Press Releases

October 11, 2018

Wyden Bill to Require Paper Ballots, Strengthen Election Security Gains Support from Duckworth, Baldwin, Cantwell, Peters

Washington, D.C. - With a month remaining before the 2018 elections, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced that his bill to strengthen election security and require paper ballots has gained the support of Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Gary Peters, D-Mich. The Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2018 requires the use of paper ballots and "risk-limiting" audits for all federal elections, ensuring that election results … Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Wyden, Thune Reintroduce Bill to Protect Innovative Digital Goods and Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today reintroduced legislation to prevent discriminatory and duplicative taxes on digital goods and services, including online downloads of music, literature, movies, mobile apps, and cloud computing services. The potential for multiple and discriminatory taxes levied on these types of goods and services could threaten the growth and innovation of this important sector of the economy, Wyden and Thune said. "Preventing … Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Call For Crackdown on Big Tobacco Social Media Schemes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate tobacco companies' use of social media marketing to target young people. The Oregon senators joined with 13 colleagues in a letter raising specific concerns about tobacco companies' growing use of social media influencers to market their products directly to young consumers and skirt warning requirements and other advertising restrictions. "Tobacco companies' use of social … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Wyden Statement on Permanent Appointment of Vicki Christiansen as U.S. Forest Service Chief

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today issued the following statement in response to today's announcement that Vicki Christiansen will be the new U.S. Forest Service Chief: "Vicki Christiansen understands full well the importance of leading the Forest Service into the 21st Century by implementing successful forest management authorities, such as stewardship contracting, in thoughtful and effective ways that help Oregonians and all residents in the West. As a result, she earned the job … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced final passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes drought relief language to assist Klamath Basin farmers who have been hard-hit by drought in recent years. The language is essential for the irrigators to effectively use $10 million in drought relief funds that the lawmakers secured in 2018. "Through drought, wildfires, and other extreme challenges, Klamath Basin irrigators have shown … Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Wyden Votes No on Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted 'no' on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court today. "Brett Kavanaugh has neither the character nor the judgment to sit on the Supreme Court. When senators asked him legitimate questions, he responded with a temper tantrum. Imagine if a female nominee defensively snapped at a male senator about his drinking habits. That would be ballgame, then and there. When you can't trust someone to tell the truth, they do not belong … Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Wyden Floor Statement on Kavanaugh Nomination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today delivered the following floor statement on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court: M. President, This deeply misguided vote to move forward on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination has taken the Senate one step closer to a moment that will cause enormous pain for millions and millions of Americans -- particularly women and survivors of assault. Some might say that the Senate is rolling the clock back on women … Continue Reading

October 04, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce $525,000 Grant for Chemeketa Community College

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Chemeketa Community College earned a $525,066 grant from a federal program that aims to help increase graduation rates for Hispanic students and to expand their educational opportunities. The federal Education Department grant for Chemeketa comes after Wyden and Merkley pressed the school's case in a July 17 letter. "I'm proud to have fought for this grant so Chemeketa can continue building on its great work … Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Wyden Praises Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Tackle Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today praised the passage of a bipartisan package of bills in the Senate to tackle the nation's growing opioid crisis, including bills Wyden led through the Senate Finance Committee as its ranking Democrat. The bill will now go to the president's desk for signature and then become law. "Oregonians in every corner of our state have been hit hard by our nation's opioid crisis," Wyden said. "This legislation takes an important step towards … Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Wyden, Senate Democrats Demand Mick Mulvaney Explain Vetting Process of Political Appointees after Racist and Sexist Blog Post Surfaces

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined with 12 other senators to demand that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) head Mick Mulvaney explain how a top official at the agency was chosen as a political appointee to oversee supervision, enforcement, and fair lending issues given his past racist writings. Last week, the Washington Post uncovered a 2004 blog where CFPB Policy Director Eric Blankenstein, under an alias, posted bigoted writings on race, hate crimes, and women. … Continue Reading

October 02, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Call for Investigation into Political Interference at Department of the Interior

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined their colleagues in calling on the Department of the Interior's Inspector General to investigate political interference in scientific research or communications at the Department. "In April of this year news surfaced alleging political interference with a report by the National Park Service on sea level rise. In response to that news, a number of us wrote a letter requesting that you open an investigation into the … Continue Reading

October 02, 2018

Wyden Selects Oregonian Bob Joondeph for Social Security Advisory Board

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced that his selection of Oregonian Bob Joondeph has been appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB). Joondeph is currently the executive director of Disability Rights Oregon, an advocacy organization for those with disabilities that has been a pioneer for the nation. "I'm proud that one of Oregon's best, Bob Joondeph, can now show the rest of the nation how to fight for dignity and fair treatment for all Americans," … Continue Reading

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

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