Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Older Americans face a housing crisis. Here’s what Congress should do about it.

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. One part of the solution is retirement reform. Retirement savings reform […]
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Wyden promises fire prevention progress

By the time that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden stepped into the fire camp for the Milepost 97 fire, the most visible reminders of Southern Oregon’s biggest wildfire so far this year were the charred trees and scorched ground bordering Interstate 5. But Link Smith, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s incident manager, and Aaron Whiteley, operations […]
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Editorial: Support Merkley and Wyden’s bill to protect businesses

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, are trying to give businesses a needed break. They want to pass legislation to protect temporarily businesses from a whole new set of laws that would force them to collect retroactive sales taxes. The trigger for the legislation goes back to 2018 and the U.S. Supreme […]
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Opinion: Oregon Residents Need Relief From The High Cost Of Prescription Drugs

For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. Here in Oregon, the average annual cost of prescription drug treatment increased 57.8% between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Oregonians only increased 14.8%. Prescription drugs don’t work if patients can’t afford them. That’s why the Senate needs to pass the Prescription Drug […]
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Federal funds could help shore up structurally deficient bridges

Billions of dollars in new federal funding for bridge repair could translate into benefits for Umatilla County. On Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, announced he and Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, had secured $3.25 billion for bridge repairs in a highway package that is expected to pass out of the Environment […]
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Myriad election systems complicate efforts to stop hackers

A Senate report on Russian interference in U.S. elections highlights one of the biggest challenges to preventing foreign intrusions in American democracy: the limited powers and ability of the federal government to protect elections run by state and local officials. That has given fuel to those who argue for a larger federal role. Source: Myriad […]
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Russia Targeted Election Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds 

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. You will need to run a search for the story in the database since the content was not available at the time of our posting. Alternatively, state employees can contact us […]
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Hemp is here but hasn’t arrived, Senate told

Hemp has a long way to go before joining mainstream agriculture, a U.S. Senate committee was told Thursday, even as farmers in Oregon and Washington continue to embrace the plant’s new legal status. Kentucky farmer Brian Furnish said he’s learned a lot about hemp the past five years, such as don’t believe the hype. The […]
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Bipartisan senators introduce bill to challenge new EPA policy and Supreme Court ruling on FOIA

Senators from both sides of the aisle are backing a bill to strengthen the public’s ability to obtain government records, seeking to counteract recent changes that make it easier for the Trump administration to withhold information. The new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) bill introduced Tuesday directly challenges both an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy implemented earlier this […]
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Lawmakers blast Juul over the company’s role in teen vaping ‘epidemic’

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Economic and Consumer Policy subcommittee is examining Juul’s marketing and health claims in a two-part hearing on Wednesday and Thursday titled “Examining Juul’s Role in the Youth Nicotine Epidemic.” Lawmakers blasted Juul for its alleged role in fueling a teen vaping “epidemic,” calling the company’s tactics “right out […]
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