Dad, runner, Chief Filibuster Antagonist. U.S. Senator from Oregon.

Oregon
Joined April 2009
.@RepAOC is right: “No person should have to go into debt—crushing debt—in order to get an education. It’s wrong, it’s backwards, and it doesn’t help us as a country.” #CancelStudentDebt
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Headlines like this are enraging. We need a #WealthTax! I’m a sponsor of @SenWarren’s bill to make sure the ultra-rich pay their fair share of taxes like the rest of us do, and am working to get this done. cnn.com/2021/12/07/business/…
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We should be working to make unionizing easier, not harder. That’s what the #PROAct will do—strengthen unions and protect the right to organize. We’ve got to get this passed and put working people ahead of CEO profits!
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Proud to be working with you on this, @RepUnderwood! It’s critical that we pass the full #Momnibus as part of Build Back Better—I’m working to make sure that happens.
The #BuildBackBetter Act includes EVERY eligible provision of my #Momnibus Act. These historic investments will save moms' lives and advance maternal health equity – and families are counting on us to act now. My colleagues in the Senate MUST pass this critical legislation.
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Senator Jeff Merkley retweeted
#KonchogTsephel was given a 15-year sentence for “disclosing state secrets” reportedly for writing online about Chinese government repression in Tibet. He should be released and media covering #Olympics2022 should seek unrestricted access to #Tibet. #OlympicPrisoner
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Insulin isn’t an optional medication for the folks who need it, but for too long Americans have faced absurdly sky-high, unfair prices on insulin and other prescription drugs. #BuildBackBetter caps the price of insulin at $35—we need to get this across the finish line.
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The war in Yemen has had devastating humanitarian impacts and we must end it as swiftly as possible. Selling more weapons to a key party to the conflict when there's been no progress does the opposite.
Senators will soon vote on a weapons sale to Saudi Arabia — as the country bombs Yemen and deprives millions of food, fuel, medicine. Chair @RepJayapal and Whip @Ilhan urge the Senate to block the sale and refuse Saudi impunity for war crimes and starvation of the Yemeni people.
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Senator Jeff Merkley retweeted
My colleagues in the Senate and I all took an oath to the Constitution—pledging to protect the American people, not prioritize the powerful and privileged. Protecting our sacred right to vote is central to keeping the power with the people.
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Aung San Suu Kyi is an imperfect leader who defended the military’s genocide against the Rohingya. Even so, this junta-run trial devised to remove her political power and block a return to democracy is a deplorable and grievous sham. washingtonpost.com/world/asi…
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Senator Jeff Merkley retweeted
As the #Olympics2022 opening ceremonies approach, @SenJeffMerkley & I are announcing a @CECCgov #OlympicPrisoner initiative. For 60 days, we'll highlight one case per day of someone detained by the Chinese government for exercising their internationally-recognized human rights.
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How would #BuildBackBetter becoming law improve life for your and your loved ones?
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I'll never forget seeing entire towns that had been destroyed by the 2020 wildfires, or meeting children living at evacuation sites. This grant is a step forward, and I'll keep fighting for recovery efforts for Oregon families in every corner of the state. cannonbeachgazette.com/news/…
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Senator Jeff Merkley retweeted
HEARING TODAY: "How China uses economic coercion to silence critics and achieve its political aims" with @BonnieGlaser, @hofunghung, Zach Cooper of @AEI and Jenny Wang of the @HRF @ 10am. Watch livestream. invidious.fdn.fr/watch?v=Tq8Vd0…
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Senator Jeff Merkley retweeted
Some of the savings in Biden’s Build Back Better Act: 💰 $5,000 - $6,000 in child care savings 💰 $8,600 in pre-K savings 💰 $500/annually in energy savings by 2030 Let’s get to work!
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Senator Jeff Merkley retweeted
Prisons disproportionately exploit the labor of Black and Brown folks for profit, while stripping them of their individuality and liberty. Prison labor is slave labor. Pass the #AbolitionAmendment. #EndTheException
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We can’t stay silent in the face of the abuse and violence the Chinese government is carrying out, and the United States should not be alone in voicing this. Global governments as well as brands sponsoring the Olympics must join the chorus of those forcefully speaking out.
JUST IN: The US won't send any diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against Chinese human rights abuses cnn.it/3lERWWh
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It’s the right move. A diplomatic boycott of the China Olympics is essential in the face of Chinese genocide against its Uyghur minority and its crime of stripping Hong Kong’s political rights.
Replying to @SenJeffMerkley
The IOC should never assign the Olympics to a nation engaged in atrocities or genocide like China. The IOC should move the games. But failing that, the world’s diplomats must boycott the games. And the sponsors should cancel. We can’t remain silent!
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China says a boycott violates the Olympic spirit. But it is China’s crimes against humanity that violate the Olympic spirit.
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Senator Jeff Merkley retweeted
Furry high five to @SenJeffMerkley and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for hearing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act this week!
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