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Summer Recess Conversation: Jeff Merkley


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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is the last in our series of conversations we’ve been having with Oregon’s congressional delegation before they reconvene in Washington D.C. next week. Merkley, along with Oregon’s senior senator, Ron Wyden, has said that he has not made up his mind on the top agenda item for next week: authorizing President Obama to take military action in Syria.

We’ll also ask Merkley about some of his other priorities, including financial reform, “pay it forward” college tuition legislation and regulating crowd-funding. Merkley pushed hard for changes to Senate filibuster rules and said shortly before Congress adjourned that he’s satisfied with the recent reforms. 

He’s also been gearing up for his first re-election campaign, getting some union support over the summer, as well as attracting his first GOP challenger.

What questions do you have for Senator Jeff Merkley?

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