Oregon Stories

Jeff’s first priority is to stand up for Oregonians. He has a whole team in Oregon that is working every day to help Oregonians cut through red tape and work with federal agencies. His office can assist you with securing Social Security benefits, answering Medicare questions, obtaining immigration information, inquiring about passport applications, navigating IRS issues and other federal matters. Included below are a few examples where Jeff has been able to help Oregonians or small businesses across our state get the assistance they need.

Helping an Oregon Veteran Leave Behind his Legacy

America’s veterans have made countless sacrifices to protect our values and freedoms. Military medals and ribbons are critical symbols of recognizing these sacrifices, achievements, and dedication to duty, but sometimes veterans do not receive the medals they have earned and deserve.  When veterans run into roadblocks to accessing these key

Helping a Mother Honor Her Son’s Service

America’s veterans come from all walks of life, but they all share a common commitment to serve our nation. Jeff strongly believes that everyone who serves and sacrifices for our country deserves the full measure of our appreciation. That’s why he’s fighting to ensure that every veteran—regardless of race, gender,

Honoring Our PACT to Oregon Veterans and Their Families

Veterans and their families have stood up and sacrificed for our nation, and we must stand up for them.  That’s why his Jeff’s office sprung in to action to support Portland constituent Sri Benson on his mission to honor his late wife, Corporal Katherine “KT” Benson.  “We were high school sweethearts, and

Passport Push Saves Proposal

Jeff knows that despite our best efforts in life, we can all drop the ball sometimes. Thankfully, his office is here to help Oregonians pick it up when they need it most—just ask constituent Kevin Stanley.   The Health Educator at South Salem High School had tickets booked out of PDX this

Helping Oregonians Secure Their Benefits

Jeff knows communicating with government agencies can be challenging, and his office is at the ready to help Oregonians navigate the complicated systems.  When a Portland constituent won his years-long disability case with the Social Security Administration (SSA), he thought he’d begin receiving regular monthly payments right away and see his

Helping Oregonians, Wherever They Are

Jeff is committed to helping Oregonians get help they need with federal agencies—no matter where they are located in the world. That is why when Diana Woods, an Oregonian who is currently living in France, reached out about her issues with the Social Security Administration, Team Merkley was eager to

Fighting for Affordable Care

Jeff knows that America’s health care system is complex and often outrageously expensive. In addition to working on legislation that would help lower costs and create a simple, seamless health care system, his team is also constantly working to help resolve his constituent’s health care issues, especially battles with insurance

Restoring Mail Service in Cascadia

Jeff believes that all Oregonians should have access to the benefits of the United States Postal Service, which plays a crucial role in keeping friends and family connected, helping Oregonians cast their mail-in ballots, and keeping important items like medicine and federal benefits within reach. Those services have only become

Helping A Small Town Upgrade Essential Water Infrastructure

As Jeff travels around the state and meets with local leaders, one topic that consistently arises—no matter the size or political leaning of the city or county—is water infrastructure: It’s incredibly expensive to upgrade, but is also an essential capital project to ensure Oregonians have access to clean, quality drinking