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 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

Merkley Attends White House Signing Ceremony for FDA Tobacco Bill

Washington D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley joined President Obama today at the signing ceremony for the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products for the first time.  The legislation includes an amendment from Senator Merkley and Senator

Merkley Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect Wilderness Areas

Washington, DC – Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has co-sponsored legislation to protect some of Oregon’s most scenic natural areas while helping boost local tourism and increase recreation opportunities.  The legislation would expand the protection of the Oregon Caves National Monument and some of Oregon’s ancient old growth forest situated along

Merkley Announces Pendleton Office Phone Number

Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced his Pendleton office’s phone number today.    The number is 541-278-1129. The Pendleton office opened earlier this month. It will serve Baker, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa Counties. Elizabeth Scheeler of Pendleton will staff the office and frequently meet