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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley talks Covid relief, answers questions during Malheur County town hall

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley presents Vale residents Frances Rempel and Irene Christ with a folded American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol in this file photo from 2020. (The Enterprise/File photo)

VALE – Funds from the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill recently approved by the Congress will trickle down to small towns in places like Malheur County, help get small business back on track and students back into classrooms, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said Wednesday.

Merkley delivered his remarks and answered questions from area voters during an online town hall session.

Merkley, a Democrat, recently ascended to serve as the chair of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies oversees funding for the U.S. Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U . . .