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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 Votes to Move Clean Water Bill

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley joined his colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in approving legislation to re-authorize funding for clean drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure in Oregon.  By authorizing up to $34.7 billion over five years, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act supports public

Merkley Statement on Armed Forces Day

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement to recognize Armed Forces Day: “The members of our armed forces deserve our deepest thanks. They volunteer to serve our country in dangerous and difficult circumstances far from home.  Today is a day to appreciate the sacrifice and courage

Merkley Recognizes National Nurses Week

Washington, DC – Senator Merkley released a statement honoring National Nurses Week and recognizing the hard work of nurses and their commitment to addressing the needs of patients and their families: “I know firsthand the critical role nurses play in providing safe, high quality, preventative health care.  My wife Mary

Merkley Statement on Jobless Numbers

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released a statement today following the announcement by the Department of Labor that job losses were lower than expected even though the national unemployment rate climbed to 8.9%. “While it is clear that we have a long way to go before the recession

Merkley Statement on Military Families Appreciation Day

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement to recognize Oregon’s Military Families Appreciation Day: “Military families are the true backbone of our armed services.  I can’t thank them enough for their sacrifice and service to our nation.  We all need to recognize that when our service

Merkley: Senate Bill Will Help Families Stay in Their Homes

Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Senate passed crucial housing legislation to address the mortgage crisis and assist families facing foreclosure.   The bill provides additional resources to prevent future foreclosures and expands access to the HOPE for Homeowners Program.   “The loss of a home is a devastating blow for any