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MERKLEY STATEMENT ON AGREEMENT TO HELP REBUILD FLINT AND OTHER CRUMBLING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Senate leaders, including Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, announced an agreement to move forward on a package of emergency funding to help Flint, Michigan with its water crisis and to help other cities across the country avert similar crises by investing in repairs and replacements for crumbling water infrastructure.

USDA to Help Finance New Farm Waste Biorefinery in Oregon

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah joined Sen. Jeff Merkley in Oregon today to pledge their support for a new biorefinery in the state.

MERKLEY ANNOUNCES $36 MILLION IN HOUSING FUNDS FOR STATE OF OREGON

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley announced that Oregon would receive over $36 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury to assist homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure. Today’s announcement from the Treasury Department includes an opportunity for the state of Oregon to apply for an additional $110 million to address housing needs in the state. Senator Merkley has been instrumental in advocating for additional funding to address the foreclosure crisis that has rocked Oregon since the Great Recession and called on the Treasury Department to release this funding

MERKLEY DECRIES REPUBLICAN BLOCKADE OF AID TO FLINT, LACK OF INVESTMENT IN CRUMBLING WATER...

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement as Senate Republicans continued to block proposed aid to Flint, Michigan, where families are facing lead-poisoned tap water

Damien Hall Joins Board of Commissioners

Damien Hall, a land use and real estate attorney with a background in urban planning, has been appointed to the board of commissioners. He holds a City of Portland seat on the nine-member citizen commission.

DeFazio, Huffman, Wyden, Merkley Praise Temporary Ban on Mining Projects in Southwest Oregon Watershed...

Seeking to protect a celebrated collection of world-class salmon and steelhead rivers, U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio (OR-4) and Jared Huffman (CA-2), as well as Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), applauded the temporary ban on new mining projects in an area covered by a bill the Congressmen and Senators introduced, the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act.

Oregon Set to Have Largest Passive House Building in N America

REACH is proud to welcome Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to celebrate the grand opening of Orchards at Orenco, a new affordable 57-unit development located at the Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon. Orchards at Orenco Phase I is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America

HDC helps ULRA secure $44 million to preserve one of Oregon’s largest affordable senior...

With assistance from Housing Development Center, Union Labor Retirement Association (ULRA) has secured $44 million in new federal and private funds, in addition to federal rent subsidies ULRA projects to be worth $144 million, to preserve Westmoreland’s Union Manor.

Oregon Legislature Approves Bill Moving Insurance into Digital Age

The Oregon Legislature just gave their stamp of approval to a new law that will give insurance customers more convenience in managing and accessing their insurance policies, said the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). SB 578 enables insurers to post generic policy forms and endorsements online in lieu of mailing paper documents, unless otherwise requested.

REACH Opens Affordable, Innovative Passive House Development Largest multi-family Passive House building opens in...

REACH CDC is proud to welcome Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to celebrate the grand opening of Orchards at Orenco, a new development located at the Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon. Orchards at Orenco Phase I is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America. Orchards is 57 unit affordable building which recently won the Portland Business Journal’s Better Bricks Sustainable Project of the Year award for its commitment to green technology and energy efficiency

AT MEALS ON WHEELS CENTER, MERKLEY ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF OLDER AMERICANS CARE ACT TO...

Visiting the downtown Meals on Wheels People dining center, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced the introduction of the Older Americans Community Access Revitalization and Education (CARE) Act in the Senate next week to help older Americans stay in their own homes and communities as they age.

Wyden Introduces Bill To Bring Retired Military Dogs Home After Overseas Combat

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced legislation to support veterans and military dog handlers by ensuring that military working dogs come home to the United States after they have been relieved from their service in combat roles overseas.

KTVZ: Walden blasts EPA over bid to expand water rules

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., released the following statement Thursday after the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to finalize its Waters of the United States rule, which would expand the federal government’s authority over waterways within the U.S

DeFazio, T&I Democrats Introduce GROW AMERICA Act to Set Robust Long-Term Surface Transportation Investment...

The GROW AMERICA Act provides a total of $478 billion over six years, a 45 percent increase for highways, bridges, public transportation, highway safety, and rail programs. Over six years, the GROW AMERICA Act makes significant investments in:

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) seeks community input on addressing housing needs in...

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is seeking community input and advice to determine how we can do better in serving our most vulnerable residents. OHCS is developing our federally required Consolidated Plan, a five year look at how to address housing needs in Oregon

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Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Vietnamese Neighbors and Interfering with...

John Blayne Vangastel, 37, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, pleaded guilty today in the District of Oregon to one count of using threats of force to injure, intimidate and interfere with his neighbors in the enjoyment of their housing rights because they are a family of Vietnamese descent.

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House Passes Bill to Ensure 8-Year-Old Locally Supported Land Exchange in...

H.R. 699, the “Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act,” sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) passed on suspension by a vote of 415-1. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement