|Great news! The Save the Internet Act just crossed its first hurdle in Congress: A subcommittee passed a clean version with no amendments. And Rep. Kurt Schrader was one of the members who voted yes and stood up for internet users everywhere.
Could you thank Rep. Schrader for his support?
Saying thanks goes a long way and it takes just a few minutes.
Don’t use Twitter? No problem! It can’t hurt to give them a call to say thanks. Call Rep. Schrader’s office at (202) 225-5711
to get connected. When the office picks up say:
While this bill still has a ways to go, the vote today is a huge step forward. Say thanks to help make sure our representatives know we see them when they do the right thing.
You’re the best,
Candace and the rest of the Free Press Action team
P.S. Now that the Save the Internet Act is moving forward, companies like Comcast will double their efforts to stop this bill in its tracks. Chip in $5 today to fuel the momentum for real Net Neutrality.
I hope everyone has been safe and warm during the sudden cold snap.
It is the middle of week three and the legislative session is off to a very busy start! Committees are hearing bills, the phones are ringing, we receive hundreds of emails each morning, and I’ve been holding information meetings during every unscheduled moment each day here in Salem.
Here’s a brief update on a few items of interest…
Read the entire letter here: February Legislative Update
A group of conservative Democrats* elected to the 116th Congress—some of them new to the House—seem determined to sabotage the possibility of success for their party in a hard-won election. Their go…
*including Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
WASHINGTON — The National Organization for Women (NOW) is proud to endorse Nancy Pelosi to reclaim her position as Speaker of the House. The first woman in
We need to Flood these Members with Calls!
Today NOW announced our endorsement of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. But Leader Pelosi is in need of immediate calls to organizers of an effort to prevent her from being elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. A very serious challenge to Leader Pelosi – primarily by a small group of men and some newly-elected members – is poised to prevent her from gaining a majority vote in the House Democratic Caucus. Meetings are beginning today so your call is critically important.
The effort has been instigated by a vile smear campaign by Republicans. The result is: a challenge to Leader Pelosi instigated by #FiveWhiteGuys: Reps. Seth Moulton (Mass.), Tim Ryan (Ohio), Bill Foster (Ill.), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.). They are circulating a letter opposing Leader Pelosi for signatures among the 22 current and incoming members who have said that they may not support her and among other House members. We need to do what we can to stop this.
Please call those five Representatives NOW. Even though you may not be a constituent in their Congressional Districts, please tell the receptionist that you are calling on behalf of the many NOW members who are their constituents.
HERE’S YOUR MESSAGE: Hello, we are calling on behalf of the hundreds of NOW members who reside in your state and your district. NOW is supporting Leader Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House; we need a proven capable and talented leader in these turbulent times. Democrats must present a united front. Leader Pelosi has shown that she can unite Democrats to pass progressive legislation; it was her leadership that got the Affordable Care Act passed. I am asking you get behind Leader Pelosi because she is the very best candidate for Speaker and to urge your colleagues to support her election.
Members to call:
Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) – 202-225-8020
Rep. Bill Foster (Illinois) – 202-225-3515
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Colorado) – 202-225-2645
Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) – 202-225-5201
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Oregon) – 202-225-5711
For Women’s Lives and Happiness,
Toni Van Pelt
The next United States Congress will have at least 123 women in the House and Senate, including two Muslim-American women, two Native American women and two 29-year-olds.Ten more women could still win in midterm races that remain too close to call.
Source: November Legislative Update
November Legislative Update
I want to begin by thanking the good people of our district for honoring me with the responsibility to represent them another two years in Salem. I take that responsibility very seriously.
You will continue to see me in our local schools, service organizations, business grand openings, and community events or fundraisers. I will continue to listen. Then, late in January, I return to the State Capitol for the six month legislative session. I will work very hard to bring your voice, your vision, and your priorities to the Capitol and ensure they hear our unique coastal and coastal range perspective.
With the November General Election behind us, I am once again sending regular email updates.
Over the past two months, I’ve been working on the proposals I plan to present for legislative consideration. Here are three priorities:
1) Small Business Tax Cut. I am renewing efforts to reduce taxes for our smallest small businesses. In particular, I want to include firms that hire part time or seasonal workers. Those are the S Corporations, LLCs and Sole Proprietors that make up our fishing, farming, and tourism economy.
To see my floor speech on this issue last session, click here.
2) Senior Property Tax Deferral. Too many fixed-income retirees are at risk of losing their homes because of property tax expenses. A state program will pay those taxes for you and be reimbursed when the home sells. But the program has limited funds and equally limited qualification requirements. I want people to stay in their family home as long and as securely as they choose. So I’ll be asking the legislature to expand this program and make it more widely available.
3) Preparing Kids for Natural Disasters. One day here at the coast, the ground will start shaking. How can we be better prepared? One answer is to enlist our schools to properly train young people.
Current law requires schools to conduct monthly drills. But there is more to getting ready than hiding under the desk. I want to use the same allocation of time to offer an age-appropriate curriculum that teaches students how to prepare and how to recover. That can include emergency planning, necessary supplies, first aid, CERT, and community volunteerism. It can consider earthquakes and tsunamis, but also fire, flood, snowfall, or even water contamination. My thinking is that learning is generational. Parents learn from their children. And if we begin to better prepare our students, all of us will be better prepared.
If you are interested in more details on any of these proposals, please email us for a one page summary.
Out and About in House District 10
What a treat to serve as “MC” for Dancing With the Coastal Stars. We raised money for Samaritan House, had good fun, and changed lives. Congratulations to all the local competitors who practiced for months to get ready for the show.
I attended the ribbon cutting for a new shooting and archery range at Boy Scout Camp Meriwether just north of Pacific City in Tillamook County. Taking a turn with the targets, I placed all ten rounds in the black center.
Earlier this month, I rode along for a shift with Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police. I’ve done these visits before for a better understanding of traffic, crime, how budgets affect coverage, and the safety and concerns of those men and women who work to protect us all.
I joined US Congressman Kurt Schrader for a recent series of meetings in Lincoln County. We visited Depoe Bay to discuss harbor dredging and met with fisherman in Newport. A highlight of the day was opening the new Veterans Service Center. Programs there and in north Lincoln County have been expanded based on money appropriated by the budget committee I chair in Salem.
I spent an afternoon serving dinners at the annual Depoe Bay Salmon Bake. City volunteers have a real “machine” in place and I worked up a sweat scooping coleslaw.
Odds and Ends from the Past Two Months
Thanks for taking the time to read these updates and stay informed. As always, please be in touch if I can ever be of assistance.
Representative David Gomberg
District address: PO Box 113, Neotsu, OR 97364
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