Sept. 9, 2023
Speaking from the Oval Office, President Biden made the case to Americans that it's vital to both global and U.S. national security to assist Israel as it responds to terror attacks by Hamas as well as to continue help for Ukraine as it fends off Russian invaders. He also pledged humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.
Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention
Anti-abortion ('pro-life') proclamation effort fizzles
MID-SEPTEMBER POST: Residents in Albany Ward III recently received a mailer from conservative activists pushing a radical proclamation and for the council approve flying an anti-abortion flag at City Hall throughout October. Albany's residents have strongly opposed restrictions on reproductive freedom, as the defeats of several anti-choice ballot measures in recent years show.
We cannot let extremist conservative activist voices carry the day. Contact the mayor and city councilors to let them know you oppose the proclamation and flying this flag. If you are able, please also plan on attending the Albany City Council meeting on Sept. 27.
Below are photos of both sides of the of mailer received by residents in Albany Ward III.
Bentz, DeRemer Accountability Teams (BAT/DRAT)
outline actions to prevent government shutdown
This Week’s Issue Is:
Republicans want to hold America hostage - again - by threatening another government shutdown if their demands on abortion, transgender care, “witch hunts”, and funding to Ukraine are not met.
What We Want Cliff and Lori to Do:
Reject House Republicans’ threats to shut down the government and - instead - support our economy and their constituents’ economic livelihood.
Optional Talking Points, and What You Need To Know:
- A government shutdown would have devastating consequences for low-income Americans because all but “essential” federal agencies would close their doors.
- House conservatives known as the Freedom Caucus has issued a list of demands that it wants included in a short-term funding bill this September, including initiatives to stop the Justice Department and FBI from conducting what the group calls political “witch hunts” and opposition to “blank check” funding to Ukraine.
- They want to prevent the federal government from providing abortion and gender affirming care by aiming to eliminate or curtail these programs from the spending bills before Congress.
- A shutdown would stop child care funding provided under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package passed in 2021.
- Up to 30,000 child care programs across the US could be lost – affecting up to 3 million families that may have to leave the workforce because they can't afford child care.
- The loss of those jobs would reverberate throughout the economy.
- In Oregon, public funding plays a major role in creating Oregon’s child care supply, especially for preschoolers.
- 27% of Clackamas County’s licensed childcare providers have children who utilize publicly funded services.
- In Linn County, lack of affordable childcare prevents parents from working.
- The Oregon child care crisis means that Deschutes County is particularly dependent on ARPA funding.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Though funding for the SNAP program is mandatory, the ability to send out “food stamp” benefits could be affected by a shutdown. During any shutdown, stores are not able to renew their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card licenses, so those whose licenses expire would not be able to accept SNAP benefits during a shutdown.
- Health and Human Services: Of particular concern are formula grant programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, sometimes described as “cash welfare”). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would also be prevented from admitting new patients or processing other grant applications.
- Good news - Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Unlike previous shutdowns, normal IRS operations would continue because of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). All 83,000 employees would be exempt from furlough! Well done Mr. President!
- Shutdowns cost money:
- Putting contingency plans in place has a real cost.
- Many user fees and other charges are not collected during a shutdown.
- Federal contractors sometimes include premiums in their bids to account for uncertainty in being paid.
- While many federal employees are forced to be idle during a shutdown, they have historically received and are now guaranteed back pay, negating much of those potential savings.
- Official estimates of the 2013 government shutdown found that $2.5 billion of pay and benefits were paid to furloughed employees for hours not worked during the shutdown, as well as roughly $10 million of penalty interest payments and lost fee collections.
- Shutdowns carry a cost to the economy:
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the 2018-2019 shutdown reduced Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by a total of $11 billion, including $3 billion that will never be recovered.
- On top of that, longer shutdowns negatively affect private-sector investment and hiring decisions as businesses cannot obtain federal permits and certifications, or access federal loans.
- Shutdowns wastes taxpayer money:
- Short-term funding (Continuing Resolutions, or CR’s) usually continue funding at the past year’s level without any regard for changing policy needs or the value of each program within an agency.
- Using a CR wastes hundreds of hours of careful consideration and program evaluation incorporated into each agency’s budget submission. (For instance, the President’s annual budget proposes a list of eliminations and reductions of programs that are duplicative or ineffective; a CR will continue to fund these unwanted programs).
- CRs disrupts activities within agencies, makes it difficult to plan or start future projects, and costs staff time to revise work plans every time the budget changes.
This would not be the first time Republicans held America hostage:
- During the 2013 shutdown, a backlog of 1.2 million income and Social Security number verification requests delayed mortgage and other loan approvals, and billions of dollars of tax refunds were also delayed. At least 26,000 furloughed IRS employees were recalled to work during the 2018-2019 shutdown in preparation for tax season, but 14,000 did not show up to work without pay.
- A 2019 Senate report found that the three government shutdowns in 2013, 2018, and 2019 cost taxpayers nearly $4 billion.
