U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici proposes $250 million in federal grants to help pay for and address a shortage of public defenders in Oregon and nationwide.

Though the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal, Defense Act is unlikely to become law in the short post-election session of Congress, it could form the basis for a law in the 118th Congress or be attached to must-pass legislation. Control of the House will pass from a narrow Democratic to a narrow Republican majority after Jan. 3.

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Sandy Chung, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon, gives a speech about the start of the Sixth Amendment and the importance of the right to representation in Salem on June 16, 2022.

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