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Merkley Monthly: Investing in Oregon’s ports

Tillamook Headlight Herald Oregon’s ports are not only vital for our state—they’re critical to America.   Just think back to the pandemic, when dozens of container ships had to wait to dock off the West Coast and Americans across the country felt the effects. Importance of the ports Fertilizer, furniture,

Wyden, Merkley secure millions in funding for Washington County community projects

Beaverton Valley Times More community-project funding is making its way to Washington County — courtesy of the 2024 spending bill recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced Wednesday, March 27, that they secured a number of investments for essential initiatives, including

Oregon lawmakers defend NOAA base in Newport

WASHINGTON — In an escalating war of words over a plan to station NOAA research ships in Newport, Oregon lawmakers Friday accused their colleagues from Washington state of “political interference” in an attempt to reverse the surprise decision to base the fleet in Oregon. “The Washington state delegation has leveled

Merkley returns from Afghanistan with more questions than answers

WASHINGTON — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley conceded Thursday that the challenges in Afghanistan are “immense” and if the United States is to succeed it must embark on a full-scale, long term nation building effort. At the same time, however, Merkley said such an expensive and long-term commitment may not be

US sen. wants to widen proposed ban on risky trade

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A member of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee said on Friday he is writing legislation that would apply more widely a White House proposal to limit risky investing, extending the reach to nonbank financial institutions as well as to banks. Jeff Merkley, a a first-term

Financial regulation: Taking it to the Bernanke – Editorial

Sen. Jeff Merkley would not disagree that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has done a solid job in the past year steering the American economy away from complete collapse. But there is, the Oregon Democrat insists, a small complication. “He helped set the house on fire,” says Merkley about Bernanke.

Q&A: Sen. Jeff Merkley on Bernanke Confirmation Battle

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) last month became the first Democrat to oppose Ben Bernanke’s confirmation for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman. (The leading liberal against Bernanke, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is an independent.)  He’s been joined now by three other Democrats and a growing list of