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My thoughts on Joe Biden's speech last night:

Last night, President Biden made his vision for America clear. It's an America where every family has opportunity, every community can thrive, and no one is forgotten.

I was born in the rural timber town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a machinist who kept the machinery running at the sawmill. When the mill closed, we moved to Roseburg, and then further north following jobs in the timber and construction economy. My family's story is like many other families' stories.

And Joe Biden's story is like so many other families' stories. When his dad's business faltered, the family had to move in with his mother's parents in Scranton. Eventually, they found their way to Delaware, where his father made ends meet selling used cars.

That's how we grew up. And that's why I'm so enthusiastic about the work we've done—and the work we're still doing—to lift up every American family in every American community.

From Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Akron, Ohio; from Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Reno, Nevada; from Lansing, Michigan to Coos Bay, Oregon—we're rebuilding infrastructure, revitalizing unions, bringing back manufacturing, and doing it all with American workers and American products.

I just spent four days on the road doing nine town halls across Oregon. I heard it again and again: people want solutions and a chance to build a better life, not political fights and division.

They want us to work together to make housing and childcare more affordable, improve mental health and stop fentanyl, stop the gouging of Americans on gas and drugs, get rid of corrupt dark money in campaigns, and move more boldly to address climate change.

Last night, President Biden reminded America (and our Republican colleagues, who seem to need reminding now and again) that we're all in this together. America does better when we all do better.

That's the mission. That's the job. Thank you for supporting my work.



Posted on February 8, 2023.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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