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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 talks jobs at town hall

Jobs, jobs, jobs. In one form or another, that was the key talking point Sunday afternoon during a Town Hall meeting with Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley at the Albany Senior Center. More than 50 people from Albany, Corvallis, Springfield and Eugene came to question and hear from the former five-term

Merkley swings through valley

With no set theme, the topics covered in Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Sunday afternoon town hall meeting included renewable energy, the housing market,  the war in Afghanistan and the rising cost of higher education. The hour-long town hall, which took place on the second floor of the Benton County Historical Society

Breast Feeding Equipment Repeal

Bend, Ore.–Good news for nursing mothers everywhere. The internal revenue service has decided to repeal a ruling that denied mothers the ability to list breast feeding equiptment as a medical expense. The action was spurred by Oregon’s junior Senator, Jeff Merkley. He said the IRS decision doesn’t just benefit nursing mothers. Studies show

IRS Allows Breast-Feeding Equipment Deductions

WASHINGTON — In response to a request from Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday it will reverse a ruling that denies equipment used to help women breast feed from being covered as a

Merkley: End violence or aid stops

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley called for an immediate end to violence against protesters in Egypt on Thursday, joining a group of Democrats who said the U.S. should cut off foreign aid to the nation unless a peaceful solution is quickly found. Merkley, D-Ore., said violence by supporters of

A failure to communicate

The U.S. Senate has a new motto: “If it’s broke, don’t fix it.” Democratic lawmakers had a prime opportunity to end the epic abuse of the filibuster and restore the Senate’s reputation as the “world’s greatest deliberative body.” But a gutsy effort by Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Tom Udall, D-N.M.,