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US Senate unanimously passes bill urging China to resolve Tibet dispute

Radio Free Asia The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill urging the Chinese government to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama or Tibetan leaders, without any preconditions, to resolve the China-Tibet dispute. The bipartisan Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act notes that the dispute between Tibet

Senator Jeff Merkley holds townhall in Arlington

Times Journal Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley swept through Eastern Oregon on a three-day tour, holding townhalls in nine counties. Starting on Friday, May 17, Oregon’s junior Senator started his townhall tour in Malheur County, and then went to Harney, and Grant County. On Saturday, Merkley held townhalls in Baker County,

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley holds town hall meeting in Seneca

Blue Mountain Eagle PRAIRIE CITY — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., met with Grant County residents at Seneca School on Friday, May 17, to respond to questions, discuss issues of local concern and share his recent funding accomplishments for the region. The town hall was held in the school’s gymnasium

Senate, Merkley critical of nicotine-rich tobacco product that tastes like candy

WASHINGTON — Twelve years after Joe Camel’s forced retirement for luring children into a life of smoking, Congress is confronting another slickly advertised threat that some lawmakers and public health officials say is even more worrisome — tobacco that dissolves in the mouth and tastes like candy. “The future of

Merkley talks health care, budget during Medford stop

Hopes for health-care reform ran high among a crowd that gathered Tuesday afternoon for a town-hall meeting with Sen. Jeff Merkley at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in downtown Medford. Organizers from Health Care for America Now! passed out stickers to the roughly 100 people who came to meet Oregon’s

CARD Reform

The U.S. Senate passed by 90-to-5 Tuesday the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act. It will help end to deceptive practices and hidden fees by credit card companies and protect families here in Oregon and around the U.S.. Our Sen. Jeff Merkley, a co-sponsor, urged the White House to

Merkley bill targets tobacco candy

WASHINGTON — Legislation the Senate is considering to regulate tobacco products under the Food and Drug Administration includes a measure that would mandate the study of a new product: tobacco candy. Made by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the lozenge-like Camel Orb is being test-marketed in Portland, Ore., Indianapolis

Merkley’s Bid to Rein in Credit Card Practices

When Jeff Merkley went down to Salem, as a junior member of the Oregon House minority, he found there was one subject he couldn’t touch even if he someday happened to become House speaker. “I tried to write a bill in Oregon,” he remembers, “and was told that states could

Help for renters evicted by foreclosure

WASHINGTON — Renters living in foreclosed homes will get more time to find new places to live under a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday. A provision that lets renters remain in a foreclosed property for the life of their leases, or 90 days for tenants on monthly leases,