Congressional Member Profiles

Sen. Jeff Merkley

Sen. Jeff Merkley

Democrat, Oregon
Office 202-224-3753 | @SenJeffMerkley | Facebook

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Grade

2

Votes for Children

74

Bills Sponsored or Cosponsored

1

Action Against the Interests of Children

Sen. Merkley represents a state with a child poverty rate of 15.7 percent. 6.8 percent of children in this state are in extreme poverty, 18.9 percent are food insecure, and 3.6 percent lack health insurance. During the 116th Congress, Sen. Merkley has taken 2 votes that would help the children in his state. He has introduced 8 bills and cosponsored 66 bills to help children. Sen. Merkley has taken 1 action in support of legislation we believe to be against the interests of children.

This report card includes information on more than 800 bills introduced during this Congress. So far, Sen. Merkley has taken the following action during this Congress:

  • voted against H.R.3401 the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019.

  • voted for H.R.6074 the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.

  • voted for H.R.6201 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1048 the Preventing Opportunities for Teen E-Cigarette and Tobacco Addiction.

  • co-sponsored S.1129 the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1138 the A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the earned income and child tax credits, and for other purposes..

  • co-sponsored S.1172 the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1243 the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1246 the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019.


  • co-sponsored S.1376 the Family First Transition and Support Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1440 the PROTECT Immigration Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1481 the Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act.

  • co-sponsored S.150 the Raise the Wage Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1591 the End Mass Deportation Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1600 the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1642 the Increasing Access to Mental Health in Schools Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1791 the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1831 the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1878 the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1894 the Alternatives to Detention Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1918 the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1935 the Family Coverage Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1941 the Child Summer Hunger Act of 2019.


  • co-sponsored S.2097 the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act.


  • co-sponsored S.2219 the A bill to clarify the rights of all persons who are held or detained at a port of entry or at any detention facility overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement..

  • co-sponsored S.2256 the Coordinating Care for Children Affected by Immigration Enforcement Act.

  • co-sponsored S.2457 the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019.


  • co-sponsored S.2501 the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.2548 the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.2567 the Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.2613 the Ending Homelessness Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.266 the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.2777 the Family First Transition Act.

  • co-sponsored S.2784 the Family Friendly Schools Act.

  • co-sponsored S.2843 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.2876 the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.

  • co-sponsored S.292 the Keep Families Together Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3256 the Schedules That Work Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3397 the INSPIRES Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3424 the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020.


  • co-sponsored S.3489 the Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3640 the CARES Windfall for the Wealthiest Repeal Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3685 the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.3690 the Emergency Educational Connections Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.3696 the Health Insurance Relief for Unemployed Individuals and Families.

  • co-sponsored S.3874 the Child Care Is Essential Act.

  • co-sponsored S.388 the Families, Not Facilities Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.3912 the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.


  • co-sponsored S.4083 the Rebuilding Main Street Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4095 the Emergency Broadband Connections Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4097 the Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4100 the Supporting Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4108 the Coronavirus Medicaid Response Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4112 the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act.

  • co-sponsored S.42 the Background Check Expansion Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4263 the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4303 the Workforce Retention Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.463 the FAMILY Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4770 the A bill to amend the Social Security Act to provide for a Family Crisis Cash Assistance Program, and for other purposes..

  • co-sponsored S.489 the State Public Option Act.

  • co-sponsored S.557 the REUNITE Act.

  • co-sponsored S.568 the Child Care for Working Families Act.


  • co-sponsored S.655 the SAFE Kids Act.

  • co-sponsored S.66 the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.661 the Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.662 the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.690 the American Family Act of 2019.


  • co-sponsored S.916 the MOMMA’s Act.

  • co-sponsored S.931 the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act of 2019.

  • As with any scorecard, this tool is inherently limited. Some members may score differently than they might expect because a committee assignment requires they work primarily on issues outside the scope of CDF’s portfolio. Additionally, because the important work done by leadership in Congress is not entirely captured by our model, Members of Congress in leadership roles tend to appear near the middle of our range of grades. There are some data limitations as well. A truly comprehensive measure of action taken on behalf of children would likely include things like floor statements, committee votes, votes on amendments, public leadership, and much more. An expansion of this Report Card to include those additional data may be possible in the future.

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