Press Releases

April 05, 2017

Wyden, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Grow Small Businesses, Jobs and Local Economies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced bipartisan legislation to boost local economies and businesses by providing small business owners better access to financial capital through credit unions. The Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act, S.836, would spur business and job growth in local communities by ensuring that small housing project loans do not count toward the business lending cap for credit unions. Removing these loans … Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Bill to Block Immigration Enforcement at Sensitive Locations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation today to block immigration agents from stalking sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions without prior approval and exigent circumstances. The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act codifies the Department of Homeland Security's existing policies and expands on those policies to ensure that immigrants can have access to education, criminal justice, and social services without fear of … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Wyden, Paul, Polis and Farenthold Bill Requires Warrants to Search Americans’ Digital Devices at the Border

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, today introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act to ensure Americans are not forced to endure indiscriminate and suspicionless searches of their phones, laptops and other digital devices just to cross the border. The bipartisan, bicameral bill shuts down a legal Bermuda Triangle that currently allows law enforcement agencies to search Americans' phones and … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Join in Honoring Equal Pay Day, Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both D-Ore., joined Sen. Patty Murray D-Wash., and Representative Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., today in commemorating Equal Pay Day by reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation aimed at reinforcing the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by guaranteeing that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold their employers accountable. "It should go without saying that women should be treated equally and fairly within the workplace," Wyden said. … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Urge Administration to Maintain Critical Funding for National Sea Grant Program

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined 21 of their Senate colleagues in urging the president to reconsider his proposal to eliminate the $73 million National Sea Grant College Program in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget. In a letter to Trump, the senators highlighted the important role Sea Grant Programs play in boosting local economies and preserving coastal communities, and urged him to fully fund the program in FY 2018. "We represent senators from … Continue Reading

April 03, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Call for Presidential Task Force to Combat Hate Crimes, Violence

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on the president to form a task force to address the alarming rise of hate crimes across many communities in the United States over the last several years. "We urge you to establish a Presidential Task Force on preventing and combating hate violence, to begin an important national dialogue on how best to counter hate," Wyden and Merkley wrote, along with 11 other senators, in their letter to Trump. "There has been an … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Frank and Jeanne Moore, Mt. Hood Land Exchange and Tribal Restoration Bills Pass Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - Three bills written by Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to address Oregon public land and tribal priorities today passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The committee unanimously passed the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Designation Act, the Mt. Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act, and the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. "I'm thrilled this terrific trifecta of Oregon priorities advanced one … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., along with senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., today introduced three pieces of legislation to preserve the integrity of state marijuana laws and provide a path for responsible federal legalization and regulation of the marijuana industry. The Path to Marijuana Reform includes the bipartisan Small Business Tax Equity Act, which prevents legal marijuana … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Wyden: Senate Intelligence Committee Must Thoroughly Review Any Financial Connections Between Russia and Trump or Trump Associates

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged Senate Intelligence Committee leaders to review any financial relationships between Russia and Donald Trump or Trump associates as part of its inquiry into Russian interference in the U.S. election. In a letter to Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., Wyden called for special attention to be placed on these follow-the-money issues involving the president and his associates' financial connections to … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Urge Federal Support for Rural Air Service

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged administration officials to provide more investment in rural air service that supports essential travel connections like commercial flights in and out of Pendleton's Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. "The Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton is an example of an economic engine that is efficiently using federal programs to improve and expand operations," Wyden and Merkley wrote in their letter to Transportation … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Wyden, Lieu Call On FCC to Address Major Security Weaknesses in Cell Phone Networks

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., today called on the Federal Communications Commission to take concrete steps to plug serious vulnerabilities in U.S. mobile phone networks, in a letter to FCC Chairman Pai. Last week a report created by experts for the FCC found that criminals, hackers and foreign countries could exploit a number of vulnerabilities in wireless phone infrastructure to track, surveil and hack Americans' phones. "The continued existence of … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Wyden Statement on Administration’s Executive Order to Roll Back Climate Change Progress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today said he would "fight at every turn" the environmental rollbacks expected to come from the administration's executive order issued today. "Addressing climate change stands out as a major challenge of our time. But the administration is instead focused on benefitting special interests and corporations while hurting the health of our families and communities. "In the months ahead, I will fight these environmental rollbacks at every turn. … Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

Senators Call on Energy Secretary to Protect Whistleblowers, Hold Contractors Accountable after Department Confirms Nuclear Whistleblower’s Retaliation Claims

Washington, D.C. - After learning that Energy Department investigations confirmed a whistleblower was illegally fired for cooperating with a government investigation, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., called on Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to better protect whistleblowers. In a letter to Perry today, the senators also asked how the Energy Department will prevent future retaliation against the whistleblower, Sandra Black, … Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Wyden: Gorsuch’s History on Torture and Secret Law is Disqualifying for Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. - Judge Neil Gorsuch's work to enable torture and secret law, and his inability to explain it in testimony this week, is disqualifying for someone who would serve on the Supreme Court, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said today. "Judge Gorsuch is a practitioner of secret law. He wrote to the author of Justice Department torture memos that the Detainee Treatment Act was 'essentially codifying existing interrogation policies.' Besides being substantively wrong, this assertion … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Wyden Highlights Outdoor Recreation Economy, Wildfire Funding Fix as Parts of Improving Public Lands Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today highlighted the potential of the outdoor recreation economy and the need to address wildfire funding to improve maintenance of our public lands, in a Senate panel hearing. In a hearing on public lands infrastructure before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Wyden emphasized the strong link between fixing wildfire funding and maintaining the nation's forests. He and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, have introduced the Wildfire … Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Join Congressional Members to Introduce “NO HATE” Act

Washington, D.C. - Following a national surge in hate crimes, Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Democratic legislators in the House and Senate to introduce legislation that would strengthen federal laws combatting hate speech, threats and attacks. As incidents of hate crimes continue to rise, the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act would improve reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. Recent … Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Wyden: White House Budget Outline a “Reckless Waste of Taxpayer Dollars”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the president's budget outline, released today: "Skyrocketing military spending, which already consumes half of the budget, while cutting vital resources to protect working families and the environment, would be a reckless waste of taxpayer dollars. "Rural counties in Oregon and across the country are already suffering from budget shortfalls when it comes to keeping their schools open, fighting wildfires in … Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Wyden: The Public Must Know How Many Americans Are Swept Up In Warrantless Surveillance Under FISA 702

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., took to the Senate floor today to call for the executive branch to finally reveal how many Americans have their phone calls, emails and other communications swept up - without warrants - under a surveillance program intended to target people overseas. Wyden has spent six years seeking how many law-abiding Americans have their calls and messages swept up under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The program expires at the end … Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Wyden, Lieu Ask DHS To Tell Americans About Serious Security Threat to Mobile Phones

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., today urged the Department of Homeland Security to tell Americans how their security may be threatened by a vulnerability that could allow hackers and foreign governments to track, wiretap, and hack their mobile phones. "We suspect that most Americans simply have no idea how easy it is for a relatively sophisticated adversary to track their movements, tap their calls, and hack their smartphones. We are also concerned that … Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Wyden, Grassley, McCaskill: Bring Whistleblower Protections to Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, today introduced legislation to expand protections for whistleblowers in the legislative branch. The bill shields congressional employees from retaliation when they expose fraud, waste or misconduct. It is modeled after policies that protect whistleblowers in many executive branch agencies. "Whistleblowers are a crucial line of defense against government waste, fraud and abuse. No branch … Continue Reading

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