Dear Friend,

The year 2020 has been challenging in many ways.

It shouldn’t need to be said, but our country and our democracy rely on the peaceful transfer of power. Donald Trump’s repeated remarks questioning the legitimacy of the upcoming election and his unwillingness to commit to a peaceful transition of power are contrary to American values and put our safety and democracy at risk. We must all stand against this authoritarian behavior.

During these already difficult times, I join the millions in the United States and around the world who are mourning the profound loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thousands of votes have already been cast in the Presidential election, and voters deserve to be heard before Justice Ginsburg’s seat is filled. But Senator Mitch McConnell is determined to fill the seat just a few weeks before the election. Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, opposes reproductive freedom and her nomination is a serious threat to Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act. I call on the Senate to oppose this nominee and let voters have their say.


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Some positive news: today the House is voting again to send more relief to families, individuals and businesses who are struggling because of the pandemic. Many of my priorities including nutrition assistance and more testing are included in this legislation, and I urge the Senate to act on it.

Devastating Fires, Strong Oregonians

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This has been a devastating wildfire season, and I am very grateful for the swift action of firefighters, first responders, volunteers, and so many others. I recently met with the heroic firefighters of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, who faced unprecedented threats with courage and prevented the loss of any lives or homes in NW Oregon’s Powerline and Chehalem Mountain fires. We will have a long road to recovery, and I’ll keep fighting for the resources our communities need to fight these fires and support evacuees and others who need assistance. 

Oregonians faced a housing crisis before the pandemic and wildfires. I am particularly concerned about making sure people who have fled their homes have stable shelter, immediately and in the long term. I led my Oregon colleagues in asking FEMA to mobilize housing resources for affected Oregonians, and the delegation has been working together in a bipartisan way to bring all possible support to our state.

Most recently, I led my colleagues in asking the IRS for an extension so Oregonians will have more time to receive their Economic Impact Payments (EIPs). If you have not yet received your $1,200 direct payment, the deadline is approaching to receive it this year. Please use this form to contact my office for assistance with the IRS.

Mitigating the Climate Crisis

ImageThis tragic wildfire season reinforced what many of us have said for decades: the climate crisis is here, and we must act. The House recently passed a comprehensive energy bill that is an important step in transitioning to a 100 percent clean energy economy and supporting good-paying jobs. As a member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, I helped to include many provisions from our comprehensive Climate Action Plan into the bill.


I was pleased that this energy bill also included my bipartisan Water Power Research and Development Act to help capture the power of the ocean, waves, tides, and currents to mitigate the climate crisis. Oregonians are leading the way on marine energy. It has tremendous potential as one of the last untapped renewable energy sources, and it can be unlocked with the help of this federal investment.


“I’m Exhausted"

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When I spoke with women entrepreneurs recently, one mom summarized the child care crisis: “I’m exhausted,” she said. I hear this refrain from parents all the time in my work to address the child care crisis in Oregon and across the country. I launched my Oregon Child Care Advisory Board, a group of child care providers, parents, and advocates, to share ideas and advise my work to stabilize and vastly improve the child care industry. And, I’m grateful the House passed my 21st Century Community Leaning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act to provide desperately needed flexibility that will help more low-income, school aged children continue their education in safe and supportive academic environments.


Another piece of good news: the funding bill that recently passed Congress included extensions of key child nutrition provisions that I fought for, including the USDA waiver that allows schools to keep providing meals when they are closed, so children have access to nutritious meals.


In Case You Missed It

·        Senator Wyden and I stood up for the US Postal Service and called for a new facility in Warrenton.

·        As a mom and a policy-maker, I am thrilled the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act  passed the House.

·        I am co-leading the National Apprenticeship Act to invest more than $3.5 billion to create and support nearly one million new Registered Apprenticeships over the next five years. The bill also includes my bipartisan PARTNERS Act.

·        I led dozens of my colleagues in standing up for trans kids against Secretary DeVos and Trump’s Department of Education.

·        Renters need more support in this pandemic, and I called for additional protections for renters as we work to prevent a tsunami of evictions.

 

   

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