Press Releases

December 06, 2004

Wyden to Join Senate Finance Panel

Washington, DC - Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced today that U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will take a seat on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance when the 109th Congress convenes in January 2005. The panel oversees a number of key issues including Federal health programs, tax policy, Social Security and trade. Wyden plans three major areas of focus for his service on the Finance panel: reforming the nation's health care system, continuing to restore Oregon's … Continue Reading


December 03, 2004

Wyden Internet Tax Moratorium Bill Signed Into Law at White House

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden attended a White House ceremony today as President Bush signed the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act (S. 150) into law. The legislation authored by Wyden, U.S. Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.) and U.S. Senator George Allen (R-Va.) extends the ban on multiple and discriminatory taxation on the Internet until October 31st 2007. The bill, which passed in the Senate earlier this year and cleared the House of Representatives last month, bans three types of taxes … Continue Reading


November 30, 2004

Federal Government Owes Oregonians Nearly $710,000 in 2003 Tax Refunds

Washington, DC The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) owes nearly $710,000 to more than 1,100 Oregonians whose 2003 tax refund checks were mailed to them but returned to the post office, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) said today.The refund checks were returned likely due to bad addresses, the Senators said, urging Oregonians to contact the IRS to check on any outstanding refunds. Taxpayers who think that they might be missing a refund check can call the IRS toll-free … Continue Reading


November 22, 2004

Wyden, Smith Win $2.7 Million for Nanotech Research, North Macadam development in FY2005 Funding Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced $2.7 million in appropriations for nanotechnology- and biotechnology-related funding for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and for affordable housing in the North Macadam area being developed as a hub for biotechnology in Oregon. The $2.25 million in funding for OHSU research, development, and facilities, as well as $450,000 in housing funds, are contained in the FY2005 omnibus spending bill … Continue Reading


November 21, 2004

Congress Passes Wyden-Smith Provisions to Help Provide Eastern Oregon Residents with Access to Oregon Television Channels

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the fiscal year 2005 omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress includes a Wyden-Smith provision to remove the legal obstacles that can prevent people in four rural Oregon counties from receiving TV channels from their own home state. Currently, "local stations" serving Grant, Wallowa, Umatilla and Malheur counties can mean stations from across the state border. Additionally, legal … Continue Reading


November 21, 2004

Wyden, Smith, Secure Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Oregon Projects

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Oregon will receive several hundred million dollars in Federal funding for key projects throughout the state. Wyden and Smith secured this funding in the fiscal year 2005 omnibus spending bill, which has passed the Senate and the House of Representatives and is expected to move shortly to the White House for signature into law. The measure will fund numerous Oregon agriculture, energy and … Continue Reading


November 19, 2004

Congress Passes Final Legislation to Renew Ban on Unfair, Discriminatory Internet Taxes

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and George Allen (R-Va.) and Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.) today hailed passage in the House of Representatives of the Allen-Wyden Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act (S. 150). The House action is the final step in a compromise to end the stalemate over extension of a ban on multiple and discriminatory taxation on Internet access and online sales; the legislation now moves to the White House, where the President has indicated he will sign the ban, … Continue Reading


November 16, 2004

Wyden Fights for Better End-of-Life Health Care

Washington, DC As part of his ongoing efforts to improve healthcare for all Americans, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at providing better care options for dying patients. The first Wyden bill, the Palliative Care Training Act, recognizes the need for a larger pool of health care professionals who know how to help terminally ill patients to have a better quality of life. The second bill, the Medicare Hospice Demonstration Act, seeks to test … Continue Reading


November 09, 2004

Statement of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on Department of Justice challenge to Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law

"I am extremely disappointed that Attorney General Ashcroft has chosen to continue ignoring the will of the voters of Oregon. The people of our state have spoken twice on the matter, and so have the Federal courts. I certainly plan to look into how many taxpayer dollars Mr. Ashcroft has wasted in his attempt to disenfranchise Oregon … Continue Reading


October 28, 2004

Oregon counties to receive $113 million today in installment of 2004 county payments

