Press Releases

June 21, 2024

During Pride Month, Wyden, Merkley Join Resolution Apologizing for Government Discrimination Against LGBTQ+ Civil Servants, Servicemembers

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are co-sponsoring a Senate resolution that acknowledges and apologizes for the mistreatment of and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals who have served the nation in the uniformed services, as civil servants, or in the Foreign Service. “Even as millions celebrate Pride Month, LGBTQ+ Americans are burdened by systemic discrimination that has prevented them from being recognized for their service to this … Continue Reading


June 20, 2024

Wyden Introduces Bill to Empower First Responders with Resources Needed to Tackle Electric Vehicle Crashes

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today introduced legislation that would require federal agencies to provide electric vehicle (EV) safety information, testing standards, and training materials for local first responders across the nation. Electric vehicles pose a unique challenge to first responders used to dealing with traditional vehicles. Batteries are often damaged in accidents, exposing the passengers and emergency personnel to hazardous chemicals, electric shocks, and battery … Continue Reading


June 20, 2024

Merkley, Wyden Announce Funding for the City of Portland to Transition to Fully Electric Utility Trucks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the City of Portland received $611,536 as an initial award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund the replacement of two municipal aerial lift utility trucks with fully battery-electric vehicle (BEV) aerial trucks—the first BEV’s in this vehicle class for the city. The investments will also be used to provide specialized BEV training for the city’s in-house vehicle … Continue Reading


June 20, 2024

Merkley, Wyden, Hoyle Urge VA to Build Roseburg Veterans’ Home

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, alongside U.S. Representative Val Hoyle (OR-04), urge the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to urgently prioritize the application and funding for the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) Roseburg Veterans’ Home project in Fiscal Year 2025. Currently, ODVA operates two high-quality, award-winning Oregon Veterans’ Homes: the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, a 151-bed skilled nursing facility, and the … Continue Reading


June 18, 2024

Wyden Applauds Biden Administration Launch of Columbia River Task Force

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded the Biden administration for launching the Columbia River Task Force, a new interagency panel that would pioneer a historic commitment among Tribes and Pacific Northwest states to restore wild salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin while advancing outdoor recreation, local economies, and other regional needs: “Today’s Biden administration announcement of a Columbia River Task Force is welcome news for all Oregonians … Continue Reading


June 17, 2024

Wyden Supports Judge Kasubhai’s Nomination to U.S. District Court for Oregon

Watch a video of Wyden delivering his remarks here in a Senate floor speech As prepared for delivery I come to the floor today to reiterate my strong support for Judge Mustafa Kasubhai’s nomination to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.  There is a litany of reasons why I believe Judge Kasubhai is qualified for this position, but today I’ll focus on three: he prioritizes public safety, he understands our rural communities, and his nomination has broad support from … Continue Reading


June 17, 2024

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $16.5 Million in FEMA Funding for Douglas County's Emergency Radio System Upgrade

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding Douglas County a total of $16,622,500 over the next few years through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The investments will ensure Douglas County is able to upgrade its analog radio system to current digital technology that will allow for significantly enhanced coordination among the county’s public safety, law, … Continue Reading


June 17, 2024

Wyden, Senate Democrats Release Legislation to Stop Labor and Delivery Unit Closures in Rural and Underserved Communities

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and 15 Senate Democrats today released draft legislation to address a rising trend of rural hospitals and hospitals in underserved areas closing their labor and delivery units with significant consequences for expectant parents, families, and their local communities. “Too many rural communities have become maternity deserts - it’s time to turn the tide and offer some stability to rural hospitals that want to help families … Continue Reading


June 17, 2024

Wyden Announces Town Halls in Hood River, Wasco, Deschutes & Crook Counties

Portland - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will hold in-person town halls in Hood River, Wasco, Deschutes and Crook counties on June 26-27. Heading into these four town halls, Wyden will have held 1,085 town halls throughout Oregon - including 20 so far this year -- in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of our state’s 36 counties.  “Oregonians should always have the opportunity to have direct interactions with elected officials to ask … Continue Reading


June 13, 2024

Wyden Statement on Supreme Court Mifepristone Ruling

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine: “This decision is good news for women across the country, but unfortunately it won't be the last time mifepristone is the target of the far-right's crusade against this pillar of reproductive freedom,” Wyden said. “The Supreme Court dismissed this bogus case on standing, not whether or not mifepristone should remain on the … Continue Reading


