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Milwaukie resident Amber Tatge is a member of Indivisible Clackamas, which met with Kurt Schrader on Aug. 19

COURTESY PHOTO - Congressman Kurt Schrader (center) meets with Indivisible Clackamas members (from left) Terry Larson, Janine Settelmeyer, Mary Lyon, Amber Tatge, Michael Heyn and Gene Fifield.Want to make a difference? It's all about showing up.

Twenty members of Indivisible Clackamas did just that on Monday, Aug. 19, when they met with Congressman Kurt Schrader. Indivisible Clackamas was there to promote inclusive, tolerant and progressive policies. The group meets regularly with staffers at Congressman Schrader's office on the second Wednesday of each month, but on the 19th, they met with Congressman Schrader himself to talk about policies that were important to them. Seven members were allowed inside for the 30-minute discussion. The rest held signs and rallied outside his office.

COURTESY PHOTO - Members of Indivisible Clackamas hold signs and rally outside of Congressman Kurt Schrader's office in Oregon City.The Congressman and Indivisible Clackamas found some common ground. He was supportive of the Endangered Species Act and agreed that the climate crisis is a real emergency (although he has yet to sign onto U.S. House of Representatives Concurrent Resolution 52 stating as much). He wanted to learn more about the often-confused terms "immigrants," "asylum seekers" and "refugees." He was receptive to the plight of Oregonians who Indivisible Clackamas says are being hurt by Trump's tariffs, including lesser-known tariffs, such as those on European cheeses. The Congressman supports universal background checks on gun purchases, increased waiting periods, and was open to learning about licensing requirements to prevent gun violence.

While the Congressman agreed with the group on some issues, there were disagreements as well. Congressman Schrader continues to refuse to publicly support an impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. All other Democrats in the Oregon delegation have publicly supported such an inquiry. He also stands by his position as one of six House Democrats who voted against a $15 minimum wage. Finally, the Congressman was adamantly against banning assault-style and high-capacity weapons.

No town hall schedule changes are expected, but show up when possible to make your voice heard.

Milwaukie resident Amber Tatge is a member of Indivisible Clackamas, which can be found on Twitter @indivisibleOR5C.


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