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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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Our resistance vs. Trump (we won another round!)
Here’s the latest: Democrats and Republicans in Congress have agreed to a spending bill that will keep the government open through the end of September and protect nearly all of our progressive priorities. We saved the Environmental Protection Agency and Planned Parenthood from budget cuts, stopped additional funding for Trump’s border wall, expanded college financial aid, and boosted science funding. In negotiating this deal with Republicans, Democrats in Congress held firm – empowered because millions of grassroots progressives like you are leading a fierce resistance to Trump’s agenda. Our resistance is working, and it’s up to us to keep up the pressure! Just check out a few of the headlines! EPA, Clean Energy Spared Trump's Ax in $1.1 Trillion Budget Deal (Bloomberg) Climate, environmental programs left mostly untouched in budget deal (ThinkProgress) Federal budget deal would spare arts agencies (AP) Budget Deal Provides Money for NIH and Year-Round
Our resistance is working!
I just checked with my team and at last count, 642,193 people signed our petition demanding the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate the Trump team's ties to Russia. We spoke loudly, with one voice. We made it absolutely clear that an independent investigation is required to make sure that the American people learn the full truth. Your commitment to our resistance will lead the way toward our American renewal. We can't let up. We keep up this fight -- and make sure this investigation has the full range of authority and the resources it needs to pursue all of the facts, no matter where they lead. America is counting on us. Jeff
It's not over (Trumpcare)
The incredibly destructive deed is done: the Republican House passed Trumpcare, taking another step toward ripping away health care from millions of Americans. So what can be done? Kids with disabilities can’t vote on Trumpcare. People with pre-existing conditions can’t vote on Trumpcare. Women who become pregnant can’t vote on Trumpcare. Working families struggling to make ends meet can’t vote on Trumpcare. But United States Senators – like me and my colleagues – we are going to vote on Trumpcare. You know where I stand. I am undeterred in this fight. But I need you to join with millions of other Americans and make your voice heard.  Add your name right now: Tell the Senate to vote “No” on Trumpcare! Onward!
Sign the petition: Tell Congress to lower prescription drug prices!
Big pharmaceutical companies are supposed to make drugs that heal people, not rip them off. But all too often, our system allows those companies to do just that, hurting seniors and working families in the process. How bad is it? Maybe you heard the story of the “Pharma Bro” who launched a hedge fund two years after college, created a pharmaceutical company, bought the rights to a life-saving AIDS and malaria drug, and jacked up the price from $13 to $750. And he’s hardly alone. Millions of Americans don’t fill their prescriptions because they can’t afford them. They’re ripping us off, and it’s up to us to stop them. Sign my petition right now to tell Congress to lower drug prices! By passing the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act, Congress can stop pharmaceutical price gouging and allow Medicare to negotiate fair drug prices and lower costs for seniors. We are the wealthiest country on earth, and yet our laws favor Big Pharma’s greed over the heal

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