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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

Senate directs $10 million to help drought-stricken farmers in Klamath Basin

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved $10 million to help farmers in the drought-stricken Klamath Basin, an unlikely burst of good news to a struggling region that has endured a shortage of water and hope for months. The effort was orchestrated primarily by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., who found

Lawmakers rip offshore drilling

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers from Oregon, Washington and California want a permanent ban on new offshore drilling in federal waters off their coastlines in the wake of last month’s massive environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Six Democratic senators representing the West Coast submitted legislation Thursday to restore a

Senate passes new homeowner protection

The Senate this morning passed a homeowner protection amendment from Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The two Democrats’ amendment to the Wall Street reform bill prohibits mortgage lenders and loan originators from accepting payments based on the interest rate or other terms of the loans, a

Oregon’s Merkley gets populist points on mortgage amendment

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is trumpeting the success of an amendment he co-sponsored with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to crack down on several mortgage writing practices that contributed to the financial meltdown in 2008. The amendment, adopted Wednesday by the Senate on a 63-36 vote, includes a ban on so-called

US Senator Democrats See Support For ‘Volcker Rule’ Amendment

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- A pair of U.S. Senate Democrats pushing strict limits on banks’ ability to engage in proprietary trading said Monday they have support from key lawmakers and the Obama administration on a proposal the financial services industry has vocally opposed. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) and Carl Levin

Oregon senators propose reforms

WASHINGTON — In the U.S. Senate debate over how to prevent another financial crisis, Oregon’s senators are working separately to get to the same goal. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is crafting an amendment with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., that would ban proprietary trading by banks and outlaw financial firms