With Congress in recess before a tumultuous fall session dealing with the budget, senators and representatives are hitting the hustings to reconnect with their constituents. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden spoke at a luncheon meeting of the Westside Economic Alliance.
His comments and answers to questions covered the federal budget, Medicare, taxation, international trade, energy exports, national security and Obamacare, as well as more local issues. Here is the essence of what he said in a series of tweets:
• Sen. Wyden promises new bipartisan Medicare plan to preserve its guarantee and financial integrity as 10K people turn 65 daily for 20 yrs.
• Sen. Wyden says simplified federal tax code can unleash ton of corporate cash sitting on the sidelines for job-creating investment.
• Wyden predicts congressional revision of Patriot Act's "relevance" standard and a privacy advocate before FISA court.
• Wyden says choice between safety and privacy is false in the face of continuing terrorist threats. Both are critical and can co-exist.
• Wyden to push Pentagon to buy domestically produced solar panels to keep industry viable in face of unfair Chinese competition.
• Wyden wants Obama to develop national energy export policy that maximizes US jobs, energy independence and shift to renewable energy.