Civil Rights

Jeff is committed to protecting the rights and liberties of all Americans. Since its creation, our nation has come a long way in the march toward equality and fairness, but there is still much work to be done. All Americans deserve the opportunity to live, work, and succeed without facing discrimination.

Senator Merkley Reintroduces the Equality Act

On June 21, 2023, Senator Merkley announced the introduction of the Equality Act, bicameral legislation to ban discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans. Learn more about the Equality Act:

Senator Jeff Merkley Testifies in Support of SAFE Banking Act

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley spoke in support of the bipartisan SAFE Banking Act at a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing titled, “Examining Cannabis Banking Challenges of Small Businesses and Workers” on May 11, 2023. Senator Merkley and Montana Senator Steve Daines introduced the SAFE Banking

Merkley’s Statement on Black History Month

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement today regarding the start of Black History Month: “Today marks the beginning of this year’s Black History Month. February is a time for all of us to recognize the indelible impact that Black Americans have made on our