Press Releases

March 24, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Halls in Benton, Linn Counties

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town hall meetings in Corvallis and Albany on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Residents of Benton and Linn counties are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. The events in Corvallis and Albany are town halls numbers 506 and 507. Benton County Town Hall MeetingDate: April 4, 2009 Time: 11:30 … Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

Wyden to Hold Annual Multnomah County Town Hall in Gresham

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host a town hall meeting in Gresham on Sunday, April 5, 2009. Residents of Multnomah County are invited to attend the open forum to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. The event in Gresham is town hall number 508. Multnomah County Town Hall Meeting Date: Sunday, April 5, 2009 Time: 1 p.m. … Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

Senate Passes Public Lands Bill For Second Time

Washington, D.C. - Seven public lands bills authored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) passed the Senate again today by a vote of 77 to 20, as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (H.R. 146): "The Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2007," "The Copper Salmon Wilderness Act," "The Oregon Badlands Wilderness Act of 2008," "The Cascade Siskiyou National Monument Voluntary and Equitable Grazing Conflict Resolution Act," "The … Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

Baucus, Grassley, Wyden, Snowe Introduce the Compensation Fairness Act of 2009

Washington, DC - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) today introduced the Compensation Fairness Act of 2009, legislation to discourage excessive compensation by companies that have taken taxpayer funds, and recoup payments made to executives at recipient institutions of funds from the Troubled Assets Relief program (TARP). For companies that received TARP funds, the … Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

Senators Bayh, Dorgan, Wyden IntroduceLegislation to Care for Soldiers Exposed to Toxins

Washington - Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN), Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced legislation to improve medical care for U.S. soldiers exposed to toxic chemicals during wartime military service. In 2003, National Guard soldiers from Indiana, Oregon, West Virginia and South Carolina guarding the Qarmat Ali water treatment facility in Iraq were exposed to sodium dichromate, a deadly carcinogen. The legislation proposed by Senators Bayh, Dorgan and Wyden, the Health Care for … Continue Reading


March 18, 2009

Wyden, Snowe Urge Geithner to Re-Examine Executive Compensation Proposal

WASHINGTON D.C. - Outraged at American International Group's (AIG) abuse of taxpayer dollars, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) today, in a letter, urged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to re-examine the Wyden-Snowe proposal to force those financial institutions using Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds to pay excessive bonuses to either return the funds or face an excise tax. A version of the bipartisan proposal -- which was successfully offered as an … Continue Reading


March 18, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce $1.2 million in Federal Stimulus Funds to Help Feed Oregon's Low Income Seniors

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing that hunger is an often overlooked side effect to a poor economy, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that Oregon will receive $1.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide meals to low income senior citizens. "This money comes at a time when an estimated 12 percent of Oregon families don't have enough food on their shelves, when Oregon ranks as the third hungriest state in the nation, when food stamp applications are … Continue Reading


March 13, 2009

Wyden and Merkley Post Appropriations Requests Online

Washington, D.C. - Oregonians are invited to start reviewing and commenting on FY '10 appropriations requests received by the offices of U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The first wave of appropriations requests received by the two offices -- for the Commerce, State, Justice and Defense appropriations bills -- were posted today at: http://wyden.senate.gov and http://merkley.senate.gov. The hundreds of additional appropriations requests received by the Senators' … Continue Reading


March 13, 2009

Merkley, Wyden Announce Grant to Improve Living Conditions for Oregon Tribes

Washington, DC - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $562,000 to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. The funds will be used to install a new water distribution system at Coos Head, a 43 acre site where the new Tribal Headquarters will soon be located."For far too long Tribes in rural Oregon have not had access to adequate sanitation systems and clean water. This … Continue Reading


March 13, 2009

Wyden Asks Interior Department for Help in Finding New Location for Redmond Gun Club, Law Enforcement, Military Training Facility

Portland, OR - In an effort to find a new location in central Oregon for recreational shooters, police and the military, Senator Ron Wyden has asked the Secretary of the Interior for help in identifying suitable Bureau of Land Management property.In a letter today to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Wyden said that after the Redmond Rod and Gun Club was forced to relocate it formed a partnership with local law enforcement and the Oregon Military Department to find a new site on BLM land near … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

Wyden Statement on the HRSA Grant to the LaPine Community Clinic

Washington, D.C. - The La Pine Community Health Clinic has been awarded a $638,646 grant for the period March 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010. The agency that administers the grant program is the Health Resources and Services Administration. Half the money will be available immediately. The other half of the money will be available soon now that the Omnibus has been signed. The clinic is also eligible for funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "This Federal grant of more than … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

MERKLEY, WYDEN ANNOUNCE NEW RESOURCE GUIDE FOR COMMUNITIES TO NAVIGATE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

Washington, DC - This month, the federal government began to distribute billions of dollars in economic investment and recovery funding for job creation projects across America. Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today released a new resource guide on the funds and programs included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help Oregonians better understand the opportunities for their communities. "President Obama and Congress are committed to creating new jobs and … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

Wyden Applauds Navy for Extending Public Comment Period

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden welcomed the Navy's decision today to once again extend the public comment period regarding its plans for future Navy operations along the Northwest Coast. The public will now have until April 13 to respond to the environmental impact statement released by the Navy. "I am thankful that the Navy has decided to once again extend the public comment period to allow any and all stakeholders the opportunity to contribute their opinion regarding what happens on … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Bipartisan Legislation Would Secure Back Pay for U.S. Troops

Washington, D.C. - Working to ensure that U.S. service members receive all of the pay earned while serving in combat, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tom Harkin (D- Iowa), Ben Nelson (D-Ne), Pat Roberts (R-Ks) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation today to retroactively pay soldiers for leave earned under the Post Deployment and Mobilization Respite Absence (PDMRA). Over 20,000 service members have not received their earned leave due … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Secure Millions for Coastal Dredging Projects

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announce today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $23 million to funds integral waterway maintenance and dredging projects up and down the Oregon coast. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation last month to improve our nation's infrastructure and allow the … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Secure Funding for Eastern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including more than $460,000 for improvements to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Facilities, $380,000 for renewable energy studies and funding for a telemedicine project. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden Seeks USDA Inspectors for Rural Oregon to Help Cattlemen, Increase Food Safety

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to reduce transportation costs and increase food safety, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today asked the Secretary of Agriculture to place meat inspectors in Oregon cattle country in a move that would allow ranchers to stabilize their businesses and expand their markets. "Currently, most cattle are raised in eastern and southern Oregon, while USDA inspectors are located in western Oregon," Wyden said in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "This situation … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Secure Funding for Public Safety, Health, and Jobs Projects in Central Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $2 million to purchase land in the Columbia River Gorge, $300,000 for an updated 9-1-1 service in Wasco County, $238,000 for a project to aid families to improve the physical and mental health of disadvantaged children, and $232,000 to boost the growth of central Oregon's technology industry. These funds are part of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Bring Much Needed Transportation Funds to Portland and the Willamette Valley

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $81.6 million for the Portland Mall Light Rail Project and $45 million for the Portland Streetcar Loop Project. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation last month to create jobs through new investments in … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Senators Announce Health, Education and Energy Funding for Southern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $1.5 million to construct a geothermal power plant and $700, 000 for improvements to 9-1-1 services. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation last month."It is essential that Oregon remain on the cutting edge … Continue Reading

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