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This is not over.

A year of Republican ineptitude and warped priorities culminated in the government shutdown — the first one ever under one party control of the House, Senate, and White House.

Trump and the Republicans in Congress spent twelve months working feverishly to take away people's health care and drive up premiums, to loot the national treasury for the fabulously wealthy and the special interests, and to gut protections for working families and our public health.

Yet they couldn't find the time or energy to reauthorize the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program that covers nine million kids. They dithered on responding to catastrophic wildfires and devastating hurricanes, especially in Puerto Rico. And of course, they created the crisis for Dreamers — all the while saying they want to help, but refusing to act on bipartisan solutions.

Like you, I believe the time has come to force Trump and the Republicans to do their jobs and address these and other outstanding problems. And, like you, I am disappointed that even after their recalcitrance resulted in a government shutdown, they are still refusing to do the work the voters sent them to Washington to do.

I voted no on the deal today because I want to keep the heat on the Republicans who have made clear they won't take up even bipartisan efforts to tackle problems affecting families and kids.

But I can tell you this: I am not giving up on getting justice for Dreamers. There is now a floor debate planned for February and it's going to take the concerted work of this amazing grassroots civil rights movement to prevail.

And I'm not giving up on health care for kids, and the American citizens in Puerto Rico, and taking seriously the opioid crisis, and help for communities scorched by wildfires, or any of our other priorities.

I hope you're there too. No battle worth fighting is ever won easily. We have a year of struggle ahead of us to prevent the further damage to our communities and people, and our only chance of winning is this amazing grassroots team.

Onward to our next fights!

Jeff

Posted on January 22, 2018.
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Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker.Jeff Merkley and Family As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.

Connect with Jeff Meet Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker. As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.