Senator Jeff Merkley

November 2014 Election
6:54 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Merkley and Wehby (Finally) Debate

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U-S Senator Jeff Merkley and his Republican challenger Monica Wehby went head-to-head Tuesday on Medford TV station KOBI. In their only scheduled debate, both candidates sought to portray the other as extreme and out of touch with everyday Oregonians, while positioning themselves as champions of working people. 

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November 2014 Election
2:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren Rallies For Merkley in Eugene

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren rallied a crowd of Democratic Party faithful for Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley Monday. She spoke at the University of Oregon.

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November 2014 Election
6:43 am
Fri September 26, 2014

On The Campaign Trail With Wehby And Merkley

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley faces GOP challenger Monica Wehby in the November election.
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One of Oregon’s two senate seats is up for grabs this election season. The frontrunners are incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley and Republican Monica Wehby.

On a recent Saturday morning in Portland, Jeff Merkley met with volunteers at one of his offices.

Retiree Carol Adler was there to show her support.

“I just think he’s terrific. I’ve been volunteering a bit here and I had a house party for him where I live,” Adler said.

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November 2014 Election
12:51 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Merkley Rallies Democratic Campaign Volunteers In Eugene

Senator Jeff Merkley talks with Laurie Trieger at the opening of his Eugene campaign office.
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Senator Jeff Merkley rallied his Democratic base at the opening of his campaign office in Eugene Thursday. He's framing the election as grass roots versus special interests.

Merkley is being challenged by Republican Monica Wehby, a doctor from Portland.

Merkley says Lane County is critical in his campaign for a second term in the U.S. Senate. He says out-of-state money has been funneled toward his opponent.

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Transportation
3:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Oregon's Senators: Oil Trains Need New Regulations

From left: Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Randall Groves, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tim Butters.
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Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were both in Eugene on Monday. They led a forum on the Department of Transportation's proposed changes to oil train transport.

Bakken shale oil production in the Dakotas has transformed railroad tank car movement across the west. Volumes have increased four thousand percent since 2008, according to the Association of American Railroads. Senator Ron Wyden says rules regarding safety and preparedness have not kept pace:

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Medicade & Social Security
2:56 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Merkley In Eugene Promoting Medicare And Social Security Legislation

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley speaking at Sheldon Village. The boxing gloves were a gift from NCPSSM President Max Richtman to "keep fighting" for seniors.
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Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley was in Eugene today (Thursday) supporting Social Security and Medicare legislation. The Senator is touring the State as part of his "Protecting the Promise to Our Seniors Tour."

Senator Merkley's tour began Wednesday in Astoria, and concludes Friday in Corvallis. He's focusing on promoting two bills affecting seniors. Merkley is a cosponsor of the Medicare Protection Act. The bill would make it difficult for Congress to raise the age eligibility for Medicare and blocks the ability to dismantle it.

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Military & Veterans
8:11 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Head of Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Backs Gen. Eric Shinseki

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
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Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has joined other lawmakers calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

In a preliminary report released Wednesday, the VA's Inspector General said delaying medical care and trying to cover it up has become systemic. Cameron Smith is the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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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.
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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
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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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