Local and state chapters of NOW do not endorse candidates for federal office, but they can recommend to the national organization of NOW that they endorse a specific candidate. Oregon NOW, based on Senator Merkley’s responses to its “questionnaire” and on his support of NOW’s goals throughout his career recommended to NOW (national) that it endorse Senator Merkley and it has done so. Merkley’s opponent was also sent the “questionnaire”, but did not return it. For other Oregon Federal Election Candidates endorsed by NOW: http://nowpac.org/oregon-2014/
Oregon NOW’s “Questionnaire” and Senator Merkley’s responses:
Sen. Jeff Merkley
NOW Endorsement Response
The National Organization for Women offers our endorsement of candidates and campaigns that support women’s rights issues, including but not limited to:
- support for reproductive rights without restrictions,
- economic equality and pay equity,
- civil rights for all, with special emphasis on equal rights for people of color and lesbian and gays,
- constitutional equality for women,
- affirmative action,
- elimination of violence against women, and
- reasonable gun control legislation
If you would like to be endorsed by NOW, please describe in 250 words or less how you will reflect these priorities when you are elected.
In the Senate I am fighting to protect women’s rights, women’s health, and for equal pay in the workplace. I fought back when Republicans tried to cut access to contraceptives and repeal the Affordable Care Act. I support a woman’s right to choose 100%. And as long as I represent Oregon, women throughout the state will have an advocate in D.C. fighting for them.
To make our health care system work for American families and small businesses, I supported the Affordable Care Act, which brought an end to many of the predatory insurance practices that victimized women.
For too many working moms, it’s hard to get adequate time and space to pump breast milk while they are on the job. As Speaker of the Oregon House, I championed “right to pump” legislation and as Oregon’s Senator, I added a bipartisan amendment to the 2010 health care reform law to ensure that new mothers have the time and space they need to pump while at work.
I am the lead sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban LGBT employment discrimination. I supported the Violence Against Women Act, and also voted in favor of reasonable restrictions on guns, such as a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks.
Women in Oregon make just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. That’s why I am fighting now to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. I am also leading the fight to increase the minimum wage, which disproportionately affects women.
Andy Maggi, Political Director
503-200-5518 X115 (Office)