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Jeff Merkley

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  • Senate Republicans block Obama nominees

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget...
  • 7 questions about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act you needed answered

    7 questions about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act you needed answered
    Republican Senator Dean Heller, the junior Senator from Nevada, announced Monday his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which likely makes him the crucial 60th vote in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's attempt to get the bill...
  • Gay rights bill clears key hurdle in Senate

    WASHINGTON — The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The 61-30 procedural vote does not...
  • McManus: Head-in-the-sand Congress

    McManus: Head-in-the-sand Congress
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) , a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is hopping mad. Sensenbrenner considers himself the father of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that gave the federal government new powers to investigate potential...
  • Missed chance to fix the filibuster

     Missed chance to fix the filibuster
    The best chance to get the U.S. Senate to do its job is not to withhold pay (although withholding campaign contributions might have done the trick) but to reform the Senate rules so that filibusters aren't used so routinely to gum up the works. Majority...
  • Op-Ed: Shedding light on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

    The recent leaks of NSA programs to the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers have awakened a strong desire among many Americans to know more about how the Intelligence Community conducts its business. Americans expect their government to do the utmost...
  • White House tries to reassure Democratic lawmakers about Obamacare

    White House tries to reassure Democratic lawmakers about Obamacare
    WASHINGTON — Sixteen Senate Democrats met with President Obama on Wednesday to urge that he right his foundering healthcare website, warning of a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't act quickly. The president's team acknowledged struggling with...
  • Official won't commit to meeting deadline for health website fix

    Official won't commit to meeting deadline for health website fix
    WASHINGTON – A top administration official Wednesday stopped short of guaranteeing that technical issues with the new healthcare website would be largely resolved by the president’s Nov. 30 deadline, heightening Democrats’ concerns about...
  • New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change

    New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change
    WASHINGTON — After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration." But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of...
  • Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today

     Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today
    Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough. Now is the time to get rid...
  • Letters: 'Nuclear option' -- it's about time

    Re "New breed in the Senate," Nov. 23 It's about time the Democrats showed some backbone. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) statement to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) years ago that "we've got to change the culture" was sadly prescient....