Press Releases

November 09, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Statement on Judiciary Committee Vote Advancing Magistrate Mustafa Kasubhai’s U.S. District Court Nomination to the Full Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to advance to the full Senate U.S. Magistrate Mustafa Kasubhai’s nomination to the U.S. District Court. “Judge Kasubhai’s stellar legal record, his judicial temperament, and his ground-breaking experience as the first Muslim-American to serve on the federal bench, will add up to an outstanding addition to the U.S. District Court," Wyden and Merkley … Continue Reading

November 08, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Announce Nearly $3.8 Million in Federal Funds for Ione

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the city of Ione will receive nearly $3.8 million in federal funds to build a sewer system for the Eastern Oregon town.  “Ensuring Oregon’s rural communities have the infrastructure their residents and small businesses need to grow and develop is paramount for our state’s overall economic health,” Wyden said. “In my Morrow County town hall and others in every corner of the state, I’ve heard how the need to modernize … Continue Reading

November 07, 2023

Wyden, Lee, Davidson and Lofgren Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize and Reform Key Surveillance Law, Secure Protections for Americans’ Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Government Surveillance Reform Act, to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with important new protections for Americans’ constitutional rights.  The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cynthia Lummis, R-Wy., Jon … Continue Reading

November 07, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $31 million Investment for Oregon Air National Guard Training Facilities Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced Senate passage of two critical community-initiated projects totaling $31 million for the Oregon Air National Guard. The investments were included in the FY24 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies funding bill, which cleared the chamber with strong bipartisan support, putting the Oregon Air National Guard closer than ever to completing phases 3 and 4 of their project to consolidate … Continue Reading

November 06, 2023

ADVISORY: Wyden, Lee, Davidson, Lofgren, Biggs To Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Surveillance Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., will hold a press conference on Tuesday, November 7, to unveil new legislation to reauthorize and reform Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and enact other reforms to protect Americans’ rights while preserving key surveillance authorities. WHO:                   U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, … Continue Reading

November 06, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Hoyle: Oregon to Receive Nearly $900,000 to Promote Local and Regional Food Systems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley as well as U.S. Rep. Val Hoyle today announced nearly $900,000 in federal funds for Oregon to help increase the availability of locally sourced agricultural products and strengthen local and regional food systems statewide. “Oregon has some of the best produce in the world growing right here in our state, and supporting hardworking Oregonians in agriculture and fishing is a huge priority,” said Wyden. “This federal investment is key … Continue Reading

November 03, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to End Criminalization of Students and Create Safer Environment for Kids

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he and Senate colleagues have reintroduced legislation that would invest in safe and nurturing school environments that support all students and address over-policing in K-12 schools. “The school to prison pipeline is a problem which disproportionately hurts students of color and creates an environment of learning in fear of being arrested,” Wyden said. “Closing the school to prison pipeline means investing in and improving student … Continue Reading

November 03, 2023

DEA Heeds Wyden’s Call for Action on ADHD Drug Shortage

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Ron Wyden responded today to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) announcement that the agency will make changes to its prescription stimulants quota process to respond to shortages of ADHD drugs and other medications.   “It is encouraging that ADHD medication manufacturers have committed to the DEA that they will use their allotted quota amounts and increase production,” Wyden said. “It’s clear that part of the reason that Americans are facing these prescription … Continue Reading

November 02, 2023

Wyden, Whitehouse Launch Investigation into Climate Change-Fueled Insurance Crisis

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said today that he and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have launched an investigation into how insurance companies are navigating mounting risks from climate change, including where companies will next pull coverage or raise premiums. The inquiry from Wyden, a member of the Senate Budget Committee; and Whitehouse, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, builds on a related investigation the committee launched in June into the U.S. insurance … Continue Reading

November 02, 2023

Wyden, Eshoo, Lesko Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Prevent Domestic Abusers from Targeting Survivors with Technology

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore, and U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., and Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, today reintroduced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help prevent domestic abusers from using technology to stalk, harass or control survivors. “Domestic abuse survivors are already recovering from tough situations - they shouldn’t also have to worry about their abusers hacking their social media or tracking their location. Unfortunately, these frightening … Continue Reading

