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.

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Call on Department of Education, DOJ to Follow Through on Pledge to Improve Handling of Student Debt Bankruptcy Claims

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have joined colleagues in asking the federal Departments of Education and Justice for an update on efforts to improve how the agencies handle undue hardship claims by student borrowers in bankruptcy proceedings.  “The undue hardship exception (11 U.S.C. 523(a)(8)) currently

Senators Merkley and Blunt Demand the Immediate Halt of any Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Programs Using American Taxpayers’ Biometric Data

Washington, D.C. – In a letter sent today to Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Missouri’s U.S. Senator Roy Blunt demanded the IRS immediately discontinue any programs that collect, store, and use any type of biometric data to identify American taxpayers. The lawmakers’