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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 kicks off town hall schedule in Roseburg

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will begin his series of town hall meetings in Oregon’s 36 counties by returning Tuesday to Douglas County, the county where he was born. Merkley will appear from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Douglas County Museum, 123 Museum Drive, next to the Douglas County Fairgrounds

Senators to post funding requests

Oregon residents will soon get a chance to see just who in the state is asking for federal funds and weigh in on whether they should get the money, under a new system being put in place by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Every spring, as Congress works

Merkley says jobless report ‘a wakeup call’

The national unemployment rate, now at 7.6 percent, has hit a 16-year high according to a U.S. Labor Department Report released Friday.   Since January 2008 the nation has seen more than 3.6 million jobs vanish.   In December the nation’s employers cut another 598,000 workers from their payrolls in

Wyden, Merkley pledge transparency

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and his former Republican colleague Gordon Smith received loads of positive press for working together on certain bills and even appearing together at some town hall meetings. With Smith gone and a fellow Democrat, Jeff Merkley, in his place, Oregon’s senators have embarked on an even

Merkley on recovery

Jeff Merkley, freshman Democratic senator from Oregon, was a big supporter of Barack Obama last fall, and he’s still a fan. Lately, he’s just been a little concerned. “Folks in key positions at the top of the Obama financial team are more oriented to Wall Street than families,” Merkley said

Merkley will look out for us in Congress

Jeff Merkley is sort of like the U.S. economy: He’s at the bottom, working his way up. In Merkley’s case, the bottom has to do with the U.S. Senate’s seniority system. But being a freshman senator hasn’t curbed his determination to help improve Oregon’s economy. Merkley has a seat at