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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

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

Merkley Outreach Includes Cave Junction

While campaigning for office last fall, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley visited more than 100 towns throughout Oregon. Now, Merkley and his staff are making an extra effort to maintain those contacts, they say, for the sake of providing good constituent services. On Tuesday, March 10, Cave Junction City Hall was

In Congress, Oregon has a few voices in key climate negotiations

WASHINGTON — To Sen. Jeff Merkley, federal action to slow U.S. greenhouse gas emissions isn’t just necessary for the planet. It could ignite a Beaver State explosion of green manufacturing jobs and spur wind, solar and geothermal energy production across the state. Done correctly, a bill capping carbon emissions would