Press Releases

April 06, 2007

Senator Ron Wyden's Statement on Veteran's Day

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day:"Today, Oregonians once again come together to remember the service and sacrifice of America's veterans."Veterans know the price of freedom. Each has a story of sacrifice - of families left behind, of brothers and sisters lost in battle, of battle scars that that often dwell far beneath the skin. Yet Americans serve, as is inscribed at Arlington Cemetery, 'Not for fame or reward, … Continue Reading


April 06, 2007

Statement by U.S. Senator Ron WydenRegarding America's Eventual Withdrawal from Iraq

It is my belief that we should withdraw our military from Iraq as soon as we are able to ensure that our departure will not be followed by a Rwanda or Darfur of our own making.While I was one of 23 U.S. Senators who voted against going to war in Iraq, I also acknowledge that -- once the President invaded that nation -- we inherited a moral obligation to attempt to leave Iraq with a more peaceful and prosperous future. While I will not and cannot defend the misleading information used by … Continue Reading


April 06, 2007

Wyden Statement on Commerce Panel Vote on FTC Chair Nominee

Washington, DC - In a meeting of the Senate Commerce Committee today, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) voted against the nomination of Deborah P. Majoras, President Bush's nominee to head the Federal Trade Commission. Wyden also indicated today that he would maintain his procedural hold blocking a full Senate vote on her appointment to a full five-year term."I am disappointed that the Commerce Committee approved Ms. Majoras' nomination for a full term," said Wyden. "There is still no evidence … Continue Reading


April 06, 2007

Wyden Statement on White House Veto Threat to Proposed Medicare Drug Reforms

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement this evening following the President's threat to veto legislation seeking to reform the Medicare prescription drug benefit:"Spiraling costs and the low levels of participation we've seen so far may jeopardize the survival of the hard-won Medicare drug benefit. Ignoring those obvious problems and threatening to veto any solutions isn't a productive or responsible reaction. Making changes to contain costs and … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden Amendment to Make CIA Inspector General Report Public

Washington, DC -- Believing that the American people have a right to know how the CIA performed prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today offered an amendment that would require the Director of the CIA to declassify the Executive Summary of the CIA Inspector General's report on 9/11. The CIA report is the only major 9/11 government review that has not been made public.Wyden's … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden, Burr, Gordon, Hall Kick OffCongressional Nanotechnology Caucus

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Reps. Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Ralph Hall (R-TX) today kicked off a new year for the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus by announcing a lecture series for congressional staffers designed to educate them about the enormous potential that nanotechnology holds and the challenges that must be overcome to fully realize that promise.Nanotechnology allows the creation of new products and processes through the manipulation of … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

U.S. Senate Approves Wyden-Grassley Plan to Get Rid of Secret Holds; Provision Now Goes to Conference Committee

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate last night approved a critical ethics and reform bill, S.1 that includes a provision authored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to prohibit a single Senator from blocking legislation or a nominee without revealing his or her identity.Wyden and Grassley have worked for more than a decade to end the practice of secret holds. Their amendment requiring a Senator who places a hold to make it public within three days was included in the … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Intelligence Authorization Bill Clears Committee

Washington, D.C. - After two years of the Senate failing to pass an Intelligence Authorization bill, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today approved the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a senior member of the Committee, lauded the agreed-upon legislation as "vital to fortifying the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities." "Passage of this legislation is proof positive that Congress can improve accountability in the intelligence … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden Applauds Chairman's Decision to Formally Ask for Review of Possible Hardwood Plywood Abuses

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon applauded Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus' decision to formally request that the International Trade Commission (ITC) conduct a review of the U.S. hardwood plywood and wood flooring industry. Nearly 2,000 Oregonians work in the hardwood plywood industry."I applaud Chairman Baucus' decision to request an International Trade Commission study to investigate unfair Chinese trade practices that are hurting U.S. hardwood plywood … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Renewed Hope for Salmon Fisherman Aid

