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Bend awarded $5 million federal grant to fuel affordable housing production

Bend Bulletin The city of Bend has received a $5 million grant intended to kickstart affordable housing supply, the federal government announced Wednesday. Awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grant set the course for the city to identify and address policies that slow affordable housing

Wyden, Merkley, colleagues call on Postal Service to prepare for November election

KTVZ WASHINGTON (KTVZ) — Senator Ron Wyden said Thursday he is leading Senate colleagues including fellow Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley in calling on Postmaster General DeJoy and the U.S. Postal Service to share their plans to accommodate high volumes of mail expected in the upcoming 2024 general election in Oregon and nationwide.

Merkley applauds news EPA requirements for bigger vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the first national gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses. The EPA said the new standards, set to start in 2014, will save an estimated 500 million barrels of

Senators seek to halt foreclosures

A group of Democratic senators are calling for JPMorgan Chase and Ally Financial to halt their foreclosure operations just hours after Bank of America, the country’s largest bank holding company, announced it would freeze its foreclosures in all 50 states indefinitely. Bank of America’s decision Friday came on the heels

Merkley calls for investigation against Ally Financial

It was only time before the handling of foreclosures by loan providers made it to the political arena. And it looks like U.S Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will be leading the push. Merkley sent a letter today to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban

US Lawmaker Asks Administration To Investigate Mortgage Lenders

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) on Monday urged the Obama administration to start an independent investigation of Ally Financial and other servicers of home mortgages after the discovery that many foreclosure documents had not been properly reviewed. “I urge you to jointly appoint an independent investigator to examine

To fix economy, put middle class first

It’s easy to miss between all the cable news diatribes and political posturing, but there are real philosophical differences in how Democrats and Republicans believe we can produce prosperity. My fellow Democrats and I believe the middle class drives our economy — when middle-class families do well, America does well.

Merkley visits, talks with residents

A new Coos Historical & Maritime Center will be key to developing the Coos Bay-North Bend waterfont, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said Saturday. Merkley, who visited Coos County over the Labor Day weekend, spoke at the dedication of the museum site. After being led in by the Marshfield High School