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Obama to sign executive order banning LGBT discrimination

Obama to sign executive order banning LGBT discrimination

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) --Obama won't wait for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and will instead sign an order banning discrimination against gay federal workers.
Gabrielle Levy
The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

Could it be? An actual deal in the works to reinstitute the extended unemployment benefits that expired just after Christmas?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats plan to take, after final votes Monday night, an all-night "talkathon" on climate change.
Gabrielle Levy
Senator: Obama makes 'powerful' case against more sanctions on Iran

Senator: Obama makes 'powerful' case against more sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- President Obama urged U.S. Senate Democrats not to impose more sanctions against Iran, saying they could harm negotiations on the country's nuclear program.
U.S. Senate passes bill to end workplace discrimination for gays

U.S. Senate passes bill to end workplace discrimination for gays

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 64-32 Thursday in favor of legislation banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Oregon having trouble dealing with debris from 2011 tsunami

PORTLAND, Ore., June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would aid Oregon coastal communities dealing with the cleanup of debris from the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.
Proposed bills would limit NSA' s surveillance programs

Proposed bills would limit NSA' s surveillance programs

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Senators critical of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are introducing legislation to curtail collection of data.
Snowden says U.S. has been hacking heavily worldwide for years

Snowden says U.S. has been hacking heavily worldwide for years

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden says the U.S. government has been hacking to gain information from hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide for years.
Spying on Americans, phase 2

Spying on Americans, phase 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Congress ended the suspense and re-enacted the FISA Amendments Act in late December, giving the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already heard argument on one aspect of the law, a living controversy to chew on.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

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Reid to delay filibuster talks

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will delay filibuster reform to give him time to negotiate with Republicans, Democratic lawmakers and aides said.
Bernanke testifies again on economy, Libor

Bernanke testifies again on economy, Libor

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tussled with senators on how to rouse a weakening U.S. economy and was to face House lawmakers on the issue Wednesday.

Obama happy with Senate JOBS vote

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- President Obama said the passage of jobs legislation in the U.S. Senate was a bipartisan step forward in getting the economy back on track.

Senators want more rules for super PACs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Federal Election Commission needs to draw up stricter disclosure rules for donors to super PACs, a group of mostly Democratic U.S. senators said Tuesday.

Sens. back federal grants for green tech

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Extending measures in U.S. economic recovery provisions until 2012 would encourage the development of renewable energy, lawmakers said.
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Rep. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks at a press conference on the need for an expanded Democratic majority in Congress at a press conference in Denver on August 27, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Merkley (born October 24, 1956) is the junior United States Senator from Oregon. A member of the Democratic Party, Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon Legislative Assembly representing House District 47, located in eastern Multnomah County within the Portland city limits. He also served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in the 2008 U.S. Senate election.

Merkley was born in Myrtle Creek, Oregon to Darrell and Betty Merkley. He attended first grade in Roseburg before moving to Portland with his family. He graduated from David Douglas High School, obtained a bachelor of arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University in 1979, and earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1982.

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