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Blumenauer deserves another House term

Even while laboring for the past decade as a member of the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has learned how to be an effective advocate for the 3rd Congressional District.

Now that Democrats are within striking distance of retaking the U.S. House from Republicans, there is even more reason to return Blumenauer to Congress for a sixth term.

Blumenauer, whose Republican opponent in the Nov. 7 election is Bruce Broussard, already has gained power and influence since he first was elected in 1996. He has carved out transportation as an area of expertise and works well with regional officials on transportation goals and funding. Other accomplishments include his bipartisan cooperation with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden on a House-approved bill to expand wilderness protections on Mount Hood for the first time in 25 years.

While in Congress, Blumenauer has demonstrated an appropriate balance between watching out for his constituents' interests and recognizing the needs of other states and nations. His Water for the Poor Act of 2005, which took years to get through Congress, is an example of a bill that has little to do with his home district but nonetheless promotes Oregon values - helping children in need regardless of borders.

No one knows, of course, who will control the House come next January, but the likelihood is that Democrats will either take control, or significantly increase their numbers in this election. If the leadership does change, Blumenauer and the other three Democratic House members from Oregon are poised to move into positions of greater influence.

East County voters should recognize the good job Blumenauer has done and return him to Congress in the Nov. 7 election.