June 13, 2024

Wyden, Merkley, Hoyle Announce $5.5 Million to OSU for Marine Energy Research

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley with U.S. Representative Val Hoyle today announced that Oregon State University will receive $5.5 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support its Pacific Marine Energy Center operations in Corvallis.  “OSU’s world-class researchers are on the front lines of the climate crisis battle that demands a comprehensive array of clean-energy solutions,” said Wyden. “This federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure … Continue Reading


June 12, 2024

Wyden Urges Support for His Bills to Use Prescribed Burns and Protect Water Sources

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore. today urged bipartisan support for two of his bills-the National Prescribed Fire Act and the River Democracy Act-highlighting the need to combat disastrous wildfires by using prescribed burns, while ensuring local communities have access to reliable drinking water. “These fires are not your grandfather’s fires, and we as Westerners know what's really at stake here,” Wyden said at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources … Continue Reading


June 06, 2024

Merkley, Wyden, Bonamici, Hoyle, Salinas Urge Continued Support for West Coast Fishermen and Oregon’s Seafood Industry

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, alongside U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Val Hoyle (OR-04), and Andrea Salinas (OR-06) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Administrator Bruce Summers, who oversees the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service, calling on the USDA to deliver critical federal support to West Coast fishermen and seafood harvesters, processors, and distributors. “Commercial fishing and seafood processing on … Continue Reading


June 06, 2024

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Call to Support Small Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to allow small cannabis businesses in Oregon and other states that have legalized cannabis sale and use to access Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.  “SBA’s current policy excludes from its loan and entrepreneurial development programs all small businesses with “direct” or “indirect” products or services that aid the use, growth, enhancement, or … Continue Reading


June 06, 2024

Wyden, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Grazing on Federal Lands

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said today they have introduced bipartisan legislation that would support ranchers who rely upon federal lands in Oregon and nationwide to graze their livestock.  "After embracing the Bureau of Land Management pilot program, ranchers in eastern Oregon worked closely with me to include updated operational flexibility in my community-crafted Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act to bring certainty, conservation and … Continue Reading


June 06, 2024

Wyden, Jacobs Introduce Bill to Hold Student Loan Servicers Accountable for Negligence and Wrongdoing

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., this week introduced legislation in the Senate and House that would hold student loan servicers accountable for negligence and wrongdoing.  The Student Loan Servicers Accountability Act would examine student loan servicers’ role in hurting borrowers’ credit ratings, as well as ensure additional strict performance standards and terms for servicers before they may contract with the federal … Continue Reading


June 05, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce National Trail Designation for Banks-Vernonia State Trail

WASHINGTON D.C.—Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the designation of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail to the National Trails System. The newly designated trail joins a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. “We know that getting outdoors is good for our physical and mental health,” Wyden said. “We’re fortunate to live in Oregon where we have access to outdoor activities … Continue Reading


June 05, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Press Navient to Cancel Loans of Borrowers Scammed by Fraudulent, For-Profit Colleges and Servicer Misconduct

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined seven colleagues in urging student loan servicer Navient to cancel decades-old private student loans pushed onto borrowers attending fraudulent, for-profit colleges. “We write to urge the Navient Corporation to cancel the decades-old, predatory student loans in its portfolio that are governed by the FTC’s ‘Holder Rule’ and subject to claims and defenses based on well-established school misconduct and … Continue Reading


June 04, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Call for Robust Federal Funding to Support Rural Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure federal investment for small businesses in rural Oregon and nationwide through the Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG). “Since launching in 2015, RBDG funding has provided support for planning, technical assistance, job training, and other business development needs in rural areas in all fifty states,” the senators wrote. “Small … Continue Reading


June 02, 2024

Wyden Urges Trail Blazers to Honor Memories of Walton and Lucas With Statue Outside Moda Center

Portland - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today wrote in The Sunday Oregonian about the recent passing of Bill Walton and advocated for the Portland Trail Blazers to honor this iconic player’s memory on and off the floor with a statue outside the Moda Center of Walton and Maurice Lucas, who teamed up to lead the Trail Blazers to the NBA championship in 1977.. “Let generations to come commemorate the achievements on and off the court of two men who truly were trailblazers,” Wyden wrote in his … Continue Reading

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