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Ronald Lee "Ron" Wyden is the senior United States Senator for Oregon, serving since 1996, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1996.


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Petitioning President of the United States, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson,...

Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people. 

Kaitlin Jozokos
234,908 supporters
Petitioning Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Altman, Rick Scott, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, John McCain, Ar...

Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild

Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal.  Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of  "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statutes states:  FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting: this is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death.  I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]  

Fara D
77,360 supporters
Petitioning Tim Knopp, Greg Walden, Kate Brown, Donald Trump, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley

PLEASE Help the fight to get Christopher and Hunter back to their parents!

Imagine having your newborn baby taken away from you because of a falsely reported phone call to Child Protective Services and what that would feel like. And now imagine that they will not give your child back to you, despite years of jumping through hoops to prove that you are a worthy parent, with no evidence to the contrary. As a mother of two children, I can’t imagine a more terrifying world to live in...and yet, I’ve seen it happen to someone else. I’m here to share that story with you. Before going into the story, it seems fair to briefly tell you about who I am. Besides being a mother of two wonderful grown children, I am a doctoral student with an M.S. NDR (negotiation and dispute resolution), a B.S. in social science/psychology and an associate degree in criminal justice. I have over 20 years of volunteering in non-profit organizations and currently, I work as a Professional Mediator and Life Coach (www.aktionnow.com) I only share this because it helps to know that my education level and field of study qualify me to make these assessments and hopefully brings credibility to the story. I have been volunteering my time with a family as their life coach/mentor. I met them in May 2016 when I was volunteering at the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Protective Services (CPS) in Bend, Oregon. My position was to monitor parent visitations for families that had their children in the State of Oregon’s custody. I met Amy and Eric when I was the case worker required to observe them during home visits with their nearly 3-year-old son, Christopher, every Friday. Each visit was for three hours, which provided a lot of interaction for me to observe and document. I quickly discovered that this family had no problem at all taking care of their son. They showed loving attention, were attentive to his needs, and at this point had been fighting faithfully in court for almost three years to prove to CPS that they were capable and loving parents. For those of you doing the math, yes,  Christopher was removed from them when he was only days old. In my professional opinion, after multiple sessions observing Amy and Eric interact with their son for hours on end, I found no reason they should have had their child taken from them and placed in the State’s care. Any reasonably trained and educated CPS worker should have arrived at the same conclusion, as I documented in the session notes of every visit. The couple demonstrated competent parenting skills with Christopher, had no history of abuse or neglect, and expressed a deep desire to have Christopher returned to them to raise him along with the mother’s twin boys. I would also add that it was apparent from their body language and how they treated each other that the couple was in love, and while that is not a requirement to be a parent, it’s a big bonus for a child.  So why was a newborn baby taken away from his mother and father? As the caseworker assigned to the family, I learned their story… Seven days after losing her own mother, Amy Fabbrini (the mother in this story) gave birth to Christopher at home. She was unaware that she was pregnant. Amy suffers from kidney issues (which she says is a genetic thing passed down from her family), causing intense pain at times. She had associated the symptoms of pregnancy with the disorder. After helping with a surprise delivery of his new baby boy, Eric (the father), immediately called 911 and had mother and baby brought to the hospital. Both were in shock of this and were understandably probably affected by this traumatic event. Amy had been living with her parents and her two twin boys after a divorce with the father of the twins. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s and the surprise addition of a new child, Amy told her father of this event; to hear him tell her that she may not bring the infant back to his home. She was forced to make the decision to move with her twin boys in with her newborn child’s father, Eric. What happens next is what I believe to be a traumatic panic, her grieving father, dealing with the recent death of his wife and now losing the companionship of Amy and the twin boys, called CPS and falsely reported neglect, after he had already known about a falsely reported call from Eric's roommate (after an argument that they had). It sounds confusing but this is the mess the couple was in days after the infant had arrived, without having a chance to settle in as a new family, get adjusted to the idea of a new baby, or get the house ready for such an event, they were dealing with negativity - rather than excitement of a precious little baby boy. Sadly, CPS took infant Christopher, and he has been in foster care ever since. At the time that they took the infant, they also took Amy's twin boys and gave them to her ex-husband who had not really