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President Biden approved Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader for re-election this weekend, his first midterm approval in the primary election cycle as Democrats fight to retain power in both houses of Congress.
“We do not always agree, but when it has meant the most, Kurt has been there for me,” Biden said in a statement released by the Schrader campaign. “And in doing so, he has helped bring much of my agenda into law – making a huge difference in the lives of the Oregonians he represents and all of America.”
“Now we have a lot more to do, and to get it done we need to keep a democratic congress,” Biden added.
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Schrader faces progressive candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. She disagreed with Biden’s decision.
“I respect Biden’s work to tackle Covid-19 and rebuild our economy, but I have to disagree with the president here,” McLeod-Skinner tweeted on April 23. “Schrader took over $ 1 million from Big Pharma and other corporate donors – and then voted against Oregonians. We need a leader in Congress who will finally fight for us.”
Schrader has come under increasing criticism from progressive Democrats, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
A year ago, he was one of only two members of his party who voted against a $ 1.9 trillion law on pandemic assistance because, for several reasons, he did not support including an increase in the minimum wage.
Oregon’s 5th District is located in the northwestern part of the state and includes coastal communities and the state capital, Salem.
Schrader joined Biden in Portland last week, where the president highlighted a $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan that includes upgrades at Portland International Airport.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.