Jeff Merkley

(Jeffrey Alan Merkley)

Jeff Merkley
Jeff Merkley
  • Born: October 24, 1956
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Jeffrey Alan Merkley is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Oregon since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to his election to the Senate, Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon House of Representatives representing the state's 47th district, located in central Multnomah County at the eastern side of Portland. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

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A budget should be judged by whether it creates a foundation for the success of American working families striving to buy a house, or to send their kids to college, or to save a little for retirement and, if they're lucky, a vacation. Success
Budgets are nothing if not statements of priorities.
Decades of scientific research has proven that carbon pollution is harmful to human health and causes global warming. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
For too long, tricks and traps in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial transactions have stripped wealth from working families.
I grew up in Southern Oregon. My father was a sawmill worker and a logger, and his job put food on the table. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I won't stop fighting to make life better for working Americans and give those who are just trying to find a decent job the opportunity to do so. Life
Imagine if Congress always put the interests of polluters ahead of the health of our families. Our rivers and lakes would be choked with sewage. Acid rain would pour down from smog-filled skies. Hundreds of thousands more of our neighbors, friends, and loved ones would be victims of cancer, heart disease, and asthma. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
It's time to level the playing field for small business owners and give them the same health care choices that large corporations have. Because they don't have as many employees, they have little ability to negotiate lower rates. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Business, Commerce & Finance
My way of viewing the talking filibuster was as a way of doing unanimous consent with your feet. You object by going down and talking.
Over and over again, I hear from Oregonians that we need real health care reform that provides every American with access to quality, affordable care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Real choice is clear information and the right to walk away from a bad deal without leaving your wallet behind.
There are thousands of capable Americans who would pursue a degree in nursing if we had room in our schools for them.
There are two ways of looking at the talking filibuster. My way is as a form of unanimous consent.
Too many Americans who are uninsured or under-insured do not receive regular checkups because they can't afford coverage or their insurance doesn't cover enough of the costs. The lack of preventive care results in countless emergency room visits and health care disasters for families. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We can have the best health insurance options in the world, and people still won't get needed care if we don't increase our supply of primary care physicians and nurses. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We can no longer continue with a status quo energy policy. We must create sustainable clean energy jobs and leave the planet to our children and grandchildren in better shape than we found it.
We have a duty to ensure that patients don't have to worry whether they'll be dropped from their coverage if they get sick. Small business owners shouldn't have to break the bank to provide coverage to their employees. And families should not be forced into bankruptcy because of a medical crisis. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Business, Commerce & Finance
What matters most to me is doing what I was elected to do: help make life better for Oregonians and making America work for working Americans again. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When you use the word 'filibuster,' most of us in America - and I count myself among them - envision it as the ability to hold the floor on rare occasions to speak at length and make your point emphatically and even delay progress by taking hours.