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Schrader: Hope for bipartisan action on budget, tax overhaul, public works spending

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Oregon Democrat draws contrast with recent party-line vote on undoing 2010 health care law during talk at Clackamas Rotary Club lunch.

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader says he sees possibilities for bipartisan agreement in Congress — though not necessarily on what President Donald Trump wants, and despite a party-line vote in the House to undo the health-care law of Trump's predecessor.

The Democrat from Canby told a Clackamas Rotary Club luncheon on Thursday (May 11) that a signal was sent in the recent congressional votes on federal spending for the five months remaining in the budget year.

"For two to three months we did not accomplish much. That may sound like business as usual to you," Schrader said.

"But we're settling into a point where we can start to work together… You had both sides working together trying to bridge differences and come up with a budget — and we did."

Trump did get more money for military and homeland security spending -- but nothing for his proposed border wall with Mexico, and none of the spending cuts he has proposed for the next budget year.



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