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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 urges health care solution

Democrat Jeff Merkley, completing his eighth month as a U.S. senator from Oregon, said resolving health care and revamping energy policies go hand in hand with reviving the nation’s economy. “We are not going to put our economy back into a competitive position if we do not figure out our

Credit card reform helps economy

Imagine signing a contract with a bank for a loan, but the bank is allowed to increase your interest rate at any time for any reason, charge you late fees even if your payment is on time and divert payments away from high interest balances so that you can never

Merkley cheers news of marine agency’s move to Newport

WASHINGTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that the agency’s Marine Operations Center-Pacific would be moved to Newport starting in 2011. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, who has worked with other members of the delegation, state and local leaders in pushing for this move, applauded the choice.

Merkley-backed energy bill aims to give local help

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana introduced a bill Tuesday to help homeowners and business owners save energy and cut energy bills. The Clean Energy for Homes and Buildings Act will make low-interest loans available for energy-efficient building upgrades and

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