Senator Jeff Merkley

Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Oregon Senator Speaks Out On Hobby Lobby Case

Senator Jeff Merkley flanked by BRING employees and Eugene/Springfield area women's health advocates.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Last week, the US Supreme Court heard “Hobby Lobby vs Sebelius.” The case could allow for-profit companies to deny health insurance coverage to women for birth control and other services if-- the CEO has a moral objection. Today, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, business owners and women’s health advocates called on the land’s highest court to protect women’s health care.

Nearly fifty years ago, a landmark Supreme Court case ended state bans on access to birth control, ruling it was protected in the Constitution as a “right to privacy.”

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Politics & Government
6:53 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Oregon's 2014 Legislative Session Winding Down

Oregon's 2014 legislative session, which started 5 weeks ago, is almost over. Lawmakers are wrapping up loose ends in order to finish by Sunday, or sooner. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with Salem Correspondent about last-minute political deals and the upcoming filing deadline for the May primary.

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River Management
10:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Merkley And Wyden Introduce Crooked River Collaborative Water Security Act

The Crooked River and Bowman Dam
Credit Panoramio.com

Legislation was introduced last week to improve water management on the Crooked River near Prineville.  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley spoke Friday about the bill.

Merkley: "You know how we say here in the West: Whiskey, that's for drinking, and water, that's for fighting."

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Job Growth
1:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Merkley Unveils 'Manufacturing Jobs For America' Package

Senator Jeff Merkley getting a tour of JCI.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Manufacturing is not as abundant as it once was in Oregon, but it accounts for 29% of the Gross State Product. Senator Jeff Merkley is part of a coalition of 21 lawmakers drafting legislation to boost the sector.

Senator Merkley visited Johnson Crushers International near Springfield, Friday, to promote the "Manufacturing Jobs for America" package. It includes two bills. One focuses on technical educational training and the other emphasizes grants to expand energy efficiency. Merkley says it's important to nurture domestic job growth.

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Politics & Government
6:57 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

U.S. Senate Passes Employment Anti-Discrimination Act, Championed by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley

UO students Whitney Logue and Connor Gagner met with Sen. Jeff Merkley (middle) Friday to celebrate senate passage of the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.
Credit Angela Kellner

College students and business leaders joined Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Friday in calling on congress to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Thursday the senate passed the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.  It passed by a 2-to-1 margin with 10 Republicans joining Democrats. Senator Merkley helped pass Oregon's workplace protection law in 2007 when he was speaker of the Oregon House. He says not all states offer the same employment protections for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gendered.

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