Press Releases

April 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Trump Administration to Distribute COVID-19 Relief Funding Swiftly and Fairly to Tribes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on the Trump administration to swiftly and fairly distribute COVID-19 relief funding to Tribes, while providing Tribes with the flexibility they need to address this unprecedented pandemic. In a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney, Wyden and Merkley requested that Treasury reject any … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Wyden Will Hold On-line Oregon Town Hall on April 17

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall hosted by Town Hall Project open to all Oregonians beginning at 10:30 AM PT on Friday, April 17. A two-time winner of Town Hall Project's MVP Award, Wyden has held 970 town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "I always look forward very much to my open-to-all town halls where Oregonians in every part of our state can … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Wyden Will Hold On-line Oregon Town Hall on April 17

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall hosted by Town Hall Project open to all Oregonians beginning at 10:30 AM PT on Friday, April 17. A two-time winner of Town Hall Project's MVP Award, Wyden has held 970 town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "I always look forward very much to my open-to-all town halls where Oregonians in every part of our state can … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Demand Better Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 45 Democratic colleagues, are raising serious concerns with the Trump administration about its reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, which has created a system that lacks transparency, is inefficient, and could put lives at risk. Health professionals across America and in every corner of Oregon are reporting shortages of critical supplies … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Push for More Information, Transparency on Coronavirus Testing Across Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 45 of their Senate colleagues, are calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. "Over three … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Bonamici, Merkley, Wyden Call on Leadership to Provide $50 Billion for Child Care in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

BEAVERTON, Ore. [04/13/20] - Representative Suzanne Bonamici, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Senator Ron Wyden called on House Leadership to provide $50 billion to support the already-struggling child care sector in the next coronavirus pandemic response package. "Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, too many families were struggling to find affordable, high-quality child care," the Congresswoman and Senators wrote in a joint letter to Congressional leadership. "Since the pandemic started, … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Oregon Delegation Announces $291 Million in Funding to Boost Oregon Hospitals’ Coronavirus Response Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC- Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, announced today that 3,454 hospitals and providers in Oregon will receive a total of $291 million in funding to enhance their coronavirus response efforts. The funds are being allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress last month. Hospitals may use … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Call on SBA to Issue Economic Emergency Loans and Grants to Small Businesses ASAP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., along with 18 colleagues, today called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure small businesses receive Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) associated with the COVID-19 crisis and the new Emergency Economic Injury Grants (EEIGs) within three days of application as mandated by Congress. The senators' letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza follows reports that small businesses across the country are not receiving EEIG … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call for All Tribal Small Businesses to Receive Equal Access to Relief

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Department of Treasury to provide immediate clarification on tribal eligibility for the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Emergency Economic Injury Grants (EEIGs). Wyden and Merkley's letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin follows concerns that recently issued interim guidance may be interpreted to exclude certain tribal … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $116 Million in Aid for College Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that over $116 million will be distributed among 73 colleges, universities, and community colleges throughout Oregon to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding will be allocated to colleges and universities who will then determine which students will receive the cash grants. The funding was secured through … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $14 Million in HHS Grants for Oregon Health Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that over $14 million in grant funding will be distributed among 15 health facilities in Oregon to help with response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We have a responsibility to make sure that the Oregonians working on the front lines of this public health crisis have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively," said Merkley. "These grants will help us make sure that our health facilities and … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Wyden: Administration Should Increase Number of Doctors in Rural and Other Medically Underserved Areas

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is urging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to resume premium processing for physicians seeking employment-based visas. Doctors on these visas increase access to health care, especially rural areas, through the Conrad 30 program, which allows foreign medical school graduates who have been trained in the United States to stay in the country as long as they serve underserved areas. On March 20, USCIS announced its … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Oregon Delegation Urges Swift Distribution of Emergency COVID-19 Funds to Health Care Providers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden today urged federal officials to distribute emergency funds as soon as possible for health care providers in Oregon and nationwide to cover expenses and revenues lost due to COVID-19. In a bipartisan letter today to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the Oregon lawmakers said distributing $100 billion from the Public Health and … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Wyden Urges Funding to Support Local Journalism and Media in any Future COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he will support funding to help local journalism and media in any future COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership, Wyden joined with 18 senators to warn that the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - including plummeting advertising revenue - could decimate regional and local news outlets even as communities have become increasingly reliant on their reporting amidst the public health crisis. The son of a … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $450,000 in Grants for Critical Earthquake Research

WASHINGTON, DC- Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced over $450,000 in earthquake research grant funding for Oregon. The grants will be administered by the U.S. Geological Survey, and will be allotted to Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. The schools will receive $84,964, $87,243, and $282,262, respectively. "The best way to handle a crisis-from a pandemic to a national disaster-is to be prepared," Merkley said. "As … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Wyden, Cardin Urge SBA to Ensure Equal Access to Paycheck Protection Program for ESOP-owned Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to resolve uncertainty regarding employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and make clear to banks and other lenders that ESOP-owned small businesses qualify for the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The senators' letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza follows reports of eligible ESOP-owned small businesses being turned away by banks and lenders due to unclear SBA … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Announce More Than $12 Million in COVID-19 Grants for Oregon Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that more than $12 million in federal grants will be available for health centers statewide to support their work responding to COVID-19 in their communities. The $12.4 million in federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help clinics statewide to provide care for Oregonians during the challenges posed by this public health … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Wyden Urges Trump Administration to Help Americans Experiencing Homelessness Access Coronavirus Relief Payments

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today pressed the Trump Administration to ensure that people experiencing homelessness in Oregon and nationwide receive access to coronavirus relief payments. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Wyden joined with 27 colleagues to point out the steep obstacles faced by people experiencing homelessness when trying to have access to the direct stimulus payments in the latest COVID-19 relief package. "[P]eople experiencing homelessness … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Request COVID-19 Testing Data from CDC To Ensure Effective Response to the Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with 16 colleagues, today asked the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to publicly report all available information about who is able to access COVID-19 tests, which continue to be scarce. The members of Congress requested data broken down by sex, race, ethnicity, whether a patient is a health care provider and any other available demographics. The CDC is currently only disclosing a subset of its data, primarily the age groups of those testing … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Wyden Releases New GAO Report Underscoring Need to Address Maternal Mortality Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined a group of his colleagues to release a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on maternal mortality describing how maternal deaths are tracked, trends and disparities in mortality data, and how federal funding is being used to reduce pregnancy-related deaths. Wyden and colleagues requested the report in 2018 to determine how effectively federal investments were being used and what improvements could be made to … Continue Reading

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