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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 expresses disgust

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) slammed senators on the other side of the aisle for using a “roadmap of rhetoric” that he believes was created to demonize health care reform. Merkley waved a copy of the 28-page memo during a June 10 Senate floor speech, calling it a plan to kill

Editorial: Merkley’s breast-feeding bill should be passed by Congress

There’s a health care reform that Congress can make that won’t cost billions: Support Sen. Jeff Merkley’s bill to ensure women can easily breast-feed or pump milk at work. There is plenty of scientific evidence that breast-feeding is better than formula. Both the American Academy of Pediatricians and the World

Oregon’s Merkley Strengthens Tobacco Control Bill

(PORTLAND, Ore. ONS) – It’s being called the strongest anti-tobacco measure since the U.S. Surgeon General ruled more than 40 years ago that smoking causes lung cancer. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco. The House already passed a similar

In backing breast-feeding bill, Merkley points to health costs

WASHINGTON — Moms in Oregon have the right to breast-feed at work. Now, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., wants to spread that law nationwide. “Why would we not do everything possible to enable our mothers and our babies to benefit from this tremendous, God-blessed nutrient,” Merkley said. “Everything we can

Merkley, moms to push federal breast-feeding legislation

WASHINGTON — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, a self-described “champion” of breast-feeding, will be surrounded by mothers and their babies today at a “nurse in” designed to draw attention to federal legislation guaranteeing mothers the right to breast-feed their children at their workplaces. “We should adopt this as a society as

Senate bill takes aim at ‘tobacco candy’

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re the newest smoke-free tobacco products — dissolvable pellets or strips that don’t require users to chew or even spit. Sold in shiny plastic cases, the products melt in your mouth like breath mints. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is test-marketing dissolvable products in three cities and says