Merkley Joins Democratic Opposition to Obama Tax Deal


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All four House Democrats from Oregon have already voiced opposition to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans. Now U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has joined their chorus with his own concerns. Merkley said the tax package, which the Senate is expected to approve this week, would add to the national debt and do little for middle-class families. In a statement, Merkley supported components ...   More
 
Monday, December 13, 2010 REBECCA JACOBSON

Senate to Consider DREAM Act and DADT on Saturday


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Saturday won't be a leisurely day on Capitol Hill. After years of false starts and dead ends, the DREAM Act comes up for a vote again Saturday, Dec. 18 in the U.S. Senate, where advocates think the immigration bill finally stands a chance of passage. Also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the bill (first crafted in 2001) would give undocumented young people who ...   More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Non-Wonk Edition: Three Tidbits to Know As Congress Opens Today


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The 112th Congress opens today with Republicans now controlling the House and a diminished Democratic majority running the Senate. If you're not a wonk and don't pay much attention to politics, here are at least three quick Oregon- and Washington-centric things to know: 1) Efforts by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and other Democrats to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get tied up ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 HANK STERN

Senate Reform: Wyden Takes up Merkley's Fight, Targets Secret Holds


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has put forth a resolution in the newly convened Congress seeking to help reform one of the most stagnant and counterproductive institutions in U.S. politics—Wyden's very own U.S. Senate. Wyden is targeting secret holds—a rule whereby a single senator, acting in secret, can hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination. Critics maintain that secret ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Merkley Makes an Appearance in Leaked Cables


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 A story in last week’s WW, “Cablegate,” mentions Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) as the only member of Oregon’s congressional delegation mentioned up to that point in the cables leaked to Wikileaks.So far Wikileaks has published only about 2,000 out of a total of 250,000 cables in its possession. But the latest batch has another Oregon connection.If ...   More
 
Monday, December 20, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition


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  We’ve written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn’t get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley’s “Animal Crush Videos” Bill Signed into Law


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  Here’s something to take your mind off the political infighting in Washington DC for a second. Something actually was achieved today in the nation’s capital. President Obama signed into law the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), along with Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Richard Burr (R-NC). Merkley joined the ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 by Kendra Clune

Now This is a Filibuster


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  We’ve written this week about Democratic opposition to President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans. And we’ve written about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster—including a proposed requirement that senators seeking to delay legislation by filibustering be required to stay on the Senate floor. Today, the news threads meet in the ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley Joins Democratic Opposition to Obama Tax Deal


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  All four House Democrats from Oregon have already voiced opposition to President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans. Now U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has joined their chorus with his own concerns. Merkley said the tax package, which the Senate is expected to approve this week, would add to the national debt and do little for middle-class families. In a statement, Merkley supported components ...   More
 
Monday, December 13, 2010 by Kendra Clune

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