Press Releases

February 07, 2019

Wyden, Rubio ask Homeland Security to Investigate National Security Risks of Foreign VPN Apps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., today requested the Department of Homeland Security conduct a threat assessment of the national security risks stemming from foreign virtual private network (VPN) apps. VPN providers route web traffic through their own servers, usually to provide extra privacy or security for users, or to save on data use. In a letter to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs, Wyden and Rubio … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Wyden, Senators Press Power-5 Conferences to Toughen Sexual Assault Policies

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden today led colleagues in asking the commissioners of the Pac-12, ACC, SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 conferences to take serious and meaningful steps to address the misconduct and sexual violence within their athletics programs. In addition to Wyden, the letter to the commissioners of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Power 5 conferences was signed by Senators Patty Murray, Jeff Merkley, Maggie Hassan, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Wyden and Harris Lead Colleagues in Reintroduction of Legislation to Improve Resettlement Process for Unaccompanied Children, Protect Sponsors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), re-introduced the Families Not Facilities Act, legislation that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information gathered in the process of … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Press Power-5 Conferences to Toughen Sexual Assault Policies

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today asked the commissioners of the Pac-12, ACC, SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 conferences to take serious and meaningful steps to address the misconduct and sexual violence within their athletics programs. In addition to Wyden and Merkley, the letter to the commissioners of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Power 5 conferences was signed by Senators Patty Murray, Maggie Hassan, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith and … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Millions of Dollars for Oregon in Fight Against Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $3 million in Continuum of Care grants across the state, providing resources to help house and provide supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. "As communities in Oregon face their biggest housing affordability crises in decades, with rents dramatically outpacing incomes, we must do everything we can to make sure families have the supportive services they need," … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Wyden Response to Trump’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on Donald Trump's State of the Union Address: "It was stunning to hear a President plead with Congress to set aside its constitutional duty to conduct vigorous oversight. I walked out tonight reflecting on the sacred American principle that no one is above the law. The state of the union is clear: Donald Trump is steering America in the wrong … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Slam Trump Administration for its Unprecedented Use of Active Duty Troops on Southern U.S. Border

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have joined colleagues in sending a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sharply criticizing the Trump administration's newly-extended deployment of thousands of active duty servicemembers to the southern U.S. border. The senators demanded a rationale for the latest deployment extension-answers that are even more pressing as the administration announced on Sunday it will deploy more troops to the border. "With … Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Wyden Joins Bipartisan Effort For Timely DoD Audit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined 25 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan requesting his commitment to timely completion of a full audit of the Department of Defense (DoD) in FY2019. "We commend Mr. Norquist and the Department of Defense for finishing its first-ever complete audit required by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990. This was a critical first step to bring greater transparency and … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Wyden, Tester Reintroduce Bill Targeting “Dark Money” in Politics

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jon Tester today reintroduced the Spotlight Act, a bill to shine a light on dark money political donors and hold the Trump Administration accountable to enforce our nation's campaign finance laws. "The Trump Administration's pro-dark money rule allows foreign powers and special interests to spread their influence even deeper into our democracy, so it's got to go before the next election," said Wyden, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Close Gender Wage Gap

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today joined their colleagues in introducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. "Equal pay isn't just an issue of fairness, it's also about economic security for working families," Merkley said. "It's simply outrageous that a giant pay gap still exists. We need to get serious about our … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, Crapo, Risch, Manchin, Murkowski Urge Feds to Deliver SRS Payments ASAP

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski today urged federal officials to deliver Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments as quickly as possible in the aftermath of the government shutdown. In their bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt, the senators said rural residents in their states are concerned … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Announce Central Oregon Non-Profit to Get $1.1 Million Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Heart of Oregon Corps, Inc. in Bend will receive a $1.1 million federal grant to help at-risk students with education and training. The U.S. Department of Labor grant will go toward the central Oregon non-profit’s YouthBuild program. YouthBuild uses pre-apprenticeships to help young people considered at risk complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn industry-recognized credentials … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Call for Investigation into Conditions of Migrant Children Detained at Southern Border

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley recently joined 20 of their Democratic colleagues in calling on the federal Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Comptroller General to investigate conditions of children detained by the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP), following the death of two migrant children at the Southern border last year. "We believe it is imperative that your office open an investigation not only into the circumstances of these two … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Wyden, Blumenauer Urge Regulators to Help Oregon Craft Beverage Industry in Shutdown Aftermath

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer today pressed federal regulators to turn their attention immediately to processing applications from Oregon's craft brewers, vintners, cider makers, and distillers. In their letter to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the Oregon lawmakers noted that the 35-day partial government shutdown halted TTB's processing of vital applications, generating a backlog of applications for these job-creating … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Wyden, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined a bipartisan letter with 28 of his colleagues to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Trump administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These workers need to know now when they will … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Foreign Countries that Help Alleged Criminals Escape Accountability in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today introduced two new pieces of legislation that would impose significant consequences on foreign consulates that help their citizens escape legal accountability within the U.S. Merkley and Wyden's legislation follows investigative reporting by the Oregonian that found Saudi consular officials within the U.S. helped Abdulrahmeen Sameer Noorah, a Saudi national, escape the U.S. soon before his trial. Noorah was charged with … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Wyden Introduces Bill to Help Federal Workers During Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced legislation that would ensure federal employees can have access to money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) without penalty during the government shutdown. The Emergency Relief for Federal Workers Act of 2019 would waive penalties and contribution prohibitions as a result of financial hardship during the shutdown. "This Trump shutdown was wrong from the get-go, and the hundreds of thousands of workers going without paychecks shouldn't … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Wyden, Crapo Lead Bipartisan Bill to Make Rail Investment Tax Credit Permanent

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today introduced the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, which would make permanent a critical tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line and regional railroads in Oregon and nationwide. "Short line and regional railroads provide an essential economic link for small manufacturers and communities in Oregon and across the nation," said Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Senators Call on FCC and FTC to Investigate How Wireless Carriers Sold American’s Mobile Phone Locations To Data Brokers, Bounty Hunters and Shady Middlemen

Washington, D.C. -A group of 15 senators today called on the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission to investigate how wireless carriers allowed third parties - including data brokers and bounty hunters - to track Americans' cell phones without consent. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Amy … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Oregon Members Call for Unemployment Insurance for All Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Kurt Schrader, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, and Peter DeFazio, sent a letter today to the Department of Labor asking to make clear that federal employees deemed "essential" or "excepted" may be eligible for unemployment insurance. The Members wrote: "The 2013 Employment and Training Administration (ETA) guidance memo […] states that 'essential' or 'excepted' federal workers may be ineligible … 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 Page 182 Page 183 Page 184 Page 185 Page 186 Page 187 Page 188 Page 189 Page 190 Page 191 Page 192 Page 193 Page 194 Page 195 Page 196 Page 197 Page 198 Page 199 Page 200 Page 201 Page 202 Page 203 Page 204 Page 205 Page 206 Page 207 Page 208 Page 209 Page 210 Page 211 Page 212 Page 213 Page 214 Page 215 Page 216 Page 217 Page 218 Page 219 Page 220 Page 221 Page 222 Page 223 Page 224 Page 225 Page 226 Page 227 Page 228 Page 229 Page 230 Page 231
Showing page   of 231