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Jeff Merkley

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Horse breeders saddled with tax scrutiny

    Horse breeders saddled with tax scrutiny
    The battle over the federal budget has been playing out slowly in Congress for weeks, but it came galloping toward Maryland's thoroughbred farms recently in the form of a proposed tax increase. After threatening to trim the nation's ballooning budget...
  • Cardin, Mikulski urge Obama to speed withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to speed the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan. The Maryland Democrats joined a group of 24 senators in declaring the mission in Afghanistan...
  • Democrats expand majorities; several races remain undecided

    Despite his conviction last month on corruption charges, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the nation's longest-serving Republican senator, clung tenuously to his seat yesterday as congressional Democrats exulted in their election gains elsewhere around the...
  • For Senate leaders, conflicts take a personal turn and play out in public

    WASHINGTON Four minutes after the Senate returned from its Fourth of July recess this week, Harry Reid laced into Mitch McConnell. Senate Republican leaders were throwing a "temper tantrum," Reid told the Senate. Their conduct was "outrageous." Once...
  • White House: Obama to sign order banning anti-gay discrimination

    White House: Obama to sign order banning anti-gay discrimination
    President Obama plans to sign an order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees by companies that do business with the federal government, a long-sought goal of gay rights organizations. After months of calling...
  • Obama to sign executive order curbing discrimination against gays

    President Obama plans to sign an executive order forbidding companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, fulfilling a goal that gay rights organizations...
  • Limited ban on anti-gay discrimination is a welcome start

    Limited ban on anti-gay discrimination is a welcome start
    That “whooshing” sound you just heard? That was President Obama making another partial end-run around Congress, also known as “the place where legislation goes to die.” Word filtered out of the White House on Monday morning...
  • Oregon Senate hopeful accuses media of sensationalizing stalker story

    Addressing an issue that has roiled Oregon’s U.S. Senate campaign, Republican candidate Monica Wehby accused the media of sensationalizing past episodes of domestic discord and said police reports filed on them should have remained private. "If...
  • Oregon scraps state health insurance exchange

    Oregon scraps state health insurance exchange
    DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, admitting disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With...
  • Oregon leaders to vote on scrapping health insurance exchange

    DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials will vote Friday on whether to become the first state to scrap its troubled insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, after spending an estimated $248 million on an ambitious exchange that failed in...