Press Releases

October 20, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Announce Nearly $2 Million to Build Addition to Vets Home

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to improve the quality of life for Oregon veterans, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced that the State Veterans Home in The Dalles will receive a $1.9 million Federal grant to construct an addition to the facility. The veterans home currently operates without a common room that can accommodate all of the residents, and the federal grant will be put toward constructing a facility to accommodate large gatherings of residents … Continue Reading


October 15, 2010

Wyden Statement on USTR Investigation into Chinese Trade Violations

Washington, D.C. - In response to today's announcement from the United States Trade Representative that the U.S. has opened an investigation into possible Chinese violations of trade agreements regarding green technology, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) - chair of the Finance Committee's subcommittee on International Trade - released the following statement: "China's willingness to subvert international trade agreements is becoming clearer and poses a serious risk to U.S. and global trading … Continue Reading


October 15, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Praise $13.5 Million Grant to Restore Coos Bay Rail Line and Create Jobs in Southwest Oregon

Portland, OR - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley issued the following statements Friday following the announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Port of Coos Bay with a $13.5 million grant to fully repair the Coos Bay rail line. "Rebuilding the Coos Bay Rail Line will help rebuild the economy in every community it touches. When CORP said this rail line and this community were worth nothing more than scrap metal, we said no. I'm proud to have led the … Continue Reading


October 14, 2010

Wyden Calls on BPA, PacifiCorp to Aid Facebook Expansion and Economic Development in Central Oregon

Portland, OR - Looking to create jobs and expand economic development in Central Oregon, Senator Ron Wyden today urged the Bonneville Power Administration and PacifiCorp to ensure that Facebook has the power it needs to expand its new facility in Prineville. "Facebook's decision to locate a server facility in Prineville is one of the bright spots in the Central Oregon economy and a harbinger of more construction and high-tech jobs to come," Wyden said. "Now, Facebook's effort to triple its … Continue Reading


October 13, 2010

CONGRESS URGES PRESIDENT’S DEFICIT REDUCTION COMMISSION TO LOOK TO CUTS IN THE PENTAGON’S BUDGET FOR SOLUTIONS

Washington, D.C. - As the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform reviews ways to address America's national debt crisis, Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA), Ron Paul (R-TX), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have brought together a large group of representatives and senators to call for a specific solution. In a letter sent Wednesday to members of the Commission, they call on the Commission to look closely at excessive defense spending in an effort to reduce the Federal deficit … Continue Reading


October 08, 2010

Wyden Statement on USTR Standing Up For Oregon Lumber Against Unfair Trade Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement today regarding the United States Trade Representative's announcement that it is beginning formal consultations with Canada over a de facto subsidy that British Columbia provides to its lumber producers in violation of the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement. Senator Wyden is the chair of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade. "The flood of subsidized Canadian lumber into the U.S. … Continue Reading


October 06, 2010

Wyden, Inhofe Clinical Trials Bill Signed by President Obama

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Improving Access to Clinical Trials (I-ACT) Act finally allowing patients with rare diseases to participate in clinical drug studies without fear of losing their eligibility for public assistance such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Medicaid. Introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the I-ACT ensures the small amount of financial compensation patients receive to participate in … Continue Reading


October 01, 2010

Wyden, Merkley, Praise DOD Decision to Approve New Wind Farms in Oregon

Washington, DC - After months of working with the Department of Defense (DoD) to strike a balance between domestic energy and national security needs, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) praised the Department's announcement today that it will no longer block the development of eight new wind farms: six in Oregon and two in Washington state. Earlier this year DoD halted new wind farm construction in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington after determining that the … Continue Reading


September 29, 2010

Wyden, Blumenauer, Merkley, Schrader Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Rein in Secretive War Contracting Process

Washington, DC - Today, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader introduced bipartisan legislation to restore oversight and accountability to the secretive war contracting process. The push comes in the wake of revelations that war contractor KBR, which allegedly exposed Oregon National Guardsmen to a cancer-causing chemical in Iraq, secured a secret clause in its contract with the Army that may put taxpayers on the hook for damages. "Our government … Continue Reading


September 29, 2010

Wyden to Extend Tax Credit on Renewable Fuel Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - As the first of the nation's mass market electric vehicles are set to debut at the end of this year, the tax credit that helps businesses and residents afford the cost of constructing alternative-fuel refueling infrastructure will expire. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to extend and improve the tax credit on the refueling infrastructure the motor vehicle industry needs for alternative fuel vehicles to succeed. "Whether you're plugging … Continue Reading


