US Senator Jeff Merkley and US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici held a joint Town Hall at the Vernonia School on Friday, April 3, 2015.
Over sixty people were in attendance when Senator Merkley opened the meeting by making a presentation of a United States flag to high school principal Nate Underwood. The flag had previously been flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. “This school contributes so much to the strength of this community,” said Merkley. “This is really in appreciation for how every facet of the community came together to make this happen.”
Merkley and Bonamici both made opening remarks and then took questions from the audience.
In his opening remarks Merkley stated that not much has been passed through the Senate since January. He noted that the Senate had spent almost a month working on the Keystone Pipeline issue which President Obama had said he would veto and did, spent a month on a Homeland Security bill which everyone agreed on but then had unrelated immigration policy riders added, and spent a few weeks on a new trafficking bill which everyone agreed on but then an unrelated social issue was added to it, and then time was spent on the budget. Merkley also mentioned conversations about authorizing military force in Syria, the Iran nuclear weapons treaty, and the attempt to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Read More