Press Releases

April 21, 2020

Trump Administration Responds to Wyden’s and Casey’s Call to Publicly Release Names of Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, secured a commitment by the Trump Administration to publicly release the names of nursing homes across the country that have cases of COVID-19. This decision follows a letter sent earlier this month from the Senators urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Bonamici, DeFazio Push for FEMA Disaster Plans Amid Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - As the 2020 wildfire season rapidly approaches, Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1), Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4), and 78 of their congressional colleagues, are demanding that the Trump administration outline disaster preparation and recovery plans for a variety of potential disasters that may occur while the nation simultaneously addresses the coronavirus pandemic. In their letter urging Federal Emergency … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

In Midst of COVID-19 Crisis, Wyden, Crapo, Merkley, Risch, Colleagues Call for Financial Security for Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and James Risch, R-Idaho, today led a bipartisan group of 23 other senators on a letter calling for the Senate to finally provide much-needed financial certainty during the COVID-19 crisis for rural communities to ensure long-term funding needed for essential services. In a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the senators … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Three Natural Resources Projects in Oregon Earn $7.3 Million in Federal Support

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that the federal Agriculture Department will invest a combined $7.3 million in three natural resources projects in Oregon. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funds from the department's Natural Resources Service will go in Oregon to the Lower John Day Canyons Restoration Initiative, South Fork John Day Watershed Restoration and Polk County Oak Habitat Restoration projects. "This trio of Oregon projects taps … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Advocate for Dedicated and Flexible Emergency Funding for Tribal, State, and Local Governments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 31 of their colleagues, are advocating for state, local, and tribal governments to receive dedicated, flexible funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. Their letter comes amid uncertainty among tribal, state, and local government officials in Oregon-and across America-regarding their financial stability as they work to respond to the coronavirus crisis. "On behalf of our state, local, and tribal … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Wyden Presses Trump Administration on the Health and Safety of Incarcerated People, Employees at Sheridan Prison

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) demanded answers on steps the bureau is taking to protect federal prison facilities, and specifically the federal correctional institution in Sheridan, Oregon (FCI Sheridan). "My office has received numerous alarming reports from employees and family members of inmates at FCI Sheridan, alleging that proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not being followed," Wyden … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon to Get $7.5 Million FEMA Reimbursement Grant for COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon will receive a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement for personal protective equipment bought in response to COVID-19. "Essential workers in Oregon are regularly risking their health during this public health crisis and cannot be sent into this daily battle without protection," Wyden said. "I am glad these resources will help reimburse Oregon for its work to get … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Trump Administration to Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Trump Administration to take action that would help ensure the safety of the nation's food supply and protect essential workers in the food supply chain. "It is vital that we do everything we can to protect food supply workers," Wyden and Merkley wrote in a letter along with more than 30 Senate colleagues. "Breakdowns in the food supply chain could have significant economic … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $7.3 Million in Funding for Corvallis Transit System

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the City of Corvallis will receive over $7.3 million in funding to support its public transportation operations and projects-including coronavirus response efforts. The funding will be allocated to the Corvallis Transit System through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last month. "Public transportation has been vital to communities throughout Oregon … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Welcome Federal Investment in Oregon to Reduce Wildfire Risk, Improve Forest Conditions

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nine federal grants awarded across Oregon that support innovation in the state's wood products industry-creating jobs in rural Oregon, advancing research at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, and reducing wildfire risks and improving forest conditions statewide. The U.S. Forest Service grant program was created by the Timber Innovation Act; Merkley worked with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) to … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Wyden, Cardin, Shaheen & Schumer Press Administration to Provide Taxpayers with Data on How Small Business Relief Funds are Being Distributed

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin, D-Md., U.S Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., a senior member of the Senate Small Business Committee, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., today sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging the administration officials to … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Wyden Presses Navy for Answers About COVID-19 Outbreak & Sailors’ Safety as More Test Positive

Washington, D.C. - With more than 600 USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT sailors testing positive for COVID-19 and outbreaks on four aircraft carriers, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined a group of 19 senators calling on the Navy to protect its personnel and to answer urgent questions about safety protocols to prevent further spread of the virus among others in its fleet. "[T]he Navy must reconsider its current assumption that servicemembers are at low-risk for serious COVID-19 cases after … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Wyden Works to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses Are Not Shut Out From Paycheck Protection Program

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter with 22 Senate colleagues, Wyden also urged the Trump Administration to amend guidance on PPP, to reaffirm lending institutions' obligation to comply with fair lending laws and to require lenders to report on the demographics of any PPP lending. "As we work to … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $42 Million in Funding for Rural Oregon Transit Options

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will receive nearly $42.7 million in funding to support rural public transportation operations and projects-including coronavirus response efforts-in communities throughout the state. The funding will be allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last month. "As we continue to battle the … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $38 Million in Child Care Development Block Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon will receive nearly $38.6 million in Child Care and Development Block Grant funding to help support families' child care needs and child care providers throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The funding, which will be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Feds to Support Oregon Request Helping Homeowners During COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the federal Treasury Department to support a request by Oregon officials that could help Oregonians stay in their homes during the COVID-19 crisis. The senators' letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin deals with the successful implementation of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) by Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) after the 2009 financial crisis. Wyden and Merkley noted that the state's Oregon Homeownership … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Wyden to Introduce Bill to Make Small, Rural Communities Eligible for Relief Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced he will join U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to introduce legislation that would provide $250 billion in stabilization funds geared towards communities with populations under 500,000 that are struggling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Rural communities across Oregon are facing huge health risks and stark economic uncertainty due to COVID-19," Wyden said. "It's critical that these small communities receive the relief … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Announce $140 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Oregon Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon airports will receive more than $140 million to help them respond to the economic fallout from the coronavirus public health crisis. The funding for airports from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act allows them to cover operating expenses that arise from sharp air travel declines and other economic losses in the wake of COVID-19. "The economic impact from this global pandemic has … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Support in Future COVID-19 Legislation for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined a bipartisan group of 38 colleagues requesting that any future legislation to address COVID-19 includes support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Oregon senators' request comes amid reports from service providers that abusers are using COVID-19 to isolate their victims, withhold financial resources, and refuse medical aid; rape crisis centers are seeing increased need for services; and … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Oregon Delegation Demands Trump Administration Provide Data Necessary to Address Health Disparities Amid Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), and Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4), are pushing the Trump administration to monitor and address dangerous health inequities that are disproportionately causing coronavirus-related deaths in minority communities in Oregon and across the country. "We know that communities of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and other currently and … Continue Reading

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