Press Releases

January 21, 2015

Wyden Statement on Covering up Torture Report and Panetta Review

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on efforts to cover up the facts about torture by returning the Panetta Review to the CIA and pulling back all copies of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report from the executive branch: "The President has said that he wants to make sure that torture never happens again, so I'm confident he is going to make sure that the full Senate torture report is read by policymakers and officials across the government. … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Supreme Court Reaffirms Federal Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court today reinforced important protections for federal workers who call attention to failures or wrongdoing in the government. The Court ruled in a 7-2 decision in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean that disclosures by federal whistleblowers are protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act unless the disclosure is specifically prohibited by law, not merely prohibited by agency rules. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading

January 20, 2015

Wyden’s Response to the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - "Tonight the President set out a new test for sustained economic growth," Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said. "This Congress will be measured by how much it increases wages for middle-class and all working families and expands opportunities in education and housing. I'm glad the President spent so much of his speech walking us through his ideas for providing opportunity in pay, housing and education and providing help for middle-class and all … Continue Reading

January 16, 2015

Leading Senate Democrats Join Together To Support Consumers, Open Internet For All

WASHINGTON - Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Al Franken (Minn.), and Cory Booker (N.J.) issued a joint comment Friday in response to proposed legislation released by Republican members of Congress. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon vote on updated open Internet rules that will affect millions of Americans, and Republicans recently unveiled proposed legislation intended to preempt the FCC from enacting new net neutrality rules. The Democratic … Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

Wyden Statement on CIA Accountability Board Report on Agency’s Secret Search of U.S. Senate Files

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the CIA Accountability Board's report on the agency's secret search of Senate Intelligence Committee files: "Both the CIA Inspector General and the review board appointed by Director Brennan have now concluded that the CIA's unauthorized search of Senate files was improper. It is incredible that no one at the CIA has been held accountable for this very clear violation of Constitutional principles. Director Brennan … Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

Oregon Receives $22 Million for Important Conservation Efforts

Washington, DC - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today applauded the announcement of funding for six major conservation projects in the state. The six projects - all designed by local partners in Oregon - will receive help from a new program designed to support public-private partnerships and address complex conservation and natural resources projects. These funds will help projects in Oregon aimed at protecting sage grouse, restoring critical wildlife habitats, increasing water quality, improving … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Wyden Amendments to Keystone XL Pipeline Bill to End Taxpayer Subsidy for Tar Sands Cleanup, Reduce Wasted Natural Gas

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced two amendments to a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Wyden's amendments would require foreign oil companies - not taxpayers - to be responsible for cleaning up oil spills and ensure taxpayers receive fair returns for energy produced on public lands, while minimizing environmental impacts. Wyden opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, which poses major environmental concerns, and risks increasing gasoline prices in parts of … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Sens. Wyden, Cornyn, Kirk, Klobuchar Push To Crack Down On Human Traffickers

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which would empower law enforcement to further crack down on human traffickers in communities across the country while bringing about greater restitution and justice for victims. In addition to law enforcement provisions, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act helps victims rebuild their lives by using fines and penalties against … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Wyden Holds Three Town Halls This Weekend

Portland, OR - Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls this weekend in three Oregon counties. Maintaining his commitment to hold town halls each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties, Senator Wyden will hold town halls on Saturday, Jan. 17 in Josephine and Klamath counties. On Sunday, Jan. 18 he will hold a town hall in Lincoln County. "I look forward to all of my annual town halls because Oregonians talk with me directly about their concerns and ask me any question," said Senator Wyden, who … Continue Reading

January 09, 2015

National Championship: The “Big Bet”

WASHINGTON, DC - The national championship game Monday night between Ohio State and Oregon has generated so much talk between the U.S. Senators from Oregon and Ohio that both sides have decided it's time to back it up by putting up "very personal" stakes. Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have settled on a bet with Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman that all parties have pledged to fulfill in public on the Capitol steps. If Oregon beats Ohio State on Jan. 12, Senators Brown … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Wyden and Brown Reintroduce “Gold Star Fathers” Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), today reintroduced the Gold Star Fathers Act, legislation that would extend the same federal hiring preference to fathers that is currently available to mothers of servicemembers killed in action or permanently and totally disabled. Parents whose children are killed in action are referred to as "Gold Star parents" because they traditionally display a Gold Star flag as a symbol for their loss and sacrifice. The federal … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bills to Double Timber Harvest, Protect Oregon’s Treasures And Settle Water Disputes

