Foreign Policy and National Security

Jeff is committed to protecting America from those who would do us harm, and to making sure we do so in a way that is consistent with American values and our Constitutional rights.  Indeed, Jeff firmly believes that the measure of our strength isn’t just the power of our military, but that the United States is safer and stronger when we honor our fundamental American values like respect for the rule of law and invest in the hard work of working with our allies.  In a dangerous world, with global threats ranging from terrorism to global warming to nuclear weapons proliferation, Jeff understands that we need to be able to work with other nations to confront these challenges together.

Having worked as a national security analyst at the Pentagon and at the Congressional Budget Office, Jeff has a unique understanding of national security policy.  In both positions, he was immersed in the national dialogue on responsible management of nuclear weapons.  Jeff also remained actively engaged in foreign policy issues as President of the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Merkley: Netanyahu’s War Campaign at Odds with American Values

Washington, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement regarding his position on the U.S. Senate’s national security supplemental funding bill: “This bill has multiple important elements I strongly support, including providing critical aid to Ukraine in the face of Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion. Ukraine is

Merkley, Whitehouse, Welch, Gillibrand, Huffman Call for Ambitious International Plastics Agreement Ahead of INC-4

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA-02) today called for development of an ambitious international treaty to clean up plastic pollution ahead of the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4).  Government

Merkley, Young Celebrate Committee Passage of Bipartisan Bill Promoting Peaceful Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley—co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China—and Indiana’s U.S. Senator Todd Young announced their Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act today passed the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The bicameral, bipartisan bill strengthens the United States’ policy to promote dialogue between

‘Do More’: Senators Urge Joe Biden To Surge Medical Supplies For Gaza

The five Democrats demanded airlifts to hospitals, Navy hospital ships and Israeli guarantees to stop attacking medics, in a letter shared exclusively with HuffPost. Huffpost Five Democratic senators doubled down on demands for President Joe Biden to more aggressively address “the medical crisis” in Gaza, by deploying added U.S. support and pushing