Press Releases

September 18, 2020

Wyden Condemns Trump Wealth Test For Immigrants

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today condemned a decision by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to allow the Trump administration's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deny visas and green cards to certain immigrants who use key safety net programs, including Medicaid and SNAP. "It is outrageous and cruel to impose a wealth test on immigrants in the middle of the pandemic," Wyden said. "Workers across the country are already struggling … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Trump to Work With Congress to Provide Emergency Rental Assistance and Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 30 of their Senate colleagues, are pushing President Trump to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to enact legislation that provides the emergency assistance and protections renters need to stay in their homes. Millions of children and youth are at risk of being evicted from their homes due to the Trump administration's refusal to support critical rental assistance and relief measures to protect their health … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Walden Applaud Senate Passage of Bill to Rename Bend VA Clinic After Decorated WWII Veteran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Representative Greg Walden, today applauded the Senate passage of a bill introduced by the delegation to rename the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Bend after Robert Maxwell, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient who lived in Bend. At the time of Maxwell's passing, he was the oldest Medal of Honor recipient in the nation and one of four remaining veterans from World War II to be … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Wyden, Manchin, Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., today introduced legislation to help prevent the blistering and destructive infernos destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods and becoming all too common as the climate crisis grows. The National Prescribed Fire Act of 2020 would support pre-fire season controlled burns as an essential, science-based strategy for reducing hazardous fuels to mitigate the worst effects of wildfire. The … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Wyden Leads 42 Western Lawmakers in Calling for Increased Federal Funds to Support Comprehensive Wildfire Response and Recovery

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., along with 8 Senators and 34 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, today asked Senate and House leaders to replenish and increase funding for wildfire response and recovery in any upcoming spending package, as well as pass an additional federal relief package - known as a "disaster supplemental" - as massive infernos continue to rage in the West. Due to Wyden's successful efforts to end the irresponsible budget practice of "fire … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Demand FCC Act Now to Connect Students to Online Learning

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today strongly urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to immediately use the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home in Oregon and nationwide. "The FCC has the power to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on our most vulnerable families," Wyden and Merkley wrote FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a letter along with 36 of their colleagues. "We now urge you in the strongest possible terms to utilize … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Demand Answers from Census Bureau on How They Will Ensure Fair Count, Accurate Apportionment of Congressional Representation in Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 18 of their Senate colleagues, are calling on the Census Bureau to provide more details on how they plan to use data from the 2020 Census to apportion congressional representation. This comes after multiple attempts by President Trump to interfere in the count for political purposes, as well as the limitations on conducting the census in full during the coronavirus pandemic. "With the president's … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: The Next President Can and Should Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt Immediately

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced a resolution outlining a bold plan for the next president to use existing authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt for Federal student loan borrowers. "The loan debt weighing down so many students and their families in Oregon and nationwide has only gotten harder in 2020 with lives and livelihoods devastated by COVID-19 and now wildfires in our state," Wyden said. "This … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Feinstein, Murray, Harris Introduce Disaster Tax Relief Bill

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Senator Patty Murray, D-Wa., and Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., today introduced legislation to provide tax relief to individuals, businesses and states affected by catastrophic wildfires and other presidentially-declared disasters. Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., is introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives. "The … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Wyden's Legislation to Boost Economic Development in Malheur County Gets Hearing

Washington, D.C. - A key Senate subcommittee today held a hearing on U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's legislation to provide Malheur County with several economic development opportunities by maintaining and improving rangeland to support local ranchers and protecting the Owyhee River Canyonlands and surrounding public lands for recreation and wildlife habitat. "This bill is extraordinarily important to rural Oregon and Malheur County, where the Owyhee flows and attracts thousands of visitors each … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Oregon Delegation Announces Federal Public Health Emergency for Oregon as Smoke Continues to Blanket State

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, today announced that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has granted the delegation's request for a public health emergency declaration for the state of Oregon. The public health emergency comes as smoke from unprecedented wildfires continues to blanket the state, and most of Oregon is suffering … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Oregon Delegation Announces Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Oregon Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici, announced that the White House has approved the state of Oregon's request for a Major Disaster Declaration in response to unprecedented and dangerous wildfires that are affecting every corner of the state. The Senators and Representatives had pushed on Monday for the declaration to be granted, immediately … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Housing Authorities to Receive Nearly $3 Million in COVID-19 Aid

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Jackson, Yamhill, Linn and Benton counties will receive about $2.97 million to help residents with housing choice vouchers during COVID-19. "With the ongoing economic and public health wallop of COVID-19 now compounded by wildfires threatening so many Oregonians, these housing funds are especially timely," Wyden said. "I'm glad these resources have been secured for Oregonians and I will keep fighting to make sure that … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

DeFazio, Merkley Lead Oregon Delegation in Introducing Legislation to Reduce Financial Burdens on States and Communities Facing Emergencies and Major Disasters, including Wildfires and Hurricanes, amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Senator Jeff Merkley led Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Greg Walden (OR-02) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) in introducing legislation to increase the Federal cost share of certain Federal disaster assistance provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This legislation, the "FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020," would … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $2 Million in Grants for Critical Columbia River Basin Restoration Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that over $2 million in grants are headed to Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington to support restoration projects critical to the health of the Columbia River Basin. The funding includes over $800,000 in grants for six organizations and government agencies in Oregon, which will use the grants for a wide variety of projects aimed at assessing and reducing the presence of toxins in the watershed. "Our rivers … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Schrader, Axelrod Successfully Push West Linn Post Office to Remain Open into 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Representative Kurt Schrader and West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod, today announced that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) building in West Linn will remain open through February, ensuring that West Linn customers will have access to the building's services through the November general election and holiday peak mail season. The announcement follows a push from the lawmakers to delay a USPS move, as the agency looks for a new … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call on FCC Chairman to Expeditiously Address the Digital Divide in Indian Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are calling on federal officials to expedite broadband connectivity to Native communities to improve access to telemedicine, online education, teleworking opportunities and other critical services in Oregon and nationwide during the pandemic. "We are concerned that under your leadership the Commission has not done enough to bridge the digital divide on Native lands, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 national health emergency,'' … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Call on Postmaster General to Immediately Reverse Operational Changes to the U.S. Postal Service Causing Delays of Critical Medications to Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA), and Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) led 30 of their Senate Colleagues in a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy calling on him to immediately reverse all … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Wyden Leads Resolution to Make September National Voting Rights Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today introduced a resolution with Congressman Marc Veasey, D-Texas, to designate September as "National Voting Rights Month." The resolution will encourage voter registration in the month of September, and push for the security of our electoral system and stronger protections to ensure people in Oregon and across the nation can safely vote amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. "The principle that every American has the right to choose our leaders by … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon to Get $5 Million Emergency Transportation Grant for Wildfire Response

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon is receiving an emergency $5 million federal grant to help with the repair and reconstruction of highways and roads on federal lands affected by the wildfires. "The wildfires devastating our state have left a wide trail of destruction that demands federal assistance to help Oregonians recover and rebound from this disaster," Wyden said. "Much more federal aid is needed to provide a comprehensive response to … Continue Reading

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