Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Bipartisan bill asks $100 million for prevention, trimming

As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Thursday by senators from three Northwestern states — including Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon — would authorize more than $100 million to help at-risk communities prevent […]
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As Clean Power Plan is gutted, Congress must step in to price carbons — Guest Opinion

In its zeal to undo the legacy of our 44th president, the Trump administration is now undoing the future of our children and grandchildren by repealing the Clean Power Plan, a policy designed to reduce the heat-trapping emissions that make our climate more and more inhospitable. Source: As Clean Power Plan is gutted, Congress must […]
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Senators pitch bill for wildfire recovery

A bipartisan group of Western senators has introduced a bill that would allow states affected by wildfire to tap into federal hazard recovery dollars, providing immediate assistance to help reduce the risk of flooding, erosion and future blazes. As it stands, states can receive hazard mitigation funding only after the president declares a major disaster. […]
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Funding concern drives Walden

Campaign against fire borrowing dates back at least a decade. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, is not known for raising his voice on the House floor, but he says he came close when discussing the perils of “fire borrowing” more than a decade ago. Source: Funding concern drives Walden; Campaign against fire borrowing dates back […]
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Wallowa County Commissioners find ears open to forestry issues

The overall consensus was that a breath of fresh air is blowing across the landscape of forestry issues in Eastern Oregon. County Commissioners from six eastern Oregon counties discussed the changes and other topics with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) in Enterprise recently. Source: Wallowa County Commissioners find ears open to forestry issues – […]
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States Scramble to Overcome Congress’ Failure to Move on CHIP

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that both House and Senate committees have moved ahead with CHIP extensions. Congress’ failure to re-enact the Children’s Health Insurance Program is putting states in a tough bind. By failing to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program before last week’s deadline, Congress has nudged […]
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Senators pitch bill for wildfire recovery 

A bipartisan group of Western senators has introduced a bill that would allow states affected by wildfire to tap into federal hazard recovery dollars, providing immediate assistance to help reduce the risk of flooding, erosion and future blazes. As it stands, states can receive hazard mitigation funding only after the president declares a major disaster. […]
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States rush to preserve children’s health coverage

States are reaching for contingency plans after Congress missed a key deadline to renew funding for CHIP. States are scrambling to shore up the government health insurance program that covers 9 million low-income kids after Congress failed to meet the deadline to renew its funding over the weekend. A number of state officials are looking […]
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States Gird for Worst as Congress Wrestles with Children’s Insurance Program

Federal officials on Monday approved a $3.6 million emergency infusion for Minnesota after the state’s human services chief warned that pregnant women and some children were at imminent risk of losing health care coverage under the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Utah, meantime, has formally requested authority to “eliminate eligibility and services under CHIP” if the […]
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U.S. Senate panel puts self-driving cars in fast lane

A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday unanimously gave the green light to a bill aimed at speeding the use of self-driving cars without human controls, a measure that also bars states from imposing regulatory road blocks. The bill still must clear a Senate vote, but it appears on track to passage. Source: U.S. Senate panel […]
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