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Oregon Democratic US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were in Eugene Saturday voicing their concerns over what they say is an "unfair rush" to seat a new Supreme Court Justice.

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President Trump has disrupted the U.S. Postal Service to boost his re-election chances, argued Oregon Democrats at a news conference today.

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Recurring shortages of clean, safe drinking water in Native American communities – including Warm Springs - have fired up advocates who say more needs to be done to protect tribes.  A bill intended to improve water infrastructure across “Indian Country” may see some progress by the end of  the month.

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A bill introduced by Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden aims to improve water access and quality for Native American tribes.

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A new program meant to help small businesses retain employees during the coronavirus pandemic is struggling to fulfill its mission, said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon.

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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

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It’s been over a year since U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley made his first diplomatic trip to a border facility in McAllen, Texas. Since then, the Oregon Democrat says not much has changed.

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The USDA says it’s officially ending a controversial experiment that involves kittens. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Oregon lawmakers and animal welfare advocates are delighted.

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Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited the Homestead Child Detention Center in Florida this week. He’s calling for an end to the policy of placing asylum-seeking children in prison camps.

At the State of the Union Address Tuesday, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley plans to send a message on immigration policy--specifically the practice of child separation. Merkley will bring two guests, a mother and daughter, who were separated at the southern border in spring of 2018.

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Save the kittens, say a bipartisan group of politicians.  That includes Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, who’s introduced a bill aimed at ending a USDA practice that results in the euthanization of young cats.

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As the 116th Congress gets underway, a pair of legislative proposals are being announced – including one by Oregon’s Senator, Jeff Merkley - that Democrats say are key to restoring American democracy.

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley arrived in Texas Friday. He’s leading a congressional delegation to investigate the Trump administration’s treatment of detained migrant children.


Increased funding and more modernized firefighting tools are being sought by a group of bipartisan senators, including Oregon’s. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this push is being driven by increasingly hotter and larger wildfires.

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A bill to protect thousands of acres and miles of river in Oregon passed out of a key US Senate committee last week.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley has filed an emergency motion in his lawsuit over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

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Citing a violation of the separation of powers, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon says he’s filed an injunction to delay a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh…President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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A contingent of 19 Democratic Senators lambasted the Trump Administration for its “zero tolerance” policy against immigrants today. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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A bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana is gaining supporters in the U.S. Senate, including two lawmakers from Oregon.

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Oregon’s Democratic Senators took to the floor today  to decry President Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Senator Jeff Merkley held a rally Saturday on the Lane Community College campus in Eugene in support of the Affordable Care Act. This was part of a national day of action by democratic leaders.

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Two Oregon members of a U.S. Congressional Delegation will join forces this Saturday to “engage and inform” the public in the political process. Lane Community College will host the three major events.

Democrats meet in Philadelphia this week to nominate Hillary Clinton for President. Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is a superdelegate to the convention, but he will not cast his vote for the former secretary of state.

Oregon Senators Want Every State To Vote By Mail

Jul 18, 2016

Most states require voters to head to their nearest polling place each election, but since 1998 Oregonians have voted by mail. However, a new Senate bill wants to extend the practice to the rest of the country.

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited the University of Oregon campus today (Tuesday). He spoke to constitutional law students about the Senate's refusal to hold hearings on the President's Supreme Court nominee. 

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Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wants to help solve the affordable housing crisis. He was in Eugene Wednesday.

During a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meeting, Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley pressed the top official on air quality to investigate the recent discovery of heavy metals in Portland.

Merkley Talks Occupation Costs, Reacts To FBI Video

Jan 30, 2016
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Oregon delegates continue to react to the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley was in Eugene Friday and said the occupation has been a tremendous cost to the State, and federal government because of the FBI time and local community expenses.

Merkley Talks Retirement Plans For Small Businesses

Jan 29, 2016

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley stopped by the Falling Sky Delicatessen in Eugene, Friday, to discuss retirement savings plans for small businesses.

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Both of Oregon's U.S. Senators were on the University of Oregon campus today (Monday) to hear from college students about how to deal with the rising cost of school. They called it a "listening session."