Portland, Ore. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) announced today that Oregon counties will receive more than $113 million through the 2004 county payments funds provided by The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Wyden and Smith have worked together to ensure continued funding to rural Oregon counties since passage in 2000 of the law, also authored by U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho), to secure a stable source of funding for rural schools and … Continue Reading


October 08, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce Grant for Oregon Health Clinic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that La Clinica del Carino Family Health Center will receive a $200,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funds are being provided through the HHS Community Program to Improve Minority Health to support outreach services and access for minorities in high-risk, low-income communities. "It is critical to support health centers like La Clinica del Carino … Continue Reading


October 06, 2004

GAO Drug Price Analysis Finds Huge Cost Jump for Seniors, All Americans

Washington, DC - New information from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) details skyrocketing prescription drug costs, particularly among brand-name medicines, and is prompting calls for action in Congress to reduce the cost of drugs for senior citizens and all Americans. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) released the GAO analysis today and pointed to increases of more than 20 percent in drug prices from January 2000 to June of this year - 26.4 … Continue Reading


October 06, 2004

Four Wyden Provisions Strengthen Final SenateIntelligence Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. Intelligence reform legislation approved by the Senate today includes four key amendments offered by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Wyden, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, worked on a bipartisan basis to win approval of significant reforms to the intelligence classification system, oversight on data-mining of Americans personal information in Federal agencies, and two significant consumer protection provisions related to airline safety and passenger … Continue Reading


October 06, 2004

Senate Approves Wyden Amendment to Protect Economic Development Projects in Oregon's Small Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced Senate approval of his amendment to keep Oregon's distressed and rural communities from losing economic development opportunities because of burdensome financial requirements recently imposed by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Wyden's amendment was included in the EDA reauthorization legislation passed by the Senate today. Earlier this year EDA told communities that beginning immediately, they would need to … Continue Reading


October 05, 2004

Wyden Combats Childhood Obesity Epidemic in Oregon, Nationwide

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on his bipartisan legislation to combat childhood obesity. In today's hearing, Wyden talked at length about the serious epidemic of obesity among children in Oregon and throughout the nation, and urged that Congress take the lead in curbing the epidemic by passing the "Childhood Obesity Reduction Act." The legislation, which Wyden introduced earlier this … Continue Reading


October 01, 2004

Wyden Successfully Includes Key Airline Passenger Provision in Intelligence Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. Airline passengers holding tickets on bankrupt airlines would continue to be able to trade in those tickets flights on other airlines, thanks to an amendment cosponsored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and included today in the pending National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. The amendment, offered by Wyden and U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), would provide a one-year extension of the consumer protection provision, which was first enacted in the fall of 2001 and is due … Continue Reading


September 29, 2004

Intelligence Reform Bill to Include Key Wyden Measure on Classification

Washington, DC - An amendment by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to name an Independent National Security Classification Board to reexamine classification decisions at the request of Congress was included today in the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. The bipartisan amendment, offered with Senators Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Bob Graham (D-Fla.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.), would also give Congress a role in the development of the National Intelligence Director's new … Continue Reading


September 29, 2004

Wyden Urges Quick Passage Of Indian Healthcare Improvement Act

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week urged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to bring the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) to the floor as soon as possible for a vote. Wyden joined Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and 17 other Senators in sending a letter to Senator Frist urging that the Senate reauthorize IHIA, which expired in 2001, leaving tribes across the country without access to healthcare.It is critical that Native American … Continue Reading


September 24, 2004

Wyden, Smith, DeFazio Announce Federal Grant of $348,703 for Eugene Fire & EMS Department

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) today announced that the Eugene Fire & EMS Department will receive $348,703 from the Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) for Operations and Firefighter Safety.Eugenes first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep their community safe and these federal funds will help make them safer as well, said Wyden. I am pleased to see Eugene benefit from this … Continue Reading


September 16, 2004

Wyden Secures Funding Approval for Community Groups, Drug Prevention Programs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that Oregon could receive nearly $7 million for drug prevention and rehabilitation programs, as well as funding for fishery-related programs. The funding was included in the Senate FY 2005 Commerce/Justice/State (CJS) funding bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee this week; it will next be considered by the full Senate. "These federal funds will help give Oregon law enforcement the tools to fight crime and wage … Continue Reading

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