Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Marijuana amendment is common sense

  The biggest impediment to developing a fully functional market for recreational marijuana in Oregon and other states that have legalized it is the conflict between state and federal law. An amendment to a spending bill in Congress up for a vote this week would be a step toward easing that conflict. Co-sponsored by Rep. […]
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Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects

As one might expect, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., cheered and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., booed a major move this week by the U.S. Forest Service to speed approval of logging and related forest management projects. Source: Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects – KTVZ

Schrader calls for BIE director replacement over Chemawa problems

A leading critic of how the federal government manages a Salem boarding school for Native American students wants changes at the top of the agency supervising the school. The Chemawa Indian School in Salem has faced mounting scrutiny from Oregon’s congressional delegation Source: Schrader calls for BIE director replacement over Chemawa problems

As Carbon Tax Fans Lobby Congress, Cap & Trade Faces Resistance On The West Coast

Despite being unable to pass a carbon tax in even the most progressive states, advocates brought their push for a national levy on carbon emissions to Capitol Hill this week. Meanwhile in Oregon, legislation to impose a California-style cap & trade system is reported dying a slow death. As hundreds of carbon tax advocates headed […]
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Amendment to Keep Oregon Forest Service Job Training Center Open Passes U.S. House of Representatives

“This isn’t just about fighting for jobs,” Blumenauer says, “it’s about fighting for the environment and our lives.” An amendment aimed at keeping Forest Service vocation centers open passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday as part of a federal funding bill, and might save a facility in Estacada, Ore. The amendment was introduced by […]
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House passes amendment that would protect Wolf Creek Job Corps

An amendment that would protect Civilian Conservation Centers like the Wolf Creek Job Corps in Glide passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday on a bipartisan 313-109 vote. The amendment, authored by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, would undo an earlier decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to close or alter 25 CCC’s. Nine […]
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Fee on drug companies would fund addiction treatment

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is proposing a fee on opioid manufacturers that would boost funding for addiction treatment by $2 billion per year. The Opioid Treatment Surge Act would boost federal funding from $20.8 million to $44 million for Oregon, with the money coming through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program. Source: […]
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Fire season is here: Where’s the action?

We told you we would hold elected officials accountable for what they do or don’t do to address fire and the resulting smoke that has choked our communities for the past two summers. Here’s an update on where we stand now that fire season has begun: President Trump’s Agriculture secretary has proposed closing Job Corps […]
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Wildfire bill will invest in forest health

In case you missed it, May was Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon. Continued preparation is warranted, but I would venture to say that Oregonians have a strong awareness of the effects of wildfire, having spent the better part of the past two summers blanketed by smoke. Even areas not directly impacted by flames were inundated, […]
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Spring Forward? Fall Back? Forget About It: Daylight Saving Time Could Be Year-Round in Oregon by 2021

All three West Coast states must approve the legislation for it to be approved by Congress. Oregon’s 4 pm winter sunsets could be going the way of the dodo in two years. State lawmakers Thursday approved a bill to abolish time changes in Oregon and keep daylight saving time year-round, Oregon Public Broadcasting first reported. […]
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