Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Rep. Walden talks children’s health insurance funding

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden hopes an agreement funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is close at hand for Congress. Walden (R-Hood River) held a conference call with reporters Friday discussing his stance on the CHIP program. “This has been a critical program for the district,” Walden said. “I’ve always supported it every time it’s […]
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Walden confident in 6-year CHIP funding

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said he believes Congress will soon pass a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Oregon Republican told reporters on a conference call Jan. 12 the health care program for children and pregnant women could be funded for six years after the Congressional Budget Office revised its financial […]
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50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

The tally leaves supporters just one vote shy of the 51 required to pass a Senate resolution of disapproval, in a legislative gambit aimed at restoring the agency’s net neutrality rules. Fifty Senate lawmakers have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said […]
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Sen. Wyden pitches new bridge bill

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would create a grant program for repairing and replacing outdated bridges. The “Bridge Investment Act” would require that all bridge projects funded by the bill use American-made steel and iron. “Reliable bridges are critical to Oregonians’ safety and for local Oregon businesses to successfully transport world-renowned […]
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Editorial: Congress can protect medical pot 

At the same time that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was rescinding the Cole Memorandum, which told federal prosecutors to go easy on marijuana cases in states that had legalized the recreational use of pot, he also took a shot at medical marijuana. Sessions last week also rescinded the Ogden Memorandum of 2009, […]
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Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act set to become US law

Legislation from HR 1306 would transfer control of 32,000 acres of federal land to tribes. In a rare example of bipartisan law making, House Resolution (HR) 1306, The Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, will convey more than 32,000 acres of land, currently under federal control, to three tribal entities in western and southern Oregon. The […]
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SNAP will be at center of farm bill debates, groups predict

National farm organizations expect a high level of attention on food stamps as lawmakers discuss the next farm bill. Farm organization lobbyists expect Congress to focus on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as they take up a new farm bill, adding that agreement on the program, which includes food stamps, is critical to passing the […]
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Senators question Forest Service role in sage grouse review

Wyden and Merkley among the senators who sent letter. Thirteen Democratic senators, including Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, are questioning what role the U.S. Forest Service played in the Trump administration’s recent decision to review protections for the greater sage grouse. Source: Senators question Forest Service role in sage grouse review – […]
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Senate endorses forest equity for Coquille Tribe

After more than 20 years, the Coquille Indian Tribe finally may be freed from unfairly cumbersome forest management rules. The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to pass the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, which “decouples” the Coquille Tribal Forest from federal land management rules. The Coquilles are the only U.S. tribe bound by those rules. Source: […]
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Mt. Hood land exchange heads to Trump’s desk

A long-delayed land swap on Mount Hood that sets out areas for commercial development and protected forest land has cleared Congress. The bill unanimously passed the Senate on Thursday night, Dec. 21, which means it’s headed to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law. Source: Mt. Hood land exchange heads to Trump’s desk […]
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