Press Releases

March 13, 2009

Wyden Asks Interior Department for Help in Finding New Location for Redmond Gun Club, Law Enforcement, Military Training Facility

Portland, OR - In an effort to find a new location in central Oregon for recreational shooters, police and the military, Senator Ron Wyden has asked the Secretary of the Interior for help in identifying suitable Bureau of Land Management property.In a letter today to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Wyden said that after the Redmond Rod and Gun Club was forced to relocate it formed a partnership with local law enforcement and the Oregon Military Department to find a new site on BLM land near … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

Wyden Statement on the HRSA Grant to the LaPine Community Clinic

Washington, D.C. - The La Pine Community Health Clinic has been awarded a $638,646 grant for the period March 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010. The agency that administers the grant program is the Health Resources and Services Administration. Half the money will be available immediately. The other half of the money will be available soon now that the Omnibus has been signed. The clinic is also eligible for funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "This Federal grant of more than … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

MERKLEY, WYDEN ANNOUNCE NEW RESOURCE GUIDE FOR COMMUNITIES TO NAVIGATE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

Washington, DC - This month, the federal government began to distribute billions of dollars in economic investment and recovery funding for job creation projects across America. Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today released a new resource guide on the funds and programs included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help Oregonians better understand the opportunities for their communities. "President Obama and Congress are committed to creating new jobs and … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

Wyden Applauds Navy for Extending Public Comment Period

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden welcomed the Navy's decision today to once again extend the public comment period regarding its plans for future Navy operations along the Northwest Coast. The public will now have until April 13 to respond to the environmental impact statement released by the Navy. "I am thankful that the Navy has decided to once again extend the public comment period to allow any and all stakeholders the opportunity to contribute their opinion regarding what happens on … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Bipartisan Legislation Would Secure Back Pay for U.S. Troops

Washington, D.C. - Working to ensure that U.S. service members receive all of the pay earned while serving in combat, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tom Harkin (D- Iowa), Ben Nelson (D-Ne), Pat Roberts (R-Ks) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation today to retroactively pay soldiers for leave earned under the Post Deployment and Mobilization Respite Absence (PDMRA). Over 20,000 service members have not received their earned leave due … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Secure Millions for Coastal Dredging Projects

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announce today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $23 million to funds integral waterway maintenance and dredging projects up and down the Oregon coast. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation last month to improve our nation's infrastructure and allow the … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Secure Funding for Eastern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including more than $460,000 for improvements to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Facilities, $380,000 for renewable energy studies and funding for a telemedicine project. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden Seeks USDA Inspectors for Rural Oregon to Help Cattlemen, Increase Food Safety

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to reduce transportation costs and increase food safety, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today asked the Secretary of Agriculture to place meat inspectors in Oregon cattle country in a move that would allow ranchers to stabilize their businesses and expand their markets. "Currently, most cattle are raised in eastern and southern Oregon, while USDA inspectors are located in western Oregon," Wyden said in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "This situation … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Secure Funding for Public Safety, Health, and Jobs Projects in Central Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $2 million to purchase land in the Columbia River Gorge, $300,000 for an updated 9-1-1 service in Wasco County, $238,000 for a project to aid families to improve the physical and mental health of disadvantaged children, and $232,000 to boost the growth of central Oregon's technology industry. These funds are part of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Bring Much Needed Transportation Funds to Portland and the Willamette Valley

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $81.6 million for the Portland Mall Light Rail Project and $45 million for the Portland Streetcar Loop Project. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation last month to create jobs through new investments in … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Senators Announce Health, Education and Energy Funding for Southern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes nearly $250 million for Oregon projects including $1.5 million to construct a geothermal power plant and $700, 000 for improvements to 9-1-1 services. These funds are part of the annual funding for Fiscal Year 2009, and will complement the funding provided through the economic recovery legislation last month."It is essential that Oregon remain on the cutting edge … Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