been involved with the boys much. Amy lost all three of her boys within a week after her loss of her mother to Alzheimer's. She was not given grievance counseling or condolences to this day from CPS. Additionally, the parents have complied with all of CPS’s requests from the beginning. There was no abuse. There was no neglect. There was no alcohol or drug use. CPS has simply claimed that they are “retarded” (yes, that was actually the term used by a CPS worker) and that they do not have the intelligence to raise a child. When I questioned this supervisor assigned to the case, he replied with derogatory remarks about the father and mother. I asked why the couple had not been given their child back. His reply shocked me. He said, “Eric is retarded, fat and lazy - he doesn't even brush his teeth. There is no way that I am allowing them to have Christopher.” The way that this supervisor spoke about the parents was anything but professional. It was then that I realized that this couple had been up against a powerful agency that seemed to have little or no accountability. After I had spent almost three months observing this family and reporting weekly on my observations, we learned that none of the reports I had submitted to CPS were given to the court or the attorneys representing each parent. Eric continually asked his attorney to get copies of the reports that I had submitted. After no reports were produced by CPS, Eric’s attorney asked me if I would be willing to testify in court regarding my observations of the visits. I agreed. While on vacation in California, I testified telephonically in court on behalf of Eric and Amy to report my observations that were in the reports which could not be obtained from CPS by either attorney. I reported the interactions that I observed between Eric, Amy and their son, Christopher. I told the judge that I did not understand why CPS had not returned this now almost 3-year-old child back to his parents.  Just a few days after I testified in court, I was notified from CPS that they “no longer needed my volunteer help” because they “had recently hired someone for the position.” I was asked to come in and return my key to the building along with all equipment that CPS had given me to use while I was in an observational role. When I got back from my vacation, I met with the supervisor and turned everything in. During that meeting, I asked for clarification as to why I was being released [just days after my testimony] from a “volunteer position,” and why I was being treated so differently by him that afternoon. He only replied with “we have a new hire for your position,” and then said, “I will need to walk you to the door; you now have no clearance to walk freely.” As I walked to the door (which was approximately a football field away in distance), he walked behind me. The feeling from him was cold as if I did something criminal. His demeanor was completely opposite of how he used to conduct himself in my presence. Prior to the testimony, I gave in court, the supervisors would tell me how thankful they were to have me and my expertise. I decided to continue to work with the family as a life coach and mentor, volunteering my time to help them get their son back. Their case with Christopher is currently back in the county courts, after going to the appellate courts and the supreme courts of Oregon. CPS has moved toward adoption, permanently removing the child from them and terminating their rights as parents. Eric has a normal high school diploma and tested in the middle of his class. Amy also has a normal high school diploma. The two of them have newer vehicles, a three-bedroom, two-bath house and live in Redmond, Oregon. Recently, Amy gave birth to another healthy boy, named Hunter. Even though this new baby is viewed as a “new case,” CPS came into the hospital and took Hunter from his parents. They did not do any investigation to see if this child was at risk. They simply took him. When the worker arrived, he was not even prepared to take the newborn infant. He had to ask the hospital for diapers, wipes, blankets, an outfit, formula and did not once ask the nurses about the care of the infant with the parents. I had spent hours with the family in the hospital, and they kept hourly records of their child (e.g., when he nursed, when he wet the diaper when he had a bowel movement, etc.). They were very caring, attentive, happy, and in love with their new baby boy. The night before CPS came to take the child, they informed me that they were coming to take the infant. I offered my home to CPS for the child, and that I would provide 24/7 observation with the family in my home, and that I would work from home to give this mother a chance to bond while CPS did their “investigation.” They refused. The next morning, I emailed the case worker peer-reviewed journal articles explaining the neuroscience regarding the trauma that occurs to an infant when it is taken from his mother, and how the first several weeks are a very crucial time for nutrition (from breast milk), bonding and attachment development. He emailed me back with, “Can I call you?” However, he never called. He came that day at 2:00 pm and took the infant. In court the next Tuesday we pleaded to have the child returned to me as a caregiver so that Amy could nurse and bond with the infant. The judge agreed to have CPS perform a background on me and encouraged the infant to return to the mother with 24/7 monitoring until CPS was done with their investigation. To this day, they still have not performed a background check on me. I have sent probably 20 emails. We are now asking for an expedited court date and want to expose this case. It is criminal and inhumane what CPS is doing. If you have any ideas; (i.e. contacts for news stories, lawyers, or other organizations that you feel you can connect me to; I would be most appreciative. Please send all inquiries to sherrenehagenbach@gmail.com See updates on news coverage and up to date info and news investigations https://www.facebook.com/ReturnChrisandHunter/ Thank you so much for your support!!!

