The way we treat animals reflects the values that we hold and has a large impact on the livability and vitality of our communities. Earl is a strong advocate for the protection of wild and domestic animals and is recognized as one of the foremost advocates for animal welfare in Congress. He also works to protect the habitat of threatened and endangered species.
The strength of our democracy depends upon the strength of the rules governing political spending and speech. Congressman Blumenauer has long been an ardent supporter of campaign finance reform, upholding and strengthening voting rights, a more transparent and accountable redistricting and reapportionment process, and performance-based regulations.
Marijuana policy at the state level has shifted significantly in recent years as states have moved to legalize the drug for both medical and adult use. Unfortunately, federal marijuana policy remains rooted in the past, as all types of marijuana continue to remain illegal under federal law.
Earl is a strong advocate for human rights and democracy. While there are limits to our ability to impact what goes on in other countries, he believes it's particularly important that the United States always model and advocate for our deepest held values.
Providing for the common defense is one of Congress’s most central duties. Earl has worked to ensure that the government takes a comprehensive and long-term approach to defense and homeland security. It is not enough to ensure that America’s military and security personnel are the best in the world.
Congressman Blumenauer believes that a strong and continuing federal support for education is absolutely essential to our success in the 21st century, especially in times of higher enrollments and rapidly emerging new technologies.
As an environmental champion and a vocal defender of important environmental laws and policies, Earl supports efforts to strengthen the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and more. He has also helped pass new laws that promote clean energy, fight climate change, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and encourage more efficient use of valuable natural resources.
Agriculture is a critical part of Oregon’s economy. From berries to beef, family farmers, and ranchers are feeding Americans and millions of people around the world. At the same time, farmers are facing new and increasing pressures from climate change, urban sprawl, rising costs, and shrinking water resources.
Congressman Blumenauer believes that Americans, blessed to live in the richest and most powerful country on earth, have a responsibility to create a better, safer world for all of its inhabitants. Leading the way on challenges as diverse as global health, peace, and the environment is the right thing to do and promotes national security and economic well-being at home.
Gun violence in the United States is not inevitable, nor should Americans accept it as the status quo. Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, and the American people need to address this issue for what it is: a crisis that threatens the well-being and peace of mind of urban and rural communities across the country.
Congressman Blumenauer is a strong advocate of health care reform to improve outcomes with access to high quality, low cost care. From his position on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, he has supported efforts to extend access to under- and un-insured people, protect coverage and benefits for our most vulnerable citizens, protect and improve Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and improve health care equity for women, minorities, and the LGBT community.
Perhaps the greatest challenge communities face is the provision of affordable, accessible housing. Like roads, bridges, transit, and water, housing is an integral infrastructure in any livable community.
The United States is long overdue for a more humane and thoughtful approach to immigration. Reforming our immigration policy will not be easy, but that’s no excuse for inaction. It’s long past time for Congress to act on a comprehensive, common-sense solution to our larger systemic problem.
Congressman Blumenauer works to ensure that American families are safe, healthy, and economically secure. This means, in part, ensuring an economy that works for all Oregonians while safeguarding our environment through smart investments and appropriate oversight of the economic system.
In February 2010, when speaking at an OHSU Brain Awareness Lecture, Earl discussed the critical importance of neuroscience research and announced the formation of a Congressional Neuroscience Caucus.
Congress created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in 1968 to promote the growth and development of public media throughout the U.S. Over the last four and a half decades, CPB has been the steward of federal funding, which goes directly to over 1,400 public television and radio stations across the country, supporting 21,000 local jobs.
Since coming to Congress in 1996, Congressman Blumenauer has based his fiscal policies on five basic principles: a tax system that addresses income inequality and ensures a living wage for all Americans; funding commitments to our children, seniors, veterans, and the environment; honoring our promises to present and future Social Security and Medicare recipients; paying down our national debt; and avoiding funding shortfalls for important national priorities.
Transportation choices play a major role in quality of life, influencing everything from access to economic opportunities to environmental quality and community safety. Congressman Blumenauer is a tireless advocate for increasing the number and variety of transportation choices available to Americans.
Congressman Blumenauer strongly believes that our government has a special legal and moral obligation to Native Americans of this country given their uniquely sovereign status. This obligation is defined by treaties and statutes, and interpreted by the courts.
To sacrifice one’s wellbeing for our nation’s freedoms through service in the armed forces is one of the most profound gifts an individual and his or her family can give to our nation.