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Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley THE OREGON REPORT <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15908.11817043.6799063.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fmer kley.senate.gov%2f> Visit merkley.senate.gov <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15908.11817043.6799063.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fmer kley.senate.gov%2f> March 13th, 2013 <merkley.senate.gov/email/images/spacer.gif> Greetings and welcome to Senator Jeff Merkley's enewsletter, The Oregon Report. We hope to keep all Oregonians informed on what's going on in DC as Jeff works for Oregonians. Economic Choices For America In the coming weeks, as a member of both the Appropriations Committee and Budget Committee, Jeff will be intimately involved in writing the budget and deciding how we dedicate our resources as a nation. With these major decisions ahead, we face a choice as to what kind of nation and economy we want. Do we want one that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can still achieve the American Dream? Or will we allow working families to continue falling further behind, even while they work harder? Do we want to fuel innovation and good jobs that create opportunities for middle class Oregonians, or cut off key investments in education, infrastructure, and science while our competitors overseas win the future? Will we protect the earned benefits of our seniors, and maintain the modest safety net of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, or ask seniors to pay more out of pocket for less? For too many years-especially since the recession, but even before-the economy has been failing too many Oregonians. Jeff has been fighting for a new vision for the economy, one built around the middle class. That's why he voted against the law that created the sequester. It's dumb economics that will cost jobs now, make life tougher for working families, and choke off investments in the critical building blocks for future economic growth. Sequester = Cuts in Oregon Schools Last Wednesday, Jeff joined with Oregon superintendants and education leaders to stress the impact the sequester will have to schools in Oregon. Oregon schools are going to lose over $23 million annually in federal education funds that support K-12 schools, students with disabilities, and Head Start programs in our state. These cuts represent a 5 to 7% reduction in federal funds for these programs, including a loss of approximately $6.4 million in funds for schools across Oregon to help educate students with disabilities. Schools are still required to provide services to students with disabilities, so already-strapped schools have to find other ways of cutting back. The state would also lose approximately $3.5 million in funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, meaning 600 fewer kids will have access to high quality pre-K to get them off to a good start in life. Jeff believes this is unacceptable and is working to restore investments in education and other key priorities. Prosecution-Free Zone for Large Banks in America? Last Thursday, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on the lack of criminal prosecutions of global bank HSBC. HSBC, which helped drug cartels launder nearly a billion dollars, faced a fine of only one percent of profits over the ten year period they broke the law. During the hearing, Jeff asked the regulators a simple question, "Do we have a situation where banks have become so large that in the words of Attorney General Holder, if you prosecute them, 'it will have a negative impact on the economy and the financial system at large' and does that mean, essentially that we have a prosecution-free zone for large banks in America?" Click HERE to watch <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15908.11817043.6799063.7791867&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dUl6feR7isDs> At the end of the hearing, Senator Merkley ended with a final note that a fine of one percent of profits doesn't act as a deterrent, but sounds more like the cost of doing a very profitable business. 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Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley THE OREGON REPORT

Greetings and welcome to Senator Jeff Merkley's enewsletter, The Oregon Report. We hope to keep all Oregonians informed on what's going on in DC as Jeff works for Oregonians.

Economic Choices For America

In the coming weeks, as a member of both the Appropriations Committee and Budget Committee, Jeff will be intimately involved in writing the budget and deciding how we dedicate our resources as a nation. With these major decisions ahead, we face a choice as to what kind of nation and economy we want. Do we want one that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can still achieve the American Dream? Or will we allow working families to continue falling further behind, even while they work harder? Do we want to fuel innovation and good jobs that create opportunities for middle class Oregonians, or cut off key investments in education, infrastructure, and science while our competitors overseas win the future? Will we protect the earned benefits of our seniors, and maintain the modest safety net of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, or ask seniors to pay more out of pocket for less?

For too many years—especially since the recession, but even before—the economy has been failing too many Oregonians. Jeff has been fighting for a new vision for the economy, one built around the middle class. That's why he voted against the law that created the sequester. It's dumb economics that will cost jobs now, make life tougher for working families, and choke off investments in the critical building blocks for future economic growth.

Sequester = Cuts in Oregon Schools

Last Wednesday, Jeff joined with Oregon superintendants and education leaders to stress the impact the sequester will have to schools in Oregon. Oregon schools are going to lose over $23 million annually in federal education funds that support K-12 schools, students with disabilities, and Head Start programs in our state. These cuts represent a 5 to 7% reduction in federal funds for these programs, including a loss of approximately $6.4 million in funds for schools across Oregon to help educate students with disabilities. Schools are still required to provide services to students with disabilities, so already-strapped schools have to find other ways of cutting back. The state would also lose approximately $3.5 million in funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, meaning 600 fewer kids will have access to high quality pre-K to get them off to a good start in life. Jeff believes this is unacceptable and is working to restore investments in education and other key priorities.

Prosecution–Free Zone for Large Banks in America?

Last Thursday, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on the lack of criminal prosecutions of global bank HSBC. HSBC, which helped drug cartels launder nearly a billion dollars, faced a fine of only one percent of profits over the ten year period they broke the law. During the hearing, Jeff asked the regulators a simple question, "Do we have a situation where banks have become so large that in the words of Attorney General Holder, if you prosecute them, 'it will have a negative impact on the economy and the financial system at large' and does that mean, essentially that we have a prosecution-free zone for large banks in America?"

At the end of the hearing, Senator Merkley ended with a final note that a fine of one percent of profits doesn't act as a deterrent, but sounds more like the cost of doing a very profitable business.


After the news of the settlement was reached last year, Jeff wrote a letter to Attorney General Holder saying it deeply offends the public's sense of justice.

Senator Merkley
Jeff is a native of Myrtle Creek, Oregon and the son of a millwright. The first in his family to go to college, Jeff still lives in the same working class neighborhood that his parents eventually settled in and his kids go to the same public high school he attended. Making the ‘American Dream’ a reality for others as it has been for him is what got Jeff Merkley involved in public life and is what continues to keep him fighting for Oregon families.

In the four years he has been in the U.S. Senate, Jeff Merkley has been focused on creating jobs and getting our nation back on track. He led the fight against high-risk gambling on Wall Street, has been a leading voice for aggressive action to take on the foreclosure crisis, and wrote the law that helps small businesses raise money on the internet so they can grow and create jobs.

Jeff and his wife Mary have been married for twenty years and have two children, Brynne and Jonathan, and an Airedale terrier, Sadie.
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