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Democratic Senate Challenger; member of State House:
Jeff Merkley on the Issues

Jeff Merkley on Abortion

  • 100 percent ratings from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. (Jul 2008)
  • Led the fight to pass the Access to Birth Control Act. (Jul 2008)
  • Public funding for stem cell research. (Jun 2007)
  • Abortions should always be legally available. (Nov 1998)

Jeff Merkley on Budget & Economy

  • Oppose bailout bill; more oversight needed. (Oct 2008)
  • Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check. (Oct 2008)
  • Our children have to repay debt from deregulated Wall Street. (Oct 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Civil Rights

  • Co-sponsored Equality & Family Fairness Act for gay equality. (Sep 2008)
  • Ok to define marriage against polygamy or same-sex. (Jun 2008)
  • Oregon Equality Act: sexual orientation is a civil right. (Dec 2007)
  • Apply affirmative action to state hiring. (Nov 1998)

Jeff Merkley on Corporations

  • Hard look at abusive practices in the credit card industry. (Jun 2008)
  • Ban the predatory practices of the mortgage lenders. (Jun 2008)
  • Capped payday loan rates. (Jun 2008)
  • Capped the amount check cashers can charge. (Jun 2008)
  • No approval if a borrower canít afford the loan. (Jun 2008)
  • End billion dollar giveaways to oil companies. (Jun 2008)
  • Stop companies from setting up offshore tax shelters. (Jun 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Crime

  • Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals. (Oct 2008)
  • More state troopers; more crime labs; more funding. (Jul 2008)
  • Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders. (Apr 2006)
  • Opposes the death penalty. (Nov 1998)
  • Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration. (Nov 1998)

Jeff Merkley on Drugs

  • Step up enforcement to combat meth. (Jul 2008)
  • Toughen laws against meth traffickers. (Jul 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Education

  • History making efforts that improved education in Oregon. (Jun 2008)
  • Completely overhaul No Child Left Behind. (Jun 2008)
  • Fully fund public schools. (Jun 2008)
  • Head Start Programs must be fully funded. (Jun 2008)
  • Increase the size and number of Pell Grants available. (Jun 2008)
  • Create a broad-based college tuition tax break. (Jun 2008)
  • Let parents get involved in their childís education. (Jun 2008)
  • Fully fund Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Jun 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Energy & Oil

  • Cap greenhouse gases with international collaboration. (Sep 2008)
  • Cap greenhouse gases with international collaboration. (Sep 2008)
  • Set a 25 percent renewable energy national standard by 2025. (Jun 2008)
  • Invest in research for conservation, alternative energy. (Jun 2008)
  • Sustainable, renewable energy to combat global warming. (Mar 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Environment

  • Sustainable forest harvest important for economy. (Oct 2008)
  • Son of a timber family; will fight for timber payments. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. (Jun 2008)
  • Incentives to cities for the reduction of emissions. (Jun 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Families & Children

  • Tax credits to families to make child care affordable. (Jun 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Foreign Policy

  • Bush Administration has damaged Americaís reputation. (Sep 2008)
  • Bush Administration has damaged Americaís reputation. (Sep 2008)
  • Support US payments to UN & show leadership. (Sep 2008)
  • De-emphasize military; focus on international collaboration. (Sep 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Free Trade

  • Oppose trade agreements that use NAFTA as a model. (Jun 2008)
  • Cancel or fix unfair trade deals. (Jun 2008)
  • End federal giveaways to companies that ship jobs overseas. (Jun 2008)
  • Strengthen the Buy American Act. (Jun 2008)
  • Oppose giving the President fast track trade authority. (Jun 2008)
  • Include real & enforceable labor & environmental standards. (Mar 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Government Reform

  • Oppose FISA: no immunity for telecomm surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure. (Nov 1998)

Jeff Merkley on Gun Control

  • Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms. (Nov 1998)

Jeff Merkley on Health Care

  • Address the nursing shortage. (Jun 2008)
  • Support Healthy Americans Act: universal comprehensive care. (Jun 2008)
  • Take on insurance & pharmaceutical companies. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide affordable quality health care to all Americans. (Jun 2008)
  • Fully fund the VA health care system. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide children with the health care they need. (Jun 2008)
  • Health care for all Americans. (Mar 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Homeland Security

  • Be slow to go to war and be fast to take care of veterans. (Oct 2008)
  • Persuasive evidence & clear objectives before military force. (Sep 2008)
  • Persuasive evidence & clear objectives before military force. (Sep 2008)
  • End nuclear testing; end nuclear development. (Sep 2008)
  • End nuclear testing; end nuclear development. (Sep 2008)
  • Honor Americaís veterans and take good care of them. (Jun 2008)
  • Extend full VA and other benefits to National Guard members. (Jun 2008)
  • A tragic shortfall in recent years in veteransí health care. (Jun 2008)
  • Allow disabled veterans to collect their full retirement pay. (Jun 2008)
  • Increase funding for mental health services to veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Expand educational opportunities for veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Create a GI Bill for the 21st Century. (Jun 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Immigration

  • Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform. (Jan 2003)

Jeff Merkley on Jobs

  • Support an Employee Free Choice Act. (Jun 2008)
  • Fight for inflation-indexed minimum and prevailing wage laws. (Jun 2008)
  • Assist workers and communities get training and education. (Jun 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Principles & Values

  • Endorsed by Sen. Wyden; Iíll be his partner. (Oct 2008)
  • Iíve lived a pretty unconventional life. (May 2008)
  • Change direction and put America back on track. (Aug 2006)

Jeff Merkley on Social Security

  • Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash. (Oct 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Tax Reform

  • Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year. (Oct 2008)
  • Repeal $18 billion in tax breaks given to big oil companies. (Jul 2008)
  • No state sales tax. (Nov 1998)

Jeff Merkley on War & Peace

  • Opposed Iraq war from the very beginning, against Party. (Oct 2008)
  • Signed onto ďA Responsible Plan to End the War in IraqĒ. (Jun 2008)
  • Opposed the war from the start. (Jun 2008)
  • Redeploy American combat troops out of Iraq. (Mar 2008)

Jeff Merkley on Welfare & Poverty

  • Supports workfare and 2-year welfare limits. (Nov 1998)