A lifeline for rural Oregon

Senator Jeff Merkley
2017-06-07 18:59:28
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =quorum_merkley-iq%2501250434%2501210838%2b-%2b05-31-2017%2bMay%2beNewsl etter%2bSL%2bC%250118433.125803408.20659404.7791867%2501merkley%2540unit yfeed.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%2501250434%2501210838%2b-%2b05-31-2017%2 bMay%2beNewsletter%2bSL%2bC%250118433.125803408.20659404.7791867%2501mer kley%2540unityfeed.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2f%3futm_source%3dnewsletter%26utm_medium%3 demail%26utm_campaign%3dlogo&redir_log=101693534136676> Moving our health care system forward, not backwards <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-nurses-b last-trumpcare-20-stand-with-oregonians-facing-health-care-armageddon-un der-trump-plan&redir_log=641365974621072> In May, Jeff continued his fight to protect and improve Oregonians' health care. At a time when too many in Congress are pushing for legislation that would raise costs and jeopardize Americans' access to care, Jeff has teamed up with nurses to present solutions that will take our health care system forward, not backwards. That's why during Nurses' Week in May, Jeff introduced bipartisan legislation to support nurses and strengthen the nursing profession. The bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2017 would elevate the role of nurses in America's public health by designating a National Nurse for Public Health. The Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 would reauthorize, update and improve programs that help to grow and support the nursing workforce in the United States. Our health care needs improvements to be sure, but it definitely doesn't need to be undermined and dismantled. Jeff will continue to push back against dangerous efforts to roll back Americans' health care bill of rights, and to fight for nurses, patients, and all who could be patients -- which is every single American! <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2fjeffmerkley%2fvideos%2f10154561187896546%2f&re dir_log=432523397729383> Read more about Jeff's fight to take our health care system forward here >> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-nurses-b last-trumpcare-20-stand-with-oregonians-facing-health-care-armageddon-un der-trump-plan&redir_log=641365974621072> _____ A victory on funding for Oregon's small ports <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-delegatio n-members-announce-new-funding-for-oregon-small-ports&redir_log=56496510 2747848> Regular dredging is essential to job creation and safety at Oregon's ports --especially Oregon's small coastal ports, which too often have been left by the wayside by bureaucrats in D.C. After Jeff's urging, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate new funding for dredging and maintenance of ports in Bandon, Depoe Bay, Gold Beach and Newport. Funding for urgently needed dredging projects will make a tremendous difference for safety, economic vitality and jobs on Oregon's coast. This funding is especially critical for Gold Beach, which was at risk of losing Coast Guard Search and Rescue capabilities, putting lives at risk and effectively grinding a productive working port to a halt. Jeff understands that small ports are the lifeblood of Oregon's coastal economy and will keep working to support them. Read more about new funding for Oregon small ports here>> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-delegatio n-members-announce-new-funding-for-oregon-small-ports&redir_log=56496510 2747848> _____ Extending a lifeline for rural Oregon <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fwyden-merkley-bo namici-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-to-extend-urgently-needed-lifeli ne-to-rural-oregon-counties-&redir_log=3563922751179> Since 1999, Oregon's timber counties and schools have relied on the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program for the federal government to uphold its end of the bargain in timber counties. However, the majority in Congress allowed SRS payments to expire last year, leaving Oregon counties with a lack of certainty about how to fund critical services like public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and law enforcement. Without SRS payments, Oregon counties are feeling the pinch. That is why Jeff introduced bipartisan legislation to restore urgently needed funding for schools and public safety in Oregon and across the country. The bill would extend payments to counties for two years through the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination (SRS) Act. Jeff firmly believes that the federal government must hold up its commitment to our timber counties and support rural Oregon. Read more about the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Act >> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fwyden-merkley-bo namici-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-to-extend-urgently-needed-lifeli ne-to-rural-oregon-counties-&redir_log=3563922751179> _____ Making voting easy and convenient <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-lawmakers -introduce-vote-by-mail-bill-to-fight-growing-tide-of-voter-suppression& redir_log=625825637649974> Oregon's vote-by-mail program makes voting easy and convenient, like it should be. Vote-by-mail ensures a stable and accessible voting system by breaking down barriers to vote, enabling automatic voter registration at the DMV, giving voters more time to resolve registration problems, and making voting more accessible for working and disabled Americans and seniors. Jeff is aiming to take Oregon's vote-by-mail system nationwide with the recently introduced Vote By Mail Act. This bill, which Jeff introduced with Senator Wyden, would expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationally and knock down the mounting obstacles that voters across the country are facing, just to cast their ballots. Jeff believes that in a democratic republic, there is no right more sacred or fundamental than the right to vote. Read more about the Vote By Mail Act here >> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18433.125803408.20659404.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-lawmakers -introduce-vote-by-mail-bill-to-fight-growing-tide-of-voter-suppression& redir_log=625825637649974> _____ Thank you! 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Moving our health care system forward, not backwards

