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The junior United States Senator from Oregon since 2009.
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ENG: Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Merkley (born October 24, 1956) is the junior United States Senator from Oregon. A member of the Democratic Party, Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon Legislative Assembly representing House District 47, located in eastern Multnomah County within the Portland city limits. He also served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in the 2008 U.S. Senate election. Political career After completing his master's in 1982, Merkley was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow, working at the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the security of American military technology. After his fellowship, he worked in the Congressional Budget Office, analyzing nuclear weapons policies and ...
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Sen. Merkley to join Rep. Schrader at meeting‎

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, who is fighting a tough campaign for a second term, will be joined by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley to encourage volunteer canvassers this afternoon in Salem neighborhoods. Merkley unseated Republican Gordon Smith from the U.S. Senate in the Democratic tide of two years ago, when Schrader also won the 5th District seat vacated by Democrat Darlene Hooley. Schrader and Merkley will appear together starting at 1 p.m. at Marion County Democratic headquarters, 250 Liberty St. SE, Salem. They'll speak to volunteers at the campaign phone bank first. BY ...

Merkley, Wu Join In Veteran's Day Commemorations

Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative David Wu addressed members of American Legion Post 124 in Beaverton Thursday, in recognition of Veteran’s Day. The ceremony began at 11 o’clock sharp to mark the moment 92 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the first World War. The event was held at the Bethel Congregation United Church, before an overflow crowd. The ceremony recognized members of all service branches, with a special tribute to the service of American women. Representative David Wu thanked veterans for their service. He spoke of his ...

Merkley joins uprising to change Senate's rules...

Joining forces with some of the Senate's newest members, Sen. Jeff Merkley is working to loosen the institution's rules on filibusters and other procedural tools that are used to stall progress on even the most basic legislative actions. The gambit is a direct response to the often immovable barriers that can be erected by a single senator or a small group. Those tools have have blocked hundreds of bills and nominations in the last year, frustrating many members but especially those like Merkley who were elected in 2008. Merkley is circulating a 7-page memo that outlines his ...

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We found a missing piece (to the health care puzzle)
Passing the Affordable Care Act was a monumental achievement -- one of the proudest moments of my first years in the U.S. Senate. Thanks to Obamacare, millions of Americans can now see a doctor and get treatment for the first time in years. The rate of uninsured has never been lower. Health care inflation is way down. That is not to say our health care system is perfect -- far, far from it -- but we've made huge progress. I was outraged when insurance company Aetna announced it would pull out of many state exchanges across the country. Worse, it was revealed that Aetna denied millions of people the opportunity to buy their insurance as part of an attempt to force the Justice Department to approve a mega-merger between two insurance giants. There is one key piece still missing though, which could make the system work much better: a public option similar to Medicare that anyone can buy into. A low-overhead, nonprofit, nationally-available public insurer that competes with private insuran
Wells Fargo and the CFPB (big win)
One lesson we learned from the Great Recession: Big banks can’t be left to police themselves. We need an active watchdog on the beat looking out for us – and that’s exactly what we have with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here’s the latest from the New York Times: For years, Wells Fargo employees secretly issued credit cards without a customer’s consent. They created fake email accounts to sign up customers for online banking services. They set up sham accounts that customers learned about only after they started accumulating fees. On Thursday, these illegal banking practices cost Wells Fargo $185 million in fines, including a $100 million penalty from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the largest such penalty the agency has issued. Without the CFPB on the case, there's no telling how long Wells Fargo could have gotten away with reaching into working Americans' pockets with unauthorized fees. We need a strong, empowered CFPB to patrol Wall Street and ho
I told him he should resign.
You know how it goes. The kids are squabbling, feelings get bruised, and the parents step in. There's that moment: "You need to apologize." "I didn't do anything wrong!" "No, really, you need to apologize" "OK, fine! I'm sorrrrrry." That's not a real apology. That's saying the words and going through the motions -- not taking responsibility. This week, in the US Senate Banking Committee, I looked the CEO of Wells Fargo in the eye and asked him to take responsibility. He should resign and he should donate his ill-gotten bonuses to help the thousands of Wells Fargo workers who are now unemployed. Shrugging and saying he was "accepting responsibility", Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf continued to blame the 5000+ now-fired employees who opened fake accounts and scammed their customers. These were middle-class bank employees pressured into an impossible situation -- make your numbers or lose your job. All because their managers wanted big bonuses. Now, the CEO of Wells Fargo is keeping hi
Sign the Petition: Demand a public option!
Last week, as we got ready to introduce a proposal calling for a public, Medicare-like health insurance option that all Americans can buy in to, we had five U.S. Senators on board. Now, we’re up to 33 Senators! A wave of support for the public option is building all across the country. If we can keep up this momentum, we will put the public option on the next president’s agenda. Add your name right now: Tell Congress it’s time for a public option! Since Obamacare passed, Democrats have been focused on beating back Republican attempts to repeal it. But now, we have an opportunity to write the next chapter and do it in a bold progressive way. President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all called for the public option this year. A public option would mean more competition for your health insurance business -- and that means lower premiums and better service. It’s up to us to keep the public option front-and-center in the national debate, and make it a reality for the

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