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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

Wyden, Merkley vote to confirm Sotomayor

Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley both voted Thursday to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. “As as our nation’s first Hispanic justice, this is a historic confirmation,” Merkley said in a statement after the vote. “Her diverse background and set of life experiences give her valuable

Merkley bill protects gays from bias in the workplace

WASHINGTON — Freshman U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill on Wednesday to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, taking up a cause long championed by Senate veteran Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. Merkley, D-Ore., said he was honored that Kennedy picked him to sponsor the latest version of the

Merkley introduces ENDA in Senate

An Oregon lawmaker made history Wednesday by introducing a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate, marking the first time ever that a trans-inclusive bill has been considered in that chamber of Congress. Sen. Jeff Merkley, a first-term Democratic senator, told the Blade he’s sponsoring the legislation

Merkley moves to end workplace discrimination against gays

WASHINGTON — Reprising yet another battle fought as a member of the Oregon Legislature, Sen. Jeff Merkley is offering legislation that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act seeks to realize a long and so-far unsuccessful goal by gay rights advocates to

U.S. Senate bill allows energy savings to pay for upgrades

WASHINGTON — Making a house more energy efficient saves money and the environment in the long-run — as long as the homeowner can afford the upfront costs. That’s been a major barrier to things like solar panels on homes, new water heaters and other upgrades that make financial sense, U.S.

Merkley seeks Medicare change

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., made his own mark on the health care debate this week, gathering 21 signatures on a letter asking for a major reform of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, as part of any health care overhaul bill. Merkley, joined by a bevy of mostly