September 28, 2010

Bill to Give Cong. Gold Medal to ‘Go For Broke’ Veterans Ready for President’s Signature

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to recognize and honor World War II veterans for their service and sacrifice, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that Nisei veterans from the "Go For Broke" regiment will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal - the highest civilian honor available in this country - once the President signs a recently passed bill. The legislation cleared the final Congressional hurdle last week, passing the House of Representatives after having been unanimously … Continue Reading


September 21, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Announce over $7 million in Recovery Act Funding to Improve Water System in Sutherlin

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $7 million to improve the water system in Sutherlin, Oregon. The Recovery Act funding will go toward improving the health, sanitation and infrastructure of the water system, and help protect the local environment from contamination. "This funding is an investment in rural America that will improve water system infrastructure and give folks in … Continue Reading


September 17, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Urge Servicemembers To Collect Stop Loss Pay Before Deadline

Washington, D.C. - Making sure that Oregon servicemembers receive the Stop Loss Special Pay they are owed for service between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) encouraged veterans and current servicemembers to apply for the benefits before they are no longer available to them. The Department of Defense estimates that 145,400 personnel are eligible nationwide, although only 58,000 claims have been paid to this point. The … Continue Reading


September 17, 2010

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $1.7 Million to Enhance Production of Specialty Crops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Oregon Department of Agriculture will receive $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the production and sale of specialty crops. Oregon ranks fifth in the nation in production of specialty crops, which include blueberries, cranberries, cherries, hazelnuts, onions, pears, potatoes, and raspberries, as well as other fruits and vegetables, grass seed, and nursery crops, … Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Announce $28 Million in Oregon Projects in Defense Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to provide Oregon servicemembers, National Guard members and reservists with the equipment and services they need while serving in combat and particularly when they transition back to civilian life, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have announced more than $28 million in funding as part of the defense appropriations bill. The bill has been agreed to by the Appropriations Committee and will head to the Senate floor for full … Continue Reading


September 15, 2010

Wyden, Crapo Bill Will Level Playing Field for Geothermal Energy Investment

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to increase energy production from renewable sources, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), introduced the Geothermal Energy Investment Act of 2010 to increase investment in geothermal power facilities and technologies and give producers the ability to compete with other renewable energy resources, like solar, on an equitable basis. The legislation amends an existing tax credit to bring geothermal power more on par with other renewable … Continue Reading


September 10, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Announce $4 million for Innovation in Wave Energy Technology

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to accelerate development of wave energy technology in Oregon, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have announced that Oregon will receive more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for wave energy technology. The funding will speed up projects to design and implement technologies that generate clean, renewable electricity from Oregon's rivers and coast. "The ocean off Oregon's coast offers enormous potential for … Continue Reading


September 09, 2010

Wyden Credits Internet Tax Freedom with Oregon E-Commerce Boom, Commits to Kill New Internet Taxes

Medford, Or - Standing with owners of ten Southern Oregon E-commerce retail companies, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said keeping the Internet tax free is important to job creation and he will oppose legislation that would force online sellers to collect sales taxes. "One of Southern Oregon's best kept secrets is that E-Commerce has become a major economic force and job creator in the Rogue Valley," Wyden said. "Forcing these companies to become tax collectors amounts to bureaucratic water … Continue Reading


September 09, 2010

Wyden Statement on Steelworkers Petition Against Unfair Chinese Trade Practices

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chair of the U.S. Senate Finance subcommittee on International Trade, issued the following statement regarding the filing of a petition by the United Steelworkers arguing that the Chinese government unfairly subsidizes domestic clean energy technology in violation of World Trade Organization rules: "The adoption of clean energy technology provides the opportunity for the United States to be energy independent and support millions of … Continue Reading


September 07, 2010

President’s Tax Reform Commission Makes Case for Tax Simplification and Reform

Washington, D.C. - Pointing to the billions of hours and billions of dollars U.S. taxpayers spend each year on tax compliance, the newly issued report by the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker makes a compelling case for simplifying the U.S. Tax Code to ease the compliance burden on workers, families and businesses. Among the dozens of ideas described in the report for simplifying and improving the Tax Code are many of the key … Continue Reading

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