Press Releases

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

June 27, 2018

Wyden Fights to Take “Dark Money” out of Politics

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. today joined Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and every Senate Democrat to introduce legislation shining a light on the unlimited, "dark money" that's flooding U.S. elections and giving special interests an undue influence in government. The DISCLOSE Act would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors, and help guard against hidden foreign interference in our democracy. Wyden also urged the Senate … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Wyden: New tax report shows Trump tax scam hurts Oregon homeowners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today said a Senate Finance Committee Democratic staff report detailing widespread financial damage to Oregon homeowners from Donald Trump's tax scheme shows the "deeply troubling" results of the tax changes signed into law by Trump late last year. The report estimates about 190,000 Oregon homeowners with combined state and local property and income taxes exceeding $10,000 would be unable to deduct their full state and local taxes including their … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Wyden, Murkowski, Bennet, Gardner Fight for Hop Growers in Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., this week introduced an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fight plant diseases that most threaten the livelihoods of hop growers. Their bipartisan amendment would encourage ongoing work at the USDA to address two diseases - powdery mildew and downy mildew - that can wipe out as much as 15 percent of a hop field, … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Wyden, Walden Urge Feds to Help Protect Baker City Water Supply

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden today urged federal officials to help protect Baker City's water supply from wildfires by putting a priority on hazardous fuel treatments on and near the city's watershed. "We have both heard from community leaders who are concerned about the potential for large scale fire within the watershed and the impacts that would have on the city's drinking water," Wyden and Walden wrote the United States Forest Service. "The community stands … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Wyden Secures Key Provisions in 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, secured key amendments to the Intelligence Authorization Act for the 2019 fiscal year. "This bill represents progress when it comes to standing up to the financial and intelligence threat from Russia and securing Intelligence Community communications. And while I wish this went farther, the committee is now on the record as acknowledging that it is unacceptable for intelligence nominees to hold … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Wyden, Crapo, Push for Northwest Small Fruits Growers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today introduced an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill to allow federal funding to go toward the kind of research that propels the agricultural competitiveness of Oregon, Idaho and the Pacific Northwest forward. The senators' bipartisan amendment would bolster the Northwest Center for Small Fruits Research's ability to receive federal grant funding for research into crop resilience for agricultural products like grapes, … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Wyden Presses HHS Secretary to Protect and Reunify Children Separated from Their Parents at the Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, today pressed Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar over the urgent need to protect and reunify children and families separated at the border because of the Trump administration's inhumane "zero-tolerance" policy. At a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden pressed Azar to answer two basic questions about asylum-seekers: how many children HHS has reunited with parents or … Continue Reading

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

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