In May, Jeff continued his fight to protect and improve Oregonians’ health care. At a time when too many in Congress are pushing for legislation that would raise costs and jeopardize Americans’ access to care, Jeff has teamed up with nurses to present solutions that will take our health care system forward, not backwards.

That’s why during Nurses’ Week in May, Jeff introduced bipartisan legislation to support nurses and strengthen the nursing profession. The bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2017 would elevate the role of nurses in America’s public health by designating a National Nurse for Public Health. The Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 would reauthorize, update and improve programs that help to grow and support the nursing workforce in the United States.

Our health care needs improvements to be sure, but it definitely doesn't need to be undermined and dismantled. Jeff will continue to push back against dangerous efforts to roll back Americans’ health care bill of rights, and to fight for nurses, patients, and all who could be patients -- which is every single American!


A victory on funding for Oregon’s small ports

Regular dredging is essential to job creation and safety at Oregon’s ports --especially Oregon’s small coastal ports, which too often have been left by the wayside by bureaucrats in D.C.

After Jeff’s urging, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate new funding for dredging and maintenance of ports in Bandon, Depoe Bay, Gold Beach and Newport. Funding for urgently needed dredging projects will make a tremendous difference for safety, economic vitality and jobs on Oregon’s coast.

This funding is especially critical for Gold Beach, which was at risk of losing Coast Guard Search and Rescue capabilities, putting lives at risk and effectively grinding a productive working port to a halt.

Jeff understands that small ports are the lifeblood of Oregon’s coastal economy and will keep working to support them.

Read more about new funding for Oregon small ports here>>


Extending a lifeline for rural Oregon

Since 1999, Oregon’s timber counties and schools have relied on the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program for the federal government to uphold its end of the bargain in timber counties. However, the majority in Congress allowed SRS payments to expire last year, leaving Oregon counties with a lack of certainty about how to fund critical services like public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and law enforcement.

Without SRS payments, Oregon counties are feeling the pinch. That is why Jeff introduced bipartisan legislation to restore urgently needed funding for schools and public safety in Oregon and across the country. The bill would extend payments to counties for two years through the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination (SRS) Act. Jeff firmly believes that the federal government must hold up its commitment to our timber counties and support rural Oregon.

Read more about the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Act >>


 

Making voting easy and convenient

Oregon’s vote-by-mail program makes voting easy and convenient, like it should be. Vote-by-mail ensures a stable and accessible voting system by breaking down barriers to vote, enabling automatic voter registration at the DMV, giving voters more time to resolve registration problems, and making voting more accessible for working and disabled Americans and seniors.

Jeff is aiming to take Oregon’s vote-by-mail system nationwide with the recently introduced Vote By Mail Act. This bill, which Jeff introduced with Senator Wyden, would expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationally and knock down the mounting obstacles that voters across the country are facing, just to cast their ballots. Jeff believes that in a democratic republic, there is no right more sacred or fundamental than the right to vote.

Read more about the Vote By Mail Act here >>


 

Thank you! 

Thank you for reading -- and don't forget, you can see the latest updates by liking Jeff on Facebook and following Jeff on Twitter, Instagram and now Snapchat (code below). And be sure to check Merkley.senate.gov for more information on current events.

 

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