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Second verse. Same as the first.

The Senate had a bit of a late night.

While America slept, Congress approved a budget that keeps government open, but once again abandons America's DREAMers.

I refuse to leave DREAMers behind. Which is why I couldn't in good faith vote for the budget.

We've fought hard to fund community health centers, disaster relief, opioid response, and more. I'm glad these programs are finally being given certainty. But this could have all been done long ago if Republicans in Congress weren't intent on playing politics with people's lives.

Governing should not be about using real people, our loved ones and neighbors, as "sweeteners” or bargaining chips.

DREAMers had legal status that Donald Trump ripped away. They've been part of our communities their whole lives and righting this wrong is about fundamental fairness.

My State of the Union guest was an Oregon DREAMer, Leo Reyes. He put it best:

"800,000 Americans are having to wake up every day with uncertainty and a huge emotional burden. Every day that goes by gets closer to potentially losing everything you've ever built in your life."

This fight isn't over. Our resistance is ongoing.

I'm counting on you being right there with me as we fight to protect America's most vulnerable residents and work to renew our country.

Jeff

Posted on February 9, 2018.
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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.