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Key Votes

Jeff Merkley's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care

Full Name: Jeffery 'Jeff' A. Merkley
Office: U.S. Senate (OR) - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Independent for U.S. Senate
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 2 Children: Jonathan, Brynne
Birth Date: 10/24/1956
Birth Place: Myrtle Creek, OR
Home City: Portland, OR
Religion: Christian

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 31, 2014 HR 4302 Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 29)
Yea
May 24, 2012 S Amdt 2107 Authorizes Import of FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 54)
Yea
May 24, 2012 S Amdt 2111 Prohibits Pharmaceutical Companies from Delaying the Release of Generic Drugs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(28 - 67)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2011 S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 56)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2011 S Amdt 769 Authorizes Individuals to Import FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Yea
April 5, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 13 Repealing the Federal Health Care Law Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Dec. 9, 2010 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2010 S J Res 39 Disapproving Rule for "Grandfathered Health Plans" Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Sept. 14, 2010 S Amdt 4595 Business Transaction Reporting Requirement Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2010 S Amdt 4596 Repealing Business Transaction Reporting Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 24, 2009 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 23, 2009 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2009 S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2009 S Amdt 2793 Authorizing Importation of Prescription Drugs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(51 - 48)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2009 S Amdt 2962 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Tabled - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
April 28, 2009 PN 188 Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Yea

Oregon Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 21, 2007 HB 2801 Exploration of Public Funding for Stem Cell Research Bill Failed - House
(29 - 30)
Yea
June 15, 2007 SB 571 Smoking Ban Expansion Bill Passed - House
(38 - 21)
Yea
June 12, 2007 HB 2967 Tobacco Tax Increase for ChildrenÂ’s Health Care Bill Failed - House
(35 - 22)
Yea
April 3, 2007 HB 2650 School Food Nutritional Standards Bill Passed - House
(46 - 11)
Yea
March 13, 2007 SB 426 School Districts Insurance Pool Bill Passed - House
(36 - 20)
Yea
April 20, 2006 SB 5644 Social Services and Education Funding Bill Passed - House
(57 - 3)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

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