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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

How to keep the `super-committee’ honest on jobs

Senator Jeff Merkley is worried. He fears that it’s increasingly unlikely that the Congressional deficit “super-committee” will make a serious effort to incorporate job creation into its mission. Worse, he worries that some of its deficit-cutting proposals could actually do further harm to the economy. Senator Merkley has an idea

Super Committee Proposal Should Be Scored For Labor Market Impact

Jeff Merkley continues to be one of my very favorite senators: “We need to have every proposal that the super-committee brings out to have it scored by its jobs impact,” Merkley told me in an interview this morning. He plans to urge Democratic and GOP leaders to agree to this

An Oregon Perspective: What We Can Do to Lower Gas Prices

Skyrocketing gas prices are like a tax on working families. And it is the worst possible tax in the sense that it ships our energy dollars overseas, enriching the Middle East while hurting job creation here at home. We need to take concrete steps both to lower costs at the pump now and to gradually reduce the grip oil companies and petro-dictators have on our economy. 

Merkley Calls For Action To Lower Gas Prices

BEND, OR — With oil and gas prices increasing considerably over the last couple of weeks, Jeff Merkley and several other senators have called on President Obama to act now to lower the price at the pump. Merkley, a guest Thursday morning on Wake Up Bend!, said a small portion

Merkley backs bills for breweries

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley cosponsored legislation Wednesday that would lower the beer excise tax on small brewers. The Democrat said the bill would encourage job growth nationwide and in his home state. “Oregon’s brewers are a valuable part of our state’s economy and culture,” Merkley said in

Merkley-Wyden Bill Would Boost Brewers

WASHINGTON — Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden cosponsored legislation Wednesday that will encourage job growth by reducing the beer excise tax on American small brewers. “Oregon’s brewers are a valuable part of our state’s economy and culture,” Merkley said. “They employ thousands of Oregonians and brew beers recognized