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Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.
A majority of climate scientists agree – the planet is warming. We decided to focus on the impact of climate change on one small town – the town of Denmark, Oregon.
A national defense bill expected to pass Congress this session includes a major expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument in Southern Oregon.
Reynolds High School, site of Tuesday's deadly shooting, sits in Oregon's 3rd Congressional District. Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer, currently in Washington, D.C., joined OPB's Geoff Norcross by phone to discuss incident. Norcross asked Blumenauer if gun legislation is an appropriate response.
Republican Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has won re-election. Her challenger, a Democrat named Bob Dingethal, conceded the race Tuesday night.
More than 50 people turned out Monday in Canyon City to discuss the Canyon Creek wildfire and forest policy.
The Oregon House passed a resolution Wednesday asking Congress to repair and reopen the navigation locks at Willamette Falls.
Oregon Congressional representatives reacted to the announcement of world powers reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program.
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Republicans Tootie Smith and Ben Pollock are vying for the chance to face off against Democrat Kurt Schrader in November.
Oregon is considering replacing the statues currently at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.
This week, we're reaching out to Oregon's congressional delegation to ask them how they'll vote on the question of whether to authorize force against Syria in response to the chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 civilians. President Barack Obama said this weekend that intelligence shows that the Bashar al-Assad government was responsible for the attack. Obama says he's convinced the U.S. should launch a limited strike against the regime. But the president surprised many with the announcement that he would seek the approval of the American people's representatives in Congress. We talk with Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici about whether they support Obama's decision and how they are planning to vote on the question.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" — a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. Sixteen Democrats voted against the measure, three of whom were from Oregon: Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader. In a statement, DeFazio said the deal "pushes the spending cuts back just two months, creating yet another fiscal cliff crisis that coincides with the debt ceiling limit." The package does not include a reduction in Social Security payroll tax. So, most Americans will still end up paying more in taxes this year.
Oregonians in the First Congressional District will vote in a special election Jan. 31 to replace David Wu, who stepped down last August. Voters will choose between Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles, who have both been campaigning hard in the short election cycle. Cornilles is a businessman with his own Tualitan-based sports marketing firm called Game Face. Bonamici, who has a background as a lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission, gave up her seat in the Oregon State Senate to run for Congress.