Press Releases

September 16, 2004

Senate Passes Smith-Wyden Ft. Clatsop Bill

Washington, DC Last night, the Senate passed the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Designation Act, co-sponsored by Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden. The bill would create a Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, encompassing Fort Clatsop National Memorial, other state parks, and sites proposed for protection.This legislation will give Oregonians a fitting tribute to the journey of Lewis and Clark, said Smith. The new National Park will make the rich history and life lessons … Continue Reading


September 15, 2004

Senate Passes Smith-Wyden Wallowa Dam Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the Senate passed the Wallowa Lake Dam Rehabilitation and Water Management Act introduced by Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden. The Senate passed similar legislation, also sponsored by Smith and Wyden, in 2002.The projects authorized by this bill represent a positive approach to resolving the water issues facing the Wallowa River Basin, said Smith. The hard work put into these projects by federal, state, and local interests is one step closer to being rewarded."The … Continue Reading


September 15, 2004

Wyden, Smith Secure More Than $17 Million For Oregon Natural Resource Projects

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Oregon could soon receive more than $17 million, and share in an additional $3 million, for natural resource projects across the state. Wyden and Smith secured this funding as part of the Senates FY2005 Interior funding bill which passed the Appropriations Committee this week. Included in the bill is funding for land acquisitions at the Columbia River Gorge and the Fort Clatsop National … Continue Reading


September 14, 2004

Local community, mountain bikers, environmental groups supportive of Wyden wilderness bill

Washington, DC At a U.S. Senate hearing today, witnesses from the Mount Hood area, mountain biking organizations, and environmental groups expressed support for the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2004 (S. 2723), introduced by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in July. The hearing in the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, on which Wyden is the top-ranked Democrat, began the Senates formal review of the wilderness bill. Wyden introduced the wilderness bill following several public … Continue Reading


September 13, 2004

Wyden, ex-Nebraska Football Coach Osborne, and Rep. Gordon pass law to clean up sports agents recruitment of college athletes

Washington, DC Legislation stopping sports agents from using unfair tactics when attempting to sign student-athletes to contracts has passed the U.S. Senate and will now become law. Wyden introduced the Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act (SPARTA) on June 3, 2003; the House and Senate have now passed identical legislation authored on the House side by former University of Nebraska football coach Rep. Tom Osborne (R-Neb.) and Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn). Student-athletes can lose … Continue Reading


September 09, 2004

Oregon Lawmakers Urge Sec. Thompson to Approve Governor's Drug Reimportation Plan

WASHINGTON, DC-Several Oregon lawmakers today sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, asking that he expeditiously approve Oregon's Pioneer Prescription Drug Project, a plan proposed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski which permits Oregon pharmacists to reimport drugs from licenced and inspected Canadian drug wholesalers. The signers-Senator Ron Wyden, and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Darlene Hooley, David Wu and Earl Blumenauer-hope for speedy approval of the … Continue Reading


August 26, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce $750,000 For Klamath FallsInternational Airport

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the City of Klamath Falls will receive $750,000 for a pavement study and rehabilitation of the runway at the Klamath Falls International Airport. These federal funds are being provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).This runway construction project will not only increase safety and convenience for many citizens in this region, but will contribute to the areas accessibility and … Continue Reading


August 16, 2004

Statement of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on FTC Petroleum Mergers Report

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released the following statement on a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report on mergers in the petroleum industry released on Friday, August 13:"Once again, instead of protecting consumers from price gouging at the pump, the FTC has chosen to waste more taxpayer dollars on a self-serving report that seeks to undercut recent findings by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and to lay the foundation for another meaningless monitoring … Continue Reading


August 06, 2004

Multnomah County Childrens Receiving CenterReceives Funds Secured by Wyden, Smith

Washington, DC Starting today, the Multnomah County Childrens Receiving Center can begin drawing funds from a $250,000 appropriation secured by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) in the Fiscal Year 2004 omnibus funding measure. The Receiving Center provides professional care and support to children up to 18 years of age who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. These children are cared for in a home-like setting until they can transition to foster … Continue Reading


