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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.

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

Merkley visits Ardenwald, promotes heart health

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley visited Ardenwald Elementary last month to talk about healthy lifestyles and watch students take part in an annual American Heart Association education program. And while the senator didn’t pick up a jump rope himself, he told students he has been known to do some occasional rollerblading.

Bill Aims to Protect Homeowners in Service

WASHINGTON — Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Friday in an effort to strengthen mortgage protections for servicemembers once they return home from duty. The Protecting Servicemembers from Mortgage and Abuse Act of 2011 will help protect members of the military from mortgage abuses by encouraging financial

Merkley asks Obama to release oil from petroleum reserve

Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has joined five other senators asking President Obama to take steps that might hold down the price of gasoline. Merkley, a Portland Democrat, joined Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Barbara Boxer of California, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kirsten

Fight for timber funds continues, Merkley tells crowd at town hall

Getting timber payments into President Barack Obama’s proposed budget is a good first step, but the fight’s not over, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., told people who gathered Saturday at North Bend City Hall. Obama’s inclusion of $328 million for the first five years is a ‘small step,” Merkley said.The fight