Press Releases

June 25, 2018

Wyden Praises Increased Funds for Rural Health Care Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today's announcement of increased federal funding for the Rural Health Care Program will help to meet the growing demand for telehealth services in rural parts of Oregon and nationwide. Wyden said he's heard firsthand in town halls and meetings with medical providers throughout Oregon how badly needed today's FCC action to lift the decades-old $400 million cap is to improving telecommunications and broadband services for rural health care providers. … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Wyden Announces “First Amendment” Schedule for Fourth of July Work Period

Portland - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will highlight the First Amendment's freedoms of speech, religion, press and assembly during the upcoming Fourth of July congressional work period in Oregon from June 29-July 5. "The Founding Fathers knew the First Amendment's freedoms were core to our country and to creating the values that have made America a destination for all who hunger to be free of fear and liberated to pursue their dreams," Wyden said. "As the son of a reporter, I learned early on about … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Wyden Hosts 900th Town Hall Next Week

Portland - Senator Ron Wyden will hold his 900th Oregon town hall on Monday, July 2 in Lane County, returning to the city of Eugene where he attended law school and began his public service advocating on behalf of seniors. The noon town hall will be at the Roosevelt Middle School cafeteria (500 E 24th Ave. in Eugene). Wyden wanted to hold his 900th town hall in Eugene because he attended the University of Oregon Law School. "I promised Oregonians when I was elected that I would hold annual … Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Wyden Cheers Supreme Court Decision on Warrantless Government Searches of Americans’ Location Records

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded the Supreme Court's ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, that requires the government to obtain a warrant before searching Americans' historical location records: "Today's ruling strikes a blow against the creeping expansion of government intrusion into the most personal parts of Americans' lives. The court's recognition that digital devices can generate 'near-perfect surveillance' of a person's private life is a validation … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018

Finance Democrats Demand Plan to Reunite Children Separated from Their Parents at the Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, led Finance Committee Democrats today in demanding to know how the Trump administration is ensuring the safety of children separated from their parents under Trump's zero-tolerance policy and how the administration plans to reunify children and families. In a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, the senators noted that many of the children separated from their families … Continue Reading

June 20, 2018

Oregon Lawmakers Demand Sessions and Nielsen Reverse Zero Tolerance Policy

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader today demanded Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen immediately reverse the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy that's left asylum seekers dumped in federal prisons. The Oregon lawmakers said their letter follows a troubling meeting Saturday, June 16 with many of the 123 asylum seekers held at the Federal Correctional Institution … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Following Wyden’s Investigation, Verizon Pledges to End Contracts With Companies that Sell Americans’ Location

UPDATE - Following news reports that Verizon would end its contracts with major location aggregators, AT&T announced it would follow suit. Please see Sen. Wyden's latest statement on twitter: While @Verizon & @ATT have now pledged to stop selling customer location data to shady middlemen, @TMobile & @sprint seem content to keep selling customers' private information, Americans' privacy be damned. - Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) June 19, 2018 Washington, D.C. - Following an … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Wyden Votes No on Defense Authorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act: "After Republicans in Congress spent almost $2 trillion in tax breaks that are overwhelmingly skewed to multinational corporations, they're now pushing through legislation that green-lights billions more for open-ended military commitments," Wyden said. "While I applaud the Senate's rejection of Donald Trump's ZTE giveaway and I support pay raises for … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Warn Secretary Zinke Not to Skirt Environmental Laws with Plan to Drill in Arctic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined 28 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Zinke in response to the Department of the Interior's notice it will begin an Environmental Impact Statement for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The letter, sent in response to Interior's plan to move forward with drilling, demands that any actions taken in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be in full compliance with environmental laws in order to … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Merkley, Wyden Join New Legislation To Provide A Better Deal For Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today joined their colleagues in the Senate and House to introduce the Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act, legislation that would strengthen workers' freedom to join unions and negotiate collectively to win better pay and conditions; stiffen penalties on corporations; protect workers' right to strike; streamline procedures to secure worker freedoms; and protect the integrity of union elections. "When workers get together to … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Wyden Applauds Step Forward for His Soil Health Provision in Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded a step forward for a provision he secured in the Senate Farm Bill that would improve soil health and crop resilience and address climate change. Wyden's provision would establish a pilot project for farmers across the country to implement advanced farming practices to capture carbon in soil. These farming practices have been shown to improve soil health and crop resilience while lowering the amount of carbon in the … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Legislation to Legalize Hemp Moves Forward in Senate Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced their bipartisan legislation to legalize hemp passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today as part of the Senate Farm Bill. Wyden worked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to ensure their bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was included in legislation released last week. Wyden, Merkley and McConnell introduced the bill in April with Rand Paul, R-Ky. The bill now has the support of another 25 senators. "Lifting … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Wyden, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, Murray and Warren Introduce Bill to Secure Elections

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., today introduced legislation to require state and local governments to take basic steps to secure elections from hackers, and ensure every American's vote counts. The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2018 requires paper ballots and statistically rigorous "risk-limiting" audits for all federal … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Oregon Congressional Delegation Presses ICE on Rights of Immigrant Detainees at Federal Prison in Oregon

PORTLAND, OR - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with House members Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, on Monday demanded that the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immediately allow individuals being held at a federal prison in Sheridan, Ore., under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy" to access legal services through free phone calls. "We are deeply concerned by reports that [Bureau of … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Wyden Presses FERC: Trump Administration’s Coal Bailout Will Raise Americans’ Utility Rates

Washington, D.C. - Following questioning from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a Trump-appointed commissioner from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today testified the Trump administration's scheme to prop up uncompetitive coal plants would raise utility rates for American families. At a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, FERC commissioner Richard Glick told Wyden the administration's effort would "clearly" raise utility rates for American … Continue Reading

June 11, 2018

Merkley, Wyden Announce Expanded Collaborative Forest Investment in the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the 2018 Farm Bill proposed by the Senate doubles the size of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) and extends it through 2023. This critical program, which helps fund collaborative and community-based forest management, has a proven track record of improving forest health, reducing wildfire risk, and supporting rural communities. In May, Merkley and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) led a … Continue Reading

June 11, 2018

Merkley, Wyden Announce Mass Wood Products Provisions Included in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that most provisions in the Timber Innovation Act are included in the 2018 Farm Bill proposed by the Senate, supporting the development of mass timber products for building construction. In May, Merkley co-led a letter with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) which urged the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to include the Timber Innovation Act in the 2018 Farm Bill. Other cosigners included Sens. Wyden, … Continue Reading

June 08, 2018

Wyden Introduces Bill to End Trump Administration’s Cruel Policy of Separating Families at the Border

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined 31 of his Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. "Children and their parents seeking asylum and safety in the United States should not have to live in fear that they will be forcibly separated once they reach the border," Wyden said. "This bill will put an end to the Trump … Continue Reading

June 08, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Call on Speaker Ryan to Hold House Vote on Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined their Democratic colleagues in the Senate in urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on the Senate resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) disastrous decision to repeal the agency's net neutrality rules. "Without these protections, broadband providers can decide what content gets through to consumers at what speeds and could use this power to discriminate against their competitors … Continue Reading

June 08, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Secure Provision to Legalize Hemp in Senate Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he and Sen. Jeff Merkley secured a provision in the Senate Farm Bill to legalize industrial hemp. Wyden worked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to ensure their bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was included in legislation released today. The Senate Agriculture Committee will officially consider the legislation on Wednesday, June 13. In April, Wyden, Merkley and McConnell introduced the bill with Rand Paul, R-Ky. The … Continue Reading

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