Rep. Kurt Schrader took umbrage with continuing U.S. military action against the Moammar Gadhafi government in Libya, saying he “doesn’t see the need to embroil us” in the struggle while also saying Libya would be better off without Gadhafi.
Schrader, D – Canby was in Keizer on Friday, July 1, throwing the first pitch of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes game, maintaining a low profile – he called it going “incognito” – with a baseball cap and Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic polo shirt.
“I bet I get no one to even notice me today,” Schrader said.
But he and other congressmen and women got plenty of attention two weeks ago as the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a bill authorizing limited military intervention in the north African nation. Schrader voted against that measure, and went a step further when he voted in favor of a resolution that would have, in the bill’s words, limited U.S. funding in Libya to meet the nation’s obligations under NATO. While the limitation resolution passed, the move to cut funding failed 180-238.
Schrader said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who would later challenge opponents of the president’s Libyan strategy by asking “whose side are you on?” – visited the House Democratic caucus in anticipation of the vote, and Schrader got a call from the president’s office seeking his support.
But Schrader said President Barack Obama needs congressional approval for intervention in Libya under the War Powers Act.
“(Obama’s) view was blowing people up and killing people with airstrikes is not hostilities,” Schrader said, alluding to a passage in the Act requiring the president to seek congressional approval 60 days after hostilities begin. “I think most people in Libya and most people flying those planes would disagree.”
Schrader would like to see the dictator gone – and believes Gadhafi is on his last legs – but wants to see the in-country rebels and NATO allies carry most of the load.
“I voted to make sure we met our legal agreements with NATO, with our allies … but no more troops on the ground, no more troops in the air, no more troops in the sea getting in harm’s way,” he said.
On the homefront Schrader said not raising the debt ceiling would be a “catastrophe.” Some Republicans are holding up a resolution which would raise the U.S. debt ceiling; if not done by August 2 the U.S. Treasury could soon be unable to meet its obligations. Some GOP congressmen and women want sharp spending cuts before agreeing to raise the ceiling; that is, the maximum indebtedness the United States may have under law.
“I was just talking to several investors and they said the market will just tank instantaneously” should the deadline pass without a deal, Schrader said.
He called the impasse “a great opportunity to set ourselves on a trajectory to solve the long-term problem so it’s not just our domestic and defense budgets – both of which we’re going to have to reduce some – but it’s also tax reform and fixing our entitlement programs that are in big trouble.”
On a bit more philosophical plane, if given the opportunity to rewrite the U.S. tax code Schrader said he’d start by eliminating “all the tax breaks” and create and reinstate certain credits and breaks “that would help place America where we can be more competitive. It might be the home mortgage deduction, it might be research and development credits, it might be earned income tax credits for the most vulnerable, but we limit what we do.”
The Volcanoes lost their sixth straight game Saturday, blowing a lead to let visiting Everett win 8-4.
It was part of Patriotic Weekend, with ceremonies preceding the game, the Volcanoes wearing stars-and-stripes jerseys, and fireworks following the game, all before a crowd of 3,846.
The first inning looked encouraging for Salem-Keizer, with starting pitcher Cameron Lamb setting the Aquasox down in order and the Volcanoes scoring two runs. With one out, Kaohi Downing doubled to right field and scored on a single to left by Joe Panik. Panik went to third base on a single to center by Mike Murray and scored on a single to short left by Leonardo Ochoa.
Stephen Landazuri walked Dan Burkhart to load the bases, a mound conference followed, and Landazuri struck out the next two batters.
The second inning also looked promising. Lamb pitched a one-two-three top of the second. Ryan Honeycutt singled to left, and Julio Izturis was hit by a pitch. Although Downing struck out and Panik hit a fly to center, Honeycutt tagged and went to third on the fly. With Murray at bat, however, Izturis was picked off first.
Everett scored its first run in the third. Jharmidy De Jesus reached first on an error by third baseman Downing and went to third when Jarrett Burgess doubled to right center. Patrick Brady drove in De Jesus with an infield single.
In the Everett fifth, Burgess went to first on another error at third, Marcus Littlewood reached first on a force play, and Brady singled to left. Danny Lopez put the Aquasox ahead with a three-run homer. Lamb got Wood to fly out to left but gave up a single to Mike Dowd. Manager Tom Trebelhorn replaced Lamb with Jack Snodgrass, who retired the side. Lamb left as the losing pitcher.
The Volcanoes made it a one-run game in the bottom of the fifth. Downing singled to center, stole second and went to third as Panik grounded out. Murray singled to left to score Downing.
Landazuri left the game as the winning pitcher in the middle of the sixth.
The Aquasox added a run on no hits in the eighth, with Raymundo Montero pitching. De Jesus led off with a walk and went to third when a pickoff attempt went into the dugout. Burgess walked. A wild pitch scored De Jesus and moved Burgess to second. Montero struck out the next two batters but was taken out of the game with a muscle injury. Wilber Bucardo came in with a 3-2 count on Lopez and struck him out.