Sherrene Hagenbach
48,338 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Charles Schumer, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Richard Blumenthal, Maria Cantwell, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, Robert Casey, Christopher Coons...

We demand that The United States Senate not confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, the Attorney General of the United States must be independent of politics and respect the dignity of all Americans. The Attorney General has a duty to enforce the rule of law fairly and pursue equal justice under the law. One of the core functions of the Department of Justice is to protect Americans’ civil rights, and to defend those who have been denied them. Another key function of the Department of Justice is to protect our security, but never sacrifice our civil liberties. Not only has Senator Sessions been a staunch opponent of reforming the tragic shortcomings in our criminal justice system, he holds a number of views that are inconsistent with how most Americans believe justice should be applied under our Constitution.

The Righteous Opposition
40,395 supporters
Closed
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Senate Finance Committe, Labor and Employment Committee, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Marcy Kaptur, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Orrin Hatch, Ron Wyden,...

Save His Pension!

My husband did physically demanding work for over 30 years for Yellow Freight, and he did it happily, knowing that all of his hard work came with the promise of a pension to support us in our retirement. In 2014, Congress decided that those promises don’t matter -- it passed the Multi-Employer Pension Recovery Act (MPRA), which allows for disastrous cuts to the pensions of those who are already retired and on a fixed income. The pension Jeff earned will now be cut by 50%, putting our home and future in jeopardy. The MPRA was slipped into a must-pass Omnibus budget bill just hours before it had to be voted on to keep the government from shutting down. This dirty tactic was the only way such an unfair law could get passed. Now, lawmakers are trying to work to reverse the damage before it is too late, with the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA).  UPDATE 4/9/16: THE SAME PEOPLE WHO HAD MPRA SLIPPED INTO THE OMNIBUS IN 2014 ARE NOW WORKING ON A BILL TO MAKE IT LEGAL TO SLASH PENSIONS OF RETIREES IN FUNDS LIKE JEFF'S  THAT ARE LESS THAN 120% FUNDED. THIS IS BLATANT PENSION THEFT! Tell Congress to protect seniors’ pensions. Pass the Keep Our Pension Promises Act. For lawmakers, many of whom are financially secure and don’t need to worry about their retirement, stories like ours don’t seem to matter when they pass harmful legislation. We don't live extravagantly. Now, because of MPRA, we are not sure if we can keep our home. Even worse, we have to stop helping two relatives with food and medical expenses.  Jeff is 69 and I'm 66 and I’m scared we will be expected to go back into the workforce if we want to survive. Even if we wanted to, my husband has two bad shoulders and a bad hip from over 30 years of heavy lifting at Yellow Freight. I have a heart problem. It is a shame we are in a place where seniors even have to entertain this idea. The wealthiest country in the world can do better. Our lawmakers can do better. Jeff is a Vietnam vet. 60% of pensioners affected by this bill are Veterans.  Jeff's pension fund still has $18 billion he and 400,000 others worked hard for. People like us cannot afford laws like the MPRA. It must be reversed or seniors like us could find ourselves on the streets and living in poverty. Please join us in asking Congress to pass the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.  

Gail Kraker
27,449 supporters
Petitioning Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Aaron Ford, Barbara Bailey, Tina Orwall, Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse, Richard Blumenthal, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Murp...

Protect the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Department of Education is proposing eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The stated purpose of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is to “encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs”. To qualify for PSLF forgiveness, people must not only work full-time in a public service position, but also make 10 years’ worth of full, on-time, income-based monthly payments toward their Federal student loans. Who receives PSLF forgiveness? Teachers, Government Employees, Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Employees, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Park Rangers, Military Personnel, and other qualifying public service workers. 400,000 Americans have chosen to serve their Government and Communities over the past 10 years, and each of these Americans should be able to count on the PSLF benefits promised to them. Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education seeks to end PSLF without having conducted a detailed study to determine how much actual money this dramatic policy reversal and broken promise would even save. The plan to eliminate PSLF is an not only an insult, but also an outrage to everyone who has dedicated the past ten years of their lives working in public service positions. Ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is a terrible idea that should be opposed at all costs. We ask that Members of Congress block the Department of Education’s proposal to kill this vital financial assistance program.

