Press Releases

November 06, 2019

Wyden Pushes Trump Administration To Ensure No Human Trafficking, Forced Labor Exist In Government Contract Supply Chains

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., this week urged the Trump administration to do more to ensure the federal government does not do business with contractors that have human trafficking or forced labor in their supply chains of companies. In a letter with Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, the … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Wyden Presses FCC to Secure 5G Networks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to secure next-generation, 5G telephone networks against hackers, scam-artists and foreign spies. In a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Wyden demanded the administration require all wireless carriers to implement improved cybersecurity measures - including upgrading encryption and authentication features - on 5G telephone networks. Wyden also pushed the FCC to mandate carriers … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Wyden Co-Sponsors Bill to Help Low-Income and Rural Tenants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation that would help low-income and rural tenants of multifamily rural housing stay in their affordable housing units. Direct federal home loans under what's known as Section 515 help to develop affordable housing development in rural areas, but the required affordability restrictions are eliminated when those loans mature or are pre-paid. The Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019 would give housing vouchers to … Continue Reading

November 04, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Key USDA Investment in Electric Infrastructure Improvement

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a nearly $8.5 million electric infrastructure investment in West Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc., a Vernonia-based co-op which serves communities throughout Columbia, Yamhill, Tillamook, Washington, and Clatsop counties. Merkley serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that funded … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Wyden: The Recreation Not Red Tape Act is a Boost for Our Quality of Life and Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today highlighted the importance of protecting recreation opportunities for generations to come during a Committee hearing on his bipartisan Recreation Not Red Tape (RNR) Act. The RNR Act would streamline the permitting process for guides and recreation enthusiasts, hold federal agencies accountable by making outdoor recreation a priority for the first time and increase … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Funding for Natural Resources, Emergency Preparedness

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced key provisions in the U.S. Department of Interior Appropriations bill that provide critical investments in earthquake preparedness, water infrastructure, and wildfire suppression and recovery activities that are of particular importance to Oregon as wildfires become increasingly frequent and extreme. The Appropriations bill passed the full Senate today. "From flames that threaten homes to hazardous smoke … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Press State Department On Policies To Protect Journalists Abroad

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley yesterday joined sixteen of their Congressional colleagues to demand answers from the State Department regarding the practices and policies in place to assist journalists who face threats to their personal safety while reporting overseas and "to encourage the [Department] to actively protect reporters from retaliation they may experience in the countries where they work." In the letter, the senators share their concern for the … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Key Oregon Rural Priorities Funded in Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced key provisions in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that will help Oregon's rural communities-from investments in rural housing; to research into the impacts of wildfire smoke on crops; to hemp, which is becoming a major cash crop for Oregon. The bill was voted out of the full Senate today. "Every year I visit every county in Oregon, and people everywhere want the same thing: a chance to earn a good … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Key Investments in Research, Public Safety

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced key provisions in the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Committee bill that will help rural communities across Oregon. "I'm in every county every year, and across rural and coastal Oregon I hear about ways we can create jobs and strengthen communities," said Merkley, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. "This bill reflects a lot of those insights, from strengthening coastal … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Significant New Investments to Address Housing, Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Senate has passed the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which includes $2.173 billion to battle unaffordable rents and homelessness. The bill funds several federal departments, and includes Oregon priorities for transportation, housing, and other programs that local communities rely on to fund services, build parks, and more. "Infrastructure and housing are pressing … Continue Reading

October 29, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Children’s Health and Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Senate Democrats to denounce the Trump administration's delay in addressing the growing epidemic of youth tobacco use. In a letter sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the senators urged that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalize its promised compliance policy and clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarette products, including mint and … Continue Reading

October 29, 2019

Wyden Statement on USDA Announcement of Hemp Production Interim Rule

Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) interim rule on hemp production: "I've long said that if you can make and sell hemp products in America, you should be able to grow hemp in America. Congress passed my bipartisan Hemp Farming Act, and now federal regulations must be updated to reflect hemp's legal status. The USDA interim rule is an important first step to ending uncertainty for farmers, and I now look forward to … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Introduce the Homeland Security Improvement Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Senate Democrats to introduce legislation to address some of the nation's immigration challenges at the southwest border and improve Department of Homeland Security (DHS) engagement with border communities. The Homeland Security Improvement Act establishes an ombudsman for border and immigration enforcement-related concerns within DHS to better ensure accountability, transparency and … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Wyden and Warren to FTC: Investigate Amazon’s Negligence in Capital One Hack

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate and determine if Amazon's failure to secure the servers it rented to Capital One violated federal law. In July 2019, a hacker stole the personal information of 100 million Americans from Capital One using a popular cyberattack technique known as a "server side request forgery" (SSRF). Capital One rented the breached servers through Amazon's … Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer Honor Trail Blazers’ 50th Anniversary with Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer marked tonight's start of the Portland Trail Blazers' 50th NBA season with a concurrent Congressional resolution that honors both the team's history and fans' faithful support of the franchise. "From Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas leading the Trail Blazers to the NBA title in the team's first playoffs run to last season's playoff heroics by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, the last 50 years of special … Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

Senators Wyden, Murray Denounce President Trump’s Cruel Policy Denying Visas Based on Health Care Coverage

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar denouncing the cruel and politically motivated Trump proclamation barring immigrants based on whether they can afford health care coverage. The Senators urged HHS to reverse the proclamation … Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Wyden, Senate Dems Will Force Vote To Restore Homeowners’ Ability To Work Around GOP Tax Law’s Harmful SALT Caps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced that he and fellow Senate Democrats will force a vote tomorrow on a resolution to undo Republican-made IRS rules blocking critical state workarounds to harmful state and local tax (SALT) deduction caps, restoring states' ability to work around the these caps and allowinghomeowners to again fully take advantage of their SALT deduction. Wyden and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J. … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Bipartisan Members Condemn Activision Blizzard and Apple Actions to Enforce Chinese Government Censorship

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan coalition of Senate and House members today condemned Activision Blizzard and Apple's recent actions to suppress criticism of the Chinese government in hopes of gaining higher profits. Apple recently removed the HKMap mapping app, which was widely used by peaceful Hong Kong protestors, from the App Store, at the request of the Chinese government, and has censored at least 2,200 apps in China according to the nonprofit group GreatFire. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Senate Passes Wyden Bill to Provide Answers About Saudi Fugitives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today passed a bill requiring the FBI to declassify any and all information regarding Saudi Arabia's possible role helping its citizens escape the U.S. while awaiting trial or sentencing for a criminal offense, following an impassioned speech on the Senate floor. "The American people deserve answers. These are not academic matters, and this is not about a series of victimless crimes," Wyden said. "This is about manslaughter, rape and more. … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Wyden Introduces Comprehensive Bill to Secure Americans’ Personal Information and Hold Corporations Accountable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced sweeping new privacy legislation, the Mind Your Own Business Act, to create the strongest-ever protections for Americans' private data and to hold accountable the corporate executives responsible for abusing our information. Wyden's bill contains the most comprehensive protections for Americans' private data ever introduced, and goes further than Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It would give American … Continue Reading

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