Saving lives on the coast

Senator Jeff Merkley
2014-12-15 14:38:52
Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx _text=Y&link=quorum_merkley-iq%2501113024%2501100054%2b-%2b12-12-2014%2b eNewsletter%250115721.24837621.8121362.7791867%2501merkley%2540unityfeed com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_merkley-iq/eNew letter_Masthead.jpg> <merkley.senate.gov/email/images/spacer.gif> Saving the Newport Coast Guard Helicopter When Coast Guard officials recently threatened to close down Newport's Coast Guard helicopter rescue station, endangering the lives of commercial fishermen, recreational boaters and visitors along the coast, Jeff got to work. After persuading the Coast Guard to extend the closure date to December 15, Jeff worked with other members of the Oregon delegation to let their colleagues know how important this issue was to Oregon's coast and reverse the Coast Guard decision. A few days ago, they succeeded in passing a bill before the deadline to save the helicopter and keep it in Newport. As Jeff said, the passage of this bill is a literal lifesaver for our coastal communities. It's a huge win for the safety of coastal residents and visitors - and for the local economy, which is built on a strong commercial and recreational fishing industry. Jeff is determined to keep the Newport helicopter right where it belongs: in Newport. The Oregonian: Newport Coast Guard helicopter station gets a reprieve, will remain open until January 2016 <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=15721.24837621.8121362.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ore gonlive.com%2fpacific-northwest-news%2findex.ssf%2f2014%2f12%2fnewport_c oast_guard_helicopter.html%23incart_maj-story-1> Equality for All In America, no one should be discriminated against just because of who they are. But today, it's still legal in dozens of states to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals in many aspects of their lives. It's shocking that in the year 2014, Americans could legally be denied a job, housing, or entrance to a store just because of who they are or who they love. But in all too many places, it's true. That's why Jeff announced recently that he will be drafting a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill to give our LGBT friends and neighbors the same civil rights protections that exist for other Americans. As Speaker of the Oregon House, Jeff passed a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill to ensure that all Oregonians would have equality under the law. Now, it's long past time to make sure that equality is extended to all Americans. TIME: A Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill Is Coming <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=15721.24837621.8121362.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ftime.co m%2f3626346%2flgbt-nondiscrimination-merkley-center-for-american-progres s%2f> Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Jeff's Work for Oregon On Instagram? Follow Jeff on Instagram <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=15721.24837621.8121362.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2finstagr am.com%2fsenjeffmerkley> for a behind-the-scenes look at his travels around the state and his work for Oregon in the U.S. Senate. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_merkley-iq/Inst agram_option_2.JPG> Making the Senate Work Better for Working Families Jeff has been fighting for years to break through the gridlock and fix the broken Senate because he knows it's critical to making Washington work for working Americans. A year ago, Jeff's efforts led to a historic rule change - and it's made a real difference. Recently, the Bend Bulletin highlighted Jeff's work to make the Senate work better and the big impact the rule change has had in its first year. Click here to read the Bend Bulletin's report: "Filibuster reform, one year later" <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=15721.24837621.8121362.7791867&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ben dbulletin.com%2fhome%2f2634016-151%2ffilibuster-reform-one-year-later%3f entryType%3d0> Happy Holidays! This holiday season, Jeff is wishing safe and happy holidays to everyone in Oregon. Did you know that Oregon is one of America's top producers of Christmas trees? 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Saving the Newport Coast Guard Helicopter

When Coast Guard officials recently threatened to close down Newport's Coast Guard helicopter rescue station, endangering the lives of commercial fishermen, recreational boaters and visitors along the coast, Jeff got to work. After persuading the Coast Guard to extend the closure date to December 15, Jeff worked with other members of the Oregon delegation to let their colleagues know how important this issue was to Oregon's coast and reverse the Coast Guard decision.  A few days ago, they succeeded in passing a bill before the deadline to save the helicopter and keep it in Newport.
 
As Jeff said, the passage of this bill is a literal lifesaver for our coastal communities. It's a huge win for the safety of coastal residents and visitors – and for the local economy, which is built on a strong commercial and recreational fishing industry. Jeff is determined to keep the Newport helicopter right where it belongs: in Newport.

Equality for All

In America, no one should be discriminated against just because of who they are. 
 
But today, it's still legal in dozens of states to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals in many aspects of their lives. It's shocking that in the year 2014, Americans could legally be denied a job, housing, or entrance to a store just because of who they are or who they love. But in all too many places, it's true.
 
That's why Jeff announced recently that he will be drafting a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill to give our LGBT friends and neighbors the same civil rights protections that exist for other Americans. As Speaker of the Oregon House, Jeff passed a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill to ensure that all Oregonians would have equality under the law. Now, it's long past time to make sure that equality is extended to all Americans.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Jeff's Work for Oregon

On Instagram? for a behind-the-scenes look at his travels around the state and his work for Oregon in the U.S. Senate.


 

Making the Senate Work Better for Working Families

Jeff has been fighting for years to break through the gridlock and fix the broken Senate because he knows it's critical to making Washington work for working Americans. 
 
A year ago, Jeff's efforts led to a historic rule change – and it's made a real difference. Recently, the Bend Bulletin highlighted Jeff's work to make the Senate work better and the big impact the rule change has had in its first year.
 

Happy Holidays!

This holiday season, Jeff is wishing safe and happy holidays to everyone in Oregon. 
 
Did you know that Oregon is one of America's top producers of Christmas trees? To honor Oregon's tradition of growing great Christmas trees, Jeff  Forest Service officials to bring an Oregon tree to the nation's capital as the Capitol Christmas Tree in 2016.
 
Happy holidays!

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