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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

More ground for Bernanke to cover

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke continued his testimony on Capitol Hill today in front of the Senate Banking Committee. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, a committee member, tells Bill Radke about concerns he’s had with Bernanke’s leadership. TEXT OF INTERVIEW BILL RADKE: Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke continues his testimony

Merkley Quizzes Bernake In Senate Hearing

Senator Jeff Merkley got a chance to quiz Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Thursday as Bernanke talked to the Senate Banking Committee about money policy. Merkley was the first Senate Democrat to oppose Bernanke’s continuing in a second term as Fed Chair. But their interaction Thursday was collegial. Merkley compared the

NW Delegation Members Back $200 Million Proposal for Columbia Cleanup

Members of the Northwest congressional delegation are backing a proposal to spend up to $200 million dollars over the next five years on cleaning up the Columbia River.  Oregon congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator, Jeff Merkley, are the chief sponsors. Southwest Washington rep, Brian Baird supports it, too. Read More

Merkley, Blumenauer push for federal dollars to clean the Columbia River

WASHINGTON – Along with Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound and the Great Lakes, the sprawling Columbia River Basin is one of the largest and most ecologically important watersheds in the United States. Unlike those other systems, however, the Columbia River basin which stretches from the Canadian border to the Pacific Ocean

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