All blog posts related to the issue: Student Right to Know Before You Go Act
  • Ten Sunshine Moments

    Since I first came to Congress, I've fought for government transparency. I believe that openness is the heart of democracy and makes for better policies that help all Americans. Whether it's transparency in funding to ensure accountability, pricing in order to drive down costs, or interpretations of the law to protect Americans' rights, openness is a good thing.

    Sunshine Week highlights all the good work agencies, lawmakers, organizations and Americans do to keep the government accountable and what else still needs to be done. And while there's plenty more on my sunshine to-do list, here are some highlights.

    10 ways I'm standing for sunshine:

    1. End secret holds in the Senate (where a Senator can block a bill anonymously)

    2. Stood against mass surveillance of Americans by warning of secret interpretations of the Patriot Act and fighting to end the dragnet

    3. Make public secret interpretations of intelligence laws:

    4. Disclose when and where oil trains carrying volatile material travel to protect Oregon communities and prepare emergency responders

    5. Audit the Pentagon so every taxpayer dollar for our defense is spent wisely and accounted for

    6. Open up the Medicare claims database to help drive health costs down by shining a light on payments that physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioners and other providers receive through Medicare (You can explore some of that data here: https://data.medicare.gov/)

    7. Student Right to Know Before You Go Act so students can access data to help them determine the best investment for their higher education dollars

    8. Founded the Whistleblowers Caucus to ensure workers who report waste, fraud and abuse in our government are protected from retaliation

    9. Stand by your ad provision that requires candidates to be identified and take personal responsibility for their campaign ads

    10. Campaign finance reform to require disclosure of dark money given to Super PACs

  • Wyden & Warner Host Twitter Town Hall

    Senators Wyden & Warner took to Twitter to answer questions about their bill- Student Right to Know Before You Go Act. It gives students the information they need to choose between colleges and programs.

  • Wyden Attends 10th Annual Oregon Leadership Summit

    On December 3, Senator Wyden attended the 10th Annual Oregon Leadership Summit. Over 800 community and business leaders were also in attendance.

    Senator Wyden is credited with coming up with the idea for the Oregon Leadership Summit ten years ago-- an idea that grew out of the town hall meetings he holds in every Oregon county every year.

    “We knew this was going to be well received, but it far exceeded what we actually thought was possible,” said Senator Wyden to the Portland Business Journal about the Summit's 10th anniversary.

    At this year's Summit, Senator Wyden praised the Oregon Business Plan and its aim to create businesses and industry in Oregon that sustain local economies and communities. Senator Wyden also spoke of sustained economic growth on a national level.

    “So here’s my take on what has to be done in Washington, D.C.” said Senator Wyden. “We must stop patching the broken mess that creates problems like the fiscal cliff and start working on fresh reforms that will service as a launching pad for sustained economic growth.”

    Senator Wyden stressed that these fresh reforms must include: investing in transportation infrastructure, transparency in trade negotiations, cybersecurity policies that encourage innovation, and comprehensive tax reform. Importantly, since all this takes an educated workforce, students and workers should be able to apply a cost-benefit analysis to their education and training.

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