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Last week, I hosted a roundtable with tech leaders from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Dropbox to discuss mass surveillance's impact on America's economy. It's time to #EndThisDragnet.
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My name is Mike Yates and I am a Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran with Prostate Cancer and I am asking that you Senators Kirsten E Gillibrand D NY and Steve Daines R MT who introduced S-681, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act into the United States Senate March 9th 2015 and be a co-sponsor. This bill is a companion to HR 969 which was introduced last month into the House of Representatives by Congressman Chris Gibson R NY and now has 163 co-sponsors. This bill will extend the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to those veterans who served aboard ships that operated in the bays, harbors and territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, the bill has had bi-partisan support in both and the Senate. 

Prior to 2002, shipboard veterans, known as blue water veterans, were granted the presumption of exposure out to an area approximately 100 miles off the coast. In 2002, the Department of Veterans Affairs stripped shipboard veterans of these benefits. The decision was based on a General Counsel’s interpretation of the 1991 Agent Orange Act, which stated that a veteran was required to be assigned to air, land or naval service "in the Republic of Vietnam." The General Counsel believed that this meant that the veteran would have to prove he walked on shore or operated in the inland river system. The new policy ignored the fact that the bays, harbors and territorial seas were part of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Vietnam. The United States had recognized that boundary in the 1954 Geneva Accords and again in the 1973 Paris Peace Treaty.

In 2002 an Australian Study (EXAMINATION OF THE POTENTIAL EXPOSURE OF ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY (RAN) PERSONNEL TO POLYCHLORINATED DIBENZODIOXINS AND POLYCHLORINATED DIBENZOFURANS VIA DRINKING WATER) found that the water distillation process would actually enhance the toxicity of any dioxin present in the original saltwater.
For more information you can go to Facebook and search for Military-Veterans Advocacy or Blue Water Navy Awareness. To help make it easier for people to contact their Congress Person, I have created a blog and on it I have contact lists of all the Congress people. With it you can click on their name and go to their Web Page for Congress. The blog is at bluewaternavyawarenss.blogspot.com
#BlueWaterNavyVietnamVeteransAct
# Military-Veterans Advocacy
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#HR969
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Oregon health official tells me yesterday that tobacco company puts kitty litter in their cigar filters to evade taxes owed. Held a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on this evasion:
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Sat down with Amber Lee, a recent Willamette High School grad who will attend Portland State University in the fall, for a conversation about her experience testifying before the Senate Finance Committee yesterday.

I held the hearing to  examine simplifying higher education tax credits in order to reduce the amount American students need to borrow

Amber testified to the crushing amounts of student loans she must take on and her college financing experience.
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Hello sir, you are doing great job with high school students. I have done a study to put solar panels on Oregon public school roofs and I would like to share with the project with you
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Click the link below for a photo map of my town halls and meetings with Oregonians this past month. 
In March, Ron traveled across Oregon holding town halls and hearing from Oregonians. Click through the map below to see
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Great to hear from Oregonians in the town halls I held in January. Photos and a map of the town hall meetings on my blog here:
In eleven town hall meetings this past week, Senator Wyden heard from Oregonians on a variety of important issues includ
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America’s veterans represent the best of America and I am deeply grateful for their service.

Click on the post below to see the many ways that Oregonians honored our veterans this past weekend. I was honored to participate in several of them.
Oregonians paid tribute to our veterans in many different ways and Senator Wyden was honored to be a part of several of
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Thanks for always supporting us +Ron Wyden. Proud to be from Oregon!
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#NetNeutrality  gives start-ups & small businesses a fighting chance. I urge you to tell the FCC to protect the freedom to compete online. Your voices matter.
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Was discussing with a friend earlier about alternatives to a forced 2016 H. Clinton run.  You appear to be on the right side of the issues important to me much more often than others.  You also speak less like Seinfeld's depiction of George Steinbrenner than Sanders and more confident than Warren.  I hope you run.
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CONGRESS AND THE SENATE Arrest Barack Hussein Obama on the grounds of 'aiding and abetting' the enemy as per 18 U.S. Code § 2339A

THIS IS THE LAW AND CONGRESS AND THE SENATE NEED TO GET OFF THEIR BUMS AND DO IT SEND LETTERS AND FAXES AND DEMAND THIS
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Photos from my town halls and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day across Oregon
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