Press Releases


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 Applauds Obama for Taking Important Steps Toward Addressing Global Warming

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today that the agency is proposing a major finding on global warming that lays the groundwork for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The EPA’s proposed finding concludes that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger

Merkley Calls for Swift Action to Address Record Foreclosures

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement Thursday regarding the announcement that the number of families getting a foreclosure notice in the mail is at its highest level in American history: “The already dismal foreclosure crisis in America is getting dramatically worse.  “The core of the

Merkley: Workers Deserve Tax Fairness

Washington, DC – On Tax Day 2009, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement about the current state of the federal tax system: “Over the last few months, we’ve seen a skyrocketing unemployment rate in Oregon and major instability in the American economy.  And for years before that, we

Merkley Announces Salem And Bend Offices And Field Representatives

Portland Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that his Salem and Bend offices are now open for business. Katie Gauthier in Salem will be his field representative for Lincoln, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties.Jonathan Manton in Bend will be his field representative for Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson,

Merkley: March Jobless Numbers Underscore Urgent Need to Invest in Our Workers

Washington, DC – New jobs numbers released today show that Oregon’s unemployment rate rose from 10.7% in February to 12.1% in March.  In just nine months, Oregon’s unemployment rate has doubled, leaving tens of thousands of Oregonians out of work. “While anyone living in Oregon knows times are tough, Oregon’s