Values and principles

Senator Jeff Merkley
2017-02-03 20:37:24
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =quorum_merkley-iq%2501249722%250120170131%2b-%2b209252%2b-%2beNewslette r%2bSL%2bC%250118503.112422704.19467416.7791867%2501merkley%2540unityfee d.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=quorum_merkley-iq%2501249722%250120170131%2b-%2b209252%2b- %2beNewsletter%2bSL%2bC%250118503.112422704.19467416.7791867%2501merkley %2540unityfeed.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> _____ _____ <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2f%3futm_source%3dnewsletter%26utm_medium%3 demail%26utm_campaign%3dlogo&redir_log=101693534136676> Standing Against Attacks to Liberty and Safety <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-denounce s-muslim-ban&redir_log=607260031122560> Jeff knows and appreciates that America has always been a nation of immigrants and a nation that treasures religious freedom and religious tolerance. We are not a country that slams the door on refugees and immigrants. Nor are we a nation that gives preferences to some religions over others. So when President Trump signed Executive Orders stopping refugee admissions into the United States and shutting down visas for seven majority-Muslim nations, Jeff joined protesters at Portland airport <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2ftwitter.com%2fSenJeffMerkley%2fstatus%2f825881556287909889&redir_ log=914640743136371> and the steps of the Supreme Court <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.instagram.com%2fp%2fBP6TD23AtpT%2f&redir_log=682757385602260> , and spoke on the Senate floor <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dO-pE2WdspRI&redir_log=6730257446712 92> denouncing this Muslim Ban and calling on President Trump to revoke this order immediately. Jeff firmly believes that this Executive Order betrays our most fundamental values and principles. Additionally, it makes America less safe by giving our enemies in ISIS propaganda to support their false narrative that America is at war with Islam. Jeff agrees with foreign policy experts on both sides of the aisle, such as Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden, that the Executive Order "inarguably made us less safe <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fworld%2fnational-security%2fofficials-wo rry-that-us-counterterrorism-defenses-will-be-weakened-by-trump-actions% 2f2017%2f01%2f29%2f1f045074-e644-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html%3futm _term%3d.8f68b18722cb&redir_log=994937141871431> ." Jeff will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim-American community and fight for our values as a nation of immigrants. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2fjeffmerkley%2fvideos%2f10154256971236546%2f&re dir_log=676756544144382> Read more about Jeff's opposition to the Muslim Ban here>> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-denounce s-muslim-ban&redir_log=607260031122560> _____ Fighting for Veterans' Health Care <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fthehill.com%2fpolicy%2fdefense%2f316183-dems-to-trump-exclude-enti re-va-from-hiring-freeze&redir_log=843234463692629> Our veterans have fought for us and now we must fight for them. That is why Jeff joined over 50 Members of Congress to demand that the new administration exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from its federal hiring freeze. This hiring freeze, if applied to the VA, will delay Oregon veterans' access to care and benefits and hurt Oregon veterans seeking federal jobs. Currently, there are open vacancies for 12.5 primary care providers (PCPs) and 40 medical support staff in the VA Portland Health Care System, including 3.5 PCPs and 6 medical support staff at the Salem Community Based Outpatient Center (CBOC). The Salem CBOC does not have anyone currently in the hiring process to fill these positions, and as such, the PCP positions in the state's capitol will remain vacant for at least the next 90 days. Within the Roseburg VA Healthcare System, there are numerous vacancies for physicians, nurses, and medical support staff, in addition to dozens more non-medical positions. Oregon's veterans depend on VA staff for essential care and benefits, such as travel and transportation to access VA care. Without the staff needed to help them access these benefits, the many veterans in Oregon who travel long distances to get to VA hospitals will suffer immensely. Jeff knows this is an unacceptable way to treat our veterans and will keep fighting to make sure that they can always get their earned benefits when and where they need them. Read more about Jeff's letter to President Trump here>> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fthehill.com%2fpolicy%2fdefense%2f316183-dems-to-trump-exclude-enti re-va-from-hiring-freeze&redir_log=843234463692629> _____ Working for Working America <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fin-the-news%2fdemocrats-aim-to-la unch-comeback-with-cabinet-showdown-&redir_log=988557467981720> Throughout his career, Jeff has always believed that our government must work for working America and has serious concerns about newly named cabinet members' commitment to this objective. With a Treasury Secretary who made his fortune foreclosing on working families, an Education Secretary who seeks to strip resources from the public schools that she clearly does not understand, a Labor Secretary who has spent his career innovating new ways to grind workers into the ground, a Secretary of State who as a Big Oil executive sided with Iran against the American people, and a Health and Human Services Secretary whose top priority is taking away health care from working families and seniors, there is a lot to be concerned about. Jeff will be fighting tooth and nail against these threats to working America, and fighting for a cabinet that will put working families ahead of special interests and big corporations. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2ftwitter.com%2fSenJeffMerkley%2fstatus%2f821843085013487616&redir_ log=542284453464369> Read more about Jeff's fight for a 'We the People' cabinet here>> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fin-the-news%2fdemocrats-aim-to-la unch-comeback-with-cabinet-showdown-&redir_log=988557467981720> _____ Launching Major Water Infrastructure and Jobs Program <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-celebrat es-launch-of-job-creating-water-infrastructure-program&redir_log=0433128 6269860> From Flint, Michigan to small towns all across Oregon, communities pay a steep price when we allow underfunded and outdated water infrastructure to contaminate our drinking water and threaten our health and economy. That is why Jeff has fought for years to secure water infrastructure funding for Oregon and in 2012 developed the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to help local communities finance safe drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects. After Congress dedicated the first batch of funding in December, the EPA formally launched the program this month. This will create good-paying jobs, enhance public health, expand economic opportunities, and save ratepayers money´┐Żin Oregon and across the nation. Read more about the launch of this job-creating water infrastructure program here>> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-celebrat es-launch-of-job-creating-water-infrastructure-program&redir_log=0433128 6269860> _____ Listening to Oregonians <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fvideo-thousands- in-oregon-attend-merkley-town-halls-to-voice-opposition-to-trumps-polici es&redir_log=701705510136999> These past couple of weeks, Jeff's office has seen unprecedented outreach from Oregonians. His office phones are ringing off the hook and town halls over the weekend in Tigard and Portland saw record high audiences of more than 4,000 Oregonians combined. Jeff is thrilled to see so many Oregonians so energized about getting informed and getting involved. Town halls and phone calls are an essential tool to hear from Oregonians and represent Oregon interests back in DC. This year, just like every year, Jeff will be hosting town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties. Jeff wants to hear from you as we discuss what we must do to tackle our great state and nation. Jeff's office announces town halls throughout the year, so bookmark merkley.senate.gov <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fevents%2ftown-halls&redir_log=9086135196 52341> and check back soon for more updates on when Jeff will be hosting a town hall near you next. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18503.112422704.19467416.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2fjeffmerkley%2fposts%2f10154254480321546&redir_ log=011424554538372> _____ Thank you! 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Standing Against Attacks to Liberty and Safety

