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Where I Stand

Access to Health Care

As Vice Chair of the House Health Care Committee, Rob cares deeply about expanding access to health care services, and making it more affordable. In 2019, he carried SB 770 during the debate on the floor of the House. This bill creates a workgroup to study how Oregon could implement single payer care in the future. Short of universal coverage, his number one legislative priority is lowering the cost of prescription drugs. HB 4005 was a bill that Rob championed in 2018 to create drug price transparency. This bill is critical in understanding the drivers behind drug price increases and helps the Legislature and state agencies understand how to tackle the spiraling costs of prescription drugs. 

Worker’s Rights

As a lifelong labor activist, Rob has spent his entire career fighting for working families. Rob knows that all full-time workers deserve a livable wage, good health insurance, and the right to have a union and a union contract. Rob championed Oregon’s new paid family and medical leave bill, so that working Oregonians don’t have to choose between their job and being there for a loved one.

Climate Change

It is imperative that Oregon takes strong action to tackle the climate crisis. Although HB 2020, the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, did not pass in the 2019 legislative session, Rob wants to see this bill come back and is committed to working to pass it. The bill sets a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. HB 2020 also sets a price on carbon and uses that money to fund new investments in green energy projects and green tech. We are running out of time to address climate change and Rob believes that Oregon must lead the nation in saving the planet for future generations.

Reproductive Health

Rob believes every woman has the right to choose. Oregon is one of the least restrictive states in the country when it comes to reproductive health, and he has fought to keep it that way. That's why, in the 2017 session, Rob co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Equity Act, ensuring access to reproductive health for all Oregonians. Rob will also ensure that reproductive healthcare is funded, despite Donald Trump's rollbacks in federal funding. 

LGBTQ Rights

When Rob moved to Oregon in 1992, he joined the fight to defeat Measure 9, a ballot measure which would have required schools to teach children that being LGBTQ is “abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse.” Oregon has made great advances in securing the rights of LGBTQ people since the 1990's, and Rob has worked hard to protect these advances from all challenges, while working to expand rights to communities that are still marginalized by current laws. In 2017, Rob passed HB 2673, making it easier for transgender and nonbinary Oregonians to change their government-issued identity documents to reflect who they are. In 2019, Rob supported Adi's Act (SB 52), which addresses teen suicide, especially among LGBTQ youth.

Housing

Every day Rob sees the impacts of Portland’s housing crisis. As a legislator, Rob wants to expand access to affordable housing and services for the homeless, and expand tenant protections further so that working Oregonians can keep the housing they already have. To help Oregon’s cities and counties tackle the housing crisis, Rob believes the Legislature should lift the preemption on local governments setting their own rent controls. Rob also believes we need to infuse a massive amount of money to build affordable housing and provide rent assistance and to do that we need a better partner in the federal government. Rob plans to work with our Congressional delegation to get this done. 

Air Quality

In 2016, the revelation that Bullseye Glass was polluting the air in the heart of Southeast Portland was a wake-up call. Since then, Rob has focused on cleaning up Oregon’s air, supporting legislation that would require increased reporting by industrial emitters, and reduce diesel emissions. Oregon has some of the nation’s highest rates of diesel pollution and asthma, and Rob believes Oregon must catch up to other states in regulation diesel emissions. That is why he sponsored HB 2007 so we would finally do something about diesel emissions. Rob is now following up on that bill by serving on the Diesel Task Force so we can find ways to help small businesses transition to cleaner engines faster.   

Tax Fairness & Education Funding

Fixing Oregon’s broken revenue system has been a top priority for Rob. Continuing to shift the tax burden off of the working and middle class to large corporations that can afford to pay their fair share is one way Rob hopes to raise the revenue our state needs to invest in health care and education. In the 2019 session, Rob helped pass the Student Success Act, a one billion dollar per year tax on corporations to fund schools, the largest corporate tax increase in Oregon's history. He also introduced a bill to crack down on offshore tax havens. In the 2020 session, property tax reform - restoring fairness to the system - will be one of his top priorities.