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  • January Across Oregon

    In eleven town hall meetings this past week, Senator Wyden heard from Oregonians on a variety of important issues including privacy and surveillance, timber policy, and the economy.  Ron held the first town halls in Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook Counties. While in Bend, Senator Wyden dropped by the Stop ‘n Go and met with owner Renee Sibley.

    Senator Wyden then headed to Salem and held his annual Marion County town hall, before heading back to Portland for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There, Senator Wyden participated in a tribute to Dr. King held by the World Arts Foundation in Portland.  Afterwards, he joined Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and the Urban League of Portland at a day of service event for packing personal care boxes for homeless and underserved youth.

    The next week Ron heard from residents of WashingtonLinn (where West Albany High School students live-streamed the town hall), BentonLane, and Clackamas Counties. Between town halls, Ron joined Senator Merkley for a press conference on the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, met with community leaders in Washington County, and held a roundtable of fire and emergency officials working to make crude oil trains safer. He also paid tribute to fallen police officer Robert Libke and had the privilege of meeting Hillsboro resident, Holocaust survivor, author, and educator Alter Wiener.

    After honoring both these heroes, Senator Wyden held his last two town halls of the week (but most certainly not the year!). One in Astoria – where the weather could not get any more beautiful – and one in Scappoose in Columbia County.

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  • Wyden Speaks on Energy Policy at Portland City Club

    Last Friday, Senator Wyden spoke on how to smartly advance America's energy policy at the Portland City Club for their Friday Forum.

    Senator Wyden pointed to Oregon's historic leadership in energy and natural resources and the role Oregon can continue to play as a leader when it comes to these policies.

    Recognizing the problems facing resource-dependent communities in both Oregon and other states, Senator Wyden pledged to work towards long-term permanent solutions and get these communities off the fiscal rollercoaster.

    Turning to energy exports, Senator Wyden detailed his concerns that before exporting any energy source we must "look before we leap." Ensuring that unfettered natural gas exports don't harm U.S. consumers and manufacturers is a top priority.

    In addition to finding the "sweet spot" between energy imports and exports, as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Wyden is committed to looking for the smart balance between traditional and renewable sources. When striking this balance, the fact that climate change is real must be taken into consideration. As Senator Wyden remarked- "inaction on climate change is not an option."

    Read or watch Senator Wyden's remarks.

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