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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

Merkley opposes a second term as Fed chairman for Bernanke

WASHINGTON — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said Friday he would vote against granting a second term to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, concluding that Bernanke was partly to blame for the nation’s deep recession and that he is ill-equipped to lead a recovery. In explaining his decision in a floor

Senators eye bank trading limits: Sen Merkley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bipartisan discussion is under way in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee about possibly imposing new limits on proprietary trading by banks, a Democratic committee member told Reuters on Tuesday. Senator Jeff Merkley had earlier called for a study of the risks and conflicts of insured depository institutions

Merkley promotes locally inspired energy-efficiency plan

An energy efficiency plan inspired by a Portland lawmaker and the city of Portland’s new Clean Energy Works program could go national in a second-round economic stimulus bill being fashioned in the Senate. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, Oregon’s Democratic junior senator, in a Monday afternoon appearance before the Portland Tribune

The filibuster: a fixture in the Senate, but one Merkley says needs new limits

WASHINGTON — After a year spent watching Republicans throw everything but the kitchen sink in the path of Democrats’ agenda, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley thinks it’s time to change how the Senate works. The Oregon Democrat’s target is the most potent tool of the minority party: the filibuster, which, when

Q&A: Sen. Merkley on Bernanke Confirmation Vote

Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon today became the first Senate Democrat to announce a vote against Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term. He talked with us about his decision ahead of Thursday’s Senate Banking Committee vote on confirmation: Bernanke is President Obama’s nominee for Fed chairman.

Merkley counsels Obama on how to make “cash for caulkers” work

In his much-anticipated jobs speech last week, Obama introduced a program meant to encourage energy efficiency retrofits for residential housing; it has since become known as “cash for caulkers.”  On Tuesday, Obama will host a discussion at a Washington-area Home Depot focusing on the economic benefits of retrofits and soliciting