Latest Fact-checks on Jeff Merkley Jeff Merkley stated on September 11, 2018 in an MSNBC interview: Says the Trump administration transferred $10 million from FEMA to ICE. Jeff Merkley stated on August 7, 2014 in a roundtable discussion with senior citizens: "Social Security has never contributed one cent to the deficit. Not one cent." Jeff Merkley stated on July 9, 2014 in an economic issues statement: "I co-sponsored the Rebuild America Jobs Act" for transportation and infrastructure. Jeff Merkley stated on May 28, 2014 in an interview: "400,000 Oregonians have gained access to health care" through the Affordable Care Act. Jeff Merkley stated on December 4, 2013 in a talk to the Human Services Coalition of Oregon: "60 percent of the jobs lost in the 2008 recession were living-wage jobs. Of the jobs we’ve gotten back, only 40 percent are living-wage." Jeff Merkley stated on November 4, 2013 in a newspaper article.: Says the Affordable Care Act has already reduced the number of uninsured in Oregon by 10 percent. Jeff Merkley stated on July 11, 2013 in an opinion article: Says "in Oregon today, the average debt upon college graduation is more than $24,000." Jeff Merkley stated on February 7, 2013 in a press call : Says, "Since 1994 when VAWA was first passed, incidents of domestic violence have dropped more than 50 percent." Jeff Merkley stated on June 12, 2012 in a press release: Says, "Less than half of all states have legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, despite the fact that LGBT Americans report employment discrimination and unemployment at much higher rates than the U.S. average." Jeff Merkley stated on November 30, 2011 in in a press release : Christmas trees are grown in all 50 States. Jeff Merkley stated on August 3, 2011 in letter to a constituent: Says allowing the payroll tax holiday to expire would end up "costing another estimated 900,000 jobs in 2012." Jeff Merkley stated on June 16, 2011 in a speech on the Senate floor: Oil companies are able to sell oil that costs no more to produce today than it did one year ago. Jeff Merkley stated on March 4, 2011 in a letter to President Barack Obama: Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would immediately lower gasoline prices Jeff Merkley stated on September 17, 2010 in a fundraising letter: Says Scott Bruun supports allowing corporations to secretly funnel millions of dollars to front groups to finance attack ads. Jeff Merkley stated on September 1, 2010 in a press release: Says with the ongoing economic downturn, child abuse is on the rise.