Read our 2017 Report Card for Merkley.
Merkley is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Merkley has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Jeff Merkley sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Merkley was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Merkley sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (25%)Education (14%)Energy (14%)Finance and Financial Sector (11%)Native Americans (11%)Labor and Employment (11%)Transportation and Public Works (9%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)
Some of Merkley’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Merkley’s Vote||Vote Description|
|Nay||H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...|
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
|Nay||H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018|
Sep 18, 2017. Bill Passed 89/8.
H.R. 2810 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill authorizes $613.8 billion in base funding, including a $28.5 billion increase above the President’s budget for essential ...
|Nay||H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017|
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
|Nay||S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017|
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed 85/13.
|Yea||H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act|
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
|Nay||H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014|
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
|Yea||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
|Nay||H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012|
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
|Nay||H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010|
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
|Yea||On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury|
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
From Jan 2009 to Mar 2018, Merkley missed 29 of 2,715 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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Jeff Merkley is pronounced:
jef // MERK-lee
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will replace former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) as chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the nation’s spy satellites, in the just-convened 114th Congress. Rogers did not run for re-election this past November and is now retired.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will serve as the committee’s ranking member. Schiff replaces Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md.), whose term on the committee expired.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) will chair the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, which oversees military space and missile defense programs. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) will head the full committee.
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) will chair the full House Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) will head the defense appropriations subcommittee.
House Democrats had not announced their full committee assignments as of press time.
In the Senate, now controlled by Republicans, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will chair the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, while Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will serve as ranking member. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will head the full committee, with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) acting as ranking member. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), an outspoken supporter of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, joins the committee for this term.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will lead the full Senate Appropriations Committee and is expected to head the defense subcommittee as well. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will be ranking member of the full committee and ranking member on the subcommittee that funds NASA. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) will serve as ranking member for the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.
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