What I said at the City Club

Senator Jeff Merkley
2013-04-18 19:14:36
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley THE OREGON REPORT <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15961.12864238.6915873.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fmer kley.senate.gov%2f> Visit merkley.senate.gov <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15961.12864238.6915873.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fmer kley.senate.gov%2f> April 18th, 2013 <merkley.senate.gov/email/images/spacer.gif> Restoring the American Dream The American Dream. It fuels so many in our nation to work hard so we can put food on the table for our families, own the roof we put over our heads, and provide opportunity for our children. There's nothing more important to me than restoring that American Dream, which has slipped further out of reach for so many people. It used to be that if you worked hard, and played by the rules, you could- as my dad told me growing up-do or be almost anything. Recently, I spoke before the City Club of Portland, laying out where we got off track, and what we can do as a nation to make the American Dream real for a new generation of Americans. You can listen here. <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15961.12864238.6915873.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fpdx cityclub.org%2fsaving-american-dream> We need to put a whole lot less money into foreign wars and foreign bases, and reinvest that money back into America through education and infrastructure. We need to stop the hedge fund style gambling in our traditional banks so they can loan to small businesses. And we need to look at strategies to bring back manufacturing, because if we don't build things here in America, we won't have a middle class here in America. The bottom line is that we need to get back to policies that focus on creating opportunity for middle class Americans and build for the future. I hope you'll check out my speech and let me know on Facebook what you think. Social Media Want more frequent updates on my work in Washington and around the state? Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I share pictures from the road, thoughts on current topics, and videos of floor speeches. Join the conversation! Protecting Social Security I see Social Security and Medicare as a covenant with seniors. People work their whole lives with the understanding and expectation that they can rely on these programs when they retire. That's why I was so distressed that the President's proposed 2014 budget included the idea of applying the so-called 'chained CPI' to Social Security. 'Chained CPI' is DC-speak for cutting the hard-earned benefits of seniors who have worked their whole lives. This new way of calculating inflation would mean a smaller annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security, but seniors already get less than they need to keep up with the inflation they face. In fact, in two of the last four years, there was no COLA at all. There seems to be a view among some in Washington that we have been too generous to our seniors. They are simply wrong. Seniors receive an average of $1,230 a month from Social Security. For more than half of our seniors Social Security constitutes a majority of their income. For a third, its nearly 90 percent of their income. There's no crisis facing Social Security - it's going to pay full benefits for a generation before the trust fund starts running short. We do need to address the long-term financing, but not by making seniors close to the edge already cut back even further. And it's important to note that Social Security has not increased our debt or deficits by one dime. If the goal is to lower our debt and deficits, there are plenty of ways to do so that will not affect seniors living on fixed incomes: ending the war in Afghanistan, closing loopholes in the tax code that mainly benefit the wealthy and well-connected, and stopping handouts of wasteful subsidies to big agriculture companies through direct payments. 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Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley THE OREGON REPORT

Restoring the American Dream

The American Dream. It fuels so many in our nation to work hard so we can put food on the table for our families, own the roof we put over our heads, and provide opportunity for our children.

There's nothing more important to me than restoring that American Dream, which has slipped further out of reach for so many people. It used to be that if you worked hard, and played by the rules, you could—as my dad told me growing up—do or be almost anything.

Recently, I spoke before the City Club of Portland, laying out where we got off track, and what we can do as a nation to make the American Dream real for a new generation of Americans. You can listen

We need to put a whole lot less money into foreign wars and foreign bases, and reinvest that money back into America through education and infrastructure. We need to stop the hedge fund style gambling in our traditional banks so they can loan to small businesses. And we need to look at strategies to bring back manufacturing, because if we don't build things here in America, we won't have a middle class here in America.

The bottom line is that we need to get back to policies that focus on creating opportunity for middle class Americans and build for the future. I hope you'll check out my speech and let me know on Facebook what you think.

Social Media

Want more frequent updates on my work in Washington and around the state? Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I share pictures from the road, thoughts on current topics, and videos of floor speeches. Join the conversation!

Protecting Social Security

I see Social Security and Medicare as a covenant with seniors. People work their whole lives with the understanding and expectation that they can rely on these programs when they retire. That's why I was so distressed that the President's proposed 2014 budget included the idea of applying the so-called 'chained CPI' to Social Security. 'Chained CPI' is DC-speak for cutting the hard-earned benefits of seniors who have worked their whole lives.

This new way of calculating inflation would mean a smaller annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security, but seniors already get less than they need to keep up with the inflation they face. In fact, in two of the last four years, there was no COLA at all.

There seems to be a view among some in Washington that we have been too generous to our seniors. They are simply wrong. Seniors receive an average of $1,230 a month from Social Security. For more than half of our seniors Social Security constitutes a majority of their income. For a third, its nearly 90 percent of their income.

There's no crisis facing Social Security – it's going to pay full benefits for a generation before the trust fund starts running short. We do need to address the long-term financing, but not by making seniors close to the edge already cut back even further. And it's important to note that Social Security has not increased our debt or deficits by one dime. If the goal is to lower our debt and deficits, there are plenty of ways to do so that will not affect seniors living on fixed incomes: ending the war in Afghanistan, closing loopholes in the tax code that mainly benefit the wealthy and well-connected, and stopping handouts of wasteful subsidies to big agriculture companies through direct payments.

Senator Merkley             
Town hall photos!
Jeff at a town hall
I recently traveled through Southern Oregon and the Gorge, meeting local leaders and holding town halls. Click on the photo to see more from the trip.
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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