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Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Democrat, Oregon, 3rd District
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DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
18.1% of children are in poverty
18.0% of children under 6 are in poverty
5.3% of children are in extreme poverty
14.0% are food insecure
2.5% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Blumenauer on Child Poverty

  • voted against H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored H.R.15, the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a period of seven years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.821, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, which would increase the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 per child to $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1748, the Opening Doors for Youth Act, which would provide at-risk and disconnected youth with subsidized summer and year-round employment and assist local community partnerships in improving high school graduation and youth employment rates.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2633, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, which would raise the income level at which the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit phases out, increase the value of the credit, index the credit to inflation, and make the credit fully refundable.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3381, the Child Poverty Reduction Act, which would create a working group to develop a national strategy for eliminating child poverty.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3757, the GAIN Act, which would increase the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit for every group including individuals with no children.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5888, the Improving Access to Good Jobs for Parents Act, which would provide grants to coordinate the TANF program with career opportunities for parents.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6284, the Better Pay and Lifetime Earnings for Teenage Girls Through Adulthood Act, which would direct the Secretary of Labor to issue a report on the gender pay gap in the teenage labor force.

  • Blumenauer on Child Health

  • voted against H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • voted for H.R.315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provide for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • co-sponsored H.R.635, the CHOICE Act, which would expand access to health care by creating a public health insurance option for sale on the state exchanges.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, which would create a committee to review maternal and infant mortality and fund demonstration programs to study potential interventions.

  • voted against H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1757, the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act, which would establish institutions to address the psychological, developmental, social, and emotional needs of children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma.

  • voted against H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3059, the Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act, which would amend the Affordable Care Act to indefinitely extend community health centers and grants for qualified health centers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3325, the ACE Kids Act, which would amend Medicaid to provide states with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, which would reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers.

  • voted against H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4129, the State Public Option Act, which would establish a state public option through Medicaid.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4541, the CHAMPION KIDS Act, which would extend funding for a number of health programs, including CHIP and community health centers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4820, the ASK Act, which would permanently fund CHIP and provide temporary extensions for community health centers and MIECHV.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5457, the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, which would provide for grants to esablish maternity and infant care initiatives and develop a set of measures for evaluating maternal and infant health.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5761, the Ending Maternal Mortality Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to publish every two years a plan for reducing the maternal mortality rate.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5977, the MOMMA’s Act, which would provide technical assistance and federal grants to fund the implementation of maternal safety measures.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6097, the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, which would authorize the establishment of state-based universal health care systems.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6174, the NEWBORN Act, which would fund a pilot prorgram to reduce rates of infant mortality in high-risk areas.

  • voted against H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.

  • Blumenauer on Child Welfare

  • co-sponsored H.R.2640, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in adoption and the foster care system.

  • voted against H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • voted for H.R.2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, which would authorize states to extend foster care eligibilty up to age 21 and to increase age limits on other programs for youths who have aged out of foster care.

  • voted for H.R.2866, the Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to identify model standards for the licensing of foster family homes and to evaluate state plans against those standards.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3525, the Home Visiting Works Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for 5 years without a state-matching provision. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized for five years without a state matching requirement as a part of H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6545, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which would improves services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including young victims.

  • Blumenauer on Youth Justice

  • co-sponsored H.R.3252, the Second Chance for Students Act, which would make federal student aid available to students convicted of marijuana offenses while completing a drug rehabilitation program.

  • Blumenauer on Gun Violence Prevention

  • voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.445, the Buyback Our Safety Act, which would authorize gun buyback grant programs for state and local law enforcement agencies.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1475, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, which would expand criminal penalties for trafficking in firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1478, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would permit the Department of Health and Human Services to sponsor research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1612, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, which would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1708, the Firearm Risk Protection Act, which would prevent the sale or purchase of a firearm by an individual without appropriate liability coverage insurance.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2380, the Handgun Trigger Safety Act, which would provide for development and implementation of technology to limit use of handguns to authorized users.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which would allow family members of an individual who they believe to be a danger to himself or others to seek a gun violence prevention order, which would allow for the temporary seizure of said individual’s firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3464, the Background Check Completion Act, which would prohibit the sale of firearms prior to the completion of a background check.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3613, the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act, which would authorize grants for states, local governments, or gun dealers to conduct gun buyback programs.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3947, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which would prohibit the sale of bump stocks and other mechanisms to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3962, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, which would require face to face sales of ammunition, licensing of ammunition dealers, and reporting about bulk ammunition purchases.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4268, the Gun Safety: Not Sorry Act, which would provide for a seven-day waiting period before a semiautomatic firarm, silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a high-capacity magazine may be transferred.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4344, the End Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act, which would incentivize state-level reporting by mental health professionals of individuals deemed dangerous for the purpose of prohibiting gun sales to such individuals.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4573, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would allow for federal funds to be used for research on mental health, gun violence, and how they intersect, and provide for reporting on the effects of gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4786, the Protecting Communities from Lost or Stolen Law Enforcement Weapons Act, which would require state and local law enforcement to promptly report the loss or theft of any firearm to the National Tracing Center.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit the possession, sale, manufacture, importation, or transfer of a semiautomatic wepaon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5103, the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act, which would increase excise taxes on firearms and ammunition and use the proceeds to fund grants for public safety programs and research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5162, the Firearm Safety Act, which would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety standards for firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5941, the Child Gun Access Prevention Act, which would provide grants to states with laws preventing child access to guns for the purpose of implementing or enforcing those laws.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6075, the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, which would impose stricter record keeping and reporting requirements and eligibility standards on gun sellers.

  • Blumenauer on Housing

  • co-sponsored H.R.2076, the Ending Homelessness Act, which would establish a housing voucher program, outreach program, housing trust fund, and technical assistance programs to combat homelessness.

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • Blumenauer on Nutrition

  • voted against H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1276, the Closing the Meal Gap Act, which would increase the minimum SNAP benefit and exempt individuals from work requirements if they have not been offered a position in a federal jobs or job training program.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2401, the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act, which would prohibit public identification or stigmatization of children who lack funds to pay for a meal or have outstanding credit.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3749, the SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction Act, which would provide for a standard medical expense deduction for the purpose of calculating monthly income to determine eligibility for SNAP.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6586, the Reducing Obesity in Youth Act, which would provide for grants to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.

  • Blumenauer on Early Childhood Development

  • did not vote on H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1022, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which would provide 6 weeks of paid parental leave to Federal employees.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3632, the PACE Act, which would make the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit refundable, increase rates for the credit, and index the credit to inflation.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3773, the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would expand and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant and provide grants for funding high-quality preschool.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3842, the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act, which would reauthorize the Healthy Start for Infants Program, which directs resources to areas with high infant mortality rates.

  • Blumenauer on Education

  • voted against H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1957, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would require local educational agencies to establish anti-bullying policies and prohibit bullying based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2475, the Rebuild America¬ís Schools Act, which would provide funds for improvements to public school facilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2902, the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would fully fund part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2913, the Mental Health in Schools Act, which would expand grants and other programs relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5374, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity of a student or a person associated with that student in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6498, the Youth Mental Health Services Act, which would allow states to use federal education funds to provide mental health services to children.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6537, the Education Department Civil Rights Transparency Act, which would require the Secretary of Education to annually report on the federal civil rights violations of educational institutions.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6537, the Education Department Civil Rights Transparency Act, which would require the Secretary of Education to annually report on the federal civil rights violations of educational institutions.

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