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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

Merkley, Wyden visit Iraq, recognize sense of ‘promise’

WASHINGTON — Despite a recent burst of violence and uncertainty about elections scheduled for January, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said Monday a sense of “promise” is taking root in Iraq. Wyden and Merkley offered the assessment after the first day of a two-day visit to the country.

Timber companies could use the help – Editorial

It doesn’t make sense for some Oregon timber companies to carry out contracts they have to harvest timber on Bureau of Land Management land. Demand has fallen. Timber prices have fallen. Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, are stepping in to help out. Merkley introduced and Wyden

Merkley bullish, Wyden quiet on latest Senate bill

WASHINGTON — The latest version of the health care reform bill caused a minor role reversal for Oregon’s Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday. Soft-spoken Sen. Jeff Merkley pronounced himself “very pleased” with the bill, unveiled late Wednesday in the Senate, while the normally loquacious Sen. Ron Wyden avoided commenting on

White House boosts Merkley’s anti-discrimination bill

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration Thursday endorsed full-scale protections for gay and transgender workers from job discrimination, giving a major boost to legislation written by Se. Jeff Merkley that is based on similar protections offered in Oregon. “No American should be denied a job or the opportunity to earn promotions,

Merkley backs local banks bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer of California introduced a bill last week to help community banks get credit flowing again. The Bank on Our Communities Act allocates existing bank bailout funds to allow community banks to raise private capital, get lending moving again