Latest Jeff Merkley News

Merkley focuses on Oregon, postpones decision on 2020 bid

Jan. 22, 2019 8:08 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Sen. Jeff Merkley, one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, seemed content to meet with constituents in Oregon and did not say if he'll run for president in 2020. Merkley has been postponing a decision on a White House bid for some time. Last year,...

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Jan. 22, 2019 9:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal...

Democratic senator asks FBI to investigate DHS secretary

Jan. 18, 2019 8:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator is asking the FBI to investigate whether Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lied during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Sen. Jeff Merkley said in a letter to the FBI that a December 2017 memo shows DHS officials outlined a policy to separate...

Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products

Jan. 15, 2019 8:11 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. The appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came after...

Huge migrant teen detention camp in Texas shutting down

Jan. 11, 2019 5:25 PM EST

TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — The nonprofit running what once was the largest U.S. detention camp housing migrant teenagers said the last children left the facility Friday. The tent city in Tornillo, Texas, is shutting down, and all tents and equipment will be removed from the site by the end of January, said...

Judge: Honduran mother can't be deported without daughter

Dec. 24, 2018 6:57 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the U.S. government not to deport a Honduran woman, whose lawyers worry about her being separated from her 15-year-old daughter who has been detained with her for six months. U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss issued the temporary restraining order at the request of...

The Latest: Dems would OK money for border security, no wall

Dec. 23, 2018 6:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 10:20 a.m. A Democratic senator is making clear that Democrats have no intention of giving President Donald Trump the billions of dollars that he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The stalemate has led to a partial...

White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall

Dec. 23, 2018 6:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump is willing to accept less money than he's been demanding to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but a senior congressional Democrat said that, while their own offer could be sweetened, they still will not agree to a wall....

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Dec. 22, 2018 5:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and incoming acting White House chief of staff; Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Pat Toomey,...

APNewsBreak: US miscalculated benefit of better train brakes

Dec. 20, 2018 8:22 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. A government analysis used to justify the cancellation...