Press Releases

Wyden, Merkley: Five Oregon Airports Secure Total Federal Aid of $1.45 Million

Lake County, Scappoose, Bend Municipal, Albany Municipal and Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal airports earn federal grants Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that airports in Lake, Columbia, Deschutes, Linn and Wasco counties have secured a total of more than $1.4 million in federal grants for construction,

Merkley, Wyden Announce $81 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Oregon Transportation

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded over $81 million for public transit repair, maintenance, and equipment in Lane, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Polk, Marion, and Deschutes counties as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “The

Merkley Statement on Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today met with Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  He issued the following statement after the meeting: “I had a productive conversation with Judge Sotomayor and came away very impressed by her intellect and dedication to the law.  She is very personable with

Merkley Fighting to Improve Veterans Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley co-sponsored four pieces of legislation today to improve health care for our veterans.  “We have a bedrock commitment to our men and women in uniform to provide them with the resources they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when

Merkley to Hold Umatilla Town Hall

Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall in Umatilla County on Wednesday, July 1. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions about the challenges facing Oregon and America. “Advocating for Oregonians is my number one responsibility,” Merkley said. “I

Merkley: WTO Must Examine China’s Unfair Trade Practices

Washington, DC – The U.S. Trade Representative today formally launched a World Trade Organization (WTO) case to examine China’s raw material export restrictions.  Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley applauded the move, which is necessary to end unfair trade practices that have distorted economic incentives and hurt American businesses: “Despite previous pledges,

Merkley: Health Care Amendment Looks Out For Nursing Mothers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee unanimously approved an amendment from Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley during markup of health care reform legislation today that would assist nursing mothers.  The amendment would provide new mothers with reasonable break times to nurse their child for one year