Press Releases

Merkley, Markey Urge No Federal Support for Commercial Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plants

Washington, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Massachusetts’ U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group, expressed their concern about companies seeking to build commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the United States. The Senators urge U.S. Secretary

Merkley Statement on the Passing of Peter Courtney

Portland, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement on the passing of former Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney: “I join the many Oregonians who are grieving this loss of Peter Courtney—a true force of nature whose larger-than-life personality was only matched by his work ethic. “Throughout his remarkable,

Merkley Champions Legislation to Repeal the Comstock Act 

The Stop Comstock Act would repeal the 1873 law that could be misused to ban abortion nationwide WASHINGTON, D.C.— Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley joined a bill led by U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) to repeal an arcane 1873 law, called the Comstock Act, that Republicans and anti-choice extremists want to misuse to ban medication abortion nationwide. Comstock

Merkley, Wyden Announce $5 million for Affordable Housing Efforts in Bend

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding the City of Bend a total of $5 million in federal funding to support the city’s efforts to enhance affordable housing accessibility through planning, infrastructure

Merkley, Wyden, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Salinas: Nearly $43 Million Coming to Portland, Warm Springs, and Salem for Critical Transportation Improvements

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Andrea Salinas (OR-06), announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is awarding nearly $43 million in federal funding from its Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity

Wyden, Merkley Announce $25 Million Expansion to Broadband Technical Assistance Program

Funding from USDA Rural Development Provides Assistance to Rural Communities in Oregon and Across the Nation Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the federal government is making available $25 million through the broadband technical assistance program to help local organizations, cooperatives and Tribes expand affordable, high-speed

Merkley, Wyden Support Introduction of Resolution Recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced they joined their colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The resolution—authored by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)—highlights the contributions LGBTQ+ Americans have made to our country, notes several major milestones in the

Co-Chairs of Congressional Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group Lead Letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Regarding Concerns about Sentinel Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program

Letter Text (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC— Today, U.S. Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA-08) and Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), co-chairs of the Congressional Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group, led a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin regarding concerns about the Department

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