Press Releases

November 09, 2004

Statement of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on Department of Justice challenge to Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law

"I am extremely disappointed that Attorney General Ashcroft has chosen to continue ignoring the will of the voters of Oregon. The people of our state have spoken twice on the matter, and so have the Federal courts. I certainly plan to look into how many taxpayer dollars Mr. Ashcroft has wasted in his attempt to disenfranchise Oregon … Continue Reading


October 28, 2004

Oregon counties to receive $113 million today in installment of 2004 county payments

Portland, Ore. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) announced today that Oregon counties will receive more than $113 million through the 2004 county payments funds provided by The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Wyden and Smith have worked together to ensure continued funding to rural Oregon counties since passage in 2000 of the law, also authored by U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho), to secure a stable source of funding for rural schools and … Continue Reading


October 08, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce Grant for Oregon Health Clinic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that La Clinica del Carino Family Health Center will receive a $200,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funds are being provided through the HHS Community Program to Improve Minority Health to support outreach services and access for minorities in high-risk, low-income communities. "It is critical to support health centers like La Clinica del Carino … Continue Reading


October 06, 2004

GAO Drug Price Analysis Finds Huge Cost Jump for Seniors, All Americans

Washington, DC - New information from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) details skyrocketing prescription drug costs, particularly among brand-name medicines, and is prompting calls for action in Congress to reduce the cost of drugs for senior citizens and all Americans. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) released the GAO analysis today and pointed to increases of more than 20 percent in drug prices from January 2000 to June of this year - 26.4 … Continue Reading


October 06, 2004

Four Wyden Provisions Strengthen Final SenateIntelligence Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. Intelligence reform legislation approved by the Senate today includes four key amendments offered by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Wyden, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, worked on a bipartisan basis to win approval of significant reforms to the intelligence classification system, oversight on data-mining of Americans personal information in Federal agencies, and two significant consumer protection provisions related to airline safety and passenger … Continue Reading


October 06, 2004

Senate Approves Wyden Amendment to Protect Economic Development Projects in Oregon's Small Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced Senate approval of his amendment to keep Oregon's distressed and rural communities from losing economic development opportunities because of burdensome financial requirements recently imposed by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Wyden's amendment was included in the EDA reauthorization legislation passed by the Senate today. Earlier this year EDA told communities that beginning immediately, they would need to … Continue Reading


October 05, 2004

Wyden Combats Childhood Obesity Epidemic in Oregon, Nationwide

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on his bipartisan legislation to combat childhood obesity. In today's hearing, Wyden talked at length about the serious epidemic of obesity among children in Oregon and throughout the nation, and urged that Congress take the lead in curbing the epidemic by passing the "Childhood Obesity Reduction Act." The legislation, which Wyden introduced earlier this … Continue Reading


October 01, 2004

Wyden Successfully Includes Key Airline Passenger Provision in Intelligence Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. Airline passengers holding tickets on bankrupt airlines would continue to be able to trade in those tickets flights on other airlines, thanks to an amendment cosponsored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and included today in the pending National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. The amendment, offered by Wyden and U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), would provide a one-year extension of the consumer protection provision, which was first enacted in the fall of 2001 and is due … Continue Reading


September 29, 2004

Intelligence Reform Bill to Include Key Wyden Measure on Classification

Washington, DC - An amendment by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to name an Independent National Security Classification Board to reexamine classification decisions at the request of Congress was included today in the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. The bipartisan amendment, offered with Senators Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Bob Graham (D-Fla.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.), would also give Congress a role in the development of the National Intelligence Director's new … Continue Reading


September 29, 2004

Wyden Urges Quick Passage Of Indian Healthcare Improvement Act

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week urged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to bring the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) to the floor as soon as possible for a vote. Wyden joined Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and 17 other Senators in sending a letter to Senator Frist urging that the Senate reauthorize IHIA, which expired in 2001, leaving tribes across the country without access to healthcare.It is critical that Native American … Continue Reading


September 24, 2004

Wyden, Smith, DeFazio Announce Federal Grant of $348,703 for Eugene Fire & EMS Department

