Occupation: U.S. Congressman
Occupational Background: Public Administrator
Educational Background: Lewis and Clark College, B.A., Northwestern School of Law, J.D.
Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon State Legislature; Portland Community College Board; Multnomah County Commissioner; Portland City Commissioner; U.S. Congressman
Local Results. National Leadership.
Rather than incessant partisan bickering, now is the time for creative problem solving to make Oregon and America stronger. We need fresh ideas for our most pressing problems and the leadership to execute them.
Since we began this critical decade of decision, I’ve been working on forty innovative ideas that tackle the challenges that we face as a state and a nation.
Wall Street Reform: Reckless lending, hyper-trading, and lack of oversight contributed to the financial collapse. We should start by putting back into law the best provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act, regulating speculation and separating investment banks from commercial banks.
Tax Reform: The tax code is complex and unfair. Let’s simplify our expensive system with one that helps those most in need, all while ensuring that we pay for the obligations of our growing and aging nation.
Agriculture Reform: Cut and shift funding to programs that help Oregon’s family farmers, protect the environment, and provide healthy, sustainable food for our children, schools, and farmers markets.
Military Reform: I support efforts to decrease overall military spending, while investing in 21st century technology, like special operations and cyber security. The Defense Department should reduce its environmental footprint by achieving energy independence, saving taxpayers billions of dollars annually on fuel and electricity.
Rebuilding and Renewing America: It’s time for a new national vision to meet the infrastructure challenges of this century including a longer-term transportation bill, a Water Trust Fund, and reinstating the Superfund to clean up pollution sites.
There are 35 others listed on my website, EarlBlumenauer.com. Take a look. Share your own ideas!
(This information furnished by Blumenauer for Congress.)