Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Wyden and DeFazio ask FERC for extended comment period

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its draft Environmental Impact Study for the Jordan Cove LNG project a few weeks ago, and U.S Senator Ron Wyden and U.S Representative Peter DeFazio have already asked that the draft EIS public comment period be extended. Currently open, the public comment period for FERC’s draft is scheduled for […]
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Walden pledges support for Bend Parkway improvements

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, told Bend and Deschutes County leaders he would support their request for $66.7 million in federal grant funding to reroute U.S. Highway 97 north of Empire Avenue. The $171 million project is the top priority for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Region 4, which covers a broad swath of […]
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Study schedule on Snake River dam removal splits politicians

Sens. Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and other WA and OR democrats criticize a new schedule for a Trump order on a decision for removing Snake River dams to help salmon. Dan Newhouse supports moving it up a year. Criticism of speeding up a study looking at removing the Lower Snake River dams smells like an […]
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Is The “Saving For The Future Act” Real, Or A Mirage?

State Library Ed. Note: Story briefly mentions Oregon’s state level retirement program. Making it easier to save for emergencies and for retirement? Sure thing! But the details matter – a lot. Going on two weeks ago by now, on April 4th, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced new legislation, the Saving for the Future […]
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Walden: ‘Enough is enough’

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s tone in a speech on wildfires and clean air to the Chamber of Jackson County/ Medford on Monday afternoon was far from dampened by the steady rain. The congressman repeatedly pointed to forest management measures that he believes hold the keys to conquering smoky summer skies in Southern Oregon. “Enough is […]
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Preparing for interstate pot commerce

It may seem like a pipe dream now, but Oregon lawmakers are anticipating the federal government legalizing, or at least tolerating, the interstate transfer of marijuana. The Senate Judiciary Committee moved forward a bill this week empowering the governor to enter into agreements with other states for such transactions. The bill , which was completely […]
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Wyden, Merkley join push to increase forest fire spending

The Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposals call for cutting nearly $560 million in wildland fire management. Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined a chorus of fellow Democrat senators from western states urging the Trumo administration to reverse the spending plan. Source: Wyden, Merkley join push to increase forest fire spending | Local News […]
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Editorial: Make kombucha tax free

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Portland, and Greg Walden, R-Hood River, introduced federal legislation March 28 that, if approved, would exempt most kombucha from the current $18 per barrel federal tax on beer. It should be approved. Source: Editorial: Make kombucha tax free;

Senators secure $2.1M for Oregon fisheries

Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week locked in $2.1 million in funding to help Oregon fisheries. The funds were allocated after a nearly two-year protracted battle with President Donald Trump’s administration to approve Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s request for a fishery disaster declaration in May 2017. Source: Senators secure $2.1M for […]
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Oregon Politicians Reintroduce Bill To Eliminate Alcohol Taxes On Kombucha

Bipartisan members of Oregon’s congressional delegation reintroduced legislation Thursday that would eliminate the regulations that tax kombucha like alcohol. The popular fermented drink is a mixture of tea, water and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It has trace amounts of alcohol but is still taxed in the same way as any other alcoholic drink. Source: […]
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