Washington, DC - To aid Oregon fishermen impacted by last year's restricted salmon fishing season, U.S. Senators Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are pushing for $60.4 million in disaster assistance for West Coast salmon fishermen to be included in an emergency spending bill the Senate is drafting."Last year's closure was devastating to Oregon's salmon fishermen," Smith said. "We will do everything we can to secure this long-awaited funding. Struggling fishermen and businesses … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden, Feingold: Put Money Where the Reform Is When it Comes to Health Care

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), both members of the Budget Committee, today offered an amendment during consideration of the 2008 budget to create a reserve fund to cover different types of health reform that may be approved during the congressional session."There are a wide variety of views about what's needed to fix health care. I have a plan - the Healthy Americans Act - that would provide every American with affordable, private health care … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden Lauds Passage of County Payments Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted in favor of his multi-year proposal to restore funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act. The Wyden-Reid-Baucus-Bingaman Amendment, which is now included in the 2007 Emergency Supplement Appropriations bill, passed the Senate by a vote of 75 to 22. "Thanks to the wise action of the U.S. Senate today, rural communities across the country can rest a … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden Statement on the President'sSurge Force Plan for Iraq

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement in response to President Bush's remarks on the war in Iraq: "I am not convinced that overstretching our military further is going to produce success in Iraq, and I oppose the President's plan."When it comes to ending the violence in Iraq, only the Iraqis can make the tough choices necessary to stop the civil war. The Iraqis won't make these tough … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden: Health Care Change Must Come at Federal Level

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced legislation that would give every American the same kind of coverage that Members of Congress receive for the same amount being spent on health care today.Under the legislation, all Americans - including the 46 million uninsured - would be covered by health care insurance for no more than is spent today. The legislation also contains tough cost containment and according to the influential … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

White House Budget Stiffs Rural Schools and Communities

Washington, DC. - The Administration today released its FY2008 budget plan, which slashes funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Funding for the successful program-most commonly known as the "county payments" law-was allowed to expire in September 2006, thus forcing rural communities to examine school and law enforcement lay-offs, library closures and other cut backs necessarily to balance their budgets. The President's budget recommends more than a 50% … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Oregon National Guard to be Reimbursed for Assisting with Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

WASHINGTON, DC-The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced a grant to the state of Louisiana for approximately $2.7 million to cover the costs of reimbursing the Oregon National Guard (ONG) for services provided in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The state of Louisiana must now reimburse the ONG for this amount. The funds are expected to be transferred to the ONG this week.Oregon's entire congressional delegation sent a letter to FEMA Acting Director R. David … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden Applauds U.S. Trade Rep's Decision to Challenge Chinese Subsidies Hurting US Hardwood Plywood Industry

Washington, D.C. - Noting that approximately 70 percent of North America's hardwood plywood is manufactured by companies headquartered in Oregon, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today applauded the decision by U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab to file a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against China over prohibited subsidies that adversely affect the US hardwood plywood industry. Nearly 2,000 Oregonians work in the hardwood plywood industry. In separate letters in … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden Proposes Historic New Health Care Plan;Effort Has Business and Labor Support

Washington, D.C. - Following 60 years of gridlock on a desperately-needed overhaul of the nation's health care system, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Finance Committee, today unveiled a groundbreaking new proposal to provide affordable, high quality, private health coverage for everyone regardless of where they work or live.The plan, known as the Healthy Americans Act:-- guarantees private health care coverage that cannot be taken away for all Americans;-- provides benefits for all … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Oregon Senators Press for County Payments

Washington, D.C. - As the White House prepares to issue its yearly budget request to Congress, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) today asked the Administration to include funding for an extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000, commonly known as the county payments law.The letter, addressed to the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Rob Portman, detailed the severity of the situation facing Oregon's rural … Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

Wyden's Talks with Reid, Baucus and Bingaman Yield Multi-Year County Payments Fix

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) joined U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today in announcing a multi-year proposal to restore funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, commonly known as the county payments law. The proposalwhich includes about $5 billion for rural schools, counties and communities through 2012is being offered for bipartisan consideration by Reid, Wyden and U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), the … Continue Reading

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