July 30, 2004

Wyden Statement on Majoras Recess Appointment

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement today following the Bush Administrations recess appointment of Deborah Majoras to be the chair of the Federal Trade Commission:The anti-consumer record of the Federal Trade Commission on oil company mergers and other issues that are significant factors in raising gasoline prices at the pump is a sorry one, and there is no evidence that Ms. Majoras will change this course. I hope I am wrong and that this … Continue Reading


July 22, 2004

Wyden, Smith Secure Nearly $68 Million for Oregon Defense Projects

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced final Senate approval of $67.9 million for Oregon defense projects in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2005, and approval of an additional $29.4 million for projects in which Oregon companies will participate. After today's passage by the Senate, the same bill is expected to pass the House shortly, and will then be sent to the President for signature. "The funds approved today by the full Senate will help to … Continue Reading


July 16, 2004

Wyden, Smith include oil spill provisions in Coast Guard reauthorization bill

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith today announced that the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill includes provisions they sought to protect coastal communities from future oil spills, as well as a loan provision to aid those who suffer economic damages from oil spills.Requiring all vessels carrying large amounts of oil to have spill response plans will help protect future generations from the devastation of oil spills such as that caused by the New Carissa, Wyden, a … Continue Reading


July 16, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce Funding for National Guard Armory Facility in Ontario

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that $473,000 has been included in the Fiscal Year 2005 Military Construction appropriations bill for the construction of a new National Guard Armory in Ontario. The new National Guard Armory will be used to house a unit of the Third Battalion, 116th Cavalry of the Oregon National Guard. "With increased numbers of Oregon's National Guard serving overseas, the Federal government needs to ensure that our … Continue Reading


July 16, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce $1.6 Million for Port Security

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Regional Maritime Security Coalition (RMSC) of Portland will receive $1.62 million for the research and development of port security enhancements in the Northwest. These federal funds are being provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the development of a model multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency Cargo Information Action Center (CIAC) for 22 ports in the Columbia-Snake … Continue Reading


July 15, 2004

Wyden, Lott Propose Revamping National Security Classification Systems

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) today introduced legislation to revamp the way intelligence information becomes classified. The proposed bipartisan legislation would create an Independent National Security Classification Board to review and make recommendations on altering the current classification standards and process, and also to serve as a standing body to reexamine classification decisions at the request of Congress and certain Executive Branch … Continue Reading


July 14, 2004

Doggett, Wyden Introduce Bill To Stop Tobacco Smuggling

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation this week to combat illicit trafficking in tobacco, a key strategy for addressing worldwide nicotine addiction. The legislation, called the Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act (SToP), puts new and stronger requirements on tobacco labeling, tracking and reporting on all tobacco packages manufactured in or imported to the U.S. It would require each package of tobacco products manufactured for … Continue Reading


July 09, 2004

Wyden Releases Additional Views on Senate Intelligence Report

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released his Additional Views on the Committee's report on Intelligence Failures leading to the war in Iraq. On June 17, the Intelligence Committee members unanimously approved the findings and conclusions in the report released today. Wyden attached to the report his Additional Views, which expand upon the findings found in the report. His views provide a more complete … Continue Reading


July 07, 2004

Umpqua Community Health Center to Receive Nearly $600,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced today that the Umpqua Community Health Center will receive $588,667 for continuation of comprehensive primary care services. The grant is issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Far too many Oregonians have no health insurance or not enough health insurance, said Smith. The Umpqua Center serves Douglas County by providing vital, quality health care to those who would otherwise suffer … Continue Reading


June 23, 2004

Wyden Wins Approval on Amendment to Keep Hopper Dredges Working in Pacific Ports

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today won passage of his amendment to eliminate artificial restrictions on the operation of the two Northwest hopper dredges, as the restrictions do not save taxpayer dollars and in fact have led to inadequate maintenance of Pacific ports. The Wyden amendment, approved today by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, directs the Secretary of the Army instead to operate the dredges to the maximum extent practicable and in the manner … Continue Reading


June 23, 2004

Wyden Amendment Protects Economic Development Projects in Oregon's Small Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today won approval of an 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). Earlier this year EDA informed communities that, beginning immediately, they would need to raise $22 in private funds for every $1 they requested in government funds - a significant increase in the … Continue Reading

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