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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, bicameral legislation to guarantee the right of public sector employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively in states that currently do not afford these basic protections. “Private

Merkley: Credit Card Reform On the Way

The U.S. Senate passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 today by a vote of 90 to 5.  Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley was an original co-sponsor of the bill and urged the White House to support strong protections for consumers. “Today’s vote in favor of credit

Merkley: National Gas Mileage Standard to Cut Household Costs, Reduce Pollution

Washington DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of national auto emission limits and a 35.5 miles per gallon efficiency standard by 2016: “President Obama’s announcement today of the most aggressive national gas mileage standards in decades is a welcome step

Senate Health Committee Adopts Merkley-Brown Amendment on Tobacco Candy

Washington, DC – The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) today approved an amendment from Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Sherrod Brown of Ohio focused on nefarious new products – tobacco candy.  The amendment was approved as part of new landmark legislation to allow the Food

Merkley’s Statement on Oregon’s Unemployment Numbers

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released a statement today following the announcement by the Oregon Employment Department that Oregon’s unemployment rate has remained nearly unchanged at 12 percent for the month of April. “For five straight months, Oregon’s unemployment rate increased one percentage point every month.  While it

Merkley Statement on National Police Week

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released a statement today honoring the brave men and women of law enforcement as well as remembering Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim and Woodburn Police Captain Thomas Tennant. “We all rely on the selflessness and courageousness of the men and women

Merkley to Hold Southern Oregon Town Halls

Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties in late May. 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,”