Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Wyden says wildfire help on the way

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden promised Wednesday that federal help is headed to Southern Oregon to confront our wildfire problems. He said he’s shepherded legislation that will stop a long-standing practice of raiding fire prevention coffers to pay for wildfire suppression. “The fire prevention funding got the short end of the stick,” he said before about […]
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Our view | Who has the best climate change plan?

“Climate change is real,” reads the opening line of a recent op-ed penned by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden and two fellow Republican congressmen. It was repeated by Walden during his town hall Monday in Boardman. It’s a declaration most Republicans are now willing to endorse, though with varying levels of commitment. To his credit, Walden […]
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Spending package impacts Oregon agriculture

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation say they are pleased with a spending package approved Feb. 14 to avert a second partial government shutdown in 2019, highlighting multiple provisions for agriculture and rural communities. While controversy continues to swirl around President Donald Trump and the fight to secure funding for a wall along the southern border […]
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Federal cannabis bills make sense

No matter how many states legalize cannabis, a real, functioning market for the drug will never materialize until the federal government comes to its senses and takes it off the most-dangerous-substance list. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced three pieces of legislation that would allow states that have legalized marijuana to treat the industry like […]
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Devil’s Staircase And Several Oregon Rivers Would Gain Protection Under Bill Passed By US Senate

A national public lands bill approved by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday includes wilderness protections for the Devil’s Staircase in southwestern Oregon, a 30,000-acre area that includes some of the largest old-growth forest stands in the Coast Range. The measure also includes a number of wild and scenic river designations, including portions of the Molalla […]
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Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Gains Spot On High-Profile Climate Change Panel

Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on Thursday was appointed to a high-profile committee focused on combating climate change. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Bonamici and seven other Democrats to the new panel on a day that also saw the release of the Green New Deal, a sweeping legislative resolution that calls for moving the economy […]
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Going green

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden proposed legislation Friday that would give states a free hand to allow legal cannabis markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention, the latest push in Congress to bolster the nation’s burgeoning pot industry. The proposal, identical to a bill in the House, aims to ease the longstanding conflict between states […]
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New bill seeks to protect Native American communities affected by government shutdown

Charles Riley, a member of the Native American Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico, did something he hasn’t done in over a month. He went back to work. As a federal employee at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Riley was among the 800,000 federal workers who went without pay for weeks during the longest government […]
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The Energy 202: Senators from both parties press EPA to limit two toxic chemicals

One-fifth of the Senate is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to do more to prevent two toxic chemicals from getting into Americans’ drinking water — after a report last week indicating the agency is not going to restrict them under the Safe Drinking Water Act. In a letter led by Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Shelley Moore […]
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The Health 202: Expanding Medicaid instead of Medicare would offer more generous benefits

But policymakers and candidates aren’t focused on it. Maybe Democrats should be talking about Medicaid-for-all instead of Medicare-for-all if they want to extend generous health benefits to all Americans. State Medicaid programs for low-income individuals typically cover a fuller range of medical services than the federally run Medicare program for seniors. Source: The Health 202: […]
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