Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced three bills called the "Manufacturing Jobs for America" package.
“For far too long, Oregon’s factories and mills like Blue Heron and their workers have been hurt by foreign competition that lowers their prices by cutting corners,” Merkley said. “We can and must bring back jobs to our shores by cracking down on unfair trade practices while rewarding companies that play by the rules and treat their workers well.”
Some people might argue with that reasoning, however. Neighbors and environmental activists are currently complaining about emissions from several manufacturing plants in the region. They charge the emissions threaten public health and the environment, and accuse federal and state environmental regulators of not doing enough to rein them in.
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