Tim Lavelle
26,813 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden

Protect Salmon: Seek Drought Solutions

California's last runs of wild salmon, and the fishermen who depend on them, are in crisis. The devastating drought that has wreaked havoc on the State's ability to allocate water for all its uses has been especially brutal to these majestic fish. Low river flows and high water temperatures make it virtually impossible for baby salmon to migrate out of the once-mighty Sacramento River and into the Pacific Ocean.  For the fishing families, businesses and communities in California, Oregon and Washington that catch California King salmon, the harvest is getting ever more grim.  Sadly, federal legislative efforts to address the impacts of the drought could worsen the problems facing salmon and the fishing community. We need your help to tell our West Coast Senators that you want to see local, sustainable, wild-caught salmon on your dinner plate.  Congress is considering two bills, H.R. 2898 (Valadao) and S. 2533 (Feinstein), that are supposed to relieve the effects of the drought for all Californians, but that really direct water away from where salmon need it most. Although Senator Feinstein's bill has several provisions that are important steps toward water sustainability in California, both bills would weaken current protections for struggling salmon runs, and encourage construction of new salmon-killing dams. These bills reinforce the myth that there have to be water winners and water losers in the fight over King Salmon and California's water. But it doesn't have to be that way.  Let's ask our West Coast Senators to take a step back and look at what we can accomplish when we put our heads together. Senator Feinstein took bold steps in her bill by asking that we work toward water efficiency, recycling, and reuse. Congressman Huffman proposed a bill (H.R. 2893) that includes even more drought innovations that can meet the needs of salmon, farms and cities. Let's use those sustainability provisions as a template for a real drought solution. Let's keep protecting our precious salmon resource when it needs it most: during the drought.  Join us today by asking our West Coast Senators to focus on water sustainability innovations and salmon protections in any California drought relief bill, and to fight back against the myth that the drought demands water winners and water losers. Tell our Senators to dump the current drought bills and to insist on a drought solution for California's cities, farms and salmon.  We are the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. We are the working men and women of the commercial salmon fishing community whose livelihood depends on strong salmon runs from free-flowing rivers. We work to ensure that our fish remain a sustainable resource, and that fishing remains a sustainable way of life.  

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations
25,838 supporters
Petitioning Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, John McCain, Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin, Cory Booker, Patty...

No on HJ69/SJ18: killing wolf pups in dens, hibernating bears, stealjaw toe traps on bears

Tell your Senator and President Trump to vote NO on H.J. 69/S.J. Res. 18! 225 heartless House Members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, and crafted by professional wildlife managers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – to stop some of the most appalling practices ever imagined in the contemporary era of wildlife management. Denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares. The stuff of wildlife snuff films. And not just on any land. On our country’s national wildlife refuges. More specifically, on 16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska. In this case, Alaska has a bloodthirsty Board of Game, whose members enthusiastically implement a draconian policy called “Intensive Management.” That policy dictates that state managers drive down wolf, bear, and coyote numbers to boost caribou and moose numbers for hunters — turning Alaska’s wildlife refuges into what retired Arctic National Wildlife biologist Fran Mauer calls “game farms” — the very thing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted to stop through a rigorous, science-based, and legal federal rulemaking process that was overturned by today’s vote. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t run refuges like game farms, as Alaskan officials want to do. Only the U.S. Senate and President Trump can now stop this unwinding of a decision by a professional wildlife management agency. Please contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to steer clear of a disgraceful resolution, and to honor limits in the conduct of wildlife policy in the United States of America. From the Humane Society (http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/02/u-s-house-sanctions-killing-hibernating-bears-wolf-pups-dens-federal-refuges-alaska.html  

Judith Silver
18,872 supporters
Petitioning Representative Suzanne Bonamici, Bernie Sanders, Raul Grijalva, Tom Udall, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Suzanne Bonamici, Pete DeFazio

Charge the BLM & contractor for animal abuse for the inhumane handling of a pregnant mare.

