Press Releases

August 31, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $1.5 Million to Promote Healthy Pollinator Populations

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced the University of Oregon and Oregon State University are receiving a combined total of $1,499,973 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support research into bee populations and habitats. “Protecting pollinators, like bees and butterflies, is an urgent issue that requires bold and sustainable solutions,” said Senator Merkley, who as a champion for pollinator … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Wyden Statement on HHS Recommendation to Classify Cannabis as Schedule III Controlled Substance

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) formally recommended that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III under the Controlled Substances Act: “Ultimately, I believe that cannabis should be descheduled with strong federal regulations put in place to protect public health and safety - that’s why I introduced the … Continue Reading


August 24, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Announce More than $25.7 Million to Oregon for Rural Broadband

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that four Oregon counties will receive a combined $25.7 million from the USDA Rural Development’s ReConnect program to bring broadband to homes and businesses in the Mid-Valley and Central Coast. “I will not rest until 100 percent of Oregonians get the broadband necessary to access jobs, education and telehealth,” said Wyden, who advocated for expanding rural broadband access by successfully pushing the Department of … Continue Reading


August 24, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: More than $19.3 Million to Oregon for Culverts Aiding in Fish Passage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that six Oregon counties will receive a combined $19.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for culverts to encourage fish passage and species conservation. “Culverts and the Salmon SuperHwy are proven methods for tackling depleted salmon and steelhead stocks while preventing floods,” said Wyden, who fought for crucial dollars to for the Salmon Superhwy that builds fish passages into existing … Continue Reading


August 24, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Earns Federal Investment in Upgraded Broadband

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians has secured a $482,325 federal grant to improve broadband service for its Tribal lands in southwest Oregon. “Federal investment in fast and dependable broadband is a must-do infrastructure priority, and those resources must include Tribal communities in Oregon and nationwide,” said Wyden, who earlier this year successfully fought to correct inaccuracies in the … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $160,000 to OSU for Coastal Disaster Preparedness and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon State University will receive nearly $160,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for disaster preparedness, innovation and education. “I’m all in to ensure Oregon’s coastal communities have all the resources they need to prepare and then recover from a disaster that could strike at any moment,” Wyden said. “I’m gratified OSU has earned these federal investments to help shore up our … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Urge Biden Administration to Expand Automatic Voter Registration Through Medicaid Application Process

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expedite its work with states to expand automatic voter registration (AVR) through the Medicaid application process. Recently, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek signed legislation that authorizes the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to automatically register unregistered Oregon voters when they apply for Medicaid. Through … Continue Reading


August 16, 2023

Wyden Statement on 5th Circuit Ruling on Mifepristone

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Ron Wyden released the following statement after the 5th Circuit issued its ruling to restrict access to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved abortion medication mifepristone: “Any effort to restrict access to safe and effective abortion medication is nothing more than a political ploy to control women’s bodies. The science is clear and a wealth of evidence demonstrates the drug’s safety and efficacy, which is why the … Continue Reading


August 16, 2023

Oregon Lawmakers Announce More than $6 Million Statewide to Enhance Cybersecurity

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Val Hoyle and Andrea Salinas today announced Oregon would receive more than $6 million from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for crucial cybersecurity upgrades for state and local governments. “The constant and ever-evolving threat of cyberattacks demands a rigorous and unflinching commitment to … Continue Reading


August 15, 2023

Representative Salinas, Senators Wyden and Merkley Announce $300,000 Grant to Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Tigard, OR – Today, U.S. House Representative Andrea Salinas (D-Tigard) and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $300,000 to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for opioid overdose response. These funds are part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), an initiative aimed at reducing substance use disorder fatalities in high-risk rural communities. “As the … Continue Reading


August 14, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $92,000 to Upper Klamath Basin for Crucial Conservation Planning

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Upper Klamath Basin will receive nearly $92,000 from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for data collection and conservation planning through Oregon State University. "There have been incredible efforts by folks in the Klamath Basin to prepare and respond to more frequent and severe droughts caused by climate chaos—but all of that starts with everyone having all the … Continue Reading


August 11, 2023

Wyden Statement on Cyber Safety Review Board Investigation of Recent Microsoft Exchange Online Intrusion

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security announcement that its Cyber Safety Review Board will review the recent Microsoft Exchange Online hack. Wyden requested the board investigate the recent hack in a letter sent July 27. “I applaud President Biden and CISA Director Easterly for acting on my request for the board to review this recent espionage campaign, including cybersecurity negligence by … Continue Reading


August 11, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Bonamici, Hoyle Press Feds to Provide More Opportunities for Oregon Coast to Weigh in on Draft Wind Energy Areas

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Val Hoyle said today they are urging federal officials -- if draft wind energy areas for the Oregon Coast are released -- to schedule three public meetings on the Coast for public review, and also to double the comment period from 30 days to 60 days. The letter with those requests from the four Oregon lawmakers to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Elizabeth Klein comes in … Continue Reading


August 08, 2023

Wyden To Hold Two Town Halls Next Week in Tigard, Hood River

Portland –  U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will have two in-person town halls next week in Washington and Hood River counties. Wyden has already held 34 town halls so far throughout Oregon in 2023– including previous town halls this year in both Washington and Hood River counties. Heading into next week’s town halls, Wyden has held 1,061 town halls overall statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of … Continue Reading


August 07, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $515,000 Coming to La Grande School District to Address Regional Housing Needs, Promote Technical Education

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the La Grande School district will be awarded $515,000 through the Department of Education for a Community Initiated Project to operate housing construction and construction career and technical education (CTE) programs in the school district. “This is a win-win for the La Grande students and community as it helps students learn valuable skills and addresses the housing crisis we are … Continue Reading


August 03, 2023

Wyden Urges ADHD Drug Manufacturers to Boost Production or Relinquish Excess Quota to Help Shortage

Wyden’s call follows joint statement released by DEA and FDA at his request providing an update on the shortage crisis hitting Oregon and entire country DEA tells Wyden manufacturers are on track to fall one billion doses below quota Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged manufacturers of much-needed amphetamine medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including Adderall and generic equivalents, to either increase their … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Wyden, Duckworth Make Push for Increased Support for U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Wyden, Duckworth also sent a letter to HHS citing concerns the Fiscal Responsibility Act passed by Congress jeopardizes the Corps’ public health emergency response capabilities, urge HHS to ensure USPHS programs are fully funded Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., today announced their efforts to ensure the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has the funding it needs to ensure a highly-trained, always-ready, … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Support Recent Immigrants, Refugees

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues have reintroduced legislation that would support immigrants and refugees overcome common obstacles to naturalization, including language barriers and challenges navigating the search for employment. “The naturalization process shouldn’t be confusing for folks trying to achieve the American dream,” Wyden said today. “As the son of refugees from Nazi Germany, I’m proud to introduce legislation … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Call on Auto Companies to Include all Battery Plant Workers in National Union Contract

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are calling on General Motors, Stellantis, and Ford Motor Company to negotiate in good faith to reach a fair outcome that folds in workers at all joint venture electric vehicle battery facilities into the national United Auto Workers union contract.  “Profits should translate to gains for workers. It is unacceptable that in the midst of extreme financial gains for the companies, executives, and investors, the workers … Continue Reading


August 01, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Join Legislation to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined their colleagues to introduce legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers in Oregon and across the nation who are exposed to dangerous heat conditions in the workplace. The Asunción Valdivia Heat Stress Injury, Illness, and Fatality Prevention Act is named in honor of Asunción Valdivia, who died in 2004 after picking grapes for ten hours straight in 105-degree temperatures. Mr. Valdivia … Continue Reading

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