Press Releases

April 18, 2014

Wyden Hails Historic Upper Klamath Basin Agreement Signing Along Banks of Spring Creek

Klamath Falls - Senator Ron Wyden, Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senator Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath Tribal Chair Don Gentry, and members of the Klamath Basin Task Force gathered today along the banks of the Klamath River for the official signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The historic agreement is the result of more than nine months … Continue Reading

April 18, 2014

Wyden Welcomes Secretary Jewell, Encourages Oregonians to Enjoy the Outdoors During National Parks Week

Washington, D.C. - In honor of National Parks Week, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., encouraged Oregonians to enjoy the state's natural treasures and take advantage of free admission to National Parks this Saturday and Sunday (April 19 and 20). Wyden also welcomed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who will kick off National Parks Week on Saturday, at one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, Crater Lake. "It is truly fitting that Secretary Jewell will launch National Parks week at Crater Lake, which is a crown … Continue Reading

April 17, 2014

Senator Wyden in Eugene on Monday for Two Events: VA Clinic Groundbreaking and Investiture of U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will be in Eugene on Monday, April 21, 2014, to participate in the groundbreaking of the new Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic and speak at the investiture of U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane. VA Clinic: 1 p.m., NW Corner of Chad Drive and Old Coburg Road McShane Investiture: 2:45 p.m. Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, … Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Wyden Calls Former CIA Director’s Attack on Senator Feinstein “Outrageous”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement in response to former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden's remarks suggesting that the Senate Intelligence Committee's landmark report on torture and coercive interrogations was not objective because the committee's Chairman, Senator Dianne Feinstein, is too "emotional." "General Hayden's suggestion that Chairman Feinstein was motivated by 'emotion' rather than a focus on the facts is simply outrageous. … Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Wyden’s 700th Town Hall in Wheeler County, City of Fossil, on April 16th ; Other Town Halls in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman Counties

Portland, OR - On April 16, 2014, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his 700th town hall in the Wheeler County town of Fossil, site of his first town hall as a United States Senator in 1996. The Wheeler County town hall will be preceded by town halls in Hood River and Wasco counties on April 15 and Gilliam County earlier on April 16 and followed by Sherman County on April 17. Hood River County Town Hall Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Time: 12:15 p.m. Location: Hood … Continue Reading

April 04, 2014

Oregon Delegation Applauds Release of Timber Payments to Oregon Counties

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici applauded the Forest Service announcement that it will soon release $67.8 million in payments to 33 Oregon counties under the Secure Rural Schools program. Oregon is expected to receive more than $107 million in timber payments, once the Interior Department releases its funding to counties in the coming weeks. The program will distribute a total of $329 million … Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Wyden Statement on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Vote to Declassify its Interrogation Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to begin the process of declassifying the committee's 6,200 page report on CIA interrogations: "I believe the American people will be profoundly disturbed by the contents of this report. Today, I joined my colleagues in voting to begin the process of declassifying the findings. Though I can't provide any details until that declassification process is … Continue Reading

April 01, 2014

Wyden Cosponsors Resolution Condemning Turkish Government’s Stifling of Free Speech

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement after cosponsoring a resolution condemning the Government of Turkey for blocking access to social media sites like Twitter and YouTube, the effect of which could stifle freedom of speech and expression. "No government should inhibit the ability of their citizens to speak freely or access information. Blocking Twitter and YouTube, among other forms of social media, will have a chilling effect on free speech … Continue Reading

April 01, 2014

Wyden, Udall on Revelations that Intelligence Agencies Have Exploited Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 'Loophole'

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who serve on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement following revelations that the National Security Agency has been exploiting a loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to search for Americans' private communications: "It is now clear to the public that the list of ongoing intrusive surveillance practices by the NSA includes not only bulk collection of … Continue Reading

April 01, 2014

Oregon Delegation Calls for Common Sense Rules for Wine Growlers

Washington, D.C. - Today, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and Greg Walden, R-Ore., called for the federal government to reverse course and respect an Oregon state law that allows consumers to buy wine in refillable containers, more often known as growlers. In a letter to the Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the Oregon delegation asked the bureau to amend its recent decision, … Continue Reading

