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June 1, 2020 Press Release
Police brutality and racial profiling are corrosive and inflict death and pain on our communities.
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June 1, 2020 Statements
The Borrower Defense rule was designed to provide defrauded students with the debt relief they are entitled to under the Higher Education Act.
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May 28, 2020 Press Release
During today’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) asked Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt to explain why the agency has issued only one COVID-19 workplace safety citation during the worst worker safety crisis in recent history.
May 27, 2020 Press Release
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with high levels of drought throughout the West, will create unprecedented wildland firefighting challenges in the Pacific Northwest making the 2020 wildfire season potentially one of the most dangerous seasons to date.
May 27, 2020 Press Release
It is unacceptable that Sec. DeVos and the Department of Education are causing them even more financial distress by failing to provide adequate oversight of student loan servicers.
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May 15, 2020 Press Release
Our nation is experiencing unprecedented job loss as our communities deal with a global health pandemic that is responsible for the deaths of more than 85,000 individuals in our country in just the past few months.
May 11, 2020 Press Release
I’ve spoken with several Community Action Agencies in Northwest Oregon about the increased demand for their services in light of this pandemic.
May 7, 2020 Press Release
The public health crisis precipitated by COVID-19 has further exposed longstanding, deep inequities in our economy and society.
May 6, 2020 Statements

 

Secretary DeVos and the US Department of Education should be helping students, families, educators, and schools deal with a pandemic of unprecedented proportion; instead, they have just released a new Title IX rule that will reduce protections for sexual assault survivors and create inconsistent standards at schools and college campuses across America. This is unacceptable.

May 6, 2020 Press Release
The coronavirus crisis has hit the child care system especially hard, causing widespread layoffs and mandatory closures.

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July 16, 2020 In The News

Merkley co-signed a letter with Sen. Ron Wyden and Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici after Donavan La Bella, 26, was shot in the head by federal officers with a less-lethal rubber bullet during a protest on Saturday, July 11. LaBella underwent facial reconstructive surgery after he suffered a skull fracture.

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July 16, 2020 In The News

He said he refused to answer basic questions about the role of federal officers in Portland.

"What the rules of engagement are, what roles they've been playing on the streets of Portland, who decided what equipment they have or when to use it, they will not answer questions about the level of coordination they've had with Portland Police," Merkley tells KATU News.

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July 16, 2020 In The News

On Tuesday, Portland police said groups of people set up barricades on the street, threw glass bottles and pointed laser. Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, federal police used tear gas against protesters. The tear gas was witnessed by some KOIN 6 News staff.

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July 15, 2020 In The News

On Tuesday, Portland police said groups of people set up barricades on the street, threw glass bottles and pointed lasers Tuesday night. Around 4 a.m.

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July 15, 2020 In The News

The letter, signed by Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, references protester

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July 14, 2020 In The News

The lawmakers demanded to know more about the federal government’s response to protests that have roiled Portland nightly for nearly two months.

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July 14, 2020 In The News

The mayor added that he had asked Wolf to clean up the federal buildings in Portland, which have been covered with graffiti since the nightly protests against police brutality began. 

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July 8, 2020 In The News

“In light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling…we urge the Department of Defense (DOD) to immediately update its policies to eliminate the ban on open transgender military service,” lawmakers wrote in the letter.

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