Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Senator Jeff Merkley visited Klamath Falls on Monday to tour the rearing ponds at Gone Fishing and the floating net pens on Upper Klamath Lake.  This was Merkley’s first visit to tour the facilities following his Sucker Recovery Event held last fall. Following the summit, Merkley secured $3 million in federal funding for an expansion of the project.

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Merkley Decries Trump Decision to Cut 3 Million Americans Off of Food Stamps

Merkley Decries Trump Decision to Cut 3 Million Americans Off of Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced that they would attempt to put in place a new policy that would kick an estimated 3 million Americans off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps or SNAP: 

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Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport to receive $5.7 million in federal grant money for taxiway improvements

Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport to receive $5.7 million in federal grant money for taxiway improvements

Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and U.S. Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden, today announced more than $16.2 million in grant funding for taxiway improvements at airports in Oregon - including $5.7 million for the Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport.

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Merkley Introduces Bill to Increase Opioid Treatment Availability, Hold Drug Companies Accountable

Merkley Introduces Bill to Increase Opioid Treatment Availability, Hold Drug Companies Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of discoveries that the opioid epidemic is worsening due to the rise of synthetic opioids, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today announced the Opioid Treatment Surge Act to fund a dramatic increase in treatment capacity funded by imposing fees on the drug companies that created the opioid crisis. 

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Senators Introduce ‘Choose Medicare Act’ to Make Medicare Available to Everyone

Senators Introduce ‘Choose Medicare Act’ to Make Medicare Available to Everyone

Washington D.C. –  U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and 13 additional Senators, introduced the Choose Medicare Act to give every individual who is not already eligible for Medicaid or Medicare the opportunity to enroll in Medicare as an individual. The Choose Medicare Act also gives every employer the ability to purchase Medicare for their employees. 

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Merkley Not Running for President in 2020

Merkley Not Running for President in 2020

US Senator Jeff Merkley took to YouTube in a campaign video announcing his plan on running for the United States Presidency in 2020. In his video, Merkley boldly states he is not going to run for President but rather run for re-election and help become a full-partner in addressing the challenges faced in the Senate.

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Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, joined by representatives from Klamath-area irrigation districts and tribes​, today announced significant investments in the Klamath Basin were included in the 2019 spending bills that recently were passed by Congress and signed by the president.

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Oregon Bi-Partisan Leaders Push for Changes to Essential Air Service

Oregon Bi-Partisan Leaders Push for Changes to Essential Air Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR 2), are pushing the Comptroller General of the United States to consider the negative impact of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 on Klamath Falls and other rural airports in an upcoming study on reforms to the Essential Air Service program.

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Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Klamath Falls and Paisley on Feb. 23

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Klamath Falls and Paisley on Feb. 23

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will hold town halls in Klamath, Lake, Wheeler and Gilliam counties on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

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Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues to Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues to Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress to introduce legislation protecting America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands. The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2019 reinforces Congress’ clear intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: Only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument designation. 

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Merkley, Wyden Announce Millions for Oregon to Fight Homelessness

Merkley, Wyden Announce Millions for Oregon to Fight Homelessness

Nearly $3 million will help organizations statewide provide supportive services to help people out of homelessness
[No monies allocated for Klamath or Lake Counties]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $3 million in Continuum of Care grants across the state, providing resources to help house and provide supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Washington, D.C. – Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week co-sponsored legislation that would expand federal background checks to all gun sales. The Background Check Expansion Act would fix federal law that unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm.

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Merkley Announces Launch of a New Rural Broadband Program

Merkley Announces Launch of a New Rural Broadband Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley today announced that after securing a $600 million investment in rural broadband in the 2018 spending bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a pilot program that will provide loans and grants to build broadband infrastructure across America—improving rural communities’ economies, health care, and quality of life.

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Merkley, Wyden Urge FAA to Implement and Improve Airport Contract Tower Program

Merkley, Wyden Urge FAA to Implement and Improve Airport Contract Tower Program

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement a provision in this year’s FAA spending bill that would allow airports that utilize the contract tower program to become eligible for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants from the small airport fund. 

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Merkley Proposes Bill to Slash Drug Prices [VIDEO]

Merkley Proposes Bill to Slash Drug Prices [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley today introduced a bill that would ensure Americans do not pay more for prescription drugs than people do in other developed countries—helping to address a top concern among Oregonians and Americans who time and time again are facing the impossible choice between affording prescription drugs or other necessities.

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Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Friday hosted a science summit, the Sucker Recovery Summit, to share updates on the health of the species and to discuss possible short-term options to help the Lost River (C'waam) and shortnose (Koptu) suckers survive until long-term solutions take effect.

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Tribes, SCOEDD and Lake County to Receive Grants for Rural Business Development

Tribes, SCOEDD and Lake County to Receive Grants for Rural Business Development

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $560,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development grants were awarded to projects across Oregon.

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Merkley Tours Industrial Hemp Farm, Emphasizes Need for Hemp Provision in Farm Bill

Merkley Tours Industrial Hemp Farm, Emphasizes Need for Hemp Provision in Farm Bill

BORING, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley today toured Boring Hemp Company’s hemp fields, where, at the height of harvest, it was clear that legalizing industrial hemp would provide an economic boon to rural Oregonians and Americans.

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Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced final passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes drought relief language to assist Klamath Basin farmers who have been hard-hit by drought in recent years. The language is essential for the irrigators to effectively use $10 million in drought relief funds that the lawmakers secured in 2018.

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