Press Releases

October 09, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Urge Administration to Put the Interests of Seniors Above Insurance Companies

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that they are urging the Trump administration to delay implementation of a Medicare enrollment website overhaul to address key problems with the new Medicare Plan Finder tool that would make it harder for seniors to compare insurance and prescription drug plans. The letter was sent in anticipation of a high volume of inquiries from beneficiaries during an already chaotic time. Medicare Open Enrollment begins on … Continue Reading

October 09, 2019

Wyden and Moran to Introduce Bipartisan Declassification Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., today announced plans to address the expensive, unnecessary backlog to declassify documents that no longer need to be protected by government secrecy. Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Moran, a senior Appropriations Committee member, are planning to introduce legislation to reform the declassification process in coming weeks. "Federal agencies are drowning in classified records, and … Continue Reading

October 08, 2019

Wyden Statement on New Revelations About Spying on Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement in response to a newly declassified opinion by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The opinion revealed multiple abuses of the FBI's backdoor searches for Americans and showed that the FBI does have the ability to count the number times it searches for Americans within its Section 702 foreign surveillance database, despite claims to the contrary. … Continue Reading

October 07, 2019

Wyden Files U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Support of Federal Civil Rights Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., last week joined U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., and colleagues in filing an amicus brief in a United States Supreme Court case that will determine access to courts for victims of racial discrimination. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. on November 13, 2019. The statute in question-42 U.S.C. Section?1981-was … Continue Reading

October 02, 2019

Senators Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho and 27 of their Senate colleagues today requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, " Congress has an obligation to … Continue Reading

October 02, 2019

Wyden Announces Statewide Effort for Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is taking nominations from Oregonians through Jan. 20, 2020 for rivers in the state that deserve addition to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers list. "Whether you are a whitewater rafter, an angler or simply an Oregonian who believes strongly in protecting the river or stream that provides safe drinking water to your community, I want to hear from you," Wyden wrote in an open letter to Oregonians seeking river nominations for new … Continue Reading

October 01, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Announce Legislation to Help Students Seeking Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced new bipartisan legislation that would address an injustice for some students wanting to use the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) for higher education. The AOTC is the primary tax credit available to students seeking a higher education; however, students with a prior felony drug conviction are permanently ineligible from using the credit. This backwards requirement makes it more difficult to ensure … Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Announce Nearly $2 Million Investment at Astoria, John Day Airports

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced nearly $2 million in federal grant funding that will help Astoria Regional Airport and Grant County Regional Airport make critical infrastructure improvements, in order to continue safely serving Clatsop and Grant county residents and businesses. "Oregonians relying on smaller regional airports deserve safe infrastructure that provides the dependable links their communities need for economic growth and medical … Continue Reading

September 25, 2019

Wyden Statement on Trump Soliciting Dirt On a Political Rival From Ukrainian President

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement today in response to the summary of Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: "The summary of this call includes outrageous conduct by Donald Trump that represents a clear threat to American democracy and national security. It remains the legal obligation of the Director of National Intelligence to turn over the full whistleblower's complaint to Congress, so we … Continue Reading

September 25, 2019

Wyden Energy Storage, Hydro-Power Legislation Advances

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today passed a comprehensive energy storage package that includes provisions from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's Reducing the Cost of Energy Storage Act to promote the research and development of ways to lower the cost of energy storage technologies to make it possible for renewable energy to be used on a more reliable and affordable basis. The Committee also advanced Wyden's Marine Energy Research and Development Act, which would … Continue Reading

September 25, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, Markey Reintroduce Legislation to Ban U.S. Oil Exports

Washington, D.C. - Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), have reintroduced legislation to reinstate the ban on sending American crude oil abroad. “The math simply doesn’t add up here. America shouldn’t be both importing and exporting millions of barrels of oil a day, wasting precious resources and time while furthering America’s dependence on oil,” Wyden said. “It’s time to stop propping up Big Oil and pivot, instead, to making a full-fledged … Continue Reading

September 24, 2019

Wyden Floor Remarks in Remembrance of Mary Gautreaux

Madam President, scores and scores of my friends and neighbors at home in Oregon have been grieving since they learned the sad news about the passing of a remarkable woman, Mary Gautreaux, who died at her home this weekend. Mary Gautreaux was an astounding bundle of energy and passion. She had an incandescent smile, a huge heart for people who didn't have any power or clout, and the ability to make just about everybody she met more optimistic about the policies and opportunities for the days … Continue Reading

September 24, 2019

Wyden Floor Remarks on the Nomination of Daniel Jorjani as Interior Solicitor General

Mr. President, there's a job opening at the Interior Department, and that can mean only one thing. Another Trump nominee who's already under investigation for misconduct - even before his official first day on the job. This time it's Daniel Jorjani, a long-serving Trump Interior official who's up for a powerful role as the department's Solicitor General. Already under investigation by the department's Inspector General. Already on a fast-track to the Interior Department corruption hall of … Continue Reading

September 24, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, Senate Democrats Press USDA to Justify Critical Honeybee Data Gaps

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined 21 Senate Democrats in writing to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), expressing concerns over this summer's move by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to suspend the collection of honeybee data across the nation. While NASS recently reversed course under pressure, the decision-making that led up to that suspension remains a source of concern. "In July NASS announced … Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Wyden Urges FCC to Reject Plans that Imperil the Universal Service Fund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discard its proposed cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF), which protects rural broadband funding and other programs key to moving the country toward the goal of universal connectivity. In May, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would set an overall budget cap for four USF-funded communications programs - E-Rate, Lifeline, the Rural Health Care Program and the … Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Reintroduce Resolution to Protect Ambitious National Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., this week to reintroduce a resolution in response to the Trump administration's efforts to roll back federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards designed to fight climate change and protect Americans' access to clean air. The senators, along with 31 of their colleagues, reintroduced the resolution in advance of the administration's expected move to formally revoke California's … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

Wyden Co-sponsors School Mental Health Services Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation that would help schools provide the mental health counseling needed by so many students. "Students, teachers and counselors across Oregon tell me just how much young people facing challenges at home and in the classroom need better access to mental health care in schools," Wyden said of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act. "This bill would provide that access by supporting schools' efforts … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Back Bill to Stop Use of Taxpayer Dollars at Trump Properties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week co-sponsored legislation that would immediately stop the federal government from spending taxpayer dollars at properties owned by the president, vice president and Cabinet officials. The Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and Lodging (HOTEL) Act introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) aims to prevent potential conflicts of interest and abuse of taxpayer dollars by making clear that all three branches of government … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Wyden, 26 Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Block Implementation of Trump Administration’s So-Called “Public Charge” Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, to introduce legislation that would prohibit the Trump administration from using federal funding to implement its so-called "public charge" rule. Scheduled to go into effect in less than a month on October 15, 2019, the "public charge" rule aims to prevent immigrants from coming to or staying in the United States based on factors such as their wealth, family size, age, skills, level of education, … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Wyden Remarks at “In Defense of American Democracy” on Election Security and Vote-By-Mail

Thank you so much to the Shanker Institute for inviting me to speak today. You have a real all-star squad of civic activists and public servants here, between Secretary Clinton, Leah Greenberg of Indivisible, Randi Weingarten, Attorney General Holder. That's what my dad would call running with the right crowd. The topic is perhaps the most urgent, timely topic facing our country - Defending American Democracy. I'm going to start by telling you a little bit about how I spent my summer … Continue Reading

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