Same Deal as Banks

Senator Jeff Merkley
2013-05-23 18:39:38
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley THE OREGON REPORT <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15808.13802262.7008078.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fmer kley.senate.gov%2f> Visit merkley.senate.gov <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx merkley-iq&crop=15808.13802262.7008078.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fmer kley.senate.gov%2f> May 23rd, 2013 <merkley.senate.gov/email/images/spacer.gif> If It's Good Enough for the Biggest Banks. It's becoming harder and harder to afford college. Tuition rates are skyrocketing year after year, while incomes for middle class families have been stagnating or declining. It's no wonder that Americans owe more in student loan debt than they do even on credit cards. Now, to make matters worse, if Congress doesn't act by July, interest rates for student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8%! We cannot let that happen. We should be lowering student loan rates, not considering whether to allow them to double. That's why Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley is backing a plan to give students the same deal big banks get. The biggest financial institutions borrow money from the Federal Reserve at rates as low as 0.75%. Jeff has cosponsored a bill that would allow students to get the same interest rate on their federally-subsidized Stafford loans. If it's good enough for the biggest banks, it's good enough for America's college students. Repealing the "Monsanto Protection Act" In March, a secret rider, notoriously known as the "Monsanto Protection Act," was quietly and anonymously dropped into a must-pass spending bill to override court decisions requiring more thorough health and safety reviews for some genetically modified seeds. The federal courts have an important role in protecting farmers and consumers from potentially unsafe genetically modified products. This secret rider subverted this important process. Shortly after this secret rider was signed into law, Jeff held a series of town halls, where he heard from Oregonians of all stripes about their concerns about this provision. He decided to take action. This week, Jeff filed an amendment to the farm bill that would strip this provision from law, restoring the legal process for review of genetically-engineered seeds. Fighting Forest Fires We are rapidly approaching fire season in Oregon. Last year, we dealt with the biggest fires in over 100 years, one of those fires in Eastern Oregon being nearly the size of Rhode Island. We need to be ready and fight fires before they start. Unfortunately, in the President's budget funding for fire suppression was cut in half. In his role as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Jeff will fight to restore funding for fire suppression for Oregon, so we have the tools we need to stop wildfires before they start. We all need to pitch in to prevent wildfires. 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Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley THE OREGON REPORT

If It's Good Enough for the Biggest Banks…

It's becoming harder and harder to afford college. Tuition rates are skyrocketing year after year, while incomes for middle class families have been stagnating or declining. It's no wonder that Americans owe more in student loan debt than they do even on credit cards.

Now, to make matters worse, if Congress doesn’t act by July, interest rates for student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8%! We cannot let that happen. We should be lowering student loan rates, not considering whether to allow them to double.

That's why Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley is backing a plan to give students the same deal big banks get. The biggest financial institutions borrow money from the Federal Reserve at rates as low as 0.75%. Jeff has cosponsored a bill that would allow students to get the same interest rate on their federally-subsidized Stafford loans. If it's good enough for the biggest banks, it's good enough for America's college students.

Repealing the "Monsanto Protection Act"

In March, a secret rider, notoriously known as the "Monsanto Protection Act," was quietly and anonymously dropped into a must-pass spending bill to override court decisions requiring more thorough health and safety reviews for some genetically modified seeds. The federal courts have an important role in protecting farmers and consumers from potentially unsafe genetically modified products. This secret rider subverted this important process.

Shortly after this secret rider was signed into law, Jeff held a series of town halls, where he heard from Oregonians of all stripes about their concerns about this provision. He decided to take action. This week, Jeff filed an amendment to the farm bill that would strip this provision from law, restoring the legal process for review of genetically-engineered seeds.

Fighting Forest Fires

We are rapidly approaching fire season in Oregon. Last year, we dealt with the biggest fires in over 100 years, one of those fires in Eastern Oregon being nearly the size of Rhode Island. We need to be ready and fight fires before they start.

Unfortunately, in the President's budget funding for fire suppression was cut in half. In his role as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Jeff will fight to restore funding for fire suppression for Oregon, so we have the tools we need to stop wildfires before they start.

We all need to pitch in to prevent wildfires. The United States Fire Administration has good tips on how you can practice wildfire safety, including:

  • Contact your local fire department, health department, or forestry office for information on fire laws.
  • Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
  • Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
  • Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
  • Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
  • Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
  • Plan several escape routes away from your home - by car and by foot.
  • Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety.
Find out more at the .

Memorial Day

Senator Merkley speaks to a soldier
This Monday marks Memorial Day, a day we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We are grateful for the valiant service of those who have died for our freedom. As we honor our fallen heroes, we must remember to keep our commitments to those who have who served and their families.

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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