Press Releases

Merkley, Senators Urge VA to Expand Access to Medical Cannabis for America’s Veterans

Senators’ letter follows DEA’s recommended rescheduling of cannabis from earlier this year Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley today led his colleagues—including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), John Fetterman (D-PA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV)—in

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

Merkley: Reducing Nuclear Stockpiles for Global Stability and Security

Washington, DC – Today, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev launched negotiations for a new nuclear arms treaty.  The current treaty governing nuclear arms – known as the START Treaty – expires in December of 2009. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, who worked on nuclear arms issues as a

Merkley: “Making Work Pay” Tax Credit to Benefit 1.4 Million Families

Washington, DC –Today, the Making Work Pay tax credit will go into effect, giving a tax cut to over 110 million American families, including 1.4 million families in Oregon who will save a combined $700 million in federal taxes. The tax credit is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery

Merkley Joins Bipartisan Effort to Assist Farmers

Washington, DC- Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to introduce bipartisan legislation that will help reduce unnecessary regulations for farmers and ranchers in Oregon and across the nation. Specifically, the legislation would provide exemptions so that interstate trucking regulations would not apply to

Merkley Statement on President Obama Signing Public Lands Bill Into Law

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement on President Obama signing the public lands bill into law: “I’m proud that President Obama and Congress have taken action and ensured the preservation of wilderness areas in Oregon and across the country,” said Merkley.  “After years of this