Press Releases

Wyden, Merkley Announce $47.7 Million in Secure Rural Schools Funds to Oregon Counties

Oregon receives the most SRS funds of any state in the country Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that 30 Oregon counties will receive more than $47.7 million in federal payments under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) for schools and road maintenance, youth

Merkley Announces Eight Additional April Town Halls 

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced today he will be closing out April with eight in-person town halls: Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties on Friday, April 26; Sherman, Wasco, and Hood River counties on Saturday, April 27; and Deschutes and Jefferson counties on Sunday, April 28. The events

Merkley Announces Pendleton Office And Field Representative

Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that his Pendleton office is now open for business.   Elizabeth Scheeler in Pendleton will be his field representative for Baker, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa Counties. “Eastern Oregon faces a tough economy with record levels of unemployment.  It’s

Merkley, Wyden Announce $11.85 Million for Oregon Biomass Projects

Washington D.C. – Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Department of Agriculture has awarded $11.85 million to five counties in Oregon to create clean energy jobs and reduce the risk of wildfire in Oregon as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The funding will

Merkley: Health Reform Should Include Drug Rebate Extension

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley called on the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee today to include an extension of the Medicaid drug rebate program to managed care plans (MCOs) in the health reform legislation currently being drafted. In a letter to Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Senator

Merkley Statement on National Unemployment Rate

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released a statement today following the announcement by the Department of Labor that job losses were lower than expected even though the national unemployment rate climbed to 9.4 percent.   “The loss of nearly 350,000 jobs last month is unacceptable.  While some experts