Press Releases

September 17, 2009

Wyden, Oregon AFL-CIO Agree: Finance Committee Health Plan Hurts Middle-Class Oregonians

Portland, OR -- Senator Ron Wyden and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain said today they agree that the health care reform plan released by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is unaffordable for middle class families. Although they haven't agreed on every element of health care reform, Wyden and Chamberlain said they have strong agreement on one key issue: affordability must be part of any plan and it is not currently part of the plan released Wednesday by Senator Max Baucus. … Continue Reading


September 17, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Preserve Affordable Housing in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Continuing their fight to keep low-income families in their homes and off of the street, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) today introduced legislation to preserve the Section 8 affordable housing on which many in Oregon rely on. The Affordable Housing Preservation and Revitalization Act will help to keep housing currently included in the federal Section 8 program from becoming market rate housing when contracts expire. "Homelessness is a concern in … Continue Reading


September 09, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce More Than $17 Million for Forest Health Projects

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to create jobs for Oregonians, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that Oregon will receive more than $17 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to protect forests on the South Coast and in Southern, Central and Eastern Oregon from wild fires, invasive species and disease outbreaks."Oregon's forests are among the most important natural resources we have," Wyden said. "We have an enormous backlog of forests that need to … Continue Reading


August 31, 2009

Wyden Schedules Tour of South Coast; Town Halls in Curry, Coos, Douglas, Lane Counties

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will spend two days on the Oregon coast starting Friday, September 4, 2009, hosting town hall meetings in four counties. The Oregon Senator will hold his annual Curry, Coos, Douglas and Lane county town hall meetings on September 4th and 5th, 2009. Local residents are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden holds town halls in each Oregon county every year. These four events will be numbers 525 to 528 … Continue Reading


August 24, 2009

Wyden Says Interrogation Report Underscores the Importance of Independent CIA Inspector General

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a … Continue Reading


August 21, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Hall in Jackson County on Thursday, August 27

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Jackson County town hall meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2009, in Medford. Jackson County residents are invited to attend the open forum to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden holds town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties every year. The event in Medford is number 522 since 1996. It is the 29th town hall this year.Jackson County Town Hall Meeting Date: August 27, 2009 … Continue Reading


August 21, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Halls in Wallowa and Union Counties on August 28

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Wallowa and Union county town hall meetings on Friday, August 28, 2009, in Enterprise and La Grande. Wallowa and Union county residents are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden holds town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties every year. The events in Enterprise and La Grande are numbers 523 and 524 since 1996. They are the 30th and 31st town halls this year. Wallowa County Town … Continue Reading


August 18, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce $6.8 Million For Deschutes National Forest Facility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced today that the Deschutes National Forest will receive $6.825 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve access to facilities the public needs at the Deschutes National Forest and create much-needed construction jobs. The funding will combine with $8 million in existing available Forest Service funds to build a new joint administrative office facility for the Deschutes … Continue Reading


August 12, 2009

Location Change for Wyden Town Hall in Clatsop County on Friday

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's annual Clatsop County town hall has been moved to the cafeteria at Seaside High School. The event was previously scheduled at Seaside City Hall. It is being moved to the high school in assure adequate space for those who attend. Clatsop County Town Hall Meeting Date: August 14, 2009 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Seaside High … Continue Reading


August 10, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Hall in Clatsop County on August 14

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host a town hall meeting on August 14, 2009, in Seaside. Clatsop County residents are invited to attend the open forum to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden holds town halls in each Oregon county every year. The event in Seaside is number 521 since 1996. It is the 28th town hall this year. Clatsop County Town Hall Meeting Date: August 14, 2009 Time: 4 p.m. … Continue Reading


August 07, 2009

Senators Chart New Course for Fighting Chronic Disease in Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Helping Congress deliver on its pledge to reduce health care costs and improve Americans' health, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 (S. 1640), with cosponsors U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). The bill creates a new Medicare program based on what are known as "comprehensive lifestyle programs" that have proven to cut the costs of treatment for chronic diseases. The Take Back Your Health Act embraces a … Continue Reading


