Author: Lauren Denham

Senator Jeff Merkley visits Crook County for town hall

Central Oregon Daily Senator Jeff Merkley held six in-person town halls in Oregon counties over the weekend. On Sunday the senator made a stop in Prineville for a town hall at Crook County Middle School. Merkley discussed several topics with the community of Crook County including the increase in homeowners’

KAINE, VAN HOLLEN, MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN STATE DEPARTMENT WORKFORCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), announced the introduction of the State Department Integrity and Transparency Act, legislation to strengthen the State Department workforce and ensure senior State Department leaders are selected based on merit—not money or politics. The bill would

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Call to Support Small Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to allow small cannabis businesses in Oregon and other states that have legalized cannabis sale and use to access Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.  “SBA’s current policy excludes from

RUBIO, MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO REAUTHORIZE UYGHUR HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY ACT 

The People’s Republic of China continues to brutally suppress Uyghurs and other ethnic groups. The United States must continue to hold officials accountable for these abuses.  The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led, was signed into law in 2020 and its sanctions are set

Wyden, Merkley Announce National Trail Designation for Banks-Vernonia State Trail 

WASHINGTON D.C.—Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the designation of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail to the National Trails System. The newly designated trail joins a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  

Canada’s failure to block forced-labour imports draws U.S. scrutiny

CBC Canada made a promise to block imports of products made by forced labour, to keep those goods from entering this continent as part of the new North American trade agreement. Now a U.S. senator heavily involved in the issue offers a blunt answer when asked by CBC News whether Canada is keeping

Cardin, Rubio, Merkley Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating 35th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), introduced a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The resolution also condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) widespread use of repression and transnational repression against

Merkley Announces Start of Service Academy Nomination Process for Class Of 2029

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley launched the process of nominating young Oregonians to the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United States Naval Academy, for an appointment to the Class of 2029. “It

Following Horrific Findings at FCI Sheridan, Oregon Lawmakers Demand Federal Bureau of Prisons Address Staffing Shortages and Other Alarming Risks

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s congressional delegation—U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, alongside U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Andrea Salinas, and Val Hoyle — today demanded the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director take swift action to address staffing shortages, inmate medical needs, and other alarming issues that put

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