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I always have to laugh when the President does something horrible and says it was a decision he did not make lightly, as if he didn't actually like whatever it was he came up with.

Similarly, Senator Jeff Merkley put out a statement that's pretty much that.

Normally he's on my wavelength but not this week. Check it out.

Although it does not do as much as I want, this bill does ensure that the wealthy will be contributing more as we work to bring our deficits under control. I far prefer that choice to further cuts to education, law enforcement, and investments in the infrastructure our economy depends on.

But let’s be clear: this deal carries great risks as well. This deal sets up more cliffs in the near future, including the expiring debt ceiling and the sequestration, pre-planned cuts to programs essential to working families. And as before, there will be some who use these cliffs to launch renewed attacks on Medicare and Social Security. We cannot let those attacks succeed.

In other words, he voted for this even though he knows there's trouble ahead. It will be interesting to see what he does when the next round starts up.

There's more, plus comments, at Blue Oregon.

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  •  I'm looking forward to his leading role in March (5+ / 0-)

    I want to see Sen. Merkley and Sen. Sanders being loud when the Catfood alternative is presented.

  •  Pathetic bs statement (1+ / 0-)
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    Very disappointed in both Saunders and Merkely's vote.
    I liked DeFazio's a lot better...

    This deal hinders our ability to deal meaningfully with the deficit and burgeoning debt and puts in jeopardy Social Security and Medicare in the coming confrontation over the debt limit....this sets the stage for a massive attack on SS and Medicare under the guise of fiscal responsibility".
    I'm pleasantly surprised that these five OR congresspeople Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio,  Kurt Schrader. Suzanne Bonamici, Greg Walden, voted against this 'bargain'. Strange bedfellows here.  
  •  Remember, he has a big role to play on 1/3 (3+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade, CoyoteMarti, Shahryar

    It's his filibuster reform plan that will be voted on and I think that if he had taken an unyielding stand on this vote in the face of strong support by the majority, it would have affected the votes he hopes to get tomorrow in support of filibuster reform.  Just a thought.  

    He's my Senator, so I do pay attention to what he does.  Appreciated being able to read his statement.  Thanks.

    •  Lot's of (2+ / 0-)
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      Oregon Gal, Shahryar

      behind the curtain wheeling and dealing going on in congress at this point. I give Merkley and Bernie both some slack in this debacle. Who knows what they swap and deal they are after all pols.  He's my Senator too and he's such a good one that I often forget that all pols are after all, politicians. I pay attention to what he does also.  

      I thought of his filibuster reform after my initial knee jerk disappointment cooled. Filibuster reform is essential and crucial to getting any democratic representation. For one thing it would make it easier to see who's obstructing what and would provide a little clarity in the current smoke and mirrors of our legislative bodies. Transparency is lacking and filibustering as it is practiced these days is just another way to derail the democratic process.          

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