Press Releases

October 16, 2023

Oregon Delegation Announces Approval of Federal Fishery Disaster Declaration

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Val Hoyle (OR-04), Andrea Salinas (OR-06), and Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05), announced today that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined a fishery disaster for 2018, 2019, and 2020 Oregon Chinook salmon ocean commercial fisheries in the state. This determination, championed by the Oregon delegation, will make local fishermen … Continue Reading


October 11, 2023

Wyden Praises Enactment of California Privacy Law Modeled on Mind Your Own Business Act

Washington, D.C. — Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded California for enacting the Delete Act, to give users the ability to stop data brokers from selling or sharing their personal information with a single click. The legislation is modeled on a similar provision in Wyden’s Mind Your Own Business Act, first introduced in 2019. “Americans shouldn't have to fill out hundreds of different forms to stop data brokers selling their personal information. Californians now have a new law, … Continue Reading


October 11, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Corrections to Proposed Federal Defenders’ Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he and Senate colleagues are urging that adequate funding be provided for Defender Services in both Congressional chambers’ Financial Services and General Government legislation. “Federal Public and Community Defenders are fundamental to the function of federal courts across the country. To preserve the operation of our justice system, we urge you to pass funding for Defender Services that is at a minimum $108 million higher than the … Continue Reading


October 10, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1.7 Million to Drive Solutions to Nitrate Contamination in Morrow and Umatilla Counties

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announce Morrow and Umatilla counties have received $1.7 million to help address nitrate contamination in private wells. This federal investment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was passed in the FY23 government funding bill as a critical?community-initiated project?championed by Senators Merkley and Wyden. The funding will fuel local efforts to find?a long-term solution to the ongoing water crisis … Continue Reading


October 05, 2023

Merkley, Wyden, Salinas Lead Bicameral Legislation to Invest in Regenerative Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, and Representative Andrea Salinas (D-OR-06) are leading the bicameral Soil Conservation And Regeneration Education (Soil CARE) Act. Farmers, ranchers, and federal land personnel continue to face ongoing challenges to their land from extreme weather events like floods and droughts. This bill would ensure producers have the latest information and tools available to help rebuild degraded lands, reduce reliance on inputs, and … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $800,000 to Address Stolen Vehicles in Portland

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the City of Portland will be receiving a Smart Policing Initiative Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs to help address stolen vehicles in the city, which has seen over 10,000 reported thefts so far in 2023. “When folks go to hop in their cars to get to work, doctor’s appointments, or the grocery store, they should feel certain that their vehicle will be there … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Empower Youth and Expand Voting Access

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senate colleagues today reintroduced legislation that would expand youth access to voting. “Our democracy’s future depends on young voters actively participating in the election process. Unfortunately, young voters, particularly young people of color, face growing obstacles to exercise their Constitutional right to vote,” said Senator Wyden. “That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Youth Voting Rights Act which would empower young voters … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Wyden Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Support Judge Kasubhai’s Nomination

Watch a video of Wyden deliver his remarks here As prepared for delivery Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, members of the committee, I’m very pleased to join you this morning to introduce Judge Kasubhai, nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Judge Kasubhai is eminently qualified for this position. You all have his qualifications before you. You can see that before serving as a magistrate judge, he practiced law in Klamath Falls. Now for those who aren’t … Continue Reading


October 03, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $1 Million for Oregon Public Schools Stormwater Reduction

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership $1,376,029 for their School Stormwater Reduction Program. This effort is targeted at reducing stormwater and improving water quality at public school parking lots and school yards, and promoting better engagement with school communities. “A clean Columbia River Basin is essential to the health of our region, … Continue Reading


October 02, 2023

Wyden, Cassidy to Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Identity Fraud from AI

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced that he and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, R-La., will introduce bipartisan legislation to combat rising cases of identity fraud from the use of artificial intelligence by allowing the United States Postal Service to offer identity verification and related services to the private sector like they currently do for government agencies. “Criminals using hacked personal information made it hard enough to verify a person’s identity - now AI … Continue Reading