- As noted above, the 2018-2019 shutdown reduced Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by a total of $11 billion, including $3 billion that will never be recovered.
Tell Cliff/Lori why this matters to YOU personally. Here’s a sample postcard or call script:
Dear Rep Bentz or Rep Chavez DeRemer,
Please do not play Russian Roulette with your constituents’ economic well being. Reject any possible government shutdown this fall. Prove that you are fiscally responsible by opposing another blow to our economy and families’ ability to thrive.
(For those writing to Bentz, who often touts his Catholic beliefs, perhaps it would be in order to mention the fact that the Catholic Social Justice Network advocates for the same thing that we are asking him to do this week.)
Please call or write by this Friday, September 8.
For a deeper dive into today’s topic
- Abortion: How Republicans plan to shut down federal funding for it
- Gender Affirming Care: How Republicans plan to shut down federal funding for it
BAT / DRAT Contact Info for Cliff and Lori and Other Reminders
- If you write a postcard:
- Sign your postcard with your first and last name, and the city or county you live in.
- Stick a 51-cent stamp on it and please put it in the mail by this Friday, September 8.
- Take a picture of your postcard and post it on your Twitter account, tagging @cliff_truth or @truth_lori.
- If you have suggestions for topics for our weekly message, or if you’d like to help us write one, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Follow the BAT/DRAT Teams on social media at
Contact information to send postcards and emails or to call Cliff/Lori:
- Mail - 409 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; 2430 SW 4th Ave. #2, Ontario, OR 97914; 14 N. Central Avenue, Ste. 112, Medford, OR 97501
- Email - https://bentz.house.gov/contact
- Phone - Washington, DC (202) 225-6730; Ontario (541) 709-2040; Medford (541) 776-4646
- Mail - 1722 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515; 621 High Street, Oregon City, OR 97045; 2757 NW. 7th St., suite D, Redmond, OR 97756
- Email - Not available
- Phone - Washington, DC (202) 225-5711; Oregon City 503-387-8651; Redmond 971-403-8940
If you write an LTE:
- For links to newspapers in CD2 and LTE-writing tips, click here. For links to CD5 newspapers, click here.
- Share it with others on the BAT/DRAT team by emailing it to us at email@example.com or post it on your FaceBook page, tagging https://www.facebook.com/TellTheTruthLori or https://www.facebook.com/TellTheTruthCliff.
- If your LTE gets published, please send us a link if there’s an online version or send us a photo of the print version, again, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linn Dems hope to rent storage unit
We've been growing very quickly and have identified the need for a secure, local storage option for our frequently used meeting, tabling and event supplies. We're extremely grateful to the Scranages for their ongoing donation of storage for some of our larger items, which has really helped us to keep our overall storage costs low. We're looking to secure a small storage unit in Albany which will provide us 24-7 access to these supplies as needed. The estimated cost is about $100/month and will give our volunteers much needed flexibility to access supplies when they need them.
We're looking for about 20 folks to become monthly donors at, or increase their monthly donation by, $5/month to help us make this a reality. If you are able, please pitch in by clicking the button below. Thank you!
Linn County Democrats Chair
Linn County cooling centers listed
- Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. SE: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
- Carnegie Library, 302 Ferry St.: 10 am. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday through Tuesday; 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 am. to 1 p.m. Friday.
- Albany Fire Station, 611 Lyon St. SE: 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed Friday through Sunday.
- CHANCE, 231 Lyon St.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.
- 2nd Chance, 1100 SE Jackson St.: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
- Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday.
- First Christian Church, 170 E. Grant St.: Closed Saturday, 1:30 tp 5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed Friday.
- City Hall, 3225 Main St.: Closed Saturday and Sunday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Sweet Home Public Library, 1101 13th Ave.: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Friday.
- Sweet Home Senior Center, 880 18th Ave.: Closed Saturday and Sunday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Sweet Home Police Station, 1950 Main St.: Closed Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Linn Dems elect delegates and alternates
to Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention
The Linn County Democratic Central Committee has elected a full slate of delegates (22) and alternates (11) to the Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention, scheduled for Aug. 18-20 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. The election was held July 6 during the Linn Dems monthly general meeting. Here are our delegates and alternates:
Nichole Case, Stacey Bartholomew, Steve Harbert, Susan Heath, Genny Lynch, Carolyn Wagner, Chris Smith, Samuel Damico, Greg Ivers, Edie Koenig, Michael Thomson, Anne Clarke, Cheryl Hayworth, Don Andrews, Krystal Overvig, Travis Overvig, Nonie Harcombe, Mary Cooke, Pam Keller, Mark Keller, Jackie Montague, Cindy Bethell.
Paula Connaghan, Norina Columbaro, Nathan Burroughs, Wendy Nilsen, Michelle Dugi, Bud Laurent, Patrick Skelly, Loren Ford, Jolene Thomson, Ann Ketter, Judy Arter.
Linn County Fair
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