Funding for Important Projects is Secured by Merkley and Wyden Throughout Oregon

Funding for Important Projects: The omnibus appropriations plan for the fiscal year 2023, which is anticipated to pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law by President Biden this week, includes money for vital community projects across Oregon, as stated by Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. House Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, and Kurt Schrader all voted in favor of including 145 community-led initiatives across Oregon in the bill.

Funding for Important Projects is Secured by Merkley and Wyden Throughout Oregon

Upon becoming law, these vital projects will receive the funding they require to begin providing crucial services and good-paying employment across the state, addressing pressing issues such as wildfire and drought resilience, affordable housing, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and many more.

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Since Senator Mark Hatfield’s retirement, Merkley is the only Oregon congressperson from either house to serve on the Appropriations Committee. “No one knows the specific needs of towns across Oregon like the persons living in and working in them,” he added. “I’ve been a part of the Committee since 2013 to make sure Oregon is heard when federal funds are allocated. Community-initiated initiatives are a great illustration of this principle since they were conceived of and developed by ordinary citizens who want to see positive change in their neighborhoods and regions.

Funding for Important Projects is Secured
Funding for Important Projects is Secured

 

Together with Senator Wyden and the Oregon House delegation, I was able to win money for 145 of these crucial domestic projects for Oregonians all around the state. These initiatives will have far-reaching, beneficial effects for years to come.

“These investments embody the best of the Oregon Way,” Wyden said, “in that Oregonians in communities across the state worked together to identify their local quality-of-life solutions that will keep people safe and provide employment that will grow the economy.” More than 1,000 town halls in all of Oregon’s 36 counties have made it clear to me that the people of Oregon want federal investments similar to these, which represent their grassroots values. I’m happy to have worked with them and Senator Merkley to achieve this success.

Each year, Senators Merkley and Wyden host a town hall in every county in Oregon, and they work tirelessly to incorporate local opinion into all of their decisions in Washington, D.C. The federally funded initiatives included in this year’s package are reflective of local input.

The collaborative way in which Senators Merkley and Wyden advocate for projects from Oregon, and Senator Merkley’s position on the powerful Appropriations Committee, allowed them to secure more projects for their home state than any other Senators last year, with the exception of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

There were 145 community-initiated projects in Oregon, and they were divided across the legislation issued by the Appropriations subcommittees. Senator Merkley’s Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee included 20 projects.

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Below is a breakdown, by area, of the money and projects that Senators Merkley and Wyden secured:

Oregon Coast:

  • Dredging of the Port of Coos Bay cost the United States Army Corps of Engineers $10.528.1 million.
  • The Oregon Department of Administrative Services will receive $4 million for Shutter Creek Rehabilitation and Renovations.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Receive $4 Million for Columbia River Channel Upgrades
  • A total of $3 million will be allocated to the Health Center and Pharmacy of the Nehalem Bay Health District.
  • Tillamook County’s Fiber Network deserves $3 million, so Rep. Schrader and I got it.
  • With help from Representative Schrader, the Oregon Department of Transportation was awarded $2.8 million for the US101 Sidewalk Infill.
  • Tillamook County’s Public Safety Radio Communication System will get $2 million thanks to Rep.
  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wants $2,000,000 to upgrade its radio system throughout the county.
  • One million dollars will go toward the construction and outfitting of a substance abuse treatment center at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.
  • Oregon State University’s Blue-Tech Professional Training Program received $800,000.
  • Emergency Operations and Logistics Renovations at Columbia Memorial Hospital: $750,000
  • The Coquille Indian Tribe will get $750k to help protect salmon in the Coquille River.
  • To the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with thanks, for the Umpqua River Project, in the amount of $702,000
  • Grant of $625,000 to the Tillamook Estuary Partnership for Climate Change Monitoring Equipment
  • The Tillamook Bay and Bar Project received $330,000 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers need $320,000 for the Coquille River.
  • The Skipanon Channel Project, run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has been awarded $50,000.

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