State of Oregon Archives: on Foreign Policy


Jeff Merkley: Investigate Saudi interference in US criminal cases

A push by Sen. Jeff Merkley to investigate the Saudi Arabian government's suspected role in spiriting accused criminals out of the United States may finally see a Senate vote by the end of this year. After two prior efforts fizzled, the Oregon Democrat's newest proposal found its way into a state and foreign operations funding bill that won unanimous approval last week in the Senate Appropriations Committee, where Merkley is a member.

The measure comes after an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive's found multiple cases where Saudi students studying around the U.S. vanished while facing serious criminal charges, ranging from rape to manslaughter, likely with the help of their government. "It's completely unacceptable and outrageous that any nation would assist their citizens in escaping the U.S. to evade justice after they've committed serious crimes," Merkley said in a statement.

Source: The Oregonian on 2020 Oregon Senate race Sep 30, 2019

Kevin Stine: Supports American Exceptionalism

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support American Exceptionalism"?

A: Support.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Kevin Stine: Avoid foreign entanglements

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: Support.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Mark Callahan: Strong support of our military and of Israel

I am a strong supporter of continuing a positive and strong relationship with Israel. I believe in what President Ronald Reagan once stated: "Peace Through Strength". As stated below, I strongly support our military, and those serving both domestically and internationally, both past and present.
Source: 2016 Oregon Senate campaign website, CallahanForOregon.com Oct 9, 2015

Jeff Merkley: In a dangerous world, we need to work with other nations

Jeff is committed to protecting America from those who would do us harm, and to making sure we do so in a way that is consistent with American values and our Constitutional rights. Indeed, Jeff firmly believes that the measure of our strength isn't just the power of our military, but that the United States is safer and stronger when we honor our fundamental American values like respect for the rule of law and invest in the hard work of working with our allies. In a dangerous world, with global threats ranging from terrorism to global warming to nuclear weapons proliferation, Jeff understands that we need to be able to work with other nations to confront these challenges together.
Source: 2014 Oregon Senate campaign website, Merkley.senate.gov Sep 1, 2014

Jason Conger: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy

[Wehby and Conger] agreed that federal funding for education is increasing the cost of college tuition and that Russia felt emboldened to intervene in Ukraine because of President Barack Obama's weak foreign policy stances.
Source: Statesman Journal on 2014 Oregon Senate debate Mar 9, 2014

Monica Wehby: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy

[Wehby and Conger] agreed that federal funding for education is increasing the cost of college tuition and that Russia felt emboldened to intervene in Ukraine because of President Barack Obama's weak foreign policy stances.
Source: Statesman Journal on 2014 Oregon Senate debate Mar 9, 2014

Mark Callahan: UN Small Arms Treaty yields our sovereignty

On Saturday, one of Merkley's Republican opponents, Mark Callahan, traveled to Merkley's Madras meeting to challenge him to debate, KTVZ reported. Merkley told him he should be debating his GOP rivals and to come back to him if he wins the primary. The two also tangled over the issue of a United Nations treaty on small arms.

Callahan says, "This video is of me formally challenging Senator Jeff Merkley to a candidate debate, and holding him accountable for selling out our nation's 2nd Amendment rights and sovereignty to the United Nations, via his vote on the UN Small Arms Treaty, Senate Amendment 139, he voted for on 3/23/13."

Source: KTVZ coverage of 2016 Oregon Senate race Jan 4, 2014

Winona LaDuke: Opposes military aid to Colombia

“A lot of military aid is going to a country [Colombia] who has no enemies; one-third of our money is going to weapons to fight a foe we can’t see.” LaDuke said that until the US provided weapons to Colombia, there was no conflict. “We provided the guns and the civil unrest”, she said. “Do not tell me there is no personal interest in Colombia.”
Source: U-wire article, “Native Week at Oregon State” May 23, 2000

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