Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Coronavirus and the States: Congress to Send States Money; Layoffs Hit Midwest

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. The $2 trillion stimulus package moving through Congress would provide $150 billion to states, territories, local and tribal governments. It appears to allow some flexibility in how states could spend the money but does not address state revenue shortfalls brought on by stunted economic activity. Source: Coronavirus […]
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Checks are almost in the mail as Senate OKs $2 trillion stimulus

A sweeping $2 trillion federal economic stimulus package could provide $1,200 checks for Jackson County adults and offer financial support to keep struggling small businesses afloat during the pandemic. “The small businesses and workers feel like they’ve been hit by an economic wrecking ball,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon. Source: Checks are almost in the […]
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Our view | Washington demonstrates rare unity of purpose

The news on Wednesday morning that the White House and Senate leaders reached a pact on a massive relief bill was good news and will hopefully set the stage for a brighter future for the entire nation. The size of the emergency relief bill — $2 trillion — is historic. Yet, we are now mired […]
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Great American Outdoors Act possible ‘game-changer’ for public lands

Act will fund projects for National Park Service, Forest Service and BLM Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are part of a bipartisan group that introduced a new bill to help reduce the maintenance backlog at national parks and other land maintenance agencies. The bill, known as the Great American Outdoors Act, would address […]
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Lawmakers push for emergency aid for flood-stricken region

Eastern Oregon’s congressional delegation — Democrat Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Republican Rep. Greg Walden, are pushing the Trump administration for an expedited review of the “presidential major disaster declaration” that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown requested for three Oregon counties and a tribal nation that suffered severe damage from historic flooding in February. […]
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COVID-19 Health Update | Copyright Protections – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The public has now learned of the third presumptive case of COVID-19 in Oregon, and one man died from complications related to the virus in the state of Washington.  Oregon Health Authority’s Patrick Allen, Jennifer Vines with the Multnomah County Public Health Department, and the Port of Portland‘s Kama Simonds tell us about the precautions […]
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Onion industry questions low-priced Canadian imports

Inflation-adjusted Onion pricing sags to mid-1980s levels as Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer join NOA in concern over pricing, Canadian practices. The U.S. onion industry and two senators say they are concerned about Canadian onions flooding East Coast markets at artificially low prices. “It’s important for everybody all across the country,” National Onion Association Executive Vice […]
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US House passes bill to help eradicate invasive swamp rodent

A measure to grant funding to try to eradicate the invasive rodents called nutria has passed the U.S. House with the help of a large, stuffed specimen. California Rep. Josh Harder brought the taxidermied nutria he calls Nellie to the House floor Wednesday ahead of a vote that approved the bill, The Modesto Bee reported. […]
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Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund for Spence Mountain and beyond

As a small business owner in Klamath Falls, I know the value of access to public lands for our community, economy, health and pride we have in our small town. From bringing in tourism to inspiring people to get active, access to the outdoors is central to Oregon’s quality of life. That’s why I’m asking […]
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Peter DeFazio announces increase in Army Corps funding for Oregon ports and harbors

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, announced Tuesday he has secured an additional $11.7 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for projects in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 work plan for the Corps’ Civil Works program. Source: Peter DeFazio announces increase in Army Corps funding for Oregon ports and […]
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