Press Releases

May 14, 2012

Wyden Statement on the Increase of Direct Flights from Portland to Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation announced that Portland International Airport (PDX) will receive one new round trip direct flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Expanded air travel access to the east coast will be an economic driver for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. "Greater access means greater economic opportunity for the region. Right now, the demand for flights from Oregon to … Continue Reading

May 10, 2012

Wyden Leads Letter to Senate Conferees Calling for County Payments and PILT to be Adopted in Surface Transportation Conference

Washington, D.C. - Local and county governments are currently finalizing their budgets for the coming year. Without reauthorization of county payments legislation included in the Senate version of the surface transportation bill now being considered by members from both houses in the conference committee, many rural counties in Oregon and nationwide could be forced to lay off teachers, road crews, police officers and other county employees. In an effort to ensure that a one-year extension … Continue Reading

May 09, 2012

Senators and Congressmen Introduce Password Protection Act of 2012

(Washington DC) - Today, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation aimed at curbing the growing practice of employers requiring prospective or current employees to provide access to password-protected accounts as a condition for employment. In the House, Congressmen Heinrich (D-NM) and Perlmutter (D-CO) are introducing an identical companion bill. The Password Protection Act of 2012, … Continue Reading

May 03, 2012

Wyden Joins Colleagues in Calling for Extension of Current Postal Closing Moratorium

Washington, D.C. - Days after the Senate passed postal reform legislation that would have protected states that vote-by-mail or with large numbers of absentee balloting from the concern that postal closures too close to the election will disrupt their ability to vote, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined more than 40 Senate colleagues in a letter to the Postmaster General calling on the United States Postal Service to extend the current moratorium on postal closures beyond the May 15 … Continue Reading

May 03, 2012

Wyden Statement on Oregon Waiver for Medicaid Demonstration Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreement to grant a waiver to the State of Oregon allowing our state to create a coordinated care program for Medicaid beneficiaries that will have the potential for billions in Medicaid savings over the next ten years: "Oregon is proving once again why it should be called 'the innovation state.' The waiver agreed to today to create community-based coordinated … Continue Reading

April 30, 2012

Wyden: Time is Ripe to Increase Sales and Exports of Oregon Agricultural Products

PORTLAND, Or - Looking to increase jobs and economic development in Oregon, Senator Ron Wyden said today that negotiations to open up Asian-Pacific markets and Congress' consideration of a new Farm Bill offer opportunities to increase the domestic sale and international export of Oregon agricultural products. "My guiding principle in improving the Oregon economy is that we grow things here, add value to them and ship them somewhere, and nothing says that more than selling more Oregon fruits, … Continue Reading

April 26, 2012

Markey, Wyden Applaud Selection of Innovative Independence At Home Pilot Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.) praised the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement of the selection of 16 practices and programs to participate in Independence at Home (IAH), an innovative healthcare model the lawmakers authored in the Affordable Care Act. The Boston Medical Center and Housecall Providers in Portland are among the selected programs. The IAH model brings home-based primary care to some of … Continue Reading

April 24, 2012

Wyden Moratorium on Postal Closures to Protect Vote-by-mail Included in Postal Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. - With 25 million Americans expected to cast their ballots for president through the Unites States Postal Service, disruptions to that system could have real and lasting effects on the outcome of the election. In order to protect the integrity of the vote-by-mail system first pioneered by Oregon and the millions of Americans who vote by absentee ballot, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) successfully secured an amendment into the postal reform legislation to prevent closings of … Continue Reading

April 23, 2012

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Harney, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman Counties

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town hall meeting in Harney, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties on May 1 through May 3. The meetings will be held in the cities of Burns, John Day, Fossil, Condon and Moro. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. He held his 600th town hall last August in Wheeler County. Harney County Town Hall Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Harney County … Continue Reading

April 18, 2012

Wyden, Feinstein, Merkley, Tester Amendment Will Keep Rural Post Offices Open Through Election Day

Washington, D.C. - The planned closures and consolidations of rural postal facilities throughout the country poses a particularly serious risk to states like Oregon that rely on vote-by-mail for their federal and state elections. With the presidential election approaching and the United States Post Office moving forward with plans to close many rural facilities in states like Oregon and California, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Jon … Continue Reading

