slashing public broadcasting over the next two years, and then ending federal support altogether.
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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