Press Releases

October 02, 2018

Senate Passes Wyden, Merkley Bill to Strengthen National Earthquake Resilience Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that the Senate's passage last week of a bipartisan bill they co-sponsored to improve the nation's earthquake preparedness will help Oregon prepare for and respond to earthquakes. "Scientists warn that it is a question of when, not if, Oregon will be struck by a large earthquake," Wyden said. "The best thing to do now is to be prepared with a coordinated plan to minimize the potential devastation to people and property. This … Continue Reading

October 01, 2018

Wyden Statement on FAA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden issued the following statement in response to today's procedural vote in the Senate on re-authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration: "I am proud to have secured key provisions in this bill that support Oregon's small airports, provides funding certainty for Air Traffic Control, and continues support for our state's job-creating unmanned aerial systems test ranges in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs," Wyden said. "However, while these … Continue Reading

September 28, 2018

Wyden Statement on FBI Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement today about an FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh: "An FBI investigation of the multiple sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh is the absolute minimum needed to vet a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court," Wyden said. "The Senate has no duty more important than providing advice and consent on Supreme Court nominations, and the American people expect the two parties to work … Continue Reading

September 28, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce LWCF Grants in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that 11 local and state park projects in Oregon received nearly $2.9 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants this week. "These resources for Oregon parks prove once again the tremendous value that the Land and Water Conservation Fund has long provided across our state and country," Wyden said. "These investments allow children and families to enjoy the outdoors right in their neighborhoods, and I will … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Wyden Statement on Testimony by Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., applauded Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, and highlighted new concerns about Brett Kavanaugh's fitness in a statement issued today: "Dr. Ford's brave testimony today gave hope to survivors everywhere. I cannot imagine a more compelling witness," Wyden said. "I believe Dr. Ford. On the other hand, Brett Kavanaugh's testimony demonstrated he lacks both the judgment and the temperament Americans expect from a Supreme Court Justice. The … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Wyden, Merkley, Governor Brown Seek Federal Assistance for Oregon Farms and Ranches Hurt by Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined with Gov. Kate Brown this week to ask federal officials to help north central Oregon farmers and ranchers continue their wildfire recovery efforts by allowing them increased opportunities for emergency haying and grazing. In their letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the Oregon senators joined with the governor to ask that the Agriculture Department allow emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce Funds for Sagebrush Program

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced restored funding for a program that puts inmates to work producing sagebrush plants that help restore sage grouse habitat after wildfires. The announcement by the Oregon senators of $600,000 in funding for the Sagebrush in Prisons Project follows their requests for the Interior Department to support the longstanding, successful program. "This program consistently demonstrates multiple benefits -- restoring fragile sagebrush … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce Oregon Coastal Fisheries Receive Federal Disaster Aid Declaration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that federal officials have determined the Klamath River fall Chinook salmon fisheries in Oregon and California qualified as disasters in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Oregon senators noted that the disaster determination by the Commerce Department is a significant development because it opens up the opportunity for federal disaster aid from the National Marine Fisheries Service in the 2018 omnibus spending bill that … Continue Reading

September 26, 2018

Wyden, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Help Human Trafficking Survivors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a bill that would exempt civil damages, restitution, and other monetary awards given to human trafficking survivors from federal income taxes. The bipartisan Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act of 2018 would fix a provision in the Internal Revenue Code that considers civil damages awarded to human trafficking victims as taxable income. Wyden said survivors should be able to file their taxes without … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Congress Clears Wyden Bill to Help Oregonians Get Lower Drug Prices at the Pharmacy Counter

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded congressional passage of a bill that cracks down on pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices restricting consumers' ability to get the lowest possible price on their prescriptions. The bill, called the "Know the Lowest Price Act," cleared the House of Representatives and now goes to the president's desk for signature. "I'm glad Oregonians will be able to find out if they can get a better deal on their prescriptions," Wyden … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Wyden Co-sponsors Student Mental Health Bills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation that would provide more mental health screening and services for students in Oregon and nationwide. Wyden said the bill would authorize $200 million for a federal Health and Human Services program to give much-needed support to state and local education agencies working to bolster mental health for students. "Providing help in schools for students facing undiagnosed mental health challenges is a must to … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Wyden Targets “Dark Money” in New Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced legislation that would overturn the U.S. Treasury Department's controversial new decision that allows "dark money" groups to hide the identities of their major donors from law enforcement officials. Wyden and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution, an expedited legislative tool that can force a Senate vote on the issue. "This measure reverses course on an undemocratic Trump agenda to empower shadowy … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce $7 Million for Oregon Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that 25 community health centers throughout Oregon will get more than $7 million in federal resources to expand access to treatment for substance use and mental health treatment. "Oregonians battling substance use and mental health challenges need access to quality care throughout our state," Wyden said. "This federal support provides essential help for Oregon clinics to bolster that care for patients and provide their … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

Merkley, Wyden Announce Investments in Health Care, Education in Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced key provisions in education and health care in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bill that will help Oregon communities. The bill passed the full Senate on Tuesday and is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives next week. "This bill provides important support for Oregonians' priorities, including women's health, career training, and Community Development Block Grants for rural … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

Wyden Urges Hops Protections Stay in Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today asked key congressional leaders to maintain provisions in the Farm Bill that support key protections against diseases threatening hops production in Oregon and nationwide. Wyden and three other senators wrote leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture committees that their request comes as the U.S. hops industry faces the costly problem of crop diseases like powdery mildew and downy mildew. "This threat means the signature hop used in a very … Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

Wyden Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded Senate passage of a package of 70 bipartisan bills to tackle the nation's growing opioid crisis, including bills Wyden led through the Senate Finance Committee, where he is the ranking Democrat. "As the opioid epidemic continues to reach further into the hearts of communities and families in Oregon and across the country, this legislation represents an important step towards alleviating the devastation left behind by this … Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Seek Bilingual Wildfire Training Manuals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged federal officials to publish training materials in Spanish as well as English for wildfire crews battling dangerous blazes in Oregon and the West. The letter from Wyden and Merkley as well as California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris follows a disturbing report that the National Wildfire Coordinating Group no longer publishes training materials in Spanish for wildland fire crews risking their lives in steep and … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Condemn DeVos Proposal to End Student Protections from Predatory Career Training Programs

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged Secretary Betsy DeVos to reverse her decision to rescind student protections from predatory career training programs. "The Department's proposal will weaken higher education accountability at a time when more and more students are taking out substantial levels of student debt but are unable to find good-paying jobs to pay back their loans," the senators wrote in a letter this week. "Career training programs that cannot … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

Wyden Raises Concerns over ICE Plans to Reopen Closed Deportation Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden expressed concerns about reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intends to re-open 350,000 deportation cases that are currently closed, in a letter with 17 other senators released today. "In the past, immigration judges and the BIA have used administrative closure for a number of reasons," the senators wrote in their letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "Administrative closure helped overburdened immigration judges … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce More Than $2.7 Million for Oregon airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced more than $2.7 million in federal transportation grants for Oregon airports in Lakeview, Florence, The Dalles, Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, Independence, McMinnville, Salem, Mulino and Scappoose. "Infrastructure investment, like these grants, is essential for secure and reliable Oregon airports throughout our state," Wyden said. "These transportation resources help to maintain quality of life for Oregonians living and … Continue Reading

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