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, Brown Introduce Legislation Banning LNG Exports to China

Legislation would also ban exports to Russia, Iran, and North Korea Washington, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Ohio’s U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown introduced the Protecting American Households from Rising Energy Costs Act, legislation that would lower prices for American households by banning the export of crude

Merkley: Netanyahu’s War Campaign Fails to Reflect American Values

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after voting against the Senate’s national security supplemental funding bill: “I have supported getting the emergency supplemental bill to the floor where we could have a robust debate and amendment process on the different elements of the

Merkley Calls on President Biden to Launch “Operation Gaza Rescue”

Senator Jeff Merkley spoke out on the floor of the U.S. Senate, urging President Biden to launch Operation Gaza Rescue—bold, direct action from the United States to stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.   Read Senator Merkley’s op-ed in the Oregonian: Read more about Senator Merkley’s visit to the

Merkley Files Two Amendments to National Security Supplemental Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley – a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – unveiled two amendments he has introduced to the national security supplemental funding package being considered by the Senate this week. The amendments address two important issues related to Gaza and the

Merkley: We Must Not Abandon Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after voting to begin debate on a national security supplemental funding bill: “Ukrainians are fighting and dying on the front lines to defend democracy. They need us now more than ever in the battle against Putin’s tyranny.