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Prineville receiving $1.5 million to improve drinking water access

Central Oregon Daily The City of Prineville is receiving $1.5 million from the federal government to improve its water system and allow more access to drinking water. The money will help cover modifications to two existing wells, permitting and design of a new aquifer storage and recovery well and upgrades

$10M for Oregon’s Electric Vehicle System: Funding to improve reliability, accessibility

The Coos Bay World The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is set to receive $10 million to replace or repair electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The federal investments are designed to improve the reliability and accessibility of Oregon’s charging infrastructure stem from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program included

Housing Authority to receive HUD funds

Columbia Gorge News Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Jan. 8 that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be awarding communities across Oregon a total of $3,035,546 from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program fund. Mid-Columbia Housing Authority based in The Dalles has been

Merkley-backed energy bill aims to give local help

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana introduced a bill Tuesday to help homeowners and business owners save energy and cut energy bills. The Clean Energy for Homes and Buildings Act will make low-interest loans available for energy-efficient building upgrades and

Wyden, Merkley vote to confirm Sotomayor

Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley both voted Thursday to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. “As as our nation’s first Hispanic justice, this is a historic confirmation,” Merkley said in a statement after the vote. “Her diverse background and set of life experiences give her valuable

Merkley bill protects gays from bias in the workplace

WASHINGTON — Freshman U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill on Wednesday to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, taking up a cause long championed by Senate veteran Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. Merkley, D-Ore., said he was honored that Kennedy picked him to sponsor the latest version of the

Merkley introduces ENDA in Senate

An Oregon lawmaker made history Wednesday by introducing a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate, marking the first time ever that a trans-inclusive bill has been considered in that chamber of Congress. Sen. Jeff Merkley, a first-term Democratic senator, told the Blade he’s sponsoring the legislation

Merkley moves to end workplace discrimination against gays

WASHINGTON — Reprising yet another battle fought as a member of the Oregon Legislature, Sen. Jeff Merkley is offering legislation that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act seeks to realize a long and so-far unsuccessful goal by gay rights advocates to

U.S. Senate bill allows energy savings to pay for upgrades

WASHINGTON — Making a house more energy efficient saves money and the environment in the long-run — as long as the homeowner can afford the upfront costs. That’s been a major barrier to things like solar panels on homes, new water heaters and other upgrades that make financial sense, U.S.