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Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley calls for cease-fire in Gaza

Oregon Capital Chronicle U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Monday became the first member of Oregon’s congressional delegation to call for a cease-fire in Gaza, joining one other senator and 40 members of the U.S. House.  Merkley, a Democrat and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement

Merkley gives first speech in Senate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., put the blame for the current housing crisis squarely on a failure of federal regulators in his first speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. “This fiasco is first and foremost the consequence of colossal regulatory failure,” said Merkley, tracing the history of deregulation

Merkley Outreach Includes Cave Junction

While campaigning for office last fall, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley visited more than 100 towns throughout Oregon. Now, Merkley and his staff are making an extra effort to maintain those contacts, they say, for the sake of providing good constituent services. On Tuesday, March 10, Cave Junction City Hall was

In Congress, Oregon has a few voices in key climate negotiations

WASHINGTON — To Sen. Jeff Merkley, federal action to slow U.S. greenhouse gas emissions isn’t just necessary for the planet. It could ignite a Beaver State explosion of green manufacturing jobs and spur wind, solar and geothermal energy production across the state. Done correctly, a bill capping carbon emissions would

Merkley draws full house in Mac

Single-payer health insurance got a major thumbs up from a packed town hall U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley hosted Sunday in McMinnville. Not proving so popular were illegal immigration, AIG and insurance companies. The tradition was launched in the 1990s, when U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden kept a campaign promise to hold

Wyden, Merkley put appropriation requests online

WASHINGTON – Oregonians were invited Friday to start reviewing and commenting on fiscal year 2010 appropriations requests received by the offices of U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The first wave of appropriations requests received by the two offices — for the Commerce, State, Justice and Defense appropriations

Merkley has first White House chat

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley wasn’t disappointed by his first White House meeting with President Barack Obama. Senate Budget Committee members, including Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, met with Obama on Wednesday to discuss next year’s plan for federal spending. “It was a pretty cool thing with him sitting there