Press Releases

April 07, 2008

Wyden, Clinton, Lieberman, Dodd Seek Repeal of Federal Control Over LNG Terminal Siting

WASHINGTON, DC - Working to restore local control over liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal placement, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), and Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced legislation today to repeal portions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which gave that authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Such decisions had historically been decided by state siting agencies. "The end result of the Bush-Cheney energy bill is a Federal … Continue Reading


April 07, 2008

Wyden to hold town hall meetings in Grant, Harney counties

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town hall meetings on April 19, 2008, in John Day and Burns. Grant and Harney county residents are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns.During his 1996 U.S. Senate campaign, Wyden promised to hold town hall meetings in every Oregon county each year. The events in John Day and Burns mark the 11th year of these meetings, which now total over 475.Harney County Town Hall MeetingDate: April 19, 2008Time: 1 … Continue Reading


April 07, 2008

Wyden: Reform is Needed to Fix America's Broken Health Care System

WASHINGTON, DC - Reaching out to key players in the debate over comprehensive health care reform, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) spoke today at the 2008 American Hospital Association Annual Meeting about the Healthy Americans Act (S. 334), the first bipartisan, comprehensive health reform bill in more than 13 years.Wyden spoke about the mounting set of problems hospitals face:"Hospital administrators wrestle with the same huge problems every day: increasing amounts of bad debt, growing … Continue Reading


March 20, 2008

Wyden meets with SOU students, administrators about credit card debt, discusses legislation to help consumers cope with hidden fees and penalties

Ashland, Ore. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) met with college students and administrators at Southern Oregon University on Thursday to learn more about credit card solicitations and rising student debt and to discuss his credit card rating legislation.The meeting follows the recent introduction by Senator Wyden of the Credit Card Safety Star Act that will rate credit card applications based on how easy they are to understand. The bill is being co-sponsored by Illinois Senator Barack Obama. … Continue Reading


March 19, 2008

Wyden to discuss new credit card rating legislation at SOU on Thursday

Ashland, OR - Southern Oregon University students and administrators will join Oregon Senator Ron Wyden on Thursday, March 20, 2008, for a roundtable discussion and news conference on legislation that will give consumers, particularly college students, a valuable new tool to determine the difference between good and bad credit cards. Wyden introduced The Credit Card Safety Star Act of 2007 (S. 2411) along with co-sponsored Illinois Senator Barack Obama.At the news conference, students and … Continue Reading


March 17, 2008

Wyden to Host Health Care Town Hall on Wednesday in Salem

Salem, OR - On Wednesday, March 19, 2008, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will be in Salem to host a community conversation on health care. Wyden, co-sponsor of the bipartisan Healthy Americans Act, is inviting Marion County and other mid-Willamette Valley residents to attend and share their personal experiences and perspective in dealing with the health care system."Health care consistently ranks at the top of the list of issues that concern all Americans," Wyden said. "Hearing the personal … Continue Reading


March 14, 2008

Senators Inouye and Corker Sponsor Healthy Americans Act

Washington DC - The bipartisan Senate effort to fix the nation's ailing health care system grew today as U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bob Bennett (R-UT) welcomed two key Senate sponsors of the Healthy Americans Act (S. 334). U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee and second-most senior member on the Senate Appropriations Committee and U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), a former mayor, state finance commissioner, and entrepreneur who knows first-hand … Continue Reading


March 12, 2008

Bipartisan Senate-House Resolution Recognizes the Importance of Advance Healthcare Decision-Making

Washington DC - In an effort to encourage all Americans, at all stages of their life, to discuss important end-of-life medical decisions with their loved ones, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) and U.S Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) today introduced a joint-resolution to recognize National Health Care Decisions Day. "It's not easy to talk to a family member or loved ones about what kind of medical care you'd want or not want at the end of your life. Yet everyday … Continue Reading


March 10, 2008

Wyden to hold Town Hall Meetings in Malheur, Baker and Morrow Counties

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host three town hall meetings in two days beginning March 16th. Residents of Malheur, Baker and Morrow and counties are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns.During his 1996 U.S. Senate campaign, Wyden promised to hold town hall meetings in every Oregon county each year. The events in Ontario, Baker City and Irrigon mark the 11th year of these meetings, which now total over 450.Malheur County Town Hall … Continue Reading


March 05, 2008

Wyden Urges FAA to Rescind New Rule on Kit Aircraft, Prevent Job Losses in Oregon Aircraft Manufacturing

