Press Releases

March 06, 2017

Wyden, McCaskill, Markey Call on Energy Secretary Perry to Hold Contractors Accountable for Whistleblower Retaliation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., today called on the Department of Energy's new secretary, Rick Perry, to immediately reinstate rules to hold contractors accountable for retaliating against whistleblowers who report nuclear safety violations. In a letter to Perry today, the senators noted the Department of Energy's (DOE) "long history" of failing to protect against a culture of retaliation and intimidation against … Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

Wyden Statement on New Ban on Refugees and Immigrants from Six Majority Muslim Nations

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on a new executive order blocking refugees and immigrants from six majority Muslim nations. "Today's order is little more than a warmed-over rehash of the original. It remains a barely disguised religious ban that will do absolutely nothing to protect our country. If there was any doubt this was about satisfying a far-right wing fantasy, not security, the month-long delay in reissuing the ban is concrete proof," Wyden … Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

Wyden Calls on Trump to Release White House Visitor Logs

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the White House and the Secret Service to continue the previous administration's policy of releasing White House complex visitor logs so the American people can know who is influencing their government. Wyden was joined in making that request in two letters to the president and the Secret Service by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Tom Carper, D-Del., Tom Udall, D-N.M., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Richard … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Wyden, Menendez, Blumenauer Unveil Legislation to Restore Transparency and Hold Puppy Mill Operators, Other Animal Abusers Accountable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., introduced legislation this week to restore public information on animal cruelty that was erased from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website under the Trump Administration. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and a large group of House members are expected to introduce the House version next week. The Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act would … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Wyden Votes ‘No’ on Perry to Lead Energy Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement on his vote against confirming former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the U.S. Department of Energy: "The Energy Department can set the temperature for a boom in good-paying American jobs in clean energy technologies like wind, solar and hydropower. But as Trump is threatening to slash DOE's budget, Gov. Perry hasn't convinced me he's up to the task of creating those jobs and putting points on the board in … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio Introduce Bill to Honor Frank and Jeanne Moore with Steelhead Special Management Area

Washington, DC - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio today introduced legislation that would honor an Oregon couple's distinguished legacy of conservation and habitat preservation by designating nearly 100,000 acres of public lands in Oregon as the "Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area." The bill designating 99,653 acres of Forest Service land north of the North Umpqua River around Steamboat Creek in Douglas County would ensure the river, its … Continue Reading

March 01, 2017

Wyden Statement on Voting in Favor of Ryan Zinke to be the Next Secretary of the Interior

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted today in favor of confirming Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior after two previous "present" votes. "After several discussions, I received an assurance that as secretary of the Interior, Rep. Zinke will focus on doing his job, which includes protecting our special places and managing the forests already within the Interior Department's control, instead of engaging in senseless … Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

Wyden Statement on President’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the president's first address to a joint session of Congress: "At town halls all across Oregon last week, I heard from thousands of people who are hungry for real solutions. They believe in the Oregon Way, where it doesn't matter what your party is, it matters that you have good ideas, and the willingness to fight for them. Unfortunately, the president has not kept the promises he made to millions of … Continue Reading

February 27, 2017

Wyden Votes “Present” on Zinke Procedural Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after voting "present" on a Senate procedural vote tonight that begins debate on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke to be the next secretary of the Department of the Interior. "Congressman Zinke and I have had several discussions about forestry - especially about how to get the harvest up in a sustainable way, create jobs in rural America and protect our special places," Wyden said. "Yet so far, it has proven … Continue Reading

February 27, 2017

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici Invite Outdoor Retailers to “See all that Oregon has to Offer”

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today touted Oregon's flourishing outdoor recreation industry and wide array of recreation opportunities to pitch outdoor retailers on moving their semiannual convention to the state. In a letter today to the Outdoor Retailer trade show, Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, and Bonamici called Oregon "the ideal showcase location for travelers from across the country and across the … Continue Reading

February 24, 2017

Wyden: Claims by White House Chief of Staff Require More Transparency from FBI

Washington, D.C. - Following recent claims made by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today demanded more transparency from Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey about any investigations into Trump associates' ties to Russia. "Politicized assertions by White House Chief of Staff Priebus about what may or may not be the findings of an FBI investigation are exactly the wrong way for the public to hear about an issue that is of grave … Continue Reading

February 23, 2017

Wyden Statement on White House Comments Against Legal Marijuana

Medford, Ore. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today made comments disparaging the decisions American voters have made to legalize recreational marijuana in eight states and Washington, D.C. "The federal government needs to respect the decisions of Oregon voters. Instead, the Trump Administration is threatening states' rights, including the rights of one in five Americans who live in a state where marijuana is legal," … Continue Reading

February 20, 2017

Wyden Questions Misguided Digital Border Searches

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain reports of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents demanding access to Americans' locked phones and other digital devices when crossing the U.S. border. Wyden also asked about the department's plans to require visitors to the United States to turn over their private social medial passwords as a condition of entry. "These digital dragnet border search practices weaken our national and … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Wyden to Keep Pushing for Transparency to Protect Animals from Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today pledged to keep fighting to ensure transparency in animal welfare violations after the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to restore a small portion of public information to its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. Earlier this week, Wyden and 17 of his Democratic Senate colleagues called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to again make publically available animal welfare inspection reports for regulated … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Wyden, Bonamici Lead Oregon Lawmakers, 76 Members of Congress in Push to Restore Critical Funding for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to include adequate funding for the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program in the president's budget for fiscal year 2018. Wyden and Bonamici were joined by Oregon lawmakers Sen. Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Peter DeFazio, along with 76 other members of Congress in a letter … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Wyden to Vote “No” on Scott Pruitt to Head the Environmental Protection Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will vote against confirming Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today. "Americans ought to have confidence that the head of the EPA recognizes what this job is all about - defending the health of families and communities, not the profits of energy companies or any other special interest. Yet Mr. Pruitt has given no such assurance. "The EPA is at the heart of maintaining clean air and clean water for every … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Demand Scott Pruitt Recuse Himself from All Issues Related to Lawsuits He Brought Against the EPA to Overturn or Weaken Clean Air and Water Pollution Rules

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with 28 other senators today called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt to recuse himself from participating in any matter related to litigation that he pursued against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General. In a letter to Pruitt, the senators specifically called on Pruitt to recuse himself from decisions on how the EPA will defend itself against the lawsuits he brought for as … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Wyden Introduces Shortline and Regional Railroad Bill

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced bipartisan legislation that would make permanent a tax credit key to rehabilitating shortline and regional railroads in Oregon and nationwide. "These railroads play an essential role in creating good jobs throughout Oregon by providing a crucial link in the chain to move goods made and grown in our state to factories, grain elevators, mills, and other parts of the economy," said Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. "My … Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Wyden, Chaffetz, Conyers Bill To Crack Down on Warrantless Tracking by the Government, Use of Cell-Site Technology

Washington, D.C. - As government agencies expand their use of cell-site simulators or "stingrays" and other digital tracking technology, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., today introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, to create clear rules for when agencies can access and track an individual's geolocation information. "Outdated laws shouldn't be an excuse for open season on tracking Americans, and owning a smartphone or … Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Wyden Introduces KOMBUCHA Act

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced bipartisan legislation that would modernize outdated federal alcohol taxes and regulations on kombucha companies in Oregon and nationwide. "The growth of kombucha production in our state and throughout the country creates jobs and a tasty beverage," Wyden said. "This legislation would update taxes and regulations so these small businesses can continue to build on their achievements creating good jobs and good flavor for kombucha's many … Continue Reading

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