Press Releases

May 10, 2018

Wyden, Gardner Press Forest Service, Interior Department on Air Tanker Readiness to Fight Fires this Summer

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., today pressed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Acting Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to ensure air tankers are available to fight what the agencies are predicting will be another significant fire season facing western communities this year. At a fire briefing this morning at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, agency officials said westerners should be prepared for an … Continue Reading

May 09, 2018

Wyden Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Promotions and Secure Pay for National Guard Members

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined his colleagues in introducing the bipartisan, National Guard Promotion Accountability Act to address delays in federal recognition of promotions for National Guard members. The bill would compensate Guard officers who serve at a higher rank while waiting for federal recognition by backdating their date of rank to the date they were promoted by the state. "Members of the Oregon National Guard put their lives on the line to protect and … Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Wyden Statement on Trump Decision to Withdraw from Iran Agreement

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement in response to Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement. "Donald Trump's reckless decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action comes after Trump's own advisors say Iran has complied with the agreement, and despite a bipartisan call from Congress, and American allies, to preserve and strengthen the … Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Announce Secure Rural Schools Payments for Rural Oregon Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that 33 rural counties in Oregon will begin receiving Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments this week, following the Oregon lawmakers' successful work in Congress to extend the lifeline funding program for schools, roads and law enforcement. "As the author of the law that created the SRS program, I fought to extend SRS payments so rural counties in Oregon can keep their schools and libraries open, make sure law … Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Wyden-Requested Investigation Shows Ineffective Use of Authority to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, Protect Endangered Species

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced findings from an independent investigation he sought showing that government agencies responsible for protecting endangered species are failing to effectively use authority Congress provided to combat wildlife trafficking in the United States. A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation requested by Wyden found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) … Continue Reading

May 07, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Respond to Announcement of Confirmation Hearing for Ryan Bounds to Serve on 9th Circuit

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, today issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee's announcement that the committee will hold confirmation hearing for the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: "It's a shame the US Senate Judiciary Committee is further diminishing any sense of respect for comity and fairness in the Senate. For six years while Democrats controlled the Senate and President Obama … Continue Reading

April 30, 2018

Oregon Lawmakers Seek Flood Study for Portland

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, DeFazio, Bonamici, Schrader cite Army Corps concerns covering former Vanport area  Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader today strongly urged federal officials to support a flood protection feasibility study for Portland.  The Oregon lawmakers said their request comes as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about the prospects for a Portland … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Wyden, Murphy, Warren Introduce Bill to Ban Unnecessary and Harmful Non-Compete Agreements

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., today introduced the Workforce Mobility Act to allow workers the freedom to pursue new jobs and higher wages without fear of legal action from their employers. The new legislation would prohibit the use of non-compete agreements, while still allowing employers to protect their trade secrets. The bill would also require employers to notify employees that these agreements are illegal, and allow the … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio, Huffman Urge Continued Chetco Protections

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Jared Huffman today strongly urged federal officials to extend interim mineral withdrawal protections for the Chetco River in southwest Oregon. The lawmakers' letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue notes that their request for the iconic river is urgent because the current five-year mineral withdrawal for 17 miles of the Chetco will expire on July 25. If the current … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Wyden to Forest Service: Use Wildfire Funding Fix to Get Back to Work in the Woods

Washington, D.C. - In a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pressed the interim chief of the U.S. Forest Service to explain how the agency will use a recently passed wildfire funding solution to restart wildfire prevention projects in Oregon that have been shown to reduce the size and severity of devastating wildfires across the West. Last month, Congress passed the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, legislation … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Wyden: FAA Must Address Reported Allegiant Air Passenger Safety Concerns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today pressed the Federal Aviation Administration to answer questions about Allegiant Air passenger safety after a troubling "60 Minutes" report about the carrier, which has a flight schedule that includes the Eugene and Medford airports. Among the questions Wyden asks in his letter to Acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell are whether Allegiant's reportedly high number of safety incidents requires any action; and why the FAA never implemented its' … Continue Reading

April 23, 2018

Wyden Pushes for Critical Funding for Women’s Business Centers

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has joined 18 of his colleagues in sending a letter to Senate appropriators demanding $18 million in funding for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Women's Business Centers (WBC) program. Already greatly underfunded, the WBCs program would receive an even larger funding cut in the president's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget. The Women's Business Center program was first established in 1988 to provide specialized assistance to women starting a … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Wyden Responds to CIA’s Selective Declassification on Haspel’s Record

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement in response to the selective declassification of documents relating to the background of Gina Haspel, who is nominated to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "The Morell report confirms some extremely troubling facts about Deputy Director Haspel and the destruction of interrogation videotapes. She didn't just draft the cable that authorized the … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Call on Administration to Maintain Crucial Funding for Oregon’s Sea Grant Programs

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined 24 of their Senate colleagues in urging the administration to reconsider its plan to eliminate funding for the National Sea Grant program in the president's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget. "As senators from some of the states with Sea Grant programs, we see firsthand how this federal investment is leveraged locally to bring immense returns to coastal communities, fishermen, universities, and students," the senators … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Wyden Demands Trump, Officials Reveal Extent of Koch Brothers’ Influence on Administration

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today sent a series of letters to the Trump administration demanding further information about the Koch brothers' increasing influence over the White House and its policymaking. The letters from Wyden and five other senators follow a report sent last December by the Kochs' Seminar Network to wealthy donors detailing policy wins within the Trump Administration directly benefitting Koch businesses. "Americans have a right to know if special interests … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Merkley, Wyden, 170 Members of Congress Introduce Resolution Calling for Pruitt’s Resignation

WASHINGTON - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that they have joined a group of 170 members of Congress in introducing resolutions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives formally calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution comes in response to Pruitt's repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the EPA - favoring big polluters … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Robocop Act

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to introduce the ROBOCOP (Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones) Act, a bill that would require phone companies to offer free effective tools to block robocalls. The legislation comes in advance of a hearing in the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee entitled "Abusive Robocalls And How We Can Stop Them." The National Do Not Call Registry has not … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Wyden: Without Transparency, Haspel Nomination Hearing Will Make a Mockery of Senate Oversight

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement on news the committee will hold a hearing May 9 on Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency: "Unless the CIA declassifies and makes public specific information about Gina Haspel's background, proceeding with this hearing will make a mockery of the Senate's constitutional responsibilities with regard to nominations," Wyden said. "There is … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

At the Start of the Recreation Season, Wyden, Bishop Announce Progress to Improve Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - As Oregon prepares for the start of the recreation season, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Rob Bishop, R-Utah, today announced significant progress on their work to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and boost rural economies across the country. Their bipartisan Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR) Act, which would promote access to outdoor recreation opportunities and allow more visitors to get outdoors, today unanimously … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Wyden, Gardner, Paul, Markey Press DHS on Foreign Cell Phone Surveillance Devices Used in U.S.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., today called on the Department of Homeland Security to release unclassified documents with new details about threats posed by foreign government use of cellular surveillance devices in Washington D.C. and other U.S. cities. "The American people have a legitimate interest in understanding the extent to which U.S. telephone networks are vulnerable to surveillance and are … Continue Reading

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