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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

Merkley: Jobless Benefits Extension Crucial

BEND, Ore. — The extension of long-term jobless benefits took a big step toward reality Tuesday, as time is running out for more than 2.5 million unemployed Americans who rely on them to survive. A bill that would extend the deadline to file for those benefits until November was approved

A new energy policy: If not now, when? – Guest Column

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has introduced a clear plan to reduce America’s dependence on oil — a plan with specific timelines, real accountability and a program for building the clean-energy economy. Merkley’s plan is doable — feasibility has never been the issue in America’s long history of big talk and

Merkley tackles HUBZone flaws – Editorial

The federal Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program may be a mess as public policy, but it’s hard to beat as a source of unintended consequences. A good argument could be made for killing the program entirely. But as a minimum, Congress ought to follow Sen. Jeff Merkley’s lead and

Merkley & Welch: Bill Creates Jobs and Helps the Environment

Almost two years after the bottom fell out of the American financial system, the economy has stabilized. Congress has done a lot to turn the recession around and prevent another financial crisis. But we cannot give in to complacency or fatigue. Millions of Americans are still out of work, and

The bank legislation, and education, of Jeff Merkley

In the year and a half he’s been in the U.S. Senate, ever since banking committee chairman Chris Dodd recruited him for the committee, Jeff Merkley has been working on the financial overhaul bill. He became a prominent figure in the fight, with heavy attention to the Merkley-Levin amendment to

Volcker rule backers praise bill

Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) — the two top advocates of strengthening the “Volcker rule” throughout the Wall Street reform debate — declared a “victory” Friday after negotiations Thursday led to the incorporation of stricter language into the final bill. But the news appears to be an