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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 aims to help small banks

WASHINGTON — Now that many small banks are staggering under losses from real estate and business loans, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said they deserve the same federal aid given to big Wall Street banks over the past year. Merkley introduced a plan to bail out small banks on Wednesday —

Merkley sponsors overdraft bill

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, has lent his support to a bill that would protect bank customers from excessive overdraft fees. The Fairness and Accountability in Receiving Overdraft Coverage Act would require banks to gain customer consent before enrolling them in overdraft protection programs, limit the number of

Merkley in thick of new congressional battle over financial regulation

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., was shepherding Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., around Portland Monday to talk up legislation that seeks to prevent “abusive financial practices” by forming a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. You’re not hearing much about this now, overshadowed as it is by the congressional battle over health

Merkley Bill Would Repeal Telecommunications Protections

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is co-sponsoring a bill that would repeal the legal protections for telecommunications companies who helped the U.S. government with unauthorized post- 9-11 surveillance. April Baer reports. Merkley’s joined forces with Senate power-hitters Christopher Dodd, Patrick Leahy, and Russ Feingold in an attempt to undo the legal

Climate Change Issue Takes Center Stage

Political and business leaders from the Northwest to Washington, D.C. stepped into the spotlight Thursday on the issue of climate change. Rob Manning reports. Within hours of each other Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out new greenhouse gas rules, leading Democrats in D.C. announced a Senate bill to deal

Merkley: Housing aid must pick up the pace

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., took administration officials to task on Thursday for the snail’s pace at which federal aid is reaching homeowners at risk of foreclosure. While the foreclosure rate in Central Oregon and nationwide remains high, lenders have been slow to modify mortgages for borrowers on