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Why does a liberal Oregon Democrat want to crack down on illegal immigrants?

Advocates for undocumented immigrants accuse U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) of trying to drive illegal workers further underground with a new bill that would require employers to check applicants   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Peter DeFazio Still Unhappy About Tax Deal

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 HENRY STERN

DeFazio Takes On Pelosi

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) bragged in this TV campaign ad back in September that he "took on Bush and Pelosi." Now, barely a week after DeFazio won re-election to a 13th term at the same time the Democrats lost the House majority for 2011, DeFazio is really taking on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). DeFazio and Rep. Marci Kaptur (D-Ohio) have written a letter to their fellow House ...   More
Thursday, November 11, 2010 HANK STERN

Something Peter DeFazio and Eric Cantor Can Agree On

House Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) don't agree on much that comes before Congress. But there's apparently at least one piece of concord between the two congressmen—neither wants Congress wasting its time honoring sports champions with resolutions, according to this piece in USA Today. DeFazio regularly votes “present” on such ...   More
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 HANK STERN

DeFazio-Led Effort to Take on Pelosi Falls Short

Here's a quickie update on an item we had last week in which U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was in the middle of a party rebellion against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the wake of election results that will flip the House next year from control by the Democrats to control by the Republicans. The effort by DeFazio and Rep. Marci Kaptur (D-Ohio) to delay their party's caucus elections ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 HANK STERN

Why Greg Walden Agrees With Peter DeFazio

A couple weeks ago, we mentioned how Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and House Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R-.Va.) may have found a rare bit of common cause in their mutual annoyance with Congress wasting its time on meaningless resolutions to honor sports champions. The Washington Post reports that Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is also tired of these meaningless resolutions. The Post quotes ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 HANK STERN

Report: One Oregon Democrat Surfaces in Opposition to Obama Tax Deal (UPDATED with DeFazio comment)

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has never been shy about opposing the Obama administration despite the fact Obama is the Democratic candidate DeFazio supported in his party's 2008 presidential primaries. So perhaps it's no big surprise there's a report out today from CBS News that DeFazio is already one of the House Democrats signing this letter being circulated among House Democrats by Rep. ...   More
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 HANK STERN

Second Oregon Democratic Congressman Comes Out Against Obama Tax Deal

U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) has joined Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) in the revolt by House Democrats against President Obama's tax deal. Wu's office said this morning that Wu—who supported Obama in the 2008 presidential primaries—has signed the letter circulated by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in opposition to the deal Obama made with House Republicans. UPDATE: “Investing in ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 HANK STERN

DeFazio Leads Opposition Among House Democrats to Obama Plan

We've been tracking Democratic opposition all week in the U.S. House to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans, and the mounting opposition to it from within his own party in Oregon's congressional delegation and elsewhere. Turns out today that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was happy to be the point man leading the opposition among House Democrats in what appears to be their new up-the-ante ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Video: Peter DeFazio on the House Democratic Revolt

Below is one of the TV interviews Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has given after leading this week's House Democratic revolt against President Obama's tax deal with Republicans. In this interview with The Big Picture, DeFazio tells an empathetic Thom Hartmann (starting at about the 2:40 mark) that the backlash against Obama's deal is "unprecedented" during his 24 years in the House, and that he ...   More
Friday, December 10, 2010 HANK STERN


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