Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots. As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis. A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 22, 2021 at 10:17 PM

Sign the petition: Statehood for Washington D.C.

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Washington D.C. A major American city. Our capital city. Nearly 700,000 people living, working, paying taxes. ... all without representation in Congress. On January 6, it was the D.C. National Guard that was called upon to restore order to the Capitol bu…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 21, 2021 at 6:17 PM

Could the post office also be a bank? You bet. Here's why:

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Here's an idea that can help millions of people right away: Allow the U.S. Postal Service to once again provide limited banking services at post offices. It's not a radical idea. In fact, for over 50 years, Americans were able to get banking services at the…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 18, 2021 at 11:40 PM

A B O L I S H - T H E - F I L I B U S T E R

Jeff Merkley for Senate     You know you're doing something right when Mitch McConnell starts issuing threats. Chip in now and let's keep building the grassroots movement to keep up the pressure to end the filibuster. But you know what? We were elected to solve problems, not apologiz…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 18, 2021 at 3:16 AM

Let’s Make Congress Work For the People

  Dear John, On January 6, a violent mob of insurrectionists attacked the United States Capitol, in an attempt to hunt the Vice President and members of Congress, and overturn the results of a fair election. But breaching the Capitol building is not the only way to attack a de…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 16, 2021 at 2:14 AM

$40 Million for Pacific Northwest Forests

  Dear John, Like so many Oregonians, many of my family’s best memories have been made exploring Oregon’s shores, forests, and deserts. Especially during this difficult year, I’m thankful for any opportunity to get outside and enjoy the peaceful nature and beautiful scenery th…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 13, 2021 at 1:28 AM

It's Official!

  Dear John, It’s official -- President Biden has signed the American Rescue Plan, and help is finally on the way to communities throughout Oregon. For detailed information about how this plan will work and how you can access assistance, check out my newly updated coronavirus…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 12, 2021 at 9:23 PM

Tammy Duckworth

Jeff Merkley for Senate     I had prepared a long email to send you today about my friend, Senator Tammy Duckworth. It's her birthday, and she just announced her re-election. That email is below. But last night, the right-wing Fox News celebrity Tucker Carlson decided to attack wom…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 12, 2021 at 3:29 AM

If the Big One hits

  Dear John, If there’s anything we’ve learned from this pandemic and last year’s catastrophic wildfires, it’s the importance of trusting science and preparing for emergencies before they strike. That’s why I’ve been using my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee t…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 11, 2021 at 8:25 PM

✔️ $300/month for parents of toddlers living in poverty

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Today, President Biden will sign the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion plan to support families, reopen schools, accelerate vaccine distribution, and get America back on track. There's so much important stuff in there, but I want to point your attention …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
March 11, 2021 at 12:16 AM

Another big step forward.

  Dear John, Last week, I wrote to you with great news: after a marathon of votes, the Senate passed the American Rescue Plan -- bold, decisive legislation to help struggling families across Oregon and the country weather the coronavirus storm. Today, I’m following up to shar…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 27, 2021 at 1:06 AM

Proud to Support Deb Haaland’s Nomination

  Dear John, The federal government has a lot of work ahead when it comes to addressing the urgent crises of this moment, including the coronavirus crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 500,000 Americans; the opportunity crisis that is making it harder and harder for …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 25, 2021 at 11:00 PM

Big problems demand big solutions (not filibusters)

Jeff Merkley for Senate     In the midst of a pandemic and the economic devastation it has wrought, Congress is considering President Biden's American Rescue Plan. I don't have to tell you, just how critical it is to vaccinate everyone, re-open schools safely, raise the minimum wage, boos…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 25, 2021 at 2:19 AM

Slashing Dangerous Transportation Pollution

  Dear John, Just over a week ago, a dangerous ice storm caused widespread power outages in communities throughout Oregon. At the same time, a deadly winter storm swept across Texas, as temperatures plummeted below those in Alaska. These storms are two of many recent weather …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 19, 2021 at 12:36 AM

Sign the petition: Tell Congress to guarantee LGBTQ equality now.

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Before 2007, it was legal to kick any Oregonian out of a restaurant, or deny them a movie ticket or even fire them, just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. So, as Speaker of the House, I led a broad, bipartisan coalition to pass the Oreg…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 16, 2021 at 9:03 PM

STARTING THIS WEEK: Special Enrollment Period for Health Care

  Dear John, This pandemic has made it even clearer that every American -- regardless of the color of their skin, their zip code, or their income -- needs and deserves quality, affordable health care. That’s why I’m pleased that President Biden took swift action to open a spec…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 14, 2021 at 10:13 PM

Mark, Raphael, Maggie, Catherine 💙💙💙💙

Jeff Merkley for Senate   On this Valentine's Day, let's celebrate some of our powerhouse Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2022. Donate right now and 100% of your donation will be split between these four Senators—each of whom are among the most-targeted by the Republican Part…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 11, 2021 at 9:44 PM

Incitement, insurrection, impeachment

Jeff Merkley for Senate     I'd like to share with you what we're seeing on the Senate floor after all these hours of argument and evidence. Yesterday, the House impeachment managers laid out a very strong case that ex-President Trump incited the Capitol insurrection deliberately and w…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 9, 2021 at 11:08 PM

Healing Our Nation

  Dear John, Today is a historic day, as the Senate trial begins on the article of impeachment that a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives passed last month in response to former President Trump’s role in inciting an insurrection against our country. I know…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 9, 2021 at 4:13 PM

Will you sign this petition to stop corruption?