BLM and their contractors for the recently completed Cedar Mountain wild horse gather in Utah resulted in many more deaths than were reported. The BLM posts daily euthanasia numbers on their site, but they neglect to publish anywhere horses that die in the following days as a result of being rounded up and placed in pens. This round up they also had an incident where a pregnant mare was chased for miles, then roped by a horseback rider, and in trying to escape she tumbled onto a barbed wire fence. Making it to the other side of the fence, and being strangled by the contractor's rope around her neck, she ran against it with all her remaining strength and escaped. She is now back in the wild with a dangerous lasso around her neck that will easily get hung up on something and cause her to be strangled to death. She may abort her foal from the stress of the stampede caused by the helicopter or the impact of falling over a barbed wire fence. She also may get sepsis from the barbed wire injuries she sustained. By every imaginable interpretation of animal cruelty and abuse laws this fits the bill. We ask that you demand consequences for this behavior. The flight records should be produced, as from the photos from several photographers, it was flying lower than allowed by BLM policy. We want BLM and the contractor charged with animal abuse, and we want to see helicopter roundups stopped. It is a horrifying thing for flight animals as sensitive as wild horses to be stampeded via noisy flying objects. It is dangerous for these horses, and BLM refuses to require helicopters to be equipped with 360 degree cameras so that there is transparency in the entire roundup, not just the public viewing that is allowed at the end, near the trap site.  

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter
7,181 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Oregon State House, Oregon State Senate, Oregon Governor, Greg Walden, Pete DeFazio, Ron Wyden, Oregon

Stop Excessive Weyerhaeuser Recreational Fees In Oregon

Since Oregon became a State, it's citizens have enjoyed the outdoors from hiking to hunting, fishing, sightseeing, picking berries, mountain biking, camping and much more.   In Oregon's infancy, the timber lands that we have enjoyed were granted  to the Oregon Railroad for developing jobs in the Timber Industry. As part of that agreement they were also suppose to sell off lands on both sides of the railroad to the public. That didn't happen and a scandal that involved the The State of Oregon and the railroad allowed the RR to retain the property.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_land_fraud_scandal  It has ALWAYS been the case that Timber Companies would work with the public to allow access to this land for recreational use. In turn , ODFW implemented programs and the State rewarded them through tax deferrals and other incentives. This past couple years, Timber Giant Weyerhauser, has implemented a permit access only fee to use their land for recreation. In some cases, Weyerhauser owns nearly all the land in some counties leaving nothing for the community to access without paying. Just a couple years ago, before the land sale to Weyco, Longview Fiber had always allowed access in some form. Before them ,Cavanham and Crown Zelerbach. Boise Cascade was another public friendly Timber Company.  This affects all citizens of Oregon and is a non-partisan issue. Just recently, the Governor of Montana addressed this issue with Weyehauser after the purchase of Plum Creek Timber and as a result, an agreement was made to keep access open to all. Here in Oregon Weyerhaeuser wont even sit down with local government. It is NOT the permit access that enables the owner to control who is on their property that is a problem, but rather the unrealistic permit cost of $300 to $500 and in some cases nearly $600 just for one month of use. They do offer NON-Vehicle access for $50 to $100 and each year they keep increasing this price. But consider the elderly, handicapped or disabled Veterans?  Because of their inability to walk and hike they are forced to spend even more money because of their disability or cant afford it at all. Additionally, they allow only a small number of hunters per area making it even more difficult unless your among the wealthiest.   With the increase in state fishing and hunting fees it is nearly impossible for several families and recreational enthusiasts to afford to just go out their back door and enjoy Oregon's outdoors like they have done for generations.  In fact this will drastically impact Oregon States fishing and hunting fee income as people will simply stop hunting and fishing, thus forcing higher license and tag fees and fewer and fewer people enjoying what Oregon is all about. Businesses that have depended on sportsmen will go out of business. The benefits of the outdoors that we all enjoyed growing up as children for past generations will not be available for our children and grandchildren. The Outdoors-man's demographics in this state will change forever. Yet, the timber industry benefits by lower taxes and other tax loop holes.  Now they are making Millions by using this same land for recreational use and NOT logging.  We need a change. Not only for how this will affect Oregon's economy, but Oregonians will lose access to resources that have been part of Oregon's heritage since the beginning. We also would like to add that Weyerhaeuser is actively selling plots of land and real estate and building homes, slowly chipping away at forests that we do have.   1. We ask that changes be made in the tax code and remove any tax benefit that the timber industry enjoys and replace it with incentive programs for those that open their land to the public. This land is now being used as a revenue source for recreational use other than timber, generating millions of dollars from Oregon tax payers. 2. We also ask that a law be implemented that would make it illegal for private land owners to charge any fee for access to land for the purpose of taking a Game Animal, Bird or Fish that is protected under the Oregon State Wildlife Dept.. Wildlife belong to the people "The State" and should not be used for the purpose of making a profit off of a select few who can afford it, while unfairly leaving other Oregon citizens unable to participate. The Wildlife belong to all, not just land owners.  Please note that current law in Oregon Prohibits private land owners the sale of feral swine hunts. So why should it be acceptable for Weyehaeuser to charge for hunting non-evasive species?  