Jeff knows and appreciates that America has always been a nation of immigrants and a nation that treasures religious freedom and religious tolerance. We are not a country that slams the door on refugees and immigrants. Nor are we a nation that gives preferences to some religions over others.

So when President Trump signed Executive Orders stopping refugee admissions into the United States and shutting down visas for seven majority-Muslim nations, Jeff joined protesters at Portland airport and the steps of the Supreme Court, and spoke on the Senate floor denouncing this Muslim Ban and calling on President Trump to revoke this order immediately. 

Jeff firmly believes that this Executive Order betrays our most fundamental values and principles. Additionally, it makes America less safe by giving our enemies in ISIS propaganda to support their false narrative that America is at war with Islam. Jeff agrees with foreign policy experts on both sides of the aisle, such as Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden, that the Executive Order “.” Jeff will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim-American community and fight for our values as a nation of immigrants.

Read more about Jeff’s opposition to the Muslim Ban here>> 


Fighting for Veterans’ Health Care

Our veterans have fought for us and now we must fight for them. That is why Jeff joined over 50 Members of Congress to demand that the new administration exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from its federal hiring freeze. This hiring freeze, if applied to the VA, will delay Oregon veterans’ access to care and benefits and hurt Oregon veterans seeking federal jobs.

Currently, there are open vacancies for 12.5 primary care providers (PCPs) and 40 medical support staff in the VA Portland Health Care System, including 3.5 PCPs and 6 medical support staff at the Salem Community Based Outpatient Center (CBOC). The Salem CBOC does not have anyone currently in the hiring process to fill these positions, and as such, the PCP positions in the state’s capitol will remain vacant for at least the next 90 days. Within the Roseburg VA Healthcare System, there are numerous vacancies for physicians, nurses, and medical support staff, in addition to dozens more non-medical positions.

Oregon’s veterans depend on VA staff for essential care and benefits, such as travel and transportation to access VA care. Without the staff needed to help them access these benefits, the many veterans in Oregon who travel long distances to get to VA hospitals will suffer immensely. Jeff knows this is an unacceptable way to treat our veterans and will keep fighting to make sure that they can always get their earned benefits when and where they need them.

Read more about Jeff’s letter to President Trump here>>  


Working for Working America

Throughout his career, Jeff has always believed that our government must work for working America and has serious concerns about newly named cabinet members’ commitment to this objective. With a Treasury Secretary who made his fortune foreclosing on working families, an Education Secretary who seeks to strip resources from the public schools that she clearly does not understand, a Labor Secretary who has spent his career innovating new ways to grind workers into the ground, a Secretary of State who as a Big Oil executive sided with Iran against the American people, and a Health and Human Services Secretary whose top priority is taking away health care from working families and seniors, there is a lot to be concerned about.

Jeff will be fighting tooth and nail against these threats to working America, and fighting for a cabinet that will put working families ahead of special interests and big corporations.

Read more about Jeff’s fight for a ‘We the People’ cabinet here>>


 

Launching Major Water Infrastructure and Jobs Program

From Flint, Michigan to small towns all across Oregon, communities pay a steep price when we allow underfunded and outdated water infrastructure to contaminate our drinking water and threaten our health and economy. That is why Jeff has fought for years to secure water infrastructure funding for Oregon and in 2012 developed the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to help local communities finance safe drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects.

After Congress dedicated the first batch of funding in December, the EPA formally launched the program this month. This will create good-paying jobs, enhance public health, expand economic opportunities, and save ratepayers money—in Oregon and across the nation.

Read more about the launch of this job-creating water infrastructure program here>> 


Listening to Oregonians

These past couple of weeks, Jeff’s office has seen unprecedented outreach from Oregonians. His office phones are ringing off the hook and town halls over the weekend in Tigard and Portland saw record high audiences of more than 4,000 Oregonians combined.

Jeff is thrilled to see so many Oregonians so energized about getting informed and getting involved. Town halls and phone calls are an essential tool to hear from Oregonians and represent Oregon interests back in DC. This year, just like every year, Jeff will be hosting town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. Jeff wants to hear from you as we discuss what we must do to tackle our great state and nation. Jeff’s office announces town halls throughout the year, so bookmark merkley.senate.gov and check back soon for more updates on when Jeff will be hosting a town hall near you next.


Thank you! 

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