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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

Over $38 million in wildfire funding coming to Oregon

KRDV WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending $38 million to Oregon to improve wildfire resilience, U.S. senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today.  Funding will go to projects in Central Oregon, the Klamath River Basin and Mount Hood Forest Health and Fire-Resistant Communities, the senators

Wyden, Merkley Announce $70,000 for the Oregon Food Bank

The Skanner Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced an investment of $70,000 for the Oregon Food Bank from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to connect local producers with emergency feeding organizations. “Nothing is more important than making sure folks in need

The U.S. should immediately mobilize ‘Operation Gaza Relief’

The Washington Post Israel has every right to pursue those who carried out Hamas’s horrific terrorist assault on Oct. 7. But the war strategy chosen by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has had a massive and unacceptable impact on Palestinian civilians. Israel’s campaign of bombing and shelling has killed an estimated 28,000 Palestinians, according to

Report From the Rafah Crossing: An Interview With Jeff Merkley

The Nation Jeff Merkley is a progressive Democrat who has represented Oregon in the Senate since 2009. This interview has been edited and condensed. The full audio and transcript can be found at the Start Making Sense podcast. Jon Wiener: Recently you went to the Rafah border crossing, between Gaza and Egypt—it’s one