Merkley Applauds Recovery Funds Heading To Oregon

Portland – Senator Jeff Merkley applauded new funding
today from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for projects in Benton,
Jackson and Umatilla counties and the Tri-County area.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Funding

The Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center in Pendleton
will receive $150,000 for replacement of a roofing system and other repairs.

In Corvallis, The Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Forage
Seed and Cereal Research Unit and National Clonal Germplasm Repository Unit
will receive $355,000 for replacement of a roof on two labs and office
buildings and replacement of a fire alarm system and leaking windows.

U.S. Department of Transportation Funding

The Rogue Valley Transportation District in Medford will
receive $2.7 million for buses, to rehab facilities,
security and paving, surfacing and replacing gravel of Bus Base in

The TriMet Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail system
will receive $1.1 million for preventative maintenance.

“Every week brings more recovery
funding to Oregon,” Merkley said. “The recovery act is creating jobs, building
local communities and laying the foundation for economic growth. From Pendleton
to Medford, up to the Tri-County area, we are rebuilding Oregon.”