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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

Roseburg VA addresses backlog issue

VA Roseburg Healthcare System officials say the facility has already taken steps to speed up the conducting of physical exams needed by veterans requesting disability benefits in the wake of a federal audit that reported long delays. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have called for an expedited investigation

Senators Unveil Bill to Ban Banks’ High-Risk Trades

WASHINGTON — Two senators introduced legislation Wednesday echoing calls from the Obama administration to bar taxpayer-insured banks and their affiliates and subsidiaries from engaging in proprietary trading. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) and Carl Levin (D., Mich.), is designed to “make banking boring again,” according to

Merkley, Wyden ask feds for rapid, coordinated effort in drought-stricken Klamath

WASHINGTON – Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden begged the federal government Tuesday for “immediate and coordinated” assistance to help Klamath Basin farmers and the environment cope with a drought of “historic magnitude.” The plea came in a joint letter to three cabinet secretaries whose agencies have direct involvement

Merkley calls consumer protection plan inadequate

WASHINGTON — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley added his name today to a bipartisan chorus criticizing a Senate proposal giving the Federal Reserve power to police banks and other financial institutions from abusing consumers. In a statement and in comments on the latest proposal from Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Merkley said

Financial reform bill hangs on consumer protection

Liberal senators and advocacy groups cautioned Thursday that they would not support a compromise on financial reform legislation unless it sufficiently empowered a proposed federal regulator to protect consumers of mortgages, credit cards and other loans. The chairman of the Senate banking committee, Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), and the White