November 02, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce Senate Passage of Critical Affordable Housing and Transportation Infrastructure Investments for Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced major investments passed the Senate to expand affordable, rural, and veterans housing options and boost transportation infrastructure, including funding for 20 critical community-initiated projects across the state. The investments were included in the FY24 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, which cleared the chamber with strong bipartisan support. “As I held a … Continue Reading

November 01, 2023

Farms, Food, and Fiber: Merkley, Wyden Announce Senate Passage of Major Investments for Oregon Agriculture and Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced major investments in Oregon agriculture, rural housing, food assistance, and rural business priorities has passed the Senate, including more than $5 million in funding for Oregon community-initiated projects.  The investments were included in the FY24 Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, which cleared the full chamber with strong bipartisan … Continue Reading

November 01, 2023

Wyden Successfully Presses the International Trade Administration to Prevent the Promotion of Surveillance Technology to Foreign Governments

In a letter to Wyden, the Commerce Department details new policies that would help ensure export promotion efforts do not violate human rights  Washington, D.C.— Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement in response to a Commerce Department letter detailing new policies the International Trade Administration (ITA) has implemented to prevent the promotion of surveillance technology to foreign governments: “I appreciate the Commerce Department's … Continue Reading

November 01, 2023

Wyden Praises Decision to Expand Access to Federal Broadband Program for Rural and Underserved Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today praised an announcement by the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to help small internet service providers (ISPs) invest in rural and underserved communities across Oregon, by making it easier for them to participate in the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.  Oregon will receive a record $689 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s BEAD program to expand access to broadband … Continue Reading

November 01, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Urge Good Faith Negotiations Between the Portland Association of Teachers and Portland Public Schools

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden issued the following statement, urging the Portland Association of Teachers and the Portland Public Schools Board of Education to continue bargaining in good faith amid the first-ever teachers’ strike in the district:  “Over the last three years, our educators have strived to maintain a quality, equitable education program for our children through the enormous difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been underpaid … Continue Reading

November 01, 2023

Merkley, Wyden, Bonamici, Hoyle Announce Over $36 Million to Improve Coastal Ports in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Val Hoyle (OR-04), announced a total of $36,489,508 in federal investments heading to the ports of Astoria, Coquille Indian Tribe’s Ko’Kwel Wharf, and Newport. “Ports play a crucial role in keeping the economies of Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest running smoothly—transporting goods, people, and services throughout our region—and we rely on them to … Continue Reading

October 30, 2023

Wyden, Murray, Sanders, Baldwin Lead 44 Senators in Urging the Biden Administration to Require Insurers to Fully Cover Over-the-Counter Birth Control, With No Out-of-Pocket Costs or Prescription Barrier

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) led 44 of their Senate colleagues today in sending a letter urging the Biden Administration to require federally and state-regulated health insurance plans to fully cover over-the-counter contraceptives, including Opill—the first-ever FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control pill, which will become available in early 2024—with no copays or out of pocket costs, and without a … Continue Reading

October 30, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Hoyle: Oregon to Receive Nearly $2.7 Million to Improve Road Safety

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with U.S. Representative Val Hoyle today announced nearly $2.7 million in federal funds for cities, counties and Tribes in Oregon to help plan road improvements and transportation safety. “This is exactly the type of investment I fought for in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law because it will directly save Oregonians’ lives on our state’s busiest roadways ,” Wyden said. “I am committed to making our streets in Oregon and across … Continue Reading

October 27, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Announce $5.1 Million to Improve Air Quality in Oregon

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Klamath County Public Health and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have secured a combined $5.1 million in federal funds for air quality. “This federal investment packs a one-two punch because it improves overall air quality and helps Oregonians  get efficient heat sources to replace their wood-burning units,” Wyden said.  “That adds up to a huge win for quality of life in Klamath County … Continue Reading

October 27, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Demand Answers from Tax Prep Companies After FTC Warns of Improper Sharing of Confidential Data

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he and six congressional colleagues are demanding answers from five tax preparation companies that recently received notices of penalty offenses from the Federal Trade Commission. The lawmakers sought those answers in letters sent to H&R Block, TaxAct, TaxSlayer, Ramsey Solutions, and Intuit regarding the improper sharing of taxpayer’s sensitive and confidential information with Meta (formerly Facebook Inc.).   “The FTC’s warning … Continue Reading

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