Press Releases

June 25, 2015

Wyden: State Department Should Not OK Arms Sales to Bahrain

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the State Department not to allow certain arms sales to Bahrain until the Persian Gulf nation makes major improvements on human rights. A Bloomberg View article last week reported that Secretary of State John Kerry had committed to resume arms sales to Bahrain, despite a long list of human rights violations detailed in the department's own Human Rights Report. In April, Amnesty International found the Bahrain government continues to … Continue Reading

June 24, 2015

Wyden, Markey, Franken, Blumenthal, Cantwell, Call on FCC to Boost Mobile Competition in Spectrum Auction

WASHINGTON - Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to craft spectrum auction rules for the upcoming incentive auction that increase competition, innovation and consumer choice in the mobile phone marketplace by ensuring that companies of all sizes have access to spectrum. With demand for data-driven wireless devices … Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Wyden-Crapo Fire Funding Provision Included in Interior Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. Provisions to pay for the most extreme wildfires through federal disaster funding were included in the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior Appropriations Bill, which was passed by a Senate panel today. The funding method is similar to legislation introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who have been concerned that firefighting budgets in recent years have taken funding from other programs, including those that restore habitat and maintain jobs in national … Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Following Action by Wyden, Brown and Merkley, VA Finalizes Rule to Extend Benefits to Reservists Exposed to Agent Orange Residue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. today applauded news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a final decision that qualifies reservists who served on Fairchild UC-123 Provider (C-123) aircraft, that were previously contaminated with Agent Orange, as veterans so they can receive proper healthcare and disability benefits. On June 10, the senators blocked the confirmation of Dr. David J. Shulkin, President Obama's … Continue Reading

June 17, 2015

Wyden, Heller Bill Requires Warrants For Aerial Surveillance

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., today introduced the Protecting Individuals From Mass Aerial Surveillance Act, which requires the federal government to obtain a warrant when it conducts aerial surveillance in the United States. As new technology like high-quality digital cameras, cellphone tracking equipment and low-cost unmanned aerial systems (UASs) have removed barriers to monitoring Americans from the air, this bipartisan legislation would create … Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Wyden to Hold up Energy Department Nomination over Unaddressed Hanford Concerns

Washington, D.C.- Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore., today said he would object to the Senate's consideration of the Department of Energy's nominee for Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management, in a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Wyden said he would hold up the full Senate proceeding to vote on the nomination of Monica C. Regalbuto until the Energy Department takes "concrete action" to address both the culture of hostility for workers at Hanford … Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Wyden Praises Senate Vote To Ban Torture

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the Senate's passage of an amendment banning torture by U.S. intelligence agencies. The amendment, by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and John McCain, R-Ariz., requires intelligence agencies to follow the Army Field Manual's guidelines for interrogations. Wyden co-sponsored the amendment, which was added to a defense policy bill. "With today's vote, the Senate expressed clear support for strengthening and clarifying the U.S. ban on torture," … Continue Reading

June 12, 2015

Wyden Sponsors Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

Portland, Ore. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would promote continued job creation in the growing craft beverage, cider, wine and distillery industries throughout Oregon and the country. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, S.1562, introduced Thursday would cut taxes and modernize outdated regulations for craft brewers, cider makers, vintners, and distillers. In Oregon, those industries are responsible for an estimated 40,000 jobs collectively and … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Wyden, Bonamici Urge Education Department to Protect Students’ Privacy on College Campuses

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici today release the following joint statement after receiving responses from the Department of Education on privacy protections for student health records on college campuses: "Student privacy is critical to maintaining a safe environment on our college campuses. All students should feel confident that they can see a doctor or report a sexual assault without their information being exposed or their privacy violated. The … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Wyden Statement on Republicans Failed Effort to Move Bad Cybersecurity Bill Forward

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement after Senate Republicans failed in their ill-advised efforts to attach the Cyber Security Information Act to NDAA. "Today we beat back a Republican effort to use procedural tricks to pass a bad cybersecurity bill. But this is just the beginning," Wyden said. "I will keep fighting against bad policies that do little to stop hackers, prioritize corporations over Americans and have no meaningful privacy … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Wyden, Brown and Merkley Block Veterans Affairs Nominee Confirmation Until Adminstration Responds to Demands for Benefits for C-123 Reservists Exposed to Agent Orange

