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US Senate unanimously passes bill urging China to resolve Tibet dispute

Radio Free Asia The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill urging the Chinese government to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama or Tibetan leaders, without any preconditions, to resolve the China-Tibet dispute. The bipartisan Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act notes that the dispute between Tibet

Senator Jeff Merkley holds townhall in Arlington

Times Journal Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley swept through Eastern Oregon on a three-day tour, holding townhalls in nine counties. Starting on Friday, May 17, Oregon’s junior Senator started his townhall tour in Malheur County, and then went to Harney, and Grant County. On Saturday, Merkley held townhalls in Baker County,

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley holds town hall meeting in Seneca

Blue Mountain Eagle PRAIRIE CITY — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., met with Grant County residents at Seneca School on Friday, May 17, to respond to questions, discuss issues of local concern and share his recent funding accomplishments for the region. The town hall was held in the school’s gymnasium

Merkley Quizzes Bernake In Senate Hearing

Senator Jeff Merkley got a chance to quiz Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Thursday as Bernanke talked to the Senate Banking Committee about money policy. Merkley was the first Senate Democrat to oppose Bernanke’s continuing in a second term as Fed Chair. But their interaction Thursday was collegial. Merkley compared the

NW Delegation Members Back $200 Million Proposal for Columbia Cleanup

Members of the Northwest congressional delegation are backing a proposal to spend up to $200 million dollars over the next five years on cleaning up the Columbia River.  Oregon congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator, Jeff Merkley, are the chief sponsors. Southwest Washington rep, Brian Baird supports it, too. Read More

Merkley, Blumenauer push for federal dollars to clean the Columbia River

WASHINGTON – Along with Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound and the Great Lakes, the sprawling Columbia River Basin is one of the largest and most ecologically important watersheds in the United States. Unlike those other systems, however, the Columbia River basin which stretches from the Canadian border to the Pacific Ocean

Oregon lawmakers defend NOAA base in Newport

WASHINGTON — In an escalating war of words over a plan to station NOAA research ships in Newport, Oregon lawmakers Friday accused their colleagues from Washington state of “political interference” in an attempt to reverse the surprise decision to base the fleet in Oregon. “The Washington state delegation has leveled

Merkley returns from Afghanistan with more questions than answers

WASHINGTON — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley conceded Thursday that the challenges in Afghanistan are “immense” and if the United States is to succeed it must embark on a full-scale, long term nation building effort. At the same time, however, Merkley said such an expensive and long-term commitment may not be