Press Releases

Following Horrific Findings at FCI Sheridan, Oregon Lawmakers Demand Federal Bureau of Prisons Address Staffing Shortages and Other Alarming Risks

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s congressional delegation—U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, alongside U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Andrea Salinas, and Val Hoyle — today demanded the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director take swift action to address staffing shortages, inmate medical needs, and other alarming issues that put

Wyden, Merkley Announce NOAA Recommendations for Oregon Fish Passage Projects

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries’ recommendations for Oregon fish passage projects funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. “Salmon and other native fish are so central to our culture and economies here

Merkley Seeks Improvements to Mortgage Modification Program

WASHINGTON, DC – As top Obama Administration officials prepare for a meeting with the nation’s mortgage servicing companies, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today urged the Administration to take a number of steps to make it easier for homeowners at risk of foreclosure to modify the terms of their mortgages. “With

Merkley Applauds Fed for Steering Payment Ban

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Ben Bernanke, announced today that the Federal Reserve is recommending new rules to benefit consumers, including a ban on yield spread premiums, also known as steering payments.  The new rules also require lenders to provide borrowers with a straightforward explanation of

Merkley, Wyden Announce $185,000 in Funding for Joseph State Airport

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 $185,000 in Federal Aviation Administration grants to the Oregon State Department of Aviation. The funding will be used to install automated weather reporting and observing equipment, rehabilitate an

Merkley Pushes for Lowering Costs of Medicare Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by twenty-two other senators, sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee today urging the panel to reform the Medicare Part D prescription drug program as a part of health reform to make it more affordable for seniors and the government.  “The

Merkley to Hold Tillamook and Clatsop County Town Halls

Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Tillamook and Clatsop counties on Saturday, August 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.