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley reintroduced two bills today that renew their commitment to pass common-sense solutions for decades-old issues facing rural Oregon: creating new timber jobs, and ending long-running disputes over water supplies. "Oregonians are not going to settle for the status quo stalemate when it comes to timber and natural resources policy, and neither will I," Wyden said. "Rural Oregon communities need jobs, they need certainty and they need … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Roll Back Hemp Restrictions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today introduced legislation that would allow American farmers to grow and profit from industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 would remove federal restrictions on the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp. The bill would remove hemp from the Schedule I controlled substance list under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and would define it as a non-drug so long as it contained less … Continue Reading

December 29, 2014

Wyden Kicks Off New Year With Seven Town Halls

Portland, OR - Continuing his pledge since 1996 to hold a town hall each year in each of Oregon's counties, Senator Ron Wyden will begin the new year with town halls this week in seven counties. Senator Wyden starts his 20th year of holding annual town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties with his 710th town hall in Deschutes County on Jan. 2. He will hold six more town halls through Jan. 5 before traveling to Washington DC later next week for the start of the 114th Congress. "Even with … Continue Reading

December 19, 2014

Wyden: Coal Companies Must Stop Shortchanging Taxpayers

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the Interior Department announcement that it will close loopholes that have allowed mining companies to dodge royalties when federal coal is exported overseas. Wyden called for an investigation of questionable royalty practice in January 2013, after a series of Reuters articles detailed how some companies were using financial arrangements - often selling coal to their own subsidiaries at a low price - to avoid paying full royalties on coal … Continue Reading

December 17, 2014

Wyden Statement on Policy Changes to Open Relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement today, praising President Obama's announcement of new steps to open up relations with the Cuban people: "I applaud the President for today's announcement and for taking these historic steps to normalize relations with Cuba. I have long believed that trade and engagement are liberalizing forces and I look forward to working with my colleagues and with our diplomats to bring about the progress in Cuba that we all want to see. I … Continue Reading

December 16, 2014

Wyden Demands Plan to Address Radioactive Waste Leaks at Hanford

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore., today asked the Energy Department to come up with a plan and a strict timeline to address storage tanks leaking radioactive nuclear waste at the Hanford Site in Southeast Washington. Wyden requested the plan in response to a Government Accountability Office report released today that describes the continuing deterioration of Hanford tanks. The GAO report found that both the older single-shell and newer double-shell tanks at Hanford are continuing to … Continue Reading

December 10, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Secure Provision to Keep Newport Coast Guard Air Facility Open until January 2016

Washington, D.C. - Following their repeated calls to ensure the safety of residents in coastal areas, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today announced the Congress has passed legislation that will keep the U.S. Coast Guard's air facility at Newport open through the coming year. The Oregon lawmakers worked to include language in the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that would keep the Coast Guard's … Continue Reading

December 10, 2014

Wyden: Rural Counties Lose Out After County Payments Left Out Of Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today House Republican leaders rejected Sen. Ron Wyden's efforts to fund and pass county payments for one more year. The decision will leave cash-strapped Oregon counties with little money to fund law-enforcement, schools and roads. "Rural Oregonians deserve better than to have politics put on hold this essential lifeline for funding roads, firefighters and schools," Wyden said. "I will not stop fighting for Oregon's rural counties. I'll be back at it when Congress returns … Continue Reading

December 09, 2014

Wyden: Senate Report Shows CIA Torture Did Not Work and America Should Never Torture Again

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today responded to the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture by the Central Intelligence Agency. "Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a small number of CIA officials decided to listen to the advice of outside contractors who told them that the way to quickly get important information from captured terrorist suspects was by using coercive interrogation techniques that had been developed and used by … Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 Page 149 Page 150 Page 151 Page 152 Page 153 Page 154 Page 155 Page 156 Page 157 Page 158 Page 159 Page 160 Page 161 Page 162 Page 163 Page 164 Page 165 Page 166 Page 167 Page 168 Page 169 Page 170 Page 171 Page 172 Page 173 Page 174 Page 175 Page 176 Page 177 Page 178 Page 179 Page 180 Page 181
Showing page   of 181