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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...
  • California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016

    California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016
    SEATTLE — A coalition of investors and strategists, which played a key role in passing most of the legislation to reform drug laws nationwide since 1996, has decided not to put a pot initiative on the ballot in California this year but will wait...
  • Obama's class of 2008 in Senate faces reelection fight

    Obama's class of 2008 in Senate faces reelection fight
    When Barack Obama won a historic victory in 2008, eight Democratic candidates captured Senate seats that had been in Republican hands. Those same Democrats are now facing their first reelection campaigns in a less friendly political climate, and...
  • Democratic senators who won with Obama's help may not want it now

    Democratic senators who won with Obama's help may not want it now
    NASHUA, N.H. — For better or worse, they are the class of Obama. Eight Democratic senators swept into office partly on Barack Obama's 2008 coattails are facing their first reelection bid without the benefit of having the president on the ballot...
  • Drought plan unveiled by Senate Democrats

    After vowing to block a GOP plan to help farmers deal with the California drought, congressional Democrats have now unveiled their own drought proposal – a more modest proposal that would not suspend any state or federal environmental laws. The...
  • Senators Urge FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to 'Move Quickly' to Preserve 'Open Internet'

    Five U.S. senators have sent a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in which they call on him to "act with expediency" to come up with a plan after the D.C. Circuit Court overturned the agency's Net neutrality rules last month. The Democratic senators --...
  • Senate confirms James Comey for FBI chief

    Senate confirms James Comey for FBI chief
    WASHINGTON – James B. Comey was confirmed as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Monday, ending what had been a rare filibuster against a nominee to head the agency. With the 93-1 vote, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) became the...
  • 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...