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, blocked the confirmation of David J. Shulkin, President Obama's nominee for Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The senators' hold on his confirmation will remain in place until the VA releases a final decision on qualifying reservists who served on Fairchild UC-123 Provider (C-123) aircraft, that were previously contaminated with Agent Orange, as veterans so they can … Continue Reading

June 10, 2015

Wyden: Wasco County Disaster Designation Underscores Need for Fire Funding

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today vowed to keep fighting for wildfire funding after U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated Wasco County, Oregon, as a primary natural disaster area and seven nearby Oregon counties as natural disaster counties due to dangerous drought conditions. The disaster designations come a day after House Republicans proposed a bill that would provide wildfire funds based on the current funding approach, which has underfunded fire … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Wyden Co-sponsors Bill to Ensure Women’s Access to Affordable Birth Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today co-sponsored legislation that would make sure women have affordable access to the birth control option that works best for them. The Affordability is Access Act co-sponsored by Wyden and 29 other senators builds on work done in the Affordable Care Act to ensure that women would not have to pay out of pocket for this essential piece of health care coverage. "Women's access to affordable contraception should not be up for debate," Wyden said. … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Wyden: Republican Leaders Are Trying to Make a Bad Defense Bill Worse By Adding Flawed Cyber Amendment

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement in response to calls to attach a flawed cybersecurity bill to the National Defense Authorization Act. "Senate Republican leaders are trying to make a bad defense bill worse by adding a flawed cybersecurity bill," Wyden said. "If Senator McConnell insists on attaching the flawed CISA bill to unrelated legislation, I will be fighting to ensure the Senate has a full debate and a chance to offer amendments to add … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Wyden Commits to Helping Our Military Become More Energy Efficient

WASHINGTON, D.C.. - Senators Ron Wyden and Mazie K. Hirono today highlighted their commitment to helping our military to become more energy efficient by introducing the Department of Defense Energy Security Act (DODESA) of 2015. DODESA 2015 will help the Department of Defense (DOD)to reduce energy use and costs, improve energy efficiency, and advance the development of energy security technology. While DOD has made great advances to address its energy security vulnerabilities in recent … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Senators to PayPal: Change New User Agreement That Forces Consumers to Accept Unwanted Robocalls

Washington (June 16, 2015) - Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to PayPal, the global online payments system, calling on the company to change its User Agreement. PayPal recently released a new User Agreement that would require consumers to consent to receive autodialed or prerecorded calls and text messages. Consumers cannot opt out of these new terms, which go into effect on July 1, 2015, without … Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Wyden: Cybersecurity Legislation Threatens Privacy; Experts Say Does Little To Prevent Security Breaches

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today pushed back on calls to pass a flawed cybersecurity bill (the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act or CISA) in response to revelations that a federal employee database was recently hacked. "The United States should pull out all the stops to go after foreign hackers and foreign threats, but there's a way to do that without threatening the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans," Wyden said. "The so-called cybersecurity legislation in the … Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Wyden, for National Hemp History Week, Urges Lifting the Ban on Industrial Hemp

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged lifting the federal ban on industrial hemp, which has a wide variety of uses and economic benefits in Oregon and nationwide. Hemp-based products contributed about $620 million to the U.S. economy in 2014, but current federal regulations prohibit farmers from growing hemp in the United States. "I've long said if you can make it and sell it in Oregon, you should be able to grow it in Oregon," Wyden said in a speech on the Senate floor in … Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Wyden, 31 Senators Urge Consumer Agency to Issue “Strongest Possible Rules” to Stop Predatory Payday Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) considers new rules to rein in predatory practices in payday and similar types of lending, 32 senators expressed their support today for the initial steps the agency has taken and urged the agency to issue the strongest possible rules to combat the "cascade of devastating financial consequences" that these high-priced loans often have on consumers. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., signed the letter, along with Sens. Jeff Merkley, … Continue Reading

June 03, 2015

Wyden Introduces Bill To Bring Retired Military Dogs Home After Overseas Combat

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced legislation to support veterans and military dog handlers by ensuring that military working dogs come home to the United States after they have been relieved from their service in combat roles overseas. The Military Working Dog Retirement Act of 2015 would require the Department of Defense to arrange and pay for transportation of trained military dogs to the United States when their service abroad has been deemed no longer necessary, … Continue Reading

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