August 06, 2009

Wyden Hits Oil Speculators in the Wallet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In order to reduce excessive speculative trading in oil and natural gas, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of both the Senate Finance and Energy and Natural Resources Committees, introduced the Stop Tax-breaks for Oil Profiteering (STOP) Act of 2009 today. The legislation would end tax breaks that non-commercial speculators currently enjoy, and tax all profits at the same rate as ordinary income for tax-paying investors. Oil and gas trading gains would be treated as … Continue Reading


August 06, 2009

Dayton School District First in Oregon to Issue Build America Bonds

Portland, OR - Dayton School District in Yamhill County has become the first public entity in Oregon to take advantage of the new Build America Bonds program championed by Senator Ron Wyden and guaranteed by the State under the direction of the program overseen by Oregon State Treasurer Ben Westlund. By using Build America Bonds versus traditional tax-exempt bonds, the school district will employ up to 150 people building and remodeling classroom and save taxpayers an estimated $1.2 million … Continue Reading


August 04, 2009

Wyden Statement on NOAA Decision to Move Fleet to Newport

Washington, D.C. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement today on the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's selection of the Port of Newport (Oregon) to be the new home of the agency's Marine Operations Center-Pacific beginning in 2011."This was the right decision for NOAA, for Oregon and for the port and community of Newport. It is also a tremendous compliment to those at the Port of Newport and other elected officials in the community who worked tirelessly to … Continue Reading


August 03, 2009

Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Passes Senate with Projects Requested by Wyden/Merkley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced today that efforts to improve Oregon's waterways and alternative energy technology capabilities took a huge step forward when an energy and water appropriations bill was passed by the full Senate. The bill includes more than $280 million in projects for Oregon and the Northwest. "This is a good day for those looking to create or preserve jobs in Oregon," Wyden said. "These funds are needed to make … Continue Reading


August 03, 2009

Funding for Vernonia Schools/Rural Health Care Included in Labor/Health Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - Working to improve access to rural health care, much-needed school equipment and support for military families, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced that the Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations bill headed to the Senate floor includes more than $1.4 million in projects for Oregon. "Whether by providing badly-needed classroom computers in flood-ravaged Vernonia, extending a hand to our returning soldiers, or fueling economic … Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Includes Nearly $8 Million for Oregon Infrastructure Projects

Washington D.C. - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that nearly $8 million for infrastructure and job creation throughout Oregon will be included in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Senate Appropriations bill. Projects in the spending bill will create construction and other jobs that come with replacing or improving outdated bridges, improving traffic flow, protecting Southern Oregon's fishing industry and addressing traffic hazards that threaten … Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Merkley, Wyden Announce Up to $3 Million for Solar Energy Partnership in Bend

WASHINGTON D.C. - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that a partnership involving PV Powered, a manufacturer of photovoltaic solar inverters in Bend, Oregon, will receive up to $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop solar energy grid integration systems (SEGIS). A portion of that funding will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "Every day, we're seeing countries like China and India pour resources into the development of clean … Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Wyden Announces Statewide Committee to Recommend Names for U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal Positions

Portland, OR - Senator Ron Wyden announced today that 13 Oregonians have agreed to serve on a committee to review candidates and make recommendations for the District of Oregon's United States Attorney and the United States Marshal positions. The committee will convene in August to recommend candidates for these two positions. The deadline to apply for these positions is August 15. Those interested in the U.S. Attorney position should send a letter of interest and resume to … Continue Reading


July 28, 2009

Wyden Vows to Ground Helicopter Tours at Crater Lake

Washington, D.C. - Determined to protect the natural quiet and unique character of Oregonians' beloved Crater Lake, U.S Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today pressed Jonathan Jarvis, the administration's nominee to head the National Parks Service, during his confirmation hearing on his attitudes towards a proposed plan to allow commercial helicopter overflights in Crater Lake National Park. Jarvis appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today to face tough questioning … Continue Reading

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