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DeFazio Says Relief Bill Is Good, Probably Not Adequate

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is mostly pleased with the relief package approved by Congress Monday.


He said the package will help 70,000 unemployed Oregonians, give relief to small businesses, and help tenants and property owners with eviction assistance. There are also funds for COVID-19 vaccines and contact tracing in the state.

DeFazio said he would like to have seen larger relief checks and a longer extension of unemployment benefits.  

“All in all it’s good,” DeFazio said.  “It’s probably not adequate. I think we’ll need another package in March, until we get out of this. And then we move toward recovery. And recovery, a key part of that will be my 21st century infrastructure bill. I’ve already talked with the Biden folks about that.”

DeFazio said he’s hopeful about the vaccine. He advises everyone who can to take it.  

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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