Protecting Consumers, Taxpayers, and the Economy

Jeff is fighting to fix our broken financial system and make it work for middle-class families and small businesses again. Jeff is passionate about consumer protection and making sure that ordinary families are protected against scams and predatory schemes that threaten their pocketbooks. He led the fight in Oregon to take on the predatory payday lenders. In the U.S. Senate, he’s fought to create and strengthen the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the first-ever federal agency with the sole mission of looking out for consumers in their everyday financial transactions.

Why I’m Voting No on the Default Bill

I wanted to share my thoughts with you about why I’ll be voting no on the default bill. Simply put: it’s a disaster for our environment and attacks the foundational programs that families rely on to thrive. Read my full statement:

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 Grills Norfolk Southern CEO over Safety Concerns at Senate Hearing

On March 9, 2023 Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, pressed Alan Shaw, the CEO of Norfolk Southern, to commit to safety improvements before engaging in further stock