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,

Senate Health Committee Acts to Improve Food Safety

Washington, D.C. –Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which will now be sent to the floor for consideration by the full Senate.  The legislation will increase the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to ensure the safety of

Senate Passes Legislation to Provide Housing for Homeless Veterans

Washington, DC – Today the Senate passed legislation that will increase funding for housing and supportive services for veterans.  Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley voted in favor of the measure which was passed as part of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. “After serving our nation selflessly and putting

Merkley: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Protects Families and Assists Farmers

Washington, D.C. –Today the Senate took another step closer to passing legislation that will give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the resources it needs to ensure the safety of our nation’s food supply.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee released the chairman’s draft of the Food Safety

Merkley Joins Effort to Help Farmers Improve Food Safety

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that he has co-sponsored legislation to increase food safety by assisting local farmers and processors with new food safety regulations.  The Growing Safe Food Act will help educate and train farmers and food processors about the best safety practices to ensure

Merkley Supports Efforts to Assist Homeless Veterans

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley signed on Tuesday as a co-sponsor of three bills to provide shelter and assistance to homeless veterans.  The bills will authorize funding to expand housing and health services for low-income veterans. “Our veterans put their lives on the line for our nation.  It

Honoring America’s Veterans

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement in honor of veterans of the United States armed forces: “Since World War I, when a temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the