OSU to get funds to research quake impact on electrical grid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon State University will receive more than $400,000 in federal funds to research how large earthquakes, like ones that could strike in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, would...
NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Sen. Jeff Merkley on the treatment of refugees at the Texas border is coming out next month. The publisher is calling "America Is Better Than This" a "cry of...
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Kevin McAleenan, acting homeland security secretary; Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Seth Moulton,...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican senator wants the federal government to offer rewards to people who provide information against illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is taking another swing at adding wilderness protections to a large mountain above the Painted Hills near Mitchell in Eastern Oregon.
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard want a large-scale study conducted on the impact sunscreen chemicals have on humans and coral reefs around the world.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Democratic senators are calling on President's Donald Trump's nominee for U.N. ambassador to clarify that she will put U.S. interests ahead of her own financial interests...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After passing legislation earlier this year that applied the highest form of environmental protection to tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of rivers in Oregon,...
Manchin only Democratic senator not to endorse LGBT bill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Democratic senator who did not co-sponsor an LGBT anti-discrimination bill.
The Register-Herald reports 44 Democratic U.S. senators...
MIAMI (AP) — A Democratic senator from Oregon advocating against migrant youth detention camps says he toured a Florida facility and found children are being held there for too long in a...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he will not run for president in 2020, becoming the latest Democrat to bow out of the White House race.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats in early-voting South Carolina are gearing up for a summer convention that's sure to draw many of the party's presidential contenders.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced Tuesday he has decided after months of consideration not to enter the increasingly crowded race for the 2020 Democratic presidential...
Belles of the ball: Dem freshmen courted by 2020 hopefuls
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren gave a nod to the first two Native Americans elected to Congress. Sen. Jeff Merkley got a moment on-camera with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And virtually all of the Democrats who would be president have reached out to freshman Rep. Joe Cunningham in early-voting South Carolina.
Think of it as dancing with the freshman stars, 2020 edition.
Merkley focuses on Oregon, postpones decision on 2020 bid
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Sen. Jeff Merkley, one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, seemed content to meet with constituents in Oregon and did not say if he'll run for president in 2020.
Merkley has been postponing a decision on a White House bid for some time. Last year, he said he'd decide soon after the November midterm election. Now, he says he'll decide before the end of this first quarter.
Democratic senator asks FBI to investigate DHS secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator is asking the FBI to investigate whether Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lied during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Jeff Merkley said in a letter to the FBI that a December 2017 memo shows DHS officials outlined a policy to separate families.
Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.
- The Washington TimesMichael Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton lead 2020 Democrats passing on Trump challengeMarch 6, 2019
- The Daily JournalBen Shapiro: Being a socialist means never having to say you're sorryAugust 5, 2018
- Valley Morning StarInside Look: Congressional delegation gets new details on immigrant sheltersJune 18, 2018
- The Brownsville HeraldSouthwest Key Programs regrets denying Sen. Merkley entryJune 6, 2018
RI congressman joins delegation investigating child’s death
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Democratic co-chair of a U.S. House committee says he will be part of a delegation investigating the death of a migrant child in U.S. custody.
Felipe Gomez Alonzo died while in the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) announced Sunday that he will join a delegation in New Mexico to investigate the circumstances surrounding Alonzo's death.
The Latest: Dems would OK money for border security, no wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):
A Democratic senator is making clear that Democrats have no intention of giving President Donald Trump the billions of dollars that he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The stalemate has led to a partial government shutdown that's expended to extend past Christmas.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley says Democrats are "absolutely willing" to commit taxpayer dollars for border security.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and incoming acting White House chief of staff; Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.
The Latest: US senator wants new look at oil trains rule
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's miscalculation of safety benefits of electronic brakes for oil trains (all times local):
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley says the U.S. Department of Transportation should conduct a new cost-benefit analysis of a canceled rule that would have required better brakes for trains hauling explosive fuels.
Senators call for help with online sales tax
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are backing a bill that would prevent new red tape from being imposed on small businesses following a court decision on collecting sales taxes from online shopping.
Sen. Jeff Merkley: Trump’s nominee to UN is inexperienced
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The top Democrat on a U.S. Senate subcommittee that oversees America's relationship with the United Nations slammed President Donald Trump's choice of a former Fox News host and current State Department spokeswoman to be ambassador to the world body.
Indiana mayor to decide on political plan by year’s end
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor who has been selected to speak at an Iowa political event alongside potential 2020 presidential candidates said he won't reveal his political plans until the end of the year.
After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina.
Merkley eyes White House, visits early primary states
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — He's a Democrat, a liberal senator who wants to make Medicare available for all Americans, has pushed bills to stem climate change and is a sharp critic of President Donald Trump. And he's seriously considering a run for the White House.
Lawsuit to compel release of Kavanaugh docs inches forward
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Democratic senator from Oregon aiming to compel the Trump administration to release 100,000 pages of documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is inching forward in federal court, with an Obama nominee assigned to hear it.
