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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.

Small business loan measure with Merkley provision clears GOP filibuster

WASHINGTON — Times are still hard but Don Brostoski is ready to expand his Portland business if only he can find a bank willing to make a loan. “If I could receive capital easier, yes, it would allow me to expand our business tremendously,” said Brostoski, president and founder of

Merkley: Jobless Benefits Extension Crucial

BEND, Ore. — The extension of long-term jobless benefits took a big step toward reality Tuesday, as time is running out for more than 2.5 million unemployed Americans who rely on them to survive. A bill that would extend the deadline to file for those benefits until November was approved

A new energy policy: If not now, when? – Guest Column

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has introduced a clear plan to reduce America’s dependence on oil — a plan with specific timelines, real accountability and a program for building the clean-energy economy. Merkley’s plan is doable — feasibility has never been the issue in America’s long history of big talk and

Merkley tackles HUBZone flaws – Editorial

The federal Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program may be a mess as public policy, but it’s hard to beat as a source of unintended consequences. A good argument could be made for killing the program entirely. But as a minimum, Congress ought to follow Sen. Jeff Merkley’s lead and

Merkley & Welch: Bill Creates Jobs and Helps the Environment

Almost two years after the bottom fell out of the American financial system, the economy has stabilized. Congress has done a lot to turn the recession around and prevent another financial crisis. But we cannot give in to complacency or fatigue. Millions of Americans are still out of work, and

The bank legislation, and education, of Jeff Merkley

In the year and a half he’s been in the U.S. Senate, ever since banking committee chairman Chris Dodd recruited him for the committee, Jeff Merkley has been working on the financial overhaul bill. He became a prominent figure in the fight, with heavy attention to the Merkley-Levin amendment to