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden asked the Federal Aviation Administration today to immediately rescind a new rule that threatens kit aircraft manufacturers in Oregon and across the country with reduced sales and worker layoffs."We ask that you immediately rescind the moratorium on new kit evaluations," Wyden said in a letter to Robert A. Sturgell, acting FAA administrator. "Should the FAA proposals go forward, they could significantly affect important employers at a time when the … Continue Reading


March 05, 2008

Speech: Wyden Addresses America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) 2008 National Policy Forum

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) delivered the following speech before the America's Health Insurance Plans 2008 National Policy Forum on Wednesday, March 5, 2008.In less than a year, America will watch a new president be sworn into office, and exactly one year from now that new president will be on day 44 of their first 100 days - their so-called "honeymoon" with the public. I don't think that I have to tell you, that for the cause of health care reform, those 100 days will be very important.I … Continue Reading


March 03, 2008

Wyden Co-Sponsors "21st Century GI Bill"

Washington, D.C. - Arguing that "soldiers who share the same foxhole for the same length of time should get the same benefit," U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced his support today for the "Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act" (S.22). Reintroduced late yesterday, the legislation commonly referred to as the "21st Century GI Bill" will provide service members who have served since September 11, 2001 with improved educational benefits similar to those provided to World War … Continue Reading


February 22, 2008

Oregon Medical Association Announces Endorsement of Senator Ron Wyden's Healthy Americans Act

Portland, OR - The 7,300-member Oregon Medical Association today announced its endorsement of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's Healthy Americans Act that would provide health care to all Americans."The Healthy Americans Act is a bi-partisan bill that provides an opportunity to bring health care policy in the United States in line with the rest of the industrialized world," OMA President Klaus Martin, M.D. said at a joint news conference with Senator Wyden and other OMA officials. "Our endorsement is … Continue Reading


February 14, 2008

Wyden to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Washington County

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host a town hall meeting on February 21, 2008, in Beaverton. Washington County residents of are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns.During his 1996 U.S. Senate campaign, Wyden promised to hold town hall meetings in every Oregon county each year. The event Beaverton is in the 11th year of these meetings, which now total over 400.Washington County Town Hall Meeting Date: February 21, … Continue Reading


February 14, 2008

Wyden to Host Health Care Town Hall on Wednesday in Medford

Medford, OR - On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will host a community conversation on health care in Medford. Wyden, co-sponsor of the bipartisan Healthy Americans Act, is inviting Southern Oregon residents to attend and share their personal experiences in dealing with the health care system."Health care consistently ranks at the top of the list of issues that concern average Americans," Wyden said. "Hearing the personal experiences of those who deal with today's health … Continue Reading


February 14, 2008

Wyden to Address City Club of Central Oregon on Health Care

Bend, OR - "Now Is the Time to Fix Health Care" is the topic for Senator Ron Wyden's address to the City Club of Central Oregon on Monday, February 18, 2008. Wyden is the author of the Healthy Americans Act, which has gained bipartisan support and is being co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Bennett (R) of Utah. HAA would get employers out of the business of providing health care for their workers, require Americans to buy a basic health insurance policy for themselves, reduce health care costs, slash … Continue Reading


February 13, 2008

Wyden: "Congress is finally back to doing its job"

Washington, D.C. - Following today's filing of the House-Senate conference report on the FY'08 Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 2082), U.S Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement. Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was one of the members negotiating on behalf of the Senate. H.R. 2082 is the annual bill authorizing spending for each of the nation's sixteen national intelligence agencies."This legislation restores Congressional … Continue Reading


February 12, 2008

Senate Votes to Expand Privacy Rights To Americans Abroad

Washington, D.C. - In passing the FISA Amendments Act of 2007 (S.2248), the U.S. Senate today voted to approve one of the largest expansions of privacy rights in the last thirty years. S.2248 which makes a number of changes to U.S. surveillance law contains a provision originally written by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will ensure that Americans who travel outside the United States possess the same privacy rights that they enjoy on U.S. soil. "In the digital age, an American's … Continue Reading


January 30, 2008

Senate Committee Passes Copper Salmon Wilderness Act

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today passed S. 2034, the Copper Salmon Wilderness Act. In advance of the committee's vote, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who introduced S. 2034 in the Senate, submitted the below statement for the hearing record: Statement of Senator Ron Wyden ENR Business Meeting January 30, 2008 On S. 2034, the Copper Salmon Wilderness ActI am pleased that today we will be voting to move out of the Committee legislation that will … Continue Reading


January 30, 2008

Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Restore Northwest Fisheries

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today passed S. 1522, the Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act (FRIMA). Introduced by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), S.1522 extends the Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act of 2000, which over the last six years has cost-shared funds for improved fish passage to protect more than 550 river miles of fish habitat and species throughout the Northwest. In advance of the committee's vote, … Continue Reading

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