New bill in Senate aims to thin forests, stem wildfires
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After a summer wildfire season that blanketed much of the West in smoke, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill Wednesday that would reduce the severity of wildfire by thinning forests that are crowded with too many trees and have become fuel for megafires.
Oregon senator sues to obtain Kavanaugh papers, vote delay
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon senator filed suit Wednesday in federal court in the District of Columbia, charging that Trump administration violated the Constitution's separation of powers by withholding from the Senate 100,000 pages of documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, is asking the federal court to order the administration to produce the papers and to delay confirmation hearings until senators can digest them.
Oregon Democrats blast US Supreme Court nominee at rally
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown joined Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and some Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation on Thursday to condemn U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and call for an independent investigation into decades-old allegations of sexual assault against him.
US says transfer from FEMA funds won’t harm hurricane relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator's claim that nearly $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement.
Sen. Jeff Merkley's claim, which came as a monster hurricane barreled toward the Carolinas, was quickly branded by Homeland Security as "a sorry attempt to push a false agenda."
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic senators oppose the nomination of an Oregon federal prosecutor to fill a judicial vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and other members of the Senate's Democratic Caucus held the Senate floor Tuesday night for hours in protest of Ryan Bounds' nomination, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's nomination of a Supreme Court justice (all times local):
Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups are holding a raucous late-night rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to oppose President Trump's nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
The rally began shortly after Trump's 9 p.m. Monday announcement and included chants of "Hell no on Kavanaugh." The speakers say the nominee poses a threat to abortion rights and health care protections.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on immigrant parents and children separated at the U.S. border (all times local):
A Senate committee has narrowly approved the nomination of Lynn Johnson as assistant Health and Human Services secretary for family support despite protest by the panel's senior Democrat.
The position includes heading the agency that has custody over the children being held near the U.S.-Mexico border who were separated from parents seeking asylum.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police arrested nearly 600 people Thursday after hundreds of loudly chanting women demonstrated inside a Senate office building against President Donald Trump's treatment of migrant families. Among them were a Washington state congresswoman, the lawmaker said on Twitter.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Immigration attorneys in Oregon said Tuesday they haven't been able to meet with more than 120 asylum seekers being held at a federal prison southwest of Portland as protests against the Trump administration's policy of separating families crossing the border illegally flared for a second day.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation visited a federal prison Saturday where immigrants from Latin America have been transferred and blasted the Trump administration for separating parents from children.
Sen. Ron Wyden said that "what we saw over the last hour demonstrates that the Trump 'zero tolerance' policy makes zero sense and shows zero understanding of American values."
SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a visit by Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation to a federal prison where immigrants from Latin America are being held (all times local):
Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation visited a federal prison where immigrants from Latin America have been transferred and blasted the Trump administration for separating parents from children.
Walmart is not working with the Department of Homeland Security to create detention centers for migrants despite reports online claiming the two have been working together in recent years.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is, however, using a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, as part of its Unaccompanied Alien Children Services program. Walmart sold the building to a developer in 2016. The site currently is housing about 1,500 immigrant children, officials said.
A U.S. senator said Monday he tried to enter a federal facility in Texas where immigrant children are being held, but police were called and he was told to leave.
The attempt late Sunday by Sen Jeff Merkley of Oregon came amid a national debate over the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy delivered a proposal to offer Medicare to individuals and businesses as an alternative to private health insurance — even though any variation on the so-called “public option” stands no chance of passage in the GOP-controlled Congress.
A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that allows many Americans to buy into the Medicare program that's currently limited to seniors and people with disabilities.
Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon said the Choose Medicare Act is a good way to help individuals and businesses who haven't found affordable coverage under Obamacare or in the large-group market.
Alaska senator backs bill to allow pot business banking
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a bipartisan group of senators are pushing legislation that would allow legal marijuana businesses to use banks to store profits.
Murkowski and Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon have introduced a measure within the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act that Merkley sponsored last year, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Thursday.
Billy J. Williams will remain Oregon’s US Attorney
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed off on Billy J. Williams remaining the top federal prosecutor in Oregon.
The decision came Tuesday after the U.S. Senate voted last week to approve Williams as U.S. Attorney in Oregon.
He replaced former U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall in April 2015 after she resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.
Here’s who Ohio Congress members are bringing to Trump’s first “State of the Union” speech
Here's who Ohio Congress members are bringing to Trump's first "State of the Union" speech
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump will deliver his first official State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. But he won't be the only one using the speech to make political points.
As landowners threatened by the Pacific Connector gas pipeline, we are elated at Sen. Jeff Merkley’s announcement that he will not support a project dependent on seizing private properties through eminent domain for a foreign corporation’s profit. Hundreds of Oregon families have been held hostage far too long on behalf of this speculative venture; already twice denied by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Merkley’s shift comes as welcome news.
Oregon’s senators join call for Franken’s resignation
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's two Democratic senators have joined their female counterparts in other states calling for Sen. Al Franken's resignation over sexual harassment allegations.
Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley both tweeted Wednesday that they hope Franken will step down.
Wyden wrote it was the "right thing to do given this series of serious allegations" while Merkley said a resignation would be in the "best interest of our country."