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Merkley Monthly: Investing in Oregon’s ports

Tillamook Headlight Herald Oregon’s ports are not only vital for our state—they’re critical to America.   Just think back to the pandemic, when dozens of container ships had to wait to dock off the West Coast and Americans across the country felt the effects. Importance of the ports Fertilizer, furniture,

Wyden, Merkley secure millions in funding for Washington County community projects

Beaverton Valley Times More community-project funding is making its way to Washington County — courtesy of the 2024 spending bill recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced Wednesday, March 27, that they secured a number of investments for essential initiatives, including

Goldman Scrutiny Makes Case For ‘Volcker Rule,’ Senators Say

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The intense scrutiny surrounding Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s (GS) potential conflict of interest in packaging and selling mortgage-backed securities could give a boost to lawmakers hoping to tighten banking rules in a Senate financial-overhaul bill. Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.), who chairs the panel that subjected Goldman executives

Merkley’s bill passes

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley’s bill to increase penalties for harming protected migratory birds has passed out of committee. Oregon’s junior Democratic senator introduced the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act last November. Current law provides a misdemeanor penalty of up to $2,000 and two years in jail for

Senators pledge allegiance to Main Street in battle over financial regulation

WASHINGTON — There was a lot of talk in the Senate Wednesday about roads. But the topic wasn’t transportation. “This is the showdown, Main Street versus Wall Street,” Heather Booth, director of Americans for Financial Reform, shouted during a morning news conference in support of Democratic legislation to reform and

Merkley vows to work on jobs

MAUPIN — Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said his three proposed energy efficiency programs will help create jobs in Wasco County if he is able to insert them into upcoming federal jobs legislation. “When I took office last year, the unemployment rate was going up by 1 percent a month,”

Sen. Merkley Rafts Molalla River

As Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) urges his fellow U.S. senators to support the Molalla River Wild and Scenic bill, he’ll be able to give first-hand testimony. Merkley and his staff visited the Molalla River Corridor on Tuesday and took a mile-long rafting trip starting above the Glen Avon Bridge. “Senator

Breast-feeding moms to Merkley: You rock

An Oregon law to boost breast-feeding by providing working mothers with unpaid time and a clean space to pump breast milk is going national U .S. politicians are notorious for kissing babies, not legislating in their behalf. Candidate-baby encounters usually peter out in an exchange of gurgles. But this somewhat