Merkley and Wyden Discuss Minimum Wage

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden visited a Portland grocery store Friday to talk about low wages among Americans. They say it is part of an effort to get congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the national minimum wages to $10.10 an hour. It would also … Continue reading »

Oregon Lawmakers Witness D.C. Incident

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon lawmakers were right in the middle of the incident on Thursday. Senator Jeff Merkley heard the gunshots while walking back to the capitol. He and other senators took cover behind a parked car, then ran to safety inside the capitol building. “Police came running from the Capitol toward the intersection we … Continue reading »

Merkley Condemns Report on NSA, Verizon

(CNN) — The U.S. government has a top secret court order requiring Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans, according to a report by the UK-based Guardian newspaper. According to the report, the order requires the records go to the National Security Agency on a “ongoing daily basis.” The order was … Continue reading »

Merkley Discusses Debt Ceiling, Gun Laws

MEDFORD, Ore. — Congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling to pay the nation’s bills through May. Included with the debt limit measure is a provision pressuring lawmakers to adopt a budget or have their congressional pay withheld. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley says those bills have to be paid, even if that means adding … Continue reading »

Oregon Senators Asking For Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After facing a year of historic wildfires, Oregon senators are asking President Obama to add our state to a disaster relief package that includes those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are hoping to have Oregon farmers and ranchers put on a disaster aid package that is expected … Continue reading »

Sen. Merkley Visits Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — One of Oregon’s U.S. Senators is visiting Central Point to see a clean energy fuel station. Senator Jeff Merkley says it’s just one step to end America’s dependency on foreign oil. By the end of the year, this clean energy station will provide a liquid form of natural gas. It is just … Continue reading »