Press Releases

May 20, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $3.3 Million in Airport Infrastructure Investments in Grant County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that over $3.3 million will be distributed to Grant County to finance construction and safety improvements at the Grant County Regional/Ogilvie Field Airport. "As we continue to grapple with the coronavirus crisis, it's critical that communities throughout Oregon have every resource available to build a strong economic foundation for the future," said Merkley. "That includes making sure our infrastructure is … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Urge Congress to Protect America’s Farmworkers in Upcoming Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with a group of their senate colleagues, are urging Senate leadership to establish and enforce adequate protections for America's farmworkers-whose essential work enables families across America to keep food on the table during the coronavirus crisis. The letter comes as reports highlight farmworkers' critical need for additional health and safety safeguards to protect themselves, their families, other workers, and … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Wyden Votes No on Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after voting no on the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe to serve as director of national intelligence: "John Ratcliffe is the least qualified, most partisan nominee to be director of national intelligence since the creation of the position. Worse still, his confirmation process revealed additional concerns that require the Senate to reject his confirmation. "First, Representative … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Wyden, Rounds and Eshoo Lead Bipartisan Call to Secure U.S. Capitol Phone Networks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., with Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., led 20 members of the House and Senate in a request to encrypt phone calls between the chambers to protect communications against foreign surveillance. "Congress must secure itself from the serious threat posed by foreign spies," the members wrote. "Please take immediate action to encrypt, in bulk, all internal calls and other electronic communications between the Senate, House and … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Help Non-profits during Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are introducing legislation that would help nonprofit organizations in Oregon and nationwide meet an increase in demand for their services due to the coronavirus pandemic while helping newly unemployed Americans get back to work. "Nonprofits have been hit with a one-two punch: giving is down, while demand for their services is at an all-time high with 36 million Americans out of work and struggling to put food on the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Encourage U.S. Engagement in Global Effort to Find Coronavirus Vaccine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 38 of their colleagues, are introducing a resolution that encourages U.S. engagement with the international community on the coronavirus response given the Trump administration's failure to participate in global summits on vaccines and therapeutics. The resolution emphasizes that only with concerted global collaboration and coordination can the coronavirus pandemic be addressed, and that the U.S. has failed so … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Action to Ensure Worker Safety as Trump Administration Pressures Meat Processing Plants to Open

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today raised new concerns about the Trump administration's Executive Order pressuring meat processing plants to open without verifying the necessary safety measures to protect workers and the food supply. The senators, along with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and 26 of their colleagues, outlined recommendations for ways the administration should improve worker safety in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Wyden, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reform Broken Declassification System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., today introduced legislation to address the expensive, unnecessary backlog to declassify documents that no longer need to be protected by government secrecy. "Keeping records classified without good reason is a huge waste of taxpayer money and resources to secure documents that don't actually affect national security," Wyden said. "Our bill will save money and start to chip away at the huge backlog of documents that … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Announce Nearly $500,000 Investment in Agricultural Workforce Through Oregon State University

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon State University (OSU) will receive nearly $500,000 in federal funding to support summer research fellowships that prepare underrepresented students for graduate school and careers in food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences. The funds are part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development Program, which is dedicated to supporting the … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Wyden Votes No on Bill to Hand Government Warrantless Spying Power

Washington, D.C. - Senior Intelligence Committee member U.S. Sen. Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement today, after voting against a bill to renew massive warrantless surveillance powers: "Today I voted no against reviving sweeping programs that spy on innocent Americans without a warrant. This bill does far too little to protect Americans' Constitutional rights against unnecessary government spying, a prospect that should terrify everyone concerned by the Trump administration and … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Wyden, Brown Press Labor Department to Speed Up Unemployment Disbursements and Address System Shortfalls

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to speed up Unemployment Insurance (UI) disbursements and work to address the system shortfalls that have contributed to the delays in workers getting their benefits. In a letter sent to DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia, the senators expressed serious concern regarding the significant delays in the processing of UI claims that are preventing workers from receiving their benefits in … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Wyden, Rubio, Durbin and Boozman Introduce Resolution Condemning Repression of Iranian Baha’i

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and John Boozman, R-Ark., introduced a resolution condemning Iran's government for persecuting the 300,000 members of the Baha'i faith. "Iran's repression of its Baha'i population and imprisonment of Baha'i religious leaders is despicable. This resolution sends the message that the U.S. must hold the Iranian regime accountable for the continued violation of religious and political freedom of … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Wyden Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Extend PPP Loan Deadline from Eight to 16 Weeks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to introduce the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Deadline Extension Adjustment for Loans (DEAL) Act. The legislation would extend the loan forgiveness period from eight to 16 weeks and amend the rehire date from June 30 to 16 weeks after the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is awarded. It was also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Cory … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $87 Million in Federal Funding to Increase Testing Capacity in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon will receive nearly $87 million to boost the state's coronavirus testing capacity. "Expanding testing capacity is an essential step in our fight to treat, and eventually reopen, our communities," said Merkley. "The reality is that coronavirus testing is still limited in Oregon and in states across the country-a major problem that is only making it more difficult for us to understand and respond to … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Press for Maritime Ports Help in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are urging Senate leaders to direct relief in the next COVID-19 package to maritime ports in Oregon and nationwide. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer notes that ports' unique governing structures have left them ineligible for many of the recently enacted relief programs. "Funding sources vary for ports, but all have seen their budgets hit hard by the ongoing business closures and … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Wyden Welcomes New National Housing Assistance Website to Help Renters, Homeowners Apply for Relief, Learn About New Protections to Keep Them in Their Homes

Washington, DC - Following calls from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and colleagues for a comprehensive resource guide to help renters and homeowners during the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has launched a new website to provide information about all the resources and assistance available. The single website provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) details new … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Wyden Opposes Warrantless Government Surveillance of Americans’ Internet Browsing History

Mr. President, I rise to offer an amendment to ask a basic question. Is it right at this unique time when millions of law-abiding citizens are at home, for the government to be able to spy on their internet searches and web browsing without a warrant? Should law-abiding Americans have to worry about their government looking over their shoulders from the moment they wake up in the morning and turn on their computers to when they go to bed at night? I believe the answer is no. But that's exactly … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Announce Legislation to Help Renters During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 24 of their colleagues in the Senate, have announced new legislation-the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020-to assist renters amid the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis. The legislation would establish an Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which would provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help families and individuals pay their rent during and after … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The Emergency Educational Connections Act would give elementary and secondary schools and libraries, including tribal schools and libraries, $4 billion to provide Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and internet-enabled devices to students, staff and patrons. "With education forced … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Wyden Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help New Parents Receive CARES Act Stimulus Checks This Year

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce legislation that would ensure more new parents quickly receive the additional $500 per child in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus payments without having to wait until 2021. "Immediate economic help in the middle of this public health crisis is a must for new parents and the newborns depending on them from Day One to provide food, diapers, shelter and … Continue Reading

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