Press Releases

July 26, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Overturn Rule Protecting Dark Money Donors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced legislation that would overturn a new controversial Treasury Department rule exempting nonprofit organizations from disclosing donor information The Spotlight Act would reverse the Treasury Department's decision that allows non-profit organization who engage in political activity to avoid disclosing certain donor information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Spotlight Act also requires these organizations to … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Wyden Pushes to Boost Women-Owned Businesses, Increase Access to Affordable Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today filed two pieces of legislation that would boost opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, and increase access to affordable housing for low-income families. One of Wyden's amendments to the Senate spending bill would require financial institutions to provide data to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on lending to women and minority-owned businesses. That would help close the lending gap … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Praise Eastern Oregon Forest Stewardship

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today encouraged federal officials to build upon the proven job and economic gains from the forest stewardship contract in the Malheur National Forest to create similar successes elsewhere in rural Oregon and nationwide. A long-term stewardship contract lets the government design projects that focus less on short-term economic gains and allows proceeds from timber sold to be reinvested into a healthier landscape. In a letter today to U.S. … Continue Reading

July 23, 2018

Wyden, Merkley announce $14 Million for Five Oregon Airports

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that airports in Hillsboro, Albany, Klamath Falls, Bend and Grants Pass will receive a combined $14.3 million in federal grants for facility improvements and aviation training. "Quality of life throughout Oregon requires secure and reliable movement of products and the people who transport those goods," Wyden said. "These transportation resources will help to provide much-needed safety and dependability improvements for … Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Wyden, Merkley, Brown Make Urgent Request for Federal Emergency Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Gov. Kate Brown today asked federal officials to provide emergency aid for farmers affected by wildland fires raging in Oregon. The letter from Wyden, Merkley and Brown to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue comes as the Substation Fire is engulfing wheat fields in Wasco and Sherman County and nearly 200 lightning-start fires are burning in southern and central Oregon. "This type of fire has not been seen in decades and has done … Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Oppose Trump Administration’s Rollback of Environmental Protections for Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined their Senate colleagues in opposing the Trump administration's proposed rollback of environmental regulations that enhance the safety of offshore drilling operations. In a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Zinke, the senators wrote that administration's proposal would erode key safety and environmental regulations, which require the oil and gas industry to meet minimum standards when drilling. Those essential … Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Wyden Statement on Withdrawal of Ryan Bounds Nomination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden issued the following statement after Senate Republican leadership today withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: "I am gratified that the Senate has come to its senses and that long-time, proven practices of bipartisanship for judicial nominations have prevailed over partisan efforts to force through a deeply flawed and compromised nominee," Wyden said. "I want Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein and the … Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Wyden Co-sponsors Bill to Stop Trump Administration from Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is co-sponsoring legislation that would protect the health and safety of pregnant women and young people in immigration detention. The Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act introduced by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would reinstitute the Obama-era policy that presumed the release of pregnant women and youth from immigration custody. The Trump administration had secretly ended the policy last year before announcing its new policy … Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Wyden, Fischer Introduce Bipartisan Resolutions Honoring Pioneering Women in Computer Science and STEM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., today introduced two resolutions to the Senate, honoring the lifelong dedication of Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, two pioneering women in computer science whose ingenuity led the world into the computing age. "Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper imagined the ways computing could shape our world and played fundamental roles in bringing those dreams to life," Wyden said. "Their impact has too often been overlooked given that … Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Hold Gun Dealers Accountable for Illegal Gun Sales

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he has joined his Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure gun dealers are not engaging in illegal sales and provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with clear enforcement mechanisms. "Gun violence deserves more than just thoughts and prayers, it demands real action by Congress," Wyden said. "This legislation takes a long-overdue critical step in the right direction, holding gun … Continue Reading

July 13, 2018

Wyden, Gardner Ask DOJ to Investigate Cyber Harassment of U.S. Military Families by Russian Intelligence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo. sent a letter earlier this week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the Department of Justice to investigate cyber harassment of U.S. military families by Russian intelligence services. "If substantiated, the claims about APT28 posing as the Cyber Caliphate could be the first public evidence that influence operations have specifically targeted American military families," the senators wrote. "If left unchecked, … Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

Wyden, Durbin, Feinstein, Murray Call for Removal of Office of Refugee Resettlement Director

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, along with Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., today called on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar to remove the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Their letter comes just a day after the administration failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunify children separated from their parents under Trump's inhumane … Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Help Disadvantaged Communities Rebuild Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues in introducing the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act, which would authorize $1 billion in federal funding to help small and disadvantaged communities replace contaminated water infrastructure to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. "Access to safe drinking water is a human right, and public health for all Americans requires … Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

Wyden: Paper Ballots and Audits are Essential to Secure American Elections Against Foreign Hackers

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sounded the alarm about the urgent need for paper ballots to secure American elections against foreign hackers, in testimony at the Senate Rules Committee today. Wyden called on the Senate to pass his Protecting American Votes and Elections Act, which requires paper ballots and effective audits for all federal elections, and has been endorsed by leading cybersecurity experts. View his full testimony here. "At least 44 million Americans - and … Continue Reading

July 09, 2018

Wyden Statement on Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., tonight expressed grave concerns about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:“Tonight the president begins a forced march back to the days when women’s health care choices were made by government,” Wyden said. “There can be no mistaking Trump’s Supreme Court nomination for anything but what it is: a direct attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. American women could lose the right to chart the courses of their own … Continue Reading

July 03, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Workers’ Rights in Wake of Supreme Court Janus Decision

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley last week introduced legislation to guarantee the right for public employees to organize, and bargain collectively in states that currently do not afford these basic protections, in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to weaken the power of labor unions in Janus v. AFSCME. "The Supreme Court's ruling last week marks a dangerous and devastating attack on unions and equality for workers," Wyden said. "The Public Service … Continue Reading

June 29, 2018

Wyden Calls for Plan to Help Oregon Small Businesses Meet New, Complex Tax Requirements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop a plan for small businesses that will be hurt by the recent Supreme Court decision to allow states to collect internet sales taxes. The Court's decision will require Oregon businesses to comply with more than 12,000 state, county and city tax jurisdictions across the United States. Wyden, along with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., asked in a letter to SBA Administrator Linda McMahon … Continue Reading

June 29, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce Americorps for Oregon To Receive $6.8 Million

Washington, D.C. -Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that Oregon organizations will receive more than $6.8 million in funding from the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs. "Americorps volunteers build stronger communities with their service and earn experience for a lifetime," Wyden said. "These programs in Portland, Eugene and Bend exemplify the Americorps spirit, and deserve congratulations for earning these resources that will help … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Wyden Secures Wins for Hemp, Hops and Oregon Farmers in Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced the Senate today passed several measures he fought to include in the Senate Farm Bill, including the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act, as well as several provisions to help hop growers and provide drought relief to Oregon farmers. "Oregon does a lot of things well. What we do best is grow things, whether it's berries in the Willamette Valley, potatoes in Klamath Falls or watermelons in Hermiston," Wyden said. "I fought to ensure this bill … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Wyden, Castro, Van Hollen, Sanders Introduce Measure to Restore Oversight of Federal Facilities

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Joaquin Castro, today were joined by Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to introduce the Restoring Oversight for Members of Congress Act in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Following the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents and housing them in federal facilities across the nation, this legislation allows members of Congress immediate access to federal … Continue Reading

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