Bart Miller
4,208 supporters
Save Net Neutrality

Thank you for adding your name to defend net neutrality. I hear you loud and clear—if the FCC moves forward with its plan to allow big telecom companies to control the web, our free and open internet will be lost. I’ve been defending our open internet and consumer privacy for many years now, including during the SOPA/PIPA campaign and the many fights for strong net neutrality protections. We've won these uphill battles before because the grassroots used the internet to come together and make your voices heard. But under this administration, this fight is like nothing we have seen before. That’s why we organized a Net Neutrality Day of Action this week to call on people across the country to submit comments to the FCC demanding that we keep the internet open for creativity, small business purposes, and to ensure the internet does not become a “pay to play” fast lane for the wealthy few. I believe with your voices shouting loud and clear we can do it again. Submit your comment now: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108. We have until August 17 to make our voices heard, and it’s up to each of us to take action. I assure you, I will continue my fight in the Senate to protect our free and open internet, and to stop any attempt to roll back the critical regulations that keep the internet the magical place of cat videos, small business start ups, organizing tools, and political commentary that it is today. Thank you for taking action, Sen. Ron Wyden

3 months ago
Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families

Thank you for holding Republicans accountable for this unconscionable health care plan. Americans deserve health care that is as good or better than the coverage Members of Congress receive. I've long fought for policies to deliver that. But the Republicans’ health plan does the opposite. It is no secret that the Republican plan gives the wealthy a massive tax cut at the expense of the folks who need affordable coverage the most. It is time we hold Republicans and all of Congress to providing all Americans with quality, affordable care and the economic security that comes from affordable coverage. I will be fighting tooth and nail in the Senate to prevent this dangerous proposal from replacing the Affordable Care Act. So many lives depend on it. We cannot go back to days when health care was just for the healthy and the wealthy. The Republican plan is a disaster for our health care and our economy. As we learn the details, the opposition is building. Every day, more Americans are speaking out – and Republican Members of Congress are running scared. Thank you for building this momentum – we need to keep it up! Sign our petition telling Congress to stop railroading Trumpcare through

7 months ago
Tell the USDA to stop hiding animal cruelty from American taxpayers

Thank you for signing the petition to the Senate on Change.org calling on Trump’s USDA to stop hiding animal cruelty and release the animal welfare inspection reports. I stand with you and am working every day to shine a light on Donald Trump’s abuse of government transparency. From his taxes to his connections to Russia to data on puppy mills and other critical taxpayer-funded records, Trump wants to pull a blindfold over the American people’s eyes. Americans deserve to make informed decisions about who they adopt animals from and the basic health and safety standards that are met. I joined 18 other senators in sending a letter to the USDA asking them to restore this critical information immediately. I’m also working on a legislative solution to ensure that this information is restored and it’s availability is not dependent on the whims of an Administration. Enough is enough. To protect animals from abuse, consumers deserve full transparency from the USDA. Sign my petition here to stay tuned for updates:

8 months ago
Oregon Congressional Reps: Support the Rights of Rape Survivors

Thank you for signing Brenda Tracy's petition on Change.org calling on Congress to stand on the side of rape survivors by supporting the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act. I heard Brenda's painful story and studied the proposed legislation and am a proud co-sponsor of the bill. I'll fight to pass it in the U.S. Senate. Our justice system should never make rape survivors feel alone and disempowered. Just the opposite. We should empower and support survivors as they seek justice and healing -- and it should not depend on where you live in our country. Brenda's bravery in speaking up for other survivors is inspiring. Working together, let's pass this important bill into law. Senator Ron Wyden https://www.standtallforamerica.com/

1 year ago