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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

Bill aims to fill county budget gaps

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced his first piece of legislation Monday — a measure to create a 15-member task force to study ways to help timber-dependent counties in Oregon. Merkley, who took office in January, had promised during last year’s campaign to address the timber issue in his

Two Merkley bills aimed at lending practices

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced two bills on Tuesday to target deceptive lending practices, a few days before the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a housing bill. Since taking office in January, Merkley has spent much of his energy on the housing crisis, lobbying in

Sen. Merkley Learning The Ropes In D.C.

t’s been about a hundred days since Jeff Merkley was sworn in as Oregon’s U.S. Senator. He’s an experienced legislator at the state level, but new to the scene in Washington D.C. April Baer checks on how Merkley’s doing on the job. As a Senator, Jeff Merkley isn’t under the

Fixing the damage to the American dream

There is nothing that characterizes the American dream better than owning your own home. Unfortunately, instead of strengthening homeownership as part of the American dream, we’ve allowed it to turn into the American nightmare. As a result, we’ve deeply damaged the foundations of Main Street and Wall Street. On Main

Resolution would fund forest plan

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on Tuesday introduced a budget resolution that would fully fund the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. The amendment would provide an additional $200 million for reducing hazardous fuels and for thinning on overstocked forests. Funding for the program has historically reached less

Merkley gives first speech in Senate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., put the blame for the current housing crisis squarely on a failure of federal regulators in his first speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. “This fiasco is first and foremost the consequence of colossal regulatory failure,” said Merkley, tracing the history of deregulation