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Bend awarded $5 million federal grant to fuel affordable housing production

Bend Bulletin The city of Bend has received a $5 million grant intended to kickstart affordable housing supply, the federal government announced Wednesday. Awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grant set the course for the city to identify and address policies that slow affordable housing

Wyden, Merkley, colleagues call on Postal Service to prepare for November election

KTVZ WASHINGTON (KTVZ) — Senator Ron Wyden said Thursday he is leading Senate colleagues including fellow Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley in calling on Postmaster General DeJoy and the U.S. Postal Service to share their plans to accommodate high volumes of mail expected in the upcoming 2024 general election in Oregon and nationwide.

Editorial: Skewed priorities

You cannot talk about the federal deficit without mentioning the war in Afghanistan. Sen. Jeff Merkley did both during his talk to the Columbia Forum last Wednesday night. Sen. Merkley took the annual spending on the Afghanistan war – $120 billion – and broke that into jobs that could be

Merkley: 20 Small Oregon Post Offices Spared

WASHINGTON — After fighting for months against a plan to close scores of Oregon’s rural post offices, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced Thursday that 20 are being removed from the list and will remain open for business.The U.S. Postal Service wrote in a letter that it had reached the decision

Why ‘supermajority’ no longer works in the Senate

My colleague Sen. Ron Johnson recently argued on these pages that a supermajority voting requirement in the Senate is part of our Founding Fathers’ constitutional design and that recent efforts to change it are driving the “bankrupting of America” [“A simple majority is not enough,” op-ed, Oct. 23]. I take

Congressional leaders should take close look at Merkley housing plan

Our homes are supposed to be the safe places in our lives. But that feeling of comfort is shattered when a family is faced with foreclosure.  Financial problems, topped by foreclosure of one’s home, create unbelievable stress. Besides the stress to the homeowner and his or her family, foreclosures damage

World issues touch home for Senator Merkley

China, Wall Street and his own community in east Multnomah County: U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., managed to touch on all three during remarks Tuesday in Pendleton. Merkley, the state’s junior senator, toured the ZeaChem demonstration plant at the Port of Morrow, then stopped at the East Oregonian for a