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October 03, 2008

Wyden in Coos County on October 6 for Annual Town Hall Meeting

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October 03, 2008

Wyden to hold town hall meeting in Curry County on October 5

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October 03, 2008

Wyden's Multi-Year County Payments Extension Will Become Law

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October 01, 2008

Wyden Statement on Financial Bailout Package

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after voting against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008: "Americans are hurting and Congress is rightly being called to action. But if history has taught us anything these last few years, it is that no matter how great the rush to judgment, Congress has an obligation to take the time to ask tough questions and make certain that the action it chooses is arrived at in a thoughtful fashion. This is … Continue Reading


September 26, 2008

Wyden, Markey Introduce "Independence at Home" Act

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September 26, 2008

White House Backs Senate Legislation to Extend County Payments

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September 24, 2008

Senate Drops Civil Enforcement Provisions from Intellectual Property Act

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September 22, 2008

Wyden Issues Statement on Administration Proposal to Address Financial Crisis

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement today on Congressional action to address the nation's financial crisis:"The serious threat to the nation's financial system requires Congress to act as wisely and as quickly as is practical. But that doesn't mean Congress should act recklessly. Unless we address the underlying faults in the system that brought us to this financial abyss in the first place, we may simply be building the world's largest … Continue Reading


September 19, 2008

Senator Wyden Welcomes the AMA to the Fight For Health Care Reform

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September 17, 2008

Independent Health Reform Analysis: Middle Class Wins Under Healthy Americans Act

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September 16, 2008

Senate Committee Agrees to Tax Package with County Payments Extension

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that a package of tax cut extenders that includes multi-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 has been agreed upon in the Senate Committee on Finance, a committee of which he is a member. The bill would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools program, commonly known as the "county payments law" through 2011, while fully funding the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program for … Continue Reading


September 10, 2008

Wyden Calls for Major Reforms at Interior Department

Washington, D.C. - Senator Wyden spoke on the Senate floor today in response to a report released by the Inspector General of the Interior Department. The report details numerous problems at the department's Minerals Management Service, which is responsible for ensuring that American taxpayers get their fair share of revenues for drilling on Federal lands. Taxpayers' interests were neglected due to improper relationships between employees and oil companies, a broken royalties program … Continue Reading


September 09, 2008

Wyden Challenges Order Authorizing Export of Alaskan Natural Gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing projections that natural gas will cost Americans an average of 22% more this winter than last, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to review and revoke the Department of Energy's recent order authorizing the export of 98.1 billion cubic feet of Alaskan natural gas -- enough gas to meet the needs of 1.4 million American families -- to Japan other Pacific Rim countries. "The Administration is trying to have it both ways - arguing that … Continue Reading


August 01, 2008

Wyden Proposes Tax Fairness for Satellite TV

WASHINGTON, DC - Continuing to fight against taxes that make it harder for new technologies to compete against long-established ones, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the State Video Tax Fairness Act to ensure that the satellite television industry is not taxed at higher rates than other multichannel video program distribution (MVPD) services. The bill would end states' ability to charge discriminatory tax rates for satellite service over cable or Internet television."As the original … Continue Reading


July 31, 2008

Wyden and Smith Address Veterans Mental Health Care Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Gordon H. Smith (R) and Ron Wyden (D) joined forces today in an effort to improve mental health care services for America's veterans by introducing the Healing Our Nation's Heroes Act of 2008. The bill will establish a commission to oversee services provided to veterans and members of the Armed Forces, and will recruit and train veterans to serve in the mental health care profession. "Whether it is referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder, shell … Continue Reading


July 31, 2008

Wyden, Collins, Dodd Seek Ban on Dangerous Novelty Lighters

WASHINGTON, DC - Responding to calls from fire prevention and child safety groups across the country, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) today introduced the "Protect Children from Dangerous Lighters Act" legislation banning cigarette lighters constructed to look like toys or regular household items. Commonly referred to as "novelty lighters," the toy-like devices, which naturally appeal to small children, have been the cause of deadly fires … Continue Reading


July 31, 2008

Wyden-Grassley Staff Proposes Level Playing Field for Oil Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to reduce excessive speculative trading in oil and other commodities, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) a member of the Senate Finance and Energy Committees and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are circulating a staff discussion draft of tax fairness legislation today that would end lucrative tax breaks that speculators enjoy by taxing all the profits they earn on the oil commodities market at the same rate as ordinary … Continue Reading


July 28, 2008

16 Senators to McCain/Obama: "Work With Us on Health Reform"

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July 25, 2008

Wyden Seeks Declassification of FISA Court Opinions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to better inform the ongoing congressional debate on intelligence surveillance law, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent the below letter today to the Public Interest Declassification Board. The letter asks the Board to review key opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and determine which portions of these opinions should be declassified and publicly released. "It is impossible … Continue Reading


July 25, 2008

Wyden, Smith Announce Over $5 Million in Oregon Agriculture Projects

WASHINGTON, DC - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) announced today that an agriculture appropriations bill headed for the Senate floor contains over $5 million for sustainable agriculture projects, infrastructure investment, and research. The bill has been passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the first step for appropriations funding."Oregon's agricultural producers have always been a pillar of the state's economy and we need to make wise investments to … Continue Reading

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