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US Senate unanimously passes bill urging China to resolve Tibet dispute

Radio Free Asia The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill urging the Chinese government to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama or Tibetan leaders, without any preconditions, to resolve the China-Tibet dispute. The bipartisan Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act notes that the dispute between Tibet

Senator Jeff Merkley holds townhall in Arlington

Times Journal Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley swept through Eastern Oregon on a three-day tour, holding townhalls in nine counties. Starting on Friday, May 17, Oregon’s junior Senator started his townhall tour in Malheur County, and then went to Harney, and Grant County. On Saturday, Merkley held townhalls in Baker County,

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley holds town hall meeting in Seneca

Blue Mountain Eagle PRAIRIE CITY — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., met with Grant County residents at Seneca School on Friday, May 17, to respond to questions, discuss issues of local concern and share his recent funding accomplishments for the region. The town hall was held in the school’s gymnasium

TSA fought proposal to require facial recognition opt-outs at airports

PoliticoPRO The Transportation Security Administration fought legislation that would formalize the option for travelers not to undergo facial recognition scans at airports, despite the agency’s policy allowing for people to choose a manual review instead, according to two people familiar with the matter.TSA’s position surfaced when Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),

Biden admin says it’s ‘reasonable to assess’ Israel used American weapons in ways ‘inconsistent’ with international law

CNN The Biden administration said Friday that it is “reasonable to assess” that US weapons have been used by Israeli forces in Gaza in ways that are “inconsistent” with international humanitarian law but stopped short of officially saying Israel violated the law. The report which was drafted by the State Department said that investigations into potential violations are ongoing but noted

Congressional progressives want to eliminate medical debt 

The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading an effort to wipe out the medical debt of the entire country.  The legislation introduced Wednesday — co-sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rashida Tliab (D-Mich.) — would eliminate all $220 billion in medical debt held by Americans, wipe it from credit reports,

Merkley’s town hall sought ‘full spectrum of opinions’

Columbia Gorge News THE GORGE — Sen. Jeff Merkley held his 13th town hall of 2024 on April 27 at The Dalles High School, drawing an audience of just under 50. He held town halls in Hood River and Sherman counties the same day. Merkley holds a town hall for