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Today, we will start the second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. We'll hear evidence of his actions to incite an insurrection, we'll honor our oaths to the Constitution, render a judgment, and hold him accountable. But let's be clear. The attack on our de…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 6, 2021 at 1:14 AM

A Big Step Forward Toward More Relief

  Dear John, I am deeply grateful to the public health workers and researchers who are working tirelessly around the clock to develop, manufacture, and distribute coronavirus vaccines to millions of Americans. Their work represents some of the important steps forward in our fi…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 5, 2021 at 10:03 PM

It was grueling, but worth it

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Last night, the U.S. Senate voted all through the night to begin the work of getting desperately needed pandemic relief to the American people. We started around 2:30 p.m. and didn't finish until just after 5:30 a.m. It was grueling, but worth it to get famil…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 4, 2021 at 3:58 AM

A Note From Jeff About the New Congress

  A Note From Jeff About the New Congress There’s no doubt about it -- this is a dark winter. More than 400,000 Americans have lost their lives to this pandemic over the last twelve months. Another twenty million have been sickened, and while many have been fortunate enough to…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
February 2, 2021 at 5:20 PM

What Groundhog Day has to do with Mitch McConnell:

Jeff Merkley for Senate     We're not doing this again. We're not going to live in some real-world version of that old Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day. Rewind the tape 12 years. It was 2009. American families faced a deep economic crisis. The country had a newly-elected Democratic p…
Molly McGuire, JeffMerkley.com · [email protected]
January 31, 2021 at 10:57 PM

They'll do anything and everything

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Our grassroots movement has always been up for the toughest challenges. I can't think of a more challenging time than 2021. Because, after we fought so hard in 2020, this is the year we need to make a big, progressive push. We dumped Trump. We ditched Mitch…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 30, 2021 at 12:44 AM

What happens next makes all the difference

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Donald Trump lost big, but he hasn't stopped raising money. By some estimates, Trump's various committees have raised a half a billion dollars, after the election. Whether he tries to run for president again or not, we know that Trump and McConnell will be f…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 28, 2021 at 7:39 PM

Sign the petition: It's time to declare a climate emergency

Jeff Merkley for Senate     In little more than a week, President Biden has made big strides to make tackling the climate crisis a central organizing principle across the federal government: Canceled the Keystone XL pipeline Re-joined the Paris Climate Accord Halted drilling leases in …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 26, 2021 at 8:42 PM

I need your signature on this petition to Joe Biden about the climate crisis:

Jeff Merkley for Senate     The pandemic isn't the only crisis we're facing. Just last year, we saw catastrophic wildfires, droughts, collapsing fisheries, and hurricanes that ripped communities apart. You know what we'll face this year: Catastrophic wildfires, droughts, collapsing …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 25, 2021 at 9:26 PM

Who will run for the U.S. Senate in Ohio?

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Whoa. This is big, breaking news. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has announced his retirement at the end of 2022. That means that we have a golden opportunity to flip this critical Senate seat in Ohio from red to blue next year. No word yet on who might run. …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 23, 2021 at 8:57 PM

I need your signature on this critical petition about the filibuster

Jeff Merkley for Senate     America is gripped by four great crises: the pandemic, the climate crisis, racial justice, and the threat to our very democracy. We must act boldly and swiftly. The American people gave Joe Biden the most votes of any president in history with a clear manda…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 23, 2021 at 2:05 AM

Securing Affordable Housing for Every Oregonian

  Dear John, Affordable housing has been a serious and persistent issue in communities in every corner of our state -- one that has only been made worse by the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. Especially now, when health experts are encouraging us to stay…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 22, 2021 at 1:44 AM

Of, By, and For The People

  Dear John, The shocking images of a violent mob desecrating our greatest temple of democracy, the U.S. Capitol, have reminded all of us in the starkest terms that government of the people, by the people, and for the people is not guaranteed. But our democracy is not only un…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 21, 2021 at 1:22 AM

Celebrating This Historic Day

  Dear John, In the midst of one of the darkest winters in American history, today is a historic day -- and a cause for celebration and resolve. Today, our nation begins the hard work of turning the page on a dark chapter marked by racism, division, and incivility, as we set …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 20, 2021 at 7:17 PM

A breath of fresh air

Jeff Merkley for Senate     At the stroke of high noon, Joe Biden became our president and Kamala Harris became our vice president. After four years of Donald Trump's cruel, inhumane, and anti-democratic leadership, the Biden/Harris team will be a breath of fresh air. Every single per…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 19, 2021 at 9:28 PM

It's going to be a big fight, but we've got it in us

Jeff Merkley for Senate     I have exciting news for you. We've been organizing for years to reform our democracy, and the day is finally here to get it done. Senator Chuck Schumer, our incoming majority leader (sounds so good to say that!), has agreed to make the For The People Act the…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 14, 2021 at 2:39 AM

Holding President Trump Accountable

  Dear John, Today the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump on a bipartisan vote. Donald Trump has levied unceasing attacks on our laws and Constitution since he lost the November election.  He tried to overturn a lawful election, and incited a domestic terror att…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 14, 2021 at 1:19 AM

Mr. Trump, resign.