In the Volcanoes’ eighth, Brice Cutspec walked with two out, and Tim Griffin replaced Jordan Pries on the mound. Cutspec moved to second and third on singles by Honeycutt and Izturis and scored on a fielder’s choice. Griffin struck out Downing.
Everett scored three runs in the ninth. Jorge Agudelo walked with two out, and Nathan Melendres singled to left. De Jesus doubled to right center, scoring both runners. Burgess walked, and Littlewood drove in De Jesus with a single to center.
Griffin retired the Volcanoes in order in the ninth and earned a save.
“We had chances and didn’t convert,” Trebelhorn said. Asked about Montero’s condition, he said it seemed day-to-day.
June 29: Emeralds 3, Volcanoes 2
Salem-Keizer went ahead 2-1 in the seventh inning at Eugene, but the Emeralds scored two runs in the ninth to win.
Leonardo Ochoa and Jesus Galindo singled in the top of the seventh, and both advanced when Kaohi Downing grounded out. A single by Joe Panik scored both Ochoa and Galindo.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jace Peterson reached first base on a force play, went to second when Clint Moore was hit by a pitch from reliever Cody Hall, and scored on a single by Cory Spangenberg.
Matthew Stites was the winning pitcher in relief.
June 30: Eugene 6, Volcanoes 3
Eugene was ahead all the way, with starter Colin Rea getting the victory. Volcanoes’ starter Kendry Flores took the loss.
The Emeralds’ Lee Orr hit the only home run of the game, in the second inning with the bases empty, and scored three runs. Travis Whitmore drove in three for Eugene.
Mike Murray and Brice Cutspec had two hits each for Salem-Keizer. Phil McCormick pitched effectively in relief for the Volcanoes, striking out two and allowing no runs in the eighth inning.
July 1: Everett 4, Volcanoes 1
The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Nathan Melendres tripled to score Ethan Paquette. Danny Lopez singled Melendres home.
Lorenzo Mendoza, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, left after six innings. In the seventh, after Stephen Shackleford retired two Everett batters, Jorge Agudelo singled, stole second base and scored on a single by Ethan Paquette. The Volcanoes scored in the seventh when Joseph Staley homered.
Everett’s last run came on a home run by Jabari Blash in the ninth.
Bennett Whitmore, the Aquasox’ starter, got the win.
July 3: Everett 8, Volcanoes 7
Everett made it a three-game sweep at Volcanoes Stadium, shutting Salem-Keizer out for six innings. The Volcanoes scored twice in the seventh inning and five times in the eighth.
Volcanoes pitching struggles continued as four men gave up 14 hits to the Aquasox. Everett spread its runs out, never scoring more than two in an inning. Starter Brandon Allen ran his record to 0-4., with Max Krakowiak winning in relief for the Aquasox.
In the Salem-Keizer seventh, Joseph Staley was hit by a pitch, moved up on a wild pitch and a single, and scored on a passed ball. Danny Brock, who had walked and advanced on two singles, scored on another passed ball.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kaohi Downing doubled and scored on a single by Staley. Joe Panik, whose base on balls was followed by a single and another walk, scored when still another walk forced him home. John Eshleman singled Staley and Brock home. Shawn Payne, who had walked and moved to third on a single, scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Murray.
July 4: Everett 7, Volcanoes 1
A series between the same clubs in Everett started with a 7-1 Aquasox win, but it wasn’t Joe Panik’s fault.
Panik, the Volcanoes’ shortstop and first-round draft pick, went 4 for 4 including a double and scored the only Salem-Keizer run. He singled in the sixth inning, went to third on a right field error and scored on a double by Mike Murray.
Reinier Roibal, Salem-Keizer’s starting and losing pitcher, gave up five runs in his five innings, but only one was earned. Everett added two runs in the eighth off Stephen Shackleford, as a double by Marcus Littlewood drove in two baserunners.
Aquasox starter Vicente Campos was the winning pitcher.
July 5: Volcanoes 7, Everett 2
Brett Krill and Kendry Flores led the way to a win that stopped a winning streak at eight.
Krill, an outfielder new to professional baseball, hit a grand slam in the seventh inning. He also scored the Volcanoes’ first run of the game, coming in from third base in the second when Garrett Buechele grounded out. Krill drove in a run and scored one in the sixth.
Flores got his first pitching win of the season, going six innings as the starter, striking out four and allowing two hits and no walks. Aaron King relieved him and got his first save.
Everett scored the first run of the game in the first and got its second when James Wood homered in the seventh.
Salem-Keizer scored twice in the sixth. Shawn Payne singled, stole second and scored on a double by Krill, who then scored on an error.