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) today announced that the Eugene Fire & EMS Department will receive $348,703 from the Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) for Operations and Firefighter Safety.Eugenes first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep their community safe and these federal funds will help make them safer as well, said Wyden. I am pleased to see Eugene benefit from this … Continue Reading


September 16, 2004

Wyden Secures Funding Approval for Community Groups, Drug Prevention Programs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that Oregon could receive nearly $7 million for drug prevention and rehabilitation programs, as well as funding for fishery-related programs. The funding was included in the Senate FY 2005 Commerce/Justice/State (CJS) funding bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee this week; it will next be considered by the full Senate. "These federal funds will help give Oregon law enforcement the tools to fight crime and wage … Continue Reading


September 16, 2004

Senate Passes Smith-Wyden Ft. Clatsop Bill

Washington, DC Last night, the Senate passed the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Designation Act, co-sponsored by Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden. The bill would create a Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, encompassing Fort Clatsop National Memorial, other state parks, and sites proposed for protection.This legislation will give Oregonians a fitting tribute to the journey of Lewis and Clark, said Smith. The new National Park will make the rich history and life lessons … Continue Reading


September 15, 2004

Senate Passes Smith-Wyden Wallowa Dam Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the Senate passed the Wallowa Lake Dam Rehabilitation and Water Management Act introduced by Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden. The Senate passed similar legislation, also sponsored by Smith and Wyden, in 2002.The projects authorized by this bill represent a positive approach to resolving the water issues facing the Wallowa River Basin, said Smith. The hard work put into these projects by federal, state, and local interests is one step closer to being rewarded."The … Continue Reading


September 15, 2004

Wyden, Smith Secure More Than $17 Million For Oregon Natural Resource Projects

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Oregon could soon receive more than $17 million, and share in an additional $3 million, for natural resource projects across the state. Wyden and Smith secured this funding as part of the Senates FY2005 Interior funding bill which passed the Appropriations Committee this week. Included in the bill is funding for land acquisitions at the Columbia River Gorge and the Fort Clatsop National … Continue Reading


September 14, 2004

Local community, mountain bikers, environmental groups supportive of Wyden wilderness bill

Washington, DC At a U.S. Senate hearing today, witnesses from the Mount Hood area, mountain biking organizations, and environmental groups expressed support for the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2004 (S. 2723), introduced by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in July. The hearing in the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, on which Wyden is the top-ranked Democrat, began the Senates formal review of the wilderness bill. Wyden introduced the wilderness bill following several public … Continue Reading


September 13, 2004

Wyden, ex-Nebraska Football Coach Osborne, and Rep. Gordon pass law to clean up sports agents recruitment of college athletes

Washington, DC Legislation stopping sports agents from using unfair tactics when attempting to sign student-athletes to contracts has passed the U.S. Senate and will now become law. Wyden introduced the Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act (SPARTA) on June 3, 2003; the House and Senate have now passed identical legislation authored on the House side by former University of Nebraska football coach Rep. Tom Osborne (R-Neb.) and Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn). Student-athletes can lose … Continue Reading


September 09, 2004

Oregon Lawmakers Urge Sec. Thompson to Approve Governor's Drug Reimportation Plan

WASHINGTON, DC-Several Oregon lawmakers today sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, asking that he expeditiously approve Oregon's Pioneer Prescription Drug Project, a plan proposed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski which permits Oregon pharmacists to reimport drugs from licenced and inspected Canadian drug wholesalers. The signers-Senator Ron Wyden, and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Darlene Hooley, David Wu and Earl Blumenauer-hope for speedy approval of the … Continue Reading


August 26, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce $750,000 For Klamath FallsInternational Airport

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the City of Klamath Falls will receive $750,000 for a pavement study and rehabilitation of the runway at the Klamath Falls International Airport. These federal funds are being provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).This runway construction project will not only increase safety and convenience for many citizens in this region, but will contribute to the areas accessibility and … Continue Reading


August 16, 2004

Statement of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on FTC Petroleum Mergers Report

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released the following statement on a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report on mergers in the petroleum industry released on Friday, August 13:"Once again, instead of protecting consumers from price gouging at the pump, the FTC has chosen to waste more taxpayer dollars on a self-serving report that seeks to undercut recent findings by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and to lay the foundation for another meaningless monitoring … Continue Reading

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