Linn Dems urge passage of Build Back Better Act
The Linn County Democratic Central Committee has adopted a resolution urging passage of the Build Back Better Act. Resolution 2021-3, adopted at the Oct. 7 LCDCC meeting, reads in part: "WHEREAS, the bulk of Linn County has been redistricted into Congressional District 5, we call upon (our prospective) Representative Kurt Schrader and all our Congressional Delegation to support the reconciliation bill HB 5376, the “Build Back Better Act,” with a yes vote." Schrader, along with Oregon four other representatives and Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have been notified about the resolution and urged to support the House and Senate versions for the reconciliation bill. Click here for entire resolution.
In other business at the Oct. 7 LCDCC meeting:
• Paula Connaghan of Lacomb was elected Ambassador of the Linn County Democratic Central Committee She succeeds Stephanie Schlitzkus, who has moved back to her home state of Louisiana. Paula is also a precinct committee person and Neighborhood Leader, and she co-managed the Linn Dems campaign office last fall.
Stephanie also served as an alternate for the Congressional District 4 Committee and State Central Committee. The elections for new CD4 and SCC alternates were tabled until Nov. 4.
In other business, the LCDCC:
• Adopted Resolution 2021-3 supporting the Build Back Better Act. (The entire resolution is listed below)
• Elected half of its potential 22-member slate to the Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention in December. Those elected were: Genny Lynch, Jerred Taylor, Susan Heath, Chris Smith, Edie Koenig, Keith Kolkow, Wendy Nilson, Nina Brenner, Mindy Lowden, Jackie Montague and Brenda Sterner.
"We have 11 more seats we will be considering at our November (4th) meeting," said Linn Dems Chair Jerred Taylor, encouraging precinct committee people to nominate themselves or other Democrats. (See story below to nominate someone).
RESOLUTION 2021-3, SUPPORTING THE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT
WHEREAS, the bulk of Linn County has been redistricted into Congressional District 5 and the current Representative is Congressman Kurt Schrader, and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article I plank 2 “We believe government plays key roles in creating and supporting a vibrant economy through investments and regulation of 21st Century infrastructure, including transportation, utilities, information access, education, healthcare, justice systems, and social services. We believe the economy depends upon businesses fulfilling their financial responsibility to support this infrastructure through taxes,” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article I plank 12, “We support making it easier and more financially rewarding for businesses to invest in creating well-paying, clean energy jobs than in creating jobs dependent on fossil fuels” and,
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article 3 plank 25, “We support state, national, and international greenhouse gas pollution reduction programs aimed at accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in the preamble to Article 8, “Oregon Democrats support maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure. We demand new infrastructure projects prepare for a future that includes the realities of climate change,” ... “and our“housing crisis,” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article I plank 15, “We believe in expanding workplace rights for all workers in all employment contracts, including flextime, compensatory time, and parental and family leave” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) platform of the Democratic Party of Oregon states that, “We support authorizing state and federal governments to negotiate drug prices with transparency” and,
WHEREAS, All the above planks are funded in key programs in the House reconciliation bill HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act” and the tax raises on the wealthy will completely fund the bills expenditures, and
WHEREAS, our prospective Congressman Kurt Schrader has refused to support HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act”
NOW, THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF LINN COUNTY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. We call upon Representative Kurt Schrader and all our Congressional Delegation to support the reconciliation bill HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act” with a yes vote, and
Section 2. we call upon Representative Kurt Schrader and all our Congressional Delegation to not amend it to weaken HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act” programs and funding, and
Section 3. we will communicate our urgent request, in writing, to the Oregon members of the Democratic National Committee, the Oregon Democratic Congressional Delegation, and via a press release to the Oregon media..
Resolution submitted by Linn County Democrats Platform Resolutions and Legislative Action Committee
Adopted by the LCDCC on Oct. 7, 2021
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