Press Releases

January 22, 2004

Wyden, Smith Secure Millions for Oregon, OSU Agriculture Research

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) announced that agricultural projects in Oregon and the entire Northwest will receive nearly $11 million in federal funds. Oregon State University, a regional agriculture research leader, will directly receive more than $2.2 million in new funding and increases over Fiscal Year 2003 amounts, and will share in more than $7.1 million in new funding and increases. These funds were included in omnibus funding measure … Continue Reading


January 22, 2004

Wyden, Smith Secure $100 Million for Oregon Groundfish, Salmon Recovery Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced final approval of more than $100 million for West Coast groundfish and salmon recovery efforts. Oregon will receive a significant portion of this money, which was included in the omnibus spending measure that will now be signed into law by the president. "Oregon's fishing communities are part of our heritage and an important part of our state's economic future," said Wyden. "This … Continue Reading


January 21, 2004

Wyden: Country-Of-Origin Labeling Empowers Consumers, Must go Forward

Washington, DC - As reports about bovine spongiform encephalopathy or "mad cow" disease have raised questions about America's food supply, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on Congress to fix faulty legislation that would delay "country of origin" labeling on food sold in the United States. The 2002 Farm Bill requires country of origin labeling to begin this fall, but retailers and other powerful interests successfully included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2004 omnibus spending … Continue Reading


January 20, 2004

Statement by Senator Ron WydenFollowing the President's State of the Union Address

"The message Congress heard tonight was 'stay the course,' but Oregonians are saying they want to change the fiscal course that's cost our state more than 50,000 jobs and created economic chaos."Oregonians share my view that the only real solutions are bipartisan ones. Therefore, I believe the president and his administration should work with Democrats to protect overtime pay instead of gutting it. The president and his administration should work with Democrats to provide health care for all … Continue Reading


January 20, 2004

Statement by Senator Ron Wyden

The message Congress heard tonight was stay the course, but Oregonians are saying they want to change the fiscal course thats cost our state more than 50,000 jobs and created economic chaos.Oregonians share my view that the only real solutions are bipartisan ones. Therefore, I believe the president and his administration should work with Democrats to protect overtime pay instead of gutting it. The president and his administration should work with Democrats to provide health care for all … Continue Reading


January 15, 2004

Wyden Comments on Requested Halliburton Probe

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) praised the Defense Contracts Auditing Agency (DCAA) today for its decision to request further investigation into whether the Halliburton company and its subsidiary, Kellogg Brown and Root, overcharged American taxpayers in the execution of a fuel delivery contract in Iraq. Wyden, who has criticized large no-bid and limited-bid contracts for Iraq reconstruction, won passage with U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) of bipartisan legislation to … Continue Reading


January 13, 2004

Wyden to President: Fully Fund Healthy Forests

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today urged President Bush to fully fund the Healthy Forest Restoration Act's hazardous fuels reduction efforts in the Administration's budget for the coming year. In a letter to the president, Wyden, and U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), requested that the president's FY 2005 budget include the full $760 million authorized for hazardous fuels reduction under the Healthy Forests … Continue Reading


January 06, 2004

Tri-Met Will Receive Nearly $1 Million in Homeland Security Funds

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden announced that the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Tri-Met) will receive $926,394 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to improve transit system security and emergency preparedness. "In today's world greater safety and security for urban commuters is an absolute must," said Smith. "Improving security measures and instituting effective, proven response plans will help keep Oregon safe." "It is … Continue Reading


January 06, 2004

Clackamas Country to Receive Nearly $700,000 for Head Start

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced today that the Clackamas County Children's Commission will receive $672,970 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue providing Head Start services to children aged 3 to 5 years. "Head Start teaches life skills to Oregon's youngsters and provides communities with lasting benefits," said Smith. "Clackamas County Head Start programs will now continue to give kids a better chance at … Continue Reading


December 14, 2003

Statement from Senator Wyden regarding the capture of Saddam Hussein

"Saddam Hussein's capture proves once again that the United States has the best and most tenacious fighting forces in the world, and they've done their job superbly in capturing this dangerous man. This is a day to congratulate the American military on a job well … Continue Reading


August 01, 2003

Wyden & Smith Announce Funding For Celilo Village

WASHINGTON, D.C.Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced today the successful passage of the Native American Technical Correction Act of 2003 which contains a provision authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to rehabilitate Celilo Village in the Columbia River Gorge.Celilo Village is one of Oregons unique historical treasures, but it is in desperate need of appropriate restoration, said Smith. This legislation ensures the rehabilitation process will begin, and that the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2003

Wyden, Dorgan Continue Call for Closure of "Terrorism Information Awareness" Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) issued a brief statement today following the resignation of Dr. John Poindexter, director of the Terrorism (formerly Total) Information Awareness (TIA) Program at the Department of Defense. On Monday, Wyden and Dorgan drew attention to a proposed program under Dr. Poindexter's authority that would have sold futures contracts on assassinations, coups and military strikes in an attempt to predict terrorist events. The … Continue Reading


July 23, 2003

Statement of U.S. Senator Ron Wydenregarding International Trade Commission determination for Hynix

"The key question before the International Trade Commission today was whether the DRAM industry in the United States has been materially injured or threatened with material injury by Hynix's exports to the United States. Despite the fact that Hynix's exports to the United States actually fell during the overall period investigated, the Commission's vote indicates it believes there was harm."With this finding, today's Commission vote, in effect, imposes the unreasonably high tariff rate set by … Continue Reading


June 17, 2003

Statement of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Regarding U.S. Department of Commerce Tariff Determination for Hynix

"Today's decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to set an unreasonably high tariff rate in the Hynix case is very disturbing. I'm deeply disappointed that an agency created to promote trade and economic development has instead chosen to endanger the jobs of more than one thousand Oregonians through this action."I spoke with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce last week to urge him to set the lowest possible tariff rate in this case. In making my case for a low tariff rate, I told the Secretary … Continue Reading

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