September 29, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Klamath Tribes Earn $500,000 Federal Investment in Upgraded Broadband

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Klamath Tribes have secured a $500,000 federal grant to improve broadband service for its Tribal members in southern Oregon. “Tribal communities in Oregon and nationwide need and deserve reliable, modern broadband for educational and job opportunities, small business growth, telehealth and more,” said Wyden, who earlier this year successfully fought to correct inaccuracies in the National Broadband Map that … Continue Reading


September 29, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Three Tribes in Oregon to Receive More Than $2.3 Million in U.S. Justice Department Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that three Tribes in Oregon have secured more than $2.3 million combined in federal grants to provide services and promote justice for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking. “These federal funds will help to ensure Tribes in our state can do everything possible for members who have survived some of the most horrific crimes imaginable,” Wyden said. “I’m gratified the Confederated … Continue Reading


September 29, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Urge Immediate Action on Wildland Firefighter Pay Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Senate colleagues this week called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to advance permanent, comprehensive pay reform for wildland firefighters in Oregon and nationwide as temporary pay increases are set to end. “Firefighters deserve fair pay, support for their mental and physical health, and time to recover from their dangerous work. In a future with increasingly catastrophic wildfires, Congress cannot delay and deny … Continue Reading


September 28, 2023

Wyden Reintroduces Legislation to Expand Domestic Critical Mineral Supplies, Fuel Clean Energy Manufacturing and Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil and Gas Imports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today reintroduced legislation that would support the processing, manufacturing, and production of critical minerals that would reduce imports of critical minerals, ease reliance on foreign oil and gas and support domestic manufacturing. “The historic clean energy package I authored in the Inflation Reduction Act has put our country on a supercharged path to secure clean energy independence and drastically cut carbon emissions. To expedite this clean … Continue Reading


September 28, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Make Higher Education More Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he and Senate colleagues have introduced legislation that would exclude Pell Grants from taxable income and make financial assistance more accessible to students pursuing higher education. “Figuring out how to pay for college is hard enough without having to maneuver the inner workings of the U.S. tax code," Wyden said. "This legislation would ensure that students are able to take full advantage of the aid they're entitled to —which … Continue Reading


September 27, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Curb Firearms Trafficking to Mexican Drug Cartels

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he and Senate colleagues have introduced legislation that would prevent firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico. “International firearms trafficking puts lives in danger and helps criminals sell narcotics. This must end now,” Wyden said. “It’s time for Congress to address the proliferation of firearms trafficking and keep Americans safe from gun violence by passing the Stop Arming Cartels Act.” The trafficking of … Continue Reading


September 27, 2023

Wyden Statement on SAFER Banking Act

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee passed the Secure And Fair Enforcement Regulation (SAFER) Banking Act: “The U.S. Senate is finally on its way to making sure that small cannabis businesses can finally get access to banking services just like any other law-abiding businesses - no more wheelbarrows full of cash. The Senate has got to get this important legislation across … Continue Reading


September 27, 2023

Wyden, Markey Applaud Chairwoman Rosenworcel for Proposed Broadband, Net Neutrality Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., released the following statement today after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced plans to reinstate net neutrality rules and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act: “Broadband is not a luxury. It is an essential utility and it is imperative that the FCC’s authority reflects the necessary nature of the internet in … Continue Reading


September 27, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Reintroduce Resolution Reaffirming Importance of Clean Water Access for Tribal Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that they and Senate colleagues have reintroduced a resolution emphasizing the federal government’s responsibility to provide access to clean drinking water for Tribal communities in Oregon and throughout the country. “Everyone deserves access to clean water - yet today many Tribal communities across the country lack access to this vital natural resource,” Wyden said. “It’s time to reinvest and ramp up water infrastructure … Continue Reading


September 26, 2023

Wyden, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Reduce Tobacco Use in America

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08), today introduced the bicameral Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2023.  The bill would close tax code loopholes for tobacco products by establishing a new federal tax on e-cigarettes, updating the federal cigarette tax rate to restore its public health impact, and harmonizing the tax rate across tobacco products to address … Continue Reading

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