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EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Earl Blumenauer on DEA, Biden & SAFER
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EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Earl Blumenauer on DEA, Biden & SAFER

Ep. 7 — Rep. Earl Blumenauer (2-15-2024)
Washington, DC. Photo: Matt Laslo

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Ask a Pol asks:

“We didn’t see anything with SAFER? Or do you think the DEA is the root to go?”

Key Blumenauer: 

“I think the DEA is the route,” Blumenauer exclusively tells Ask a Pol. “It’s more direct. The legislative process is very uncertain — more uncertain than ever — and the DEA strips it away, gets what we need in terms of tax and research.”

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Photo: Laslo

Caught our ear:

“It should be a no-brainer for the president. If you want to energize the young people and do the right thing and repair your legacy,” Blumenauer tells Ask a Pol.“It hits all the boxes, and it’s the right thing to do.”

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LISTEN: Laslo & Blumenauer

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), slightly edited for clarity.

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TRANSCRIPT: Laslo & Blumenauer

Matt Laslo: “Are we going to see anything with SAFER? Or do you think the DEA is the route to go?”

Earl Blumenauer: “I think the DEA is the route.”

ML: “Is that just a recognition of the politics up here?”

EB: “It’s more direct. The legislative process is very uncertain — more uncertain than ever — and the DEA strips it away, gets what we need in terms of tax and research.”

ML: “Yeah. And you think ahead of November this should be a no-brainer for your party? As we’ve talked about in the last five or six elections.”

EB: “It should be a no-brainer for the president. If you want to energize the young people and do the right thing and repair your legacy.”

ML: “Yeah? And also the African American communities he now needs?”

EB: “It hits all the boxes, and it’s the right thing to do.”

ML: “What are your thoughts on SAFER? Is it just too complicated for folks?”

EB: “I don’t know yet. It’s still in process.”

ML: “Cause it feels like Republicans changed their rhetoric once it came out?”

EB: “That would be strange.” (sarcastically)

ML: “Right? Appreciate you, sir.”

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