Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Bill asks Congress to take steps toward campaign finance reform

A bill is asking Congress to convene a constitutional convention on campaign finance reform will go before the 2020 Oregon Legislature. The bill invokes Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution that Oregon legislative counsel Dexter Johnson said the state can ask Congress to convene a convention to amend the Constitution to include campaign finance rules. […]
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Guest column: Owyhee legislation is flawed

Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley have introduced the ‘‘Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act’’ (MCEOA). The senators can be commended for taking on such a controversial issue and trying to find a solution for public lands protection. Source: Guest column: Owyhee legislation is flawed | Opinion | bendbulletin.com

Commentary: Congress, don’t allow the ban on fentanyl-like drugs to expire

In 2018 alone, nearly 32,000 American men, women and children fatally overdosed on a synthetic opioid. One of the deadliest synthetic opioids is fentanyl, which is helping to drive our nation’s opioid crisis. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Source: Commentary: Congress, don’t allow the ban […]
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Secure Act Aims To Help Americans Without Retirement Plans. Will It Work?

The Secure Act is intended to make it easier for small employers to offer retirement benefits. But some analysts say it doesn’t go far enough because it’s optional and doesn’t apply to gig workers. The most powerful way to get people to save for retirement in recent decades has been through benefits offered at their […]
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Methodist Split | Harney County Water | REBROADCAST: Farmworker Bill – OPB’s Think Out Loud

In 2015, Harney County residents learned that their groundwater supply was running out. Not wanting to fight or avoid the inevitable, local water users teamed up with county, state and federal officials to brainstorm credible solutions. We hear from Harney County commissioner Mark Owens about how four years of regular water stakeholder meetings have built […]
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Commentary: The dangers of being a doctor: Threatened by those who seek help

Recently, the House of Representatives passed a bill, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare and Social Service Workers Act. This bill, as the name suggests, seeks to provide legal protections to health care workers from workplace violence. The passing of this bill did not create much fanfare; we did not see any coverage of it […]
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How Population Growth and Loss Will Shape Future Elections

The Census population estimates affect congressional districts and presidential elections. Here’s what the latest numbers mean. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau has given politicians cause for celebration – or mourning, as the case may be. As it does every year, the Census Bureau on Dec. 30 released its estimates for how much population […]
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Editorial: Owyhee wilderness plan may have found a better balance

The Owyhee Canyonlands are getting a second chance at more protection. And this time Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, have put forward a bill that may get broader support in Malheur County. The Owyhee is remote, rugged and beautiful. Conservationists failed to convince President Obama to declare more than 2 million […]
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Oregon ground fishing fleet could get loan-interest relief

Bipartisan language was added to the 2020 spending bill Dec. 16 that will forgive more than $10 million in accrued loan interest that was forced on the Pacific Coast groundfishing fleet. The language included in the 2020 spending bill was presented by Oregon’s Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader and Sens. Jeff Merkley and […]
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Rep. Greg Walden On Drug Pricing : NPR

NPR’s Leila Fadel speaks with Oregon Rep. Greg Walden about Congress’ failure to pass legislation in 2019 to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Americans. Source: Rep. Greg Walden On Drug Pricing : NPR