Merkley hears from nurses besieged by pandemic

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., at Pamplin Media Group in 2019. He conducted a virtual forum during which he heard nurses explain their issues, which go beyond working countless hours during the coronavirus pandemic, now 20 months and running. Merkley's wife, Mary Sorteberg, is a nurse.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley heard an earful from Oregon nurses about a range of issues, some long standing and others arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

But for the Oregon Democrat, that's nothing new.