March 26, 2014

Wyden: Strengthen European Allies By Aiding Europe’s Energy Development

Washington, D.C. - In response to Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, Sen. Ron Wyden today called for the United States to reduce Eastern Europe's dependence on Russian natural gas, by giving allies like Poland the expertise and know-how they need to develop their own energy resources. "It is time to do something real to bolster Europe's energy security by helping them develop Eastern Europe's substantial natural gas reserves and reduce the leverage Russia has over its energy-dependent … Continue Reading

March 24, 2014

Wyden Applauds Approval of Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, issued the following statement on the Energy Department's approval of Jordan Cove's application to export liquefied natural gas from Coos County, Oregon: "This announcement is exactly what Coos Bay, North Bend and America need: new jobs and new investment, while factoring in a changed geopolitical landscape through a case-by-case process. I urged DOE to consider this application without delay, and I am pleased the department decided that Jordan Cove … Continue Reading

March 21, 2014

Wyden Statement on Majority Leader’s Letters Regarding CIA’s Unauthorized Access of Intelligence Committee Computer Files

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement in response to letters sent by Majority Leader Harry Reid to CIA Director John Brennan and Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concern over the CIA's searches of computers designated for the Senate Intelligence committee and allegations of misconduct against committee staff. "Senator Reid's letters are right on point, and it's incredibly valuable to have the Majority Leader standing up for congressional … Continue Reading

March 18, 2014

CMS Launches Wyden Initiative to Strengthen Hospice Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for moving forward with his initiative to increase access to hospice care for Medicare beneficiaries. Today, CMS launched the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM). The MCCM, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, will test whether more seniors who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, would choose to receive the services typically provided by a hospice if they could … Continue Reading

March 11, 2014

Wyden Defends Hanford Whistleblowers, Blasts Culture of Secrecy in Senate Roundtable

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore., today stood up for whistleblowers and expressed his ongoing concerns about the culture of secrecy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation site in a roundtable discussion before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. The subcommittee held a roundtable discussion prior to a hearing on the same subject to allow two whistleblowers, Dr. Walter Tamosaitis and Donna Busche, an opportunity to … Continue Reading

March 11, 2014

Wyden Statement on CIA Search of Computers Used by Senate Intelligence Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement in response to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein's floor speech on the CIA's searching of computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee: "I commend Chairman Feinstein for shining a light on the unprecedented invasion by the CIA into computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee investigators. The CIA's own recent court filing makes clear that the work product on these computers … Continue Reading

March 10, 2014

Wyden, Reid, Feinstein and Franken Commend FERC’s Move to Secure the Power Grid

Washington, D.C. - Four lawmakers commended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on taking a step toward greater electric grid security after FERC directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to propose minimum grid reliability standards to strengthen the grid against possible physical attacks. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Al Franken, D-Minn., sent a letter to FERC and NERC in February asking the agencies to … Continue Reading

March 05, 2014

Brennan Letter to Wyden Acknowledges that CFAA Applies to the CIA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following letter from Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan acknowledging that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act applies to the CIA. The question was asked of Brennan by Wyden in a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on January 29, 2014. Wyden is a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Wyden asked Brennan: "Does the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act apply to the CIA?" Brennan Letter … Continue Reading

March 01, 2014

Wyden Reveals New Safety Risks From Flawed Nuclear Waste Storage Tanks At Hanford, Calls For Immediate DOE Response

Washington, D.C. -Up to six storage tanks holding dangerous radioactive nuclear waste at the Hanford Site in Southeast Washington State are at a higher risk of leaking, according to previously undisclosed inspection reports released by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Saturday. Wyden called for Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to outline within 45 days how the Department of Energy will address these newly revealed construction problems, and the implications for DOE's larger plan for cleaning up … Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Wyden, Udall, Heinrich Statement on Reported Bulk Collection of Private Videos

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Martin Heinrich (D- N.M.) issued the following joint statement in response to reports that a large number of individuals, including Americans, may have had private online webcam videos intercepted in bulk by British intelligence agencies. "We are extremely troubled by today's press report that a very large number of individuals - including law-abiding Americans - may have had private videos of themselves … Continue Reading

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