SENATE MUST REJECT BARRY MYERS
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
As if Trump hasn’t done his best to destroy federal agencies that assist American people, he and McConnell are now trying to push Barry Myers’ nomination to head National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Senate.
What is NOAA and what does it do?
- Plays central role in almost all aspects of our lives/livelihoods
- Provides free, world-class weather information—daily weather forecasts & severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, fisheries management, coastal restoration, marine commerce support
Myers, like most Trump nominees:
- Knows nothing about the agency’s business (science)
- Wants to destroy the agency from within, since previous attempts to privatize NOAA for the economic benefit of AccuWeather, a family-owned commercial competitor, failed
- Despite blatant conflicts of interest, has refused to recuse himself from dealing with NOAA’s weather-related activities
- Government investigation found a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at AccuWeather, information that he didn’t disclose in his candidate questionnaire
Despite these serious issues, the Commerce Committee voted to advance Myers’ nomination on a party-line vote without considering fresh ethics concerns about Myers and AccuWeather’s sexual harassment settlement.
Myers is unfit to lead the nation’s premier weather and ocean science agency. To protect the integrity and public availability of weather forecasts their constituents rely on, the Senate must . . .
Reject Barry Myers for NOAA!
**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because . . .
I am aghast that Trump and McConnell are trying to push through Barry Myers’ nomination as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He spent years lobbying to privatize NOAA, has massive conflicts of interest because his family owns a commercial competitor, and investigators found a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the company he ran—a fact he failed to disclose in his candidate questionnaire. To protect the integrity and public availability of the weather forecasts your constituents rely on, you must do all you can to defeat his nomination. At a minimum, it must go back to the Commerce Committee for a thorough investigation.
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
**ACTION TWO: CALL COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling . . .
. . . to demand that Greg Walden put Country Before Party. The latest news about Trump’s tax returns shows – again — that an impeachment inquiry is necessary. Quashing an IRS memo that says Trump must give Congress his returns is obstructing justice. Congress needs to follow the money. Greg needs to get onto the right side of history and support an impeachment inquiry.
The entire Oregon delegation must not only sign onto an impeachment inquiry but also speak out about why it’s needed. We demand that Greg bring us out of this brewing constitutional crisis and save our democracy.
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
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