Press Releases

April 25, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Join Effort to Preserve Sea Grant Program Funding After Trump Administration Proposed Cuts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined 25 of their Senate colleagues in an effort to preserve funding for the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) following the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate its funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget. In a bipartisan letter to U.S. Senators Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and … Continue Reading

April 24, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Press USDA to Ensure Timely Implementation of Conservation and Forest Management Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today sought answers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) following concerns that new agency policy is derailing vital and time-sensitive conservation and forest management programs in Oregon. The USDA has thousands of cooperative agreements in Oregon and across the United States with a vast array of partners to provide the agency with the ability to more effectively conduct essential projects, including collaborative … Continue Reading

April 19, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce More than $7 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Oregon

PORTLAND, OR - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon has received more than $7 million in AmeriCorps funding to deploy 402 members to serve nonprofits in Bend and Portland. "Last month I had the opportunity to visit a Heart of Oregon program, YouthBuild, in Bend, and it is clear from the young people I heard from that AmeriCorps volunteers have a hugely positive impact on our communities," Merkley said. "They exemplify the Oregon spirit of service and … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Wyden Statement on the Special Counsel Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the special counsel report: "The special counsel's report provides a detailed look at Russia's attack on our democracy and the Trump campaign's eager embrace of a foreign adversary's assistance, as well as the repeated lies of Trump operatives about those communications. There is no question the president and his campaign put their self-interest above the national interest over and over again. … Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Demand Answers From ICE Following Investigation of For-Profit Contractors Running Immigration Detention Facilities

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden this week joined their colleagues in a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding answers following the senators' investigation of private prison companies' compliance with federal immigration detention standards and the private auditor responsible for inspecting detention facilities. Co-signers include Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Edward J. … Continue Reading

April 16, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Urge Increased Funding for Affordable Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week joined 39 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to the Senators who lead the housing subcommittee urging increased funding for the Section 4 Capacity Building program. The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 4 Program works with local community development organizations to improve affordable housing, finance small businesses, and provide for other community needs. In their letter, the … Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Wyden, Hirono Welcome Interior IG Decision to Open Investigation Regarding Bernhardt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, today welcomed the decision of the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of the Interior (Interior IG) to open an investigation regarding allegations against Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. The decision follows separate requests by Wyden and Hirono asking the Interior IG to investigate allegations that Bernhardt inappropriately blocked a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) assessment of the … Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Announce Affordable Housing Grants for Oregon Tribes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon tribes will receive more than $15 million in federal grants to support affordable housing. "Quality of life throughout our state requires housing that Oregonians can afford," Wyden said. "These fresh federal resources for Oregon's tribes will help them achieve that essential quality-of-life goal and help to honor America's historic obligations for people living and working in these communities." "The country … Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Wyden: “Americans have a right to know how Donald Trump benefits from Donald Trump’s tax laws”

Portland, Ore. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today spoke at a rally in Portland, Ore. and called for Donald Trump's tax returns to be released: It is wonderful to be here with Senator Fagan and Commissioner Hoyle. I'm going to start with one request: Will you be as loud now as Rip City was for the Blazers yesterday? We want to make sure Donald Trump gets our message loud and clear on Tax Filing Day. Wherever he is - Mar-a-Lago, got his Twitter feed going, maybe one of his ritzy golf … Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

Wyden, Heinrich Press Trump Administration, Again, to Declassify Information on AG Barr

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., today sent a letter to the Trump administration urging the declassification of information relating to Attorney General William Barr. The letter, addressed to National Security Advisor John Bolton and the Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, is a follow up to a letter sent January 16, 2019, before Barr was confirmed, also pressing for the declassification of information related to Barr. The senators, both … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Wyden Statement on Bernhardt Confirmation

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement today on the Senate confirmation of David Bernhardt for Secretary of the Department of the Interior: "Ryan Zinke left office in disgrace amid a self-generated ethical hurricane. Rather than taking an opportunity to restore public trust and integrity to the office of the Secretary, the Senate just confirmed an Interior Secretary who could quite possibly face immediate investigations of his own. The ethical storm clouds are already … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Wyden, DeFazio Ask FERC to Extend Public Comment Period for Jordan Cove

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio today urged federal regulators to provide additional time for public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Project. In the Oregon lawmakers' letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee, they asked that the agency extend by 30 days its 90-day public comment period now scheduled to end July 5. "Given the considerable size of this project, the … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Wyden, Booker, Clarke Introduce Bill Requiring Companies To Target Bias In Corporate Algorithms

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., today introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, which requires companies to study and fix flawed computer algorithms that result in inaccurate, unfair, biased or discriminatory decisions impacting Americans. "Computers are increasingly involved in the most important decisions affecting Americans' lives -whether or not someone can buy a home, get a job or even go to jail. But instead of … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Wyden Statement on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act

Mr. President, thirty years ago today, the Whistleblower Protection Act was signed into law. To call it a triumph doesn't do justice to the sheer number of years and people it took on both sides of the aisle to overcome numerous obstacles and enact federal protections for federal government employees who step forward and do what we all should do: expose wrongdoings in order to hold government officials and agencies accountable. Congressional efforts to protect whistleblowers date back to at … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Wyden Statement on Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden issued the following statement after today's House vote on net neutrality: "Change doesn't start in Washington, D.C., and trickle down. It starts from the grassroots. Today the House of Representatives listened to people in Oregon and across the country, and voted to make an open internet the law of the land once again. "This bill would enshrine in law the principle that small businesses and libraries and rural hospitals are on equal footing with the … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Wyden Urges Prompt Adoption of New National Three-Digit Mental Health and Suicide Number

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act as soon as possible to establish a new three-digit phone hotline for mental health crisis and suicide prevention. Citing alarming suicide statistics from Oregon that have been reported recently as part of the statewide "Breaking the Silence" reporting project, Wyden said time is of the essence. "For the past three decades, Oregon's suicide rates have been higher than the national average," … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Congressman Blumenauer, Senators Wyden and Merkley Announce Federal Funding for Division Bus Rapid Transit Project

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced more than $87 million in funding for the Division Street Transit Project. The project will provide high-capacity bus service for faster, more reliable trips between Downtown Portland, Southeast and East Portland and Gresham. "This important project improves mobility for the region while making critical safety and multimodal investments along Division Street" said Congressman … Continue Reading

April 08, 2019

Wyden Calls for Investigation into Bernhardt and Law Firm Over Apparent Unreported Lobbying

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today requested that the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia thoroughly investigate potential civil and criminal violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA) by Department of the Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt, as well as his former lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (Brownstein). Wyden's request follows public reports that indicate Bernhardt may have engaged in lobbying activities, including multiple … Continue Reading

April 08, 2019

Wyden Calls for Trump Administration to Stop Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. D-Ore., today joined 15 of his Senate colleagues to call for the reinstatement of an Obama-era policy ordering most pregnant women to be released from immigration detention. The Trump administration had secretly ended the policy last year before announcing its new policy in March. In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the senators called for the reinstatement of presumptive release for pregnant … Continue Reading

April 08, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Support Investigation of Juul

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined with nine Senate colleagues to launch an investigation into JUUL Labs, Inc., the vaping industry titan. In their letter to JUUL CEO Kevin Burns, the senators asked about the company's partnership with Big Tobacco giant Altria, and questioned JUUL's marketing tactics to hook children on nicotine with kid-appealing flavors. "While JUUL has promised to address youth vaping through its modest voluntary efforts, by accepting … Continue Reading

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