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Donald Trump now has the disgraceful distinction of being the only President in American history to have been impeached twice by the House of Representatives. And he certainly deserves it. He has spent the two months since he lost the election spouting lies…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 11, 2021 at 9:32 PM

Sign the petition: Trump must be held accountable.

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Let me make this plain: Donald Trump must be held accountable. He must resign immediately. If he will not resign, Vice President Pence and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment. If Pence won't do that, Donald Trump must be impeached. Please add your …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 8, 2021 at 3:08 AM

Yesterday’s Assault on our Democracy

  Dear John, Americans have witnessed many foreign strongmen ignore elections to cling to power. I never thought we would see this kind of attempted coup in our most hallowed temple of democracy, but that’s exactly what happened yesterday. The American people have rejected Do…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 7, 2021 at 8:57 PM

A long email about what happened yesterday at the Capitol.

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Yesterday, the sun dawned on what I knew would be a historic, albeit challenging, day. I would join my colleagues in the House and Senate for the formal counting of the electoral votes. I knew that some Republicans would object to the process and that that wo…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 5, 2021 at 7:48 PM

Sign my petition to abolish the Electoral College ✍️

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Sign the Petition:Abolish the Electoral College Just think: All this drama with the Electoral College wouldn't be happening if the winner of the presidential election was just the person who got the most votes. After all, Joe Biden got 7 million more votes…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
January 5, 2021 at 12:20 AM

This is what authoritarian dictators do.

Jeff Merkley for Senate     On Sunday, we learned about Donald Trump's phone call with Georgia's Secretary of State. In that call, he openly demanded that the results of the presidential election be overturned, for a fellow Republican to "find" new votes for him. Let's not understate w…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 31, 2020 at 9:19 PM

Before the ball drops at midnight:

Jeff Merkley for Senate     2020 has been a year unlike any other. We've been challenged as individuals, as families, as Americans, as humans, in ways we never would have guessed possible at the year's outset. 2021 begins tomorrow, but we can't separate it from what's happened so far…
Molly McGuire, JeffMerkley.com · [email protected]
December 30, 2020 at 12:19 AM

I just checked in with Senator Merkley

Jeff Merkley for Senate     I just checked in with Senator Merkley, and he reminded me what this fight is all about: Restoring our "We the People" democracy. Taking on the climate crisis. Restoring basic human decency to our immigration system. Making sure the rich and powerful pay the…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 28, 2020 at 9:41 PM

FINALLY! Help is on the way.

  Dear John, For the past nine months, the coronavirus has roiled our communities -- claiming the lives of over 300,000 Americans, sickening over 8 million more, closing countless businesses, and costing tens of millions of people their jobs. I’ve heard from working families…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 27, 2020 at 10:39 PM

Our progressive future depends on it

Jeff Merkley for Senate     I'm ready for 2020 to be over. It was a pretty hard year for all of us.   So I'll be direct: we can't let up, not one bit. For all of our organizing and big wins this past year, we need to be just as determined in 2021. That's why we've never stopped organi…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 22, 2020 at 11:55 PM

We need Biden to ACT on climate

  Dear John, This September, as Oregon wildfires raged, I drove more than 600 miles up and down our state and never once broke free from a thick cloud of hazardous smoke. I saw towns that had been completely incinerated. I heard the heartbreak, fear and frustration of Oregoni…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 22, 2020 at 7:44 PM

Trump will leave. Here's what's next:

Jeff Merkley for Senate     Our grassroots movement scored some big victories this year, but we have so much work to do. That's why I'm asking for your continued support as we push up to the end of the year, and the final fundraising deadline of 2020. Please chip in $3 right now. L…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 19, 2020 at 12:31 AM

They Keep the Grocery Shelves Stocked

  Dear John, Dedicated workers across our food supply chains work hard to ensure that when we go to our local grocery stores, there will be plenty of food on the shelves for our families. But now -- as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend every aspect of our lives and …
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 18, 2020 at 1:28 AM

Our Nurses are Heroes

  Dear John, As the husband of a nurse, I’ve seen up close the sacrifices our nurses make day after day to provide exceptional care and comfort to our communities. All year, they’ve been on the absolute front lines of this pandemic -- tragically, often without the full suppor…
Senator Jeff Merkley · [email protected]
December 15, 2020 at 2:30 AM

TOMORROW’S DEADLINE for Health Care

  Dear John, I have an urgent reminder: The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Open Enrollment period ends tomorrow, December 15, so now is the time to review your coverage or make changes! You can sign up HERE or call 1-800-318-2596 (Teletype is available at 1-855-889-4325). And not…