Press Releases

September 29, 2017

Wyden Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement in response to the Senate Budget Committee's proposed 2018 budget resolution: "The Senate budget resolution released today would begin the process of providing lifeline funding for rural counties through Secure Rural Schools and the Payments in Lieu of Taxes programs. In addition, it makes room in the budget for necessary wildfire fighting funds," Wyden said. "But at the same time, Republicans are taking … Continue Reading

September 29, 2017

Wyden, Paul, Schatz Reintroduce Bill to Limit Transfer of Military Equipment to State and Local Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii., this week reintroduced the Stop Militarizing Our Law Enforcement Act (S. 1856) to establish limitations and create greater transparency on the federal transfer of surplus military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. "Oregonians respect local law enforcement but they don't expect patrols in our neighborhoods outfitted for war zones. Unfettered access to military equipment … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Wyden, Senators Slam Secretary DeVos for Decision to Undermine Rights of Campus Sexual Assault Survivors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., demanded U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reverse her direction to schools on investigations of sexual assault, saying it undermined the rights of sexual assault survivors and created chaos and confusion for schools. "Your action on Friday shows a clear lack of concern for the many requests of survivors of sexual assault and members of Congress who have asked you to leave the previous guidance in place," the senators wrote on Wednesday. … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Wyden Statement on Reports of Interior Department’s Intent to Reopen Sage Grouse Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement in response to press reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke intends to reopen federal land management plans for the Greater Sage-grouse to potentially allow more oil and gas development. Farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, and industry stakeholders spent years developing the current federal sage grouse habitat management plans to prevent an Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of the Greater Sage-grouse. … Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Wyden Announces Legislation to Spark Renewable Energy Development, Protect Power Grid from Natural Disasters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced three new pieces of legislation that would make renewable energy more reliable and affordable for consumers by providing federal funding to states to update the power grid and encouraging research and development of new technologies. "America's energy grid is in need of an upgrade. These bills will promote a more flexible electricity grid that can respond to power disruptions from natural disasters and ensure reliable, low-cost … Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Senate Passes Wyden’s CHRONIC Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said Wednesday he welcomed the Senate's unanimous passage this week of a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening and improving health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 would help tens of thousands of Oregonian seniors and millions of Americans by coordinating their care so it's both more effective and … Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Western Senators, Secretary of Agriculture Agree: Wildfire Funding Must be Fixed Now

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of western senators pushing for their legislation to fix "fire borrowing" heard strong evidence from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and fire experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service that Congress should pass their bill to end fire borrowing. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and five other bipartisan … Continue Reading

September 22, 2017

Wyden Announces Hold on Treasury Nominee over Agency’s Refusal to Provide Documents Related to Russia

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced he has placed a hold on the nomination of Isabel Patelunas, to serve as Assistant Secretary of Treasury. He issued the following statement: "I have placed a hold on the nominee because of the Treasury Department's refusal to provide the Senate Finance Committee with Treasury documents related to Russia," Wyden said. "The provision of these documents to the Committee is not only part of the oversight process, but is necessary if the … Continue Reading

September 21, 2017

Wyden, Merkley to Rail Officials: Halt Hazardous Materials Transport in Gorge While Wildfires Burn

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged Burlington Northern Santa Fe to cease the rail transport of hazardous materials through the Columbia Gorge while wildfires there are active and the threat remains of flash flooding and rockslides. The Oregon lawmakers' letter to Burlington Northern Santa Fe CEO Matthew Rose comes as the Eagle Creek Fire and Archer Mountain Fire continue to burn and smolder in the Columbia River Gorge, near BNSF tracks. "These tragic events … Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Wyden, Crapo, Bipartisan Senators to Congress: Permanent Wildfire Funding Fix Must be a Top Priority

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of historic wildfires in Oregon, Idaho, California, Washington and across the West, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced an updated version of their bipartisan wildfire funding solution that would protect desperately needed funding for fire prevention and treat wildfires as … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Wyden Votes No on Massive Increase in Military Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted 'no' on a bill today that allows a massive increase in military spending and undermines Buy America protections that create Made-in-the-USA jobs. The National Defense Authorization Act authorized $693 billion in military spending, a 9 percent increase over last year, at a time when spending on roads, bridges, education and other important priorities remains stagnant. "I can't sign off on another bill that OKs massive increases in military … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Secure Their Provision in Defense Bill to Train National Guard Members to Fight Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley tonight secured their provision in the Senate's defense bill that would provide federal funding to train members of the National Guard to fight wildfires. The Wyden-Merkley amendment would authorize federal funding to states to train their Guard members for wildfire response. It would give first preference to states with the most federal forest lands - states that have been hard-hit by this year's record-breaking wildfire season. … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Merkley, Wyden Respond to Trump Administration Assault on Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today responded to new reports that the Trump Administration will seek to shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and diminish its protections. The Senators pointed out that the monument was expanded through an extensive public process, and that the Trump Administration's plans to shrink it disrespect the voice of the local community and rest on an unprecedented and legally dubious use of the Antiquities Act. The latest … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Wyden Applauds Senate’s Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Fight Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues this week in applauding the passage of their anti-human trafficking legislation in the Senate. The Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 would strengthen and reauthorize key programs that support survivors of human trafficking and provide resources to federal, state, and local law enforcement officials on the front lines of the fight against modern-day slavery. Additional cosponsors of the bill … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Wyden, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Address Workforce Shortages through Career and Technical Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., to introduce the bipartisan Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act, to give middle school students better access to career and technical education (CTE) programs focused on career exploration. The Middle STEP Act would establish a pilot program that allows middle schools to partner with colleges, other postsecondary institutions and local businesses to develop and … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Amendment to Defense Bill to Train National Guard Members to Fight Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week introduced an amendment to the Senate's defense bill that would help train additional members of the National Guard to fight wildfires. The Wyden-Merkley amendment would authorize federal funding to train Guard members for wildfire response. It would also give first preference to states with the most federal forest lands - states like Oregon that have been hard-hit by this year's record-breaking wildfire season. Their … Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Wyden, Merkley, Bonamici Join Effort to Help Working Families Access Affordable, High-Quality Child Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Today Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., a leader on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, joined comprehensive legislation to improve child care and early learning programs. The Child Care for Working Families Act, introduced by Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Congressman Bobby Scott, D-Va., will provide every child with access to high-quality early learning and care that is affordable for working … Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Wyden, DeFazio Urge UAS Use to Fight Wildfires

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio today asked federal officials what's being done to deploy more unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to fight wildfires raging throughout Oregon and the West. As Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. DeFazio last year authored legislation that directed the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of the Interior, and Department of Agriculture to expedite the safe use of UAS to support firefighting … Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Wyden Introduces Bill to Provide Free Credit Protections to All Americans after Equifax Security Breach

Washington, D.C. - In response to reports that millions of Americans' personally identifiable and credit card information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax Inc., U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation to allow hardworking Americans to protect themselves from financial fraud at no cost. Wyden's Free Credit Freeze Act would guarantee all consumers can use PIN numbers to freeze and unfreeze their credit free-of-charge to stop fraudsters from opening new unauthorized financial … Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Wyden, Hatch Request Information on Equifax Breach

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called on Equifax Inc., to respond to reports that the firm experienced a data breach exposing personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and driver's license numbers of about 143 million Americans. In addition, credit card information of more than 200,000 people was compromised. "The scope and scale of this breach appears to make it one … Continue Reading

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