When Jeff first took on the challenge of running for the Oregon State Legislature, one of the reasons was because he wanted to build a better education system for his young children. And as the first in his family to go to college, Jeff knows that affordable access to higher education is critical to the success of the middle class.
Education is a major factor in determining whether our children and our nation succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global economy. As a country, we need to do a better job of supporting teachers, giving them the resources they need to provide the best possible environment for teaching our children, and ensuring that no capable student has to give up his or her dreams of higher education because of a lack of affordability.
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley introduced legislation with U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman Ed.D. (D-NY-16) to stop universities across the country from giving preferential treatment to children of alumni and donors and help ensure equity in the admissions process. The bicameral Fair College Admissions for Students Act comes
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Oregon State University (OSU) is receiving $1,727,359 from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) to prepare highly qualified cybersecurity professionals to serve in federal, state, local, and tribal governments. “We must be prepared to
Wyden, Merkley: Mercy Foundation to Receive $375,768 Federal Telehealth Grant for Rural Schools in Roseburg
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Mercy Foundation in Roseburg will receive $375,768 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand telehealth services for rural schools. “The pandemic has forced us to find different ways to deliver health care services safely and efficiently,
Merkley, Murray, Wicker, and Boozman Introduce Legislation to Lower Tax Burden for Public Service Nurses
Washington, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, along with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), and John Boozman (R-AR), introduced the Nurse Corps Tax Parity Act, legislation to ensure that nurses in the federal Nurse Corps do not need to pay income tax on their student
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announce $999,931 million in federal funds to assist in the prevention of school violence in Multnomah County. Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) has proposed a Category 2 STOP School Violence projected aimed at empowering students and school personnel to
As Surgeon General Sounds the Alarm, Senator Merkley and Assistant Speaker Clark Announce the Introduction of Legislation to Increase Mental Health Resources in Schools
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-05) today announced the introduction of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act, legislation that would greatly boost the availability of mental health resources in America’s public schools. Mental illness affects one in five—20 percent—of American youth,