Press Releases

HIRONO, CARTWRIGHT INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN RIGHTS OF PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS TO JOIN UNIONS, BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, bicameral legislation to guarantee the right of public sector employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively in states that currently do not afford these basic protections. “Private

Merkley, Wyden Announce Up to $3 Million for Solar Energy Partnership in Bend

WASHINGTON D.C. – Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that a partnership involving PV Powered, a manufacturer of photovoltaic solar inverters in Bend, Oregon, will receive up to $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop solar energy grid integration systems (SEGIS).  A portion

Merkley Amendment to Bolster Local Energy Efficiency Programs Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today offered an amendment to the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill to support efficiency programs to help homeowners and business owners renovate buildings to save energy and cut their bills.  The amendment was adopted unanimously.  “This amendment will enable homeowners and local

Merkley Seeks Improvements to Mortgage Modification Program

WASHINGTON, DC – As top Obama Administration officials prepare for a meeting with the nation’s mortgage servicing companies, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today urged the Administration to take a number of steps to make it easier for homeowners at risk of foreclosure to modify the terms of their mortgages. “With

Merkley Applauds Fed for Steering Payment Ban

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Ben Bernanke, announced today that the Federal Reserve is recommending new rules to benefit consumers, including a ban on yield spread premiums, also known as steering payments.  The new rules also require lenders to provide borrowers with a straightforward explanation of

Merkley, Wyden Announce $185,000 in Funding for Joseph State Airport

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded over $185,000 in Federal Aviation Administration grants to the Oregon State Department of Aviation. The funding will be used to install automated weather reporting and observing equipment, rehabilitate an

en_USEnglish