Wyden to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Clackamas County

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Willamette Falls Hospital, Community Education Center, in Oregon City. Clackamas County residents are invited to attend the open forum. Wyden holds town halls in every Oregon county every year. The Oregon City town hall helps kick off the 14th year of these meetings. Clackamas County Town Hall Meeting Date: March 14, 2009 Time: 5:30 … Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

Wyden Opens the Door for New Biofuels

Washington, D.C. - In a step that will encourage America's energy independence and improved forest health, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation today that would open the door for biomass from federal lands to become a source of fuel for cars and trucks. Biomass is a renewable energy source derived from trees, plants, animal and agricultural waste, and other organic materials. Wyden's legislation would lift a Clean Air Act restriction on the use of biomass from federal lands … Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Hall Meetings in Columbia, Clatsop Counties

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host two town hall meetings on March 15 in Astoria and Vernonia. Residents of Clatsop and Columbia counties are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns. Clatsop County Town Hall Meeting Date: March 15, 2009 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Oregon Seafood Center 2021 Marine Dr. … Continue Reading


February 19, 2009

Oregon Leaders Welcome Navy Decision to Hold Public Meeting on Its Plans for Coast

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley, along with Oregon Congressmen Kurt Schrader, David Wu, Peter DeFazio, and Earl Blumenauer, welcomed the Navy's decision today to hold a public meeting on February 26, 2009, in Tillamook, Oregon so that the public can respond to its environmental impact statement regarding future Navy operations along the Northwest coast. The meeting will take place at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds Auditorium at 4603 E. 3rd Street in … Continue Reading


February 18, 2009

Wyden Holds 500th Town Hall Meeting

Fossil, OR - Marking a milestone in a promise he made to Oregonians 13 years ago, Senator Ron Wyden held his 500th town hall yesterday in the Wheeler County community of Fossil, the site of his first town hall in 1996. County Judge Jeanne Burch welcomed Wyden and read a proclamation from Governor Kulongoski declaring February 17, 2009 to be "Ron Wyden 500th Town Hall Day." "The people of Fossil along with the tens of thousands of Oregonians who have attended these town halls over the years … Continue Reading


February 13, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Hall Meeting in Marion County

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host a town hall meeting in Salem on February 21, 2009. Residents of Marion County are invited to attend the open forum to ask questions and voice their concerns. During his 1996 U.S. Senate campaign, Wyden promised to hold town hall meetings in every Oregon county each year. The event in Salem helps kick off the 14th year of these meetings, which now total more than 500. Marion County Town Hall Meeting Date: February 21, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2009

NEWS CONFERENCE on Monday, February 16: Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, County Chair Ted Wheeler, Metro Council President David Bragdon, City Commissioner Nick Fish, and others

WHO: Senator Ron WydenSenator Jeff MerkleyMultnomah County Chair Ted WheelerMetro Council President David BragdonPortland City Commissioner Nick Fish Cathy Mincberg, COO, Portland Public Schools Matthew Garrett, director, ODOTOther local appointed and elected officials WHAT: News conference on what the economic stimulus package means for Oregon WHEN: Noon, Monday, February 16, 2009 WHERE: Multnomah County Office Building (lobby), 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland Portland, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2009

U.S. SENATE CELEBRATES OREGON'S SESQUICENTENNIAL

Washington D.C. - The United States Senate today unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley celebrating 150 years of Oregon statehood. The action comes two days before Oregon's sesquicentennial."Since its first days, Oregon has embodied the pioneering spirit of our nation. It has always attracted people who are exploring for new ideas and new ways of life," Wyden said. "As we celebrate its 150th year as a state, I'm honored to work for the Oregon … Continue Reading


February 13, 2009

Wyden-Inspired Program to Create Jobs Included in Economic Recovery Package

Washington, D.C. - Fighting to make sure all Americans can "get in on the ground floor" of the economic recovery, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) announced today that a version of his Build America Bonds program was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The program will create much-needed jobs for Oregon and the nation through investment in infrastructure construction and repair."This is an innovativesolution to a national problem that rewards Americans for … Continue Reading

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