Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Oregon forestry, water infrastructure funds advance

Out of committee, to full Senate. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced late last week that key provisions that will help Oregon’s rural communities are included in the U.S. Department of Interior Appropriations bill. “This bill does a lot for rural Oregon’s resources, including forest health, firefighting, water and wildlife,” Merkley said. Source: Oregon forestry, water infrastructure […]
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Proposed U.S. banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors

A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. Marijuana is legal in some form in about 30 […]
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Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors 

The shortage of banking services has been a major obstacle to the industry. A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in […]
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Editorial: Remove hemp restrictions on farmers

It remains, perhaps, the only national issue on which the distinguished U.S. senators from Oregon can agree with their counterparts from Kentucky. It remains, perhaps, the only national issue on which the distinguished U.S. senators from Oregon can agree with their counterparts from Kentucky. The issue involves the cultivation of hemp, which remains generally illegal […]
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GOP offshore drilling proposal triggers debate

Republicans used a Natural Resources hearing Thursday to tout newly proposed legislation that would give states a larger share of royalties to incentivize them to back expanded offshore drilling. States that do not agree to allow offshore drilling, or that propose moratoriums on it, would see their share of revenue from federal drilling drop. Related […]
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Lawmakers renew push to preempt state encryption laws

The measure is designed to preempt state and local governments from moving forward with their own laws governing encryption before the federal government acts on the issue. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push for legislation to block states from mandating that technology companies build “backdoors” into devices they produce in order to […]
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Republican senator hopeful Trump will back bill to protect states’ rights on marijuana

Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren’s bill would protect states that have legalized marijuana from any federal interference. A Republican senator from Colorado believes President Trump will support a bipartisan congressional effort to give states autonomy over their marijuana laws — even though it would put the White House in direct conflict with its Justice Department. Sens. Cory Gardner and […]
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Walden-backed opioid package headed for floor debate

Congress attempts to rein in three-headed monster. One of Rep. Greg Walden’s favorite subjects these days is the opioid epidemic and what lawmakers can do to stop it. “This is just cutting across the fabric of our state and country,” Walden said Thursday by phone. “You lose more Oregonians to overdose deaths than in car […]
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Senators list key Oregon items in transportation, housing bill

From transit to air service, affordable housing. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced Friday key provisions in the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee bill that will help Oregon communities. Source: Senators list key Oregon items in transportation, housing bill – KTVZ

Klamath airport could benefit from bill 

Three of Oregon’s congressmen have introduced bills in the Senate and House of Representatives that could provide federal subsidies for a larger number of rural airports, including in Klamath Falls. On Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden announced parallel versions of a bill expanding access by rural airports to funding […]
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