Press Releases

Merkley, Williams Joint Statement on Momentum for Abolition Amendment Ahead of Juneteenth

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representative Nikema Williams (D-GA-05) today issued the following statement to mark Juneteenth and the recent progress for their Abolition Amendment—a bipartisan, bicameral resolution that would strike the ‘Slavery Clause’ of the 13th Amendment, a constitutional loophole which allows slavery “as

Merkley Applauds President Obama’s Plan to Create Jobs by Making Homes Energy Efficient

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s remarks Tuesday at the Brookings Institute about creating American jobs:  “Today, President Obama advocated for new job creation strategies to help families still suffering from unemployment and strengthen our economy.  One of the

Merkley Statement on EPA’s Greenhouse Gases Declaration

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that global warming pollution is a pollutant that endangers public health and welfare and will be subject to mandatory regulation under the Clean Air Act: “As world leaders begin to gather

Federal Economic Recovery Money will Help Boardman Create New Jobs and Opportunity

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley applauded today’s announcement that ZeaChem, Inc. in Boardman will receive a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. ZeaChem will use the funds to build a biorefinery which will use purpose-grown hybrid poplar trees to produce fuel-grade cellulosic ethanol using hybrid

Merkley Supports Bill to Level the Playing Field for American Workers

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that he has co-sponsored legislation to reform existing trade policy that has put American workers at a disadvantage in the global marketplace.  The Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act sets standards for labor, environmental, and other basic protections in

Merkley Statement on President Obama’s Address on Afghanistan

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of more troops for Afghanistan: “I appreciate that President Obama has taken the time to fully examine this issue and consider the available options.  However, I’m not convinced the case has been made

Merkley: Senate Takes Historic Step Towards Reforming Health Care

Washington, DC – The United States Senate today voted to begin to debate legislation to finally reform our broken health care system.  Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley voted to proceed to the debate and issued the following statement: “This debate is far from over, but we have now come further than any