April 17, 2012

Wyden Statement on the Forest Service’s Decision to Withdraw Plans to Close Roads in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Portland, Or - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement on today's decision by the Forest Service to withdraw its plans to close roads in the Wallowa-Whiteman National Forest. "Today's decision by the Forest Service recognizes the importance of rural Oregonians and demonstrates that their voices have been heard. As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, it became very clear to me during meetings last week in the communities that surround the … Continue Reading

April 16, 2012

After Tour of Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, Wyden Says Situation Worse than Reported

Washington, D.C. - After an onsite tour of what remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facilities decimated by last year's earthquake and subsequent tsunami, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki looking for ways to advance and support clean-up and recovery efforts. Wyden's principal concern is the relocation of spent fuel rods currently being stored in unsound … Continue Reading

April 03, 2012

Wyden in Medford on April 10th to Meet with College-Bound Medford High School Students and Hold Annual Town hall Meeting

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will meet with local high school students on Tuesday to talk about the cost of a college education. He will also hold his annual Jackson County town hall on Tuesday at the Medford City Hall. A college education is the second largest expense most families will face in their life time and college loan debt - now approaching $1 trillion - now exceeds national credit card debt. That makes a college education a huge investment, yet getting complete … Continue Reading

April 03, 2012

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Morrow, Umatilla, Wallowa, Union, Baker and Malheur Counties

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town halls in Morrow, Umatilla, Wallowa, Union, Baker and Malheur counties on April, 12 through April 15, 2012. The meetings will be held in the cities of Boardman, Pendleton, Wallowa, La Grande, Baker City and Ontario. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. He held his 600th town hall last August in Wheeler County. Morrow County Town Hall Meeting Date: Thursday, … Continue Reading

March 30, 2012

Markey, Wyden to CFTC: Are Commodity Investment Funds Skewing Oil Market?

Washington, D.C. - Two Democratic lawmakers today asked the government agency tasked with regulating the nation's commodities markets -- which includes crude oil futures and other derivatives trading -- to investigate whether commodities index funds are artificially inflating the price of oil. The letter, written by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), was sent to Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler. In their letter, the lawmakers express concerns … Continue Reading

March 30, 2012

Wyden Resolution Condemning Killing of Journalists in Syria Unanimously Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - Coverage of the escalating violence in Syria continues to underscore the essential service that war correspondents provide the world community. As the Syrian government continues to deny the mass killing of civilian protesters, journalists have risked life and limb to deliver an objective account of the conflict. In pursuit of the truth, these men and women have been detained, arrested, wounded and sometimes killed. Last night, the United States Senate unanimously … Continue Reading

March 28, 2012

Fixing Medicare by Keeping Seniors Healthy

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing that raising premiums and cutting benefits aren't the only ways to deal with the growing cost of Medicare, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced legislation today that experts say could save Medicare billions by helping seniors get and stay healthy. The Medicare "Better Health Rewards" program is a 100% voluntary program designed to help Medicare beneficiaries get and stay healthy by giving participating seniors achievable … Continue Reading

March 26, 2012

Wyden and Portman to Lead Expert Panel asking: “Can Medicare Save Money by Keeping Seniors Healthy?”

Washington, D.C. - Need a break from health reform arguments? Think health care should keep people healthy? Want Democrats and Republicans to work together? Join U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rob Portman (R- Ohio) for a healthy snack and a conversation with some of the nation's leading health and wellness experts. The program will focus on the value of wellness programs and how the proposed Medicare "Better Health Rewards" program can help seniors set achievable goals to improve … Continue Reading

March 22, 2012

***Webcast Available*** Wyden to Chair Hearing on Bill to Preserve Rogue River as Wild and Scenic Waterway

Washington, D.C. - Continuing work to preserve Oregon's natural beauty for future generations, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will chair a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests discussing Wyden's legislation to preserve 60,000 acres and 93 miles of the Rogue river as wild and scenic; an additional 50 miles of tributaries would be withdrawn from mining. Introduced by Wyden and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in December, the … Continue Reading

March 21, 2012

Wyden Commends Inclusion of “Stand By Your Ad” Extension in Reintroduced Disclose Act

Washington, D.C. - As the first full election cycle since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling extended personal election rules to corporations, the extent to which corporate influence and that of the Super PACs the ruling inadvertently created is becoming clear. More than ever, election related funds have been collected and spent nearly in secret - distorting the process and further eroding campaign finance protections. In response to the court ruling, a group of senators including U.S. … Continue Reading

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