Wyden, Merkley, Bentz: Klamath Basin Needs To Prepare For Another Difficult Water Year

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Cliff Bentz released a statement Tuesday focused on the drought conditions in the Klamath Basin. The three met with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the dire water year the southwest corner of the state will face, and the emergency resources needed to provide the community relief. […]

OCA Welcomes Renewed Interest In Cattle Market Legislation

Over the past 18 months, the voices calling for changes in the packing industry have become louder and more numerous. Many livestock producer organizations say ranchers enjoy the profits or margins they should since there are only four major packing companies in the U.S. To that end, Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer has introduced legislation, cosponsored […]

Tai Confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative

By a unanimous 98-0 vote Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Katherine Tai as the next U.S. Trade Representative. Tai had already won a unanimous voice vote in committee. Senate Finance Chair, Oregon’s Ron Wyden called Tai a “terrific person” for USTR. “She led crackdowns against China’s trade cheating and job ‘rip-offs.’ As the top trade staffer on the Ways […]

Wyden, Crapo Say Transparency Is Vital During Trade Talks

Bipartisanship is rare on Capitol Hill these days, but one area of agreement recently is transparency in trade talks. While lawmakers aren’t directly involved in trade negotiations, they must ultimately approve trade deals the U.S. strikes with other nations, making transparency during negotiations vital. The issue came up as the Senate Finance Committee voted last […]

AFBF Cattle Market Transparency Act Will Bring Needed Reform

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the recently introduced Cattle Market Transparency Act would bring much needed changes to cattle markets. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Scott Bennett said the events of 2020 highlighted the need for reform. “After an extremely volatile 2020 in the cattle market, producers became exceedingly frustrated. This bill helps ease […]

Interior To Revisit Spotted Owl Decision

The U.S. Interior Department is delaying the Trump administration’s last-minute roll-back of federal protections for the northern spotted owl. On February 22nd, federal officials said the changes will be reviewed, delaying their effective date from March 16th to April 15th. Days before leaving office, the Trump administration published a final rule revising protections for the […]

Democratic Lawmakers Seek End to Cuba Embargo

Last week, Senate Democrats introduced a bill to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Senate Finance Committee Chair, Oregon’s Ron Wyden introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 to repeal sanctions on Cuba and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. Wyden stated, “To continue this outdated, harmful policy of isolation would be a […]

Wyden Calls For Disaster Assistance for Winegrape Growers

Senator Ron Wyden is asking for additional assistance for winegrape growers impacted by wildfires this year. Oregon’s senior senator made the request to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture this week. In the 2019 disaster relief package, Congress provided $3 million through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, WHIP, for winegrowers whose grapes were damaged […]

Cantwell, Wyden Look To Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires

Late last week, Washington Senator Maria Cantwell took to the Senate Floor calling for more to be done to fight wildfires now and to prevent them into the future. First, Cantwell called on President Trump to help the U.S. reach out to the international community for additional firefighters. “While Washington and Oregon may see eventually […]

Northwest Senators Call For COVID-19 Help For Wheat Growers

It’s not often that all six of the Northwest Senators are on the same page. But as proven over and over, 2020 is not your typical year. Washington’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Idaho’s Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, and Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined bipartisan group of lawmakers calling on Ag Secretary […]