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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

Democratic Senators Propose Medicare Drug Rebates

WASHINGTON — Freshman Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and 21 other Democrats have asked Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to require pharmaceutical companies to pay the government rebates on certain drugs provided under Medicare, as a way of helping fund a health-care overhaul. Under the proposed rebates, drug makers would

Opinion: Hermiston turns out for Jeff Merkley

Earlier this month U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, attracted a large, vocal crowd in Hermiston for a town hall meeting. By my count, more than 130 people took the time to listen and talk their senator at the event. It was an impressive turnout by Umatilla County residents Health care

New senator immersed in big issues

Salem, Ore. — When Jeff Merkley moved his family from Oregon to Washington, D.C., as a new U.S. senator, he transported his belongings himself — driving a big U-Haul across the country with his son in the passenger seat. “It was fun, because you sit up so high,” Merkley said,

Sen. Merkley Pushes Small Business Amendment To Health Care Bill

The U.S. Senate’s Health, Labor, and Pensions committee continues its retooling of Senator Ted Kennedy’s health care policy bill. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is concentrating his efforts on an amendment that would allow more small businesses to take part in an insurance exchange. That’s a system that offers a basic

Merkley announces legislation to aid small businesses

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, rolled out new legislation Tuesday targeted at business start-ups. Speaking to approximately 50 business people at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego, Merkley announced the Small Business Jump Start Act of 2009 to members of the Lake Oswego and West Linn chambers of commerce. The

Merkley visits with Lebanon residents

Almost 40 people gathered on Sunday in the Lebanon Senior Center to listen to and ask questions of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). A number of issues were brought up, the most popular topic being health care reform. Health care The audience represented a number of viewpoints. An ENTEK employee