Representative in Congress
Working Families (WFP)
Occupation: U.S. Representative
Occupational Background: Lane County Commissioner, Congressional Aide, Assistant Director Senior Companion Program, U.S. Air Force Reserve
Educational Background: Tufts University, B.A.; University of Oregon, M.A.
Prior Governmental Experience: Chair, Lane County Commission
HOLDING WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE
Peter DeFazio opposed the Bush-Pelosi Wall Street bailout and is angry that big banks refused to lend to small businesses and average Americans, keeping the money and paying out big bonuses instead. DeFazio opposed financial deregulation and supports tough reforms to ensure it never happens again.
“It’s comforting to know that lawmakers such as DeFazio are looking out for ‘the little guy,’ despite pressure from the highest level of government and CEO’s.” Grants Pass Daily Courier, 10/1/08
REDUCING FEDERAL SPENDING
DeFazio believes we can’t keep passing on a pile of debt to future generations to pay off. It unfairly burdens our children and grandchildren, puts our country further in debt to foreign investors, and poses a threat to our financial stability and national security.
DeFazio has called for a cut in salaries of senior government officials and members of Congress, reduced federal spending, and ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich and corporate loopholes.
FIGHTING FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS
DeFazio voted against the cap-and-trade energy bill. He said it would cost good-paying American jobs, hurt small businesses and raise energy prices at a time when middle class families are already struggling.
“Anti-free traders like DeFazio think the United States should be doing much more to protect American jobs, from renegotiating unequal [trade] agreements to slapping tariffs on foreign goods.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, 7/4/10
NO TO PAY RAISES, YES TO SCHOLARSHIPS
DeFazio turns back Congressional pay raises. He uses the money to fund scholarships for dislocated workers at five Southwestern Oregon community colleges. By the end of this year, he’ll have turned down $320,000 in Congressional pay raises to fund 197 scholarships.
(This information furnished by DeFazio for Congress.)