Occupation: U.S. Representative
Occupational Background: Lane County Commissioner, Congressional Aide, Assistant Director Senior Companion Program, US Air Force Reserve
Educational Background: Tufts University, B.A.; University of Oregon, M.A.
Prior Governmental Experience: Chair, Lane County Commission
LOWERING GAS PRICES
"DeFazio takes on oil companies," Drain Enterprise, 6/19/08
DeFazio is fighting for short-term price relief by stopping market manipulation and speculation - boosting supply by requiring development of more than 10,000 idle leases on federal lands and offshore. His plan would tax windfall profits unless big oil invests in new production, exploration, refineries, or alternative energy.
DeFazio's plan would break our dependence on foreign oil with domestic production, renewable fuels and new energy technologies.
FIGHTING FOR AMERICAN WORKERS
DeFazio has consistently opposed job killing trade agreements that threaten our sovereignty, our standard of living, and our consumer and environmental protections.
IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
"DeFazio directed hundreds of millions of dollars to Oregon for bridge and highway repair," The Oregonian, 1/8/07
DeFazio is chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee. He is pushing for increased investment to repair our crumbling bridges and highways, and provide high-speed rail and transit alternatives. His plan would revive our weak economy, make the U.S. economy more competitive, and create tens of thousands of living-wage jobs that can't be exported.
STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITIES
DeFazio has fought to reauthorize the county payments program which helps counties pay for vital services like public safety, schools, and health care.
DeFazio pushed to derail the Bush plan to cut physician reimbursements for Medicare which would have limited seniors' access to medical care. He was a vocal critic of the Bush/Wall Street plan to privatize Social Security and has fought to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
PAY RAISES TO SCHOLARSHIPS
"DeFazio votes to make college more affordable," Siuslaw News, 2-3-07
DeFazio has turned back $224,000 in Congressional pay raises to fund over 177 scholarships for displaced workers at community colleges.
(This information furnished by DeFazio for Congress.)