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 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

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