Senator stops by

A town hall attendee asks Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, what he’s doing about student loans during the town hall meeting in Jordan Valley, Sunday. The senator responded by talking about some of the initiatives he’s working on to make college more affordable and accessible, including supporting the PELL Grant program and a program that provides childcare for parents going to college through his seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

ONTARIO — Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will hold town halls in Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, and Umatilla counties on Wednesday and Thursday, with a stop planned in Ontario on Wednesday.

He 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.

“In our ‘We the People’ democracy, town hall meetings are an essential tool for me to hear from Oregonians and represent their interests back in D.C.,” Merkley said. “I invite everyone in these counties to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation.”

Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. These town halls will be his 377th through 381st as a U.S. Senator.

The Malheur County town hall will begin at noon in the main room of Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 25 N.W. Eighth St. in Ontario.

The next closest stop will be in Baker City at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday at the Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St.

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