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Biden Faces Pressure to Lead on Combating Plastics Pollution

Bloomberg Government The Biden administration has come up short in advocating meaningful steps in international talks toward curbing harmful plastic pollution, a leading Senate Democrat says. The government, led by the State Department in talks with other countries to develop a legally binding agreement on plastic pollution before the end

Wyden, Merkley Announce $345,000 for Klamath Falls Recycled Water Supply

Gorge News Center Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Klamath Falls will receive $345,000 in federal funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act to help conserve groundwater and increase supply of recycled potable water. “Rural communities in Oregon depend on water for everything from

Mosque: Don’t blame friends for acts of enemies

The debate swirling around the proposed mosque and Muslim community center in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center site has, for many, tapped into strong emotions of a national trauma that is still raw. But in the churning political and constitutional arguments, one question has not been adequately addressed:

Jeff Merkley

When Jeff Merkley began his rookie session last year in the Senate, all looked bright for his fellow Democrats. The Democrats had huge majorities in the 111th Congress and were riding Barack Obama’s historic win of the White House. But as Merkley nears the end of his first session, polls

Senate advances legislation to reduce childhood obesity and strengthen youth nutrition

The Senate passed legislation last week aimed at reducing childhood obesity and strengthening programs dedicated to improving childrens’ nutrition. The Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act will provide $4.5 billion to improving the National School Lunch Program, promote the health benefits of breastfeeding, and establish new national nutritional standards to help children

Merkley wants more from energy bill

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., thinks the current slimmed-down energy legislation in Congress could go a lot further. It’s stalled in the Senate, though it has passed the House, in a dispute over whether a cap of $75 million in damages should be lifted as a result of the Gulf

Credit plan targets small businesses

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats plan this week to consider a $30 billion small-business lending program that Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley says is a common-sense answer to the continuing credit crunch. Many small businesses poised to expand are struggling to secure loans because community banks are facing tough capitalization requirements. The

Small business loan measure with Merkley provision clears GOP filibuster

WASHINGTON — Times are still hard but Don Brostoski is ready to expand his Portland business if only he can find a bank willing to make a loan. “If I could receive capital easier, yes, it would allow me to expand our business tremendously,” said Brostoski, president and founder of