Senator Jeff Merkley

DETAILS: Senator Jeff Merkley
(1956 - ) Oregon
  • United States Senate
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
  • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
  • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Senate Committee on the Budget
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
  • Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
  • Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
  • OR Senate
    (2009- present)
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ISSUES: Senator Jeff Merkley

FOR

Impeachment

House of Representatives has the power to bring charges of impeachment, and they voted to impeach President Trump on December 18, 2019. The Senate has the power to try the impeachment, and the Senate acquitted President Trump on both articles of impeachment on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds supermajority vote of those present. The result of conviction is removal from office.
  • H.RES.755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • The Senate adjudges that Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the second Article of Impeachment by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 53. Record Vote Number: 34., 3 weeks ago
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  • S.RES.488 A resolution to provide for related procedures concerning the articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States.
  • Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 - 47. Record Vote Number: 32. (text: CR S769), 4 weeks ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Republicans were against an impeachment of President Trump.

FOR Democrats

Democrats were in favor of an impeachment of President Trump.


FOR

Military

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Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.J.RES.68 A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.
  • Held at the desk., 2 weeks ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly.


FOR

Environmental Regulation

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There is growing awareness of the importance of taking care of our planet for future generations. The two parties primarily differ in where they focus their efforts and who they believe should regulate efforts.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.1158 To authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-93., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.3055 Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-69., 3 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 2 months ago
See Voting »
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans support the care and sustainability of our environment. Their focus is putting that regulating power into the hands of the states instead of the federal government and EPA. They also support all forms of clean energy use- including coal and natural gas. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support strengthening of the EPA and federal legislation. They also focus on proactive measures to aggressively change how we affect and interact with our environment in ten years or less. source source


FOR

Health Care

$
There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.311 A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 56 - 41. Record Vote Number: 58. (CR S1136), 4 days ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. source


FOR

Law Enforcement

$
Different approaches to dealing with crime.
  • H.R.1865 To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-94., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.RES.755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • The Senate adjudges that Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the second Article of Impeachment by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 53. Record Vote Number: 34., 3 weeks ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republican favor a more strict approach to crime and criminals.

FOR Democrats

Democrats favor a more lenient approach to crime and criminals to make sure their rights and the chance to reform and improve are always possible.


FOR

Impeachment

House of Representatives has the power to bring charges of impeachment, and they voted to impeach President Trump on December 18, 2019. The Senate has the power to try the impeachment, and the Senate acquitted President Trump on both articles of impeachment on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds supermajority vote of those present. The result of conviction is removal from office.
  • H.RES.755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • The Senate adjudges that Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the second Article of Impeachment by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 53. Record Vote Number: 34., 3 weeks ago
See Voting »
  • S.RES.488 A resolution to provide for related procedures concerning the articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States.
  • Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 - 47. Record Vote Number: 32. (text: CR S769), 4 weeks ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Republicans were against an impeachment of President Trump.

FOR Democrats

Democrats were in favor of an impeachment of President Trump.


FOR

Military

$
Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.J.RES.68 A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.
  • Held at the desk., 2 weeks ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly.


FOR

Environmental Regulation

$
There is growing awareness of the importance of taking care of our planet for future generations. The two parties primarily differ in where they focus their efforts and who they believe should regulate efforts.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.1158 To authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-93., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.3055 Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-69., 3 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 2 months ago
See Voting »
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans support the care and sustainability of our environment. Their focus is putting that regulating power into the hands of the states instead of the federal government and EPA. They also support all forms of clean energy use- including coal and natural gas. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support strengthening of the EPA and federal legislation. They also focus on proactive measures to aggressively change how we affect and interact with our environment in ten years or less. source source


FOR

Health Care

$
There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.311 A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 56 - 41. Record Vote Number: 58. (CR S1136), 4 days ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. source


FOR

Law Enforcement

$
Different approaches to dealing with crime.
  • H.R.1865 To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-94., 2 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.RES.755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • The Senate adjudges that Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the second Article of Impeachment by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 53. Record Vote Number: 34., 3 weeks ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republican favor a more strict approach to crime and criminals.

FOR Democrats

Democrats favor a more lenient approach to crime and criminals to make sure their rights and the chance to reform and improve are always possible.


DONORS/LOBBYISTS:
    • Company
    • Amount
    • National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
    • $17k
    • International Assn of Fire Fighters
    • $15k
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • $15k
    • National Assn of Letter Carriers
    • $10k
    • American Assn for Justice
    • $10k
    • American Assn of Nurse Anesthetists
    • $10k
    • Communications Workers of America
    • $10k
    • United Food & Commercial Workers International Union
    • $10k
    • AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
    • $7.5k
    • American Nurses Assn
    • $7.5k
Based on the January 2020 report , next report due July 2020
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