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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

The Hard Work on Financial Reform – Editorial

The procedural vote in the Senate last week on financial reform did more than end a Republican filibuster. It set up the real test of the Democrats’ resolve to enact the kind of change that the nation’s financial system so badly needs. Achieving that requires passing amendments to strengthen the

Merkley backing a push to give states strong powers to regulate insurance

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is leading an effort to ensure state insurance regulators keep strong powers under Wall Street overhaul legislation Buried in the 1,400-page bill to revamp the financial regulatory system is a provision to create a new Office of National Insurance to monitor insurers at the federal level.

Business owners weigh in on reform

Members of the Pendleton business community Friday told Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley that loans are still tough to get and financial reform needs to make common sense. The Democrat met with a dozen business owners and leaders during a closed-door session Friday at the Heritage Station Museum. With financial reform

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