Press Releases

October 06, 2016

Sens. Wyden, Franken, Leahy Press FCC to Address Potential Impacts of “Stingray” Technology on 911, Communities of Color

WASHINGTON-Today, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. joined Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and nine other colleagues to press Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to address allegations that state and local law enforcement use of cell-site simulators -portable surveillance devices that collect cell phone data by mimicking cell phone towers-is disrupting ordinary consumers' cellular service and may interfere with calls for emergency assistance. The Senators also … Continue Reading

October 06, 2016

Wyden, Senate Democrats Call for Justice Department to Hold Wells Fargo Executives Accountable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., along with 13 other senators, is urging the Justice Department to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute wrongdoing by executives at Wells Fargo after revelations that the bank's employees had opened millions of accounts without customer approval. In September, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its largest penalty to date - more than $100 million - to the bank as a result of this multi-year, multi-state fraud. In a … Continue Reading

October 04, 2016

Wyden Statement on New Reports about Government Searches of Americans’ Emails

WASHINGTON - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on new reports about government searches of Americans' emails: "It is a fact that collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has a significant impact on Americans' privacy. It is public record that this expansive surveillance program is the basis for warrantless searches of Americans' emails, and that the government has never even counted how many. The FISA court has publically stated that tens … Continue Reading

September 30, 2016

Wyden, Booker, Gillibrand Express Concern about DEA Process to Schedule Kratom

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have sent a letter to Charles Rosenberg, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), expressing concerns about the agency's rushed action to classify kratom as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) without undertaking a robust process of stakeholder input and discussion of medical, public safety, and scientific … Continue Reading

September 30, 2016

Wyden Nominates Member of Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians to Key Federal Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced the nomination of Sharon Edenfield to the U.S. Department of Treasury's Tribal Advisory Committee, which provides advice on taxation, training of IRS agents as well as training and assistance to Native American financial officers. Edenfield is a Tribal Council member for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon and serves as its Tribal Administrative Officer. She has more than 30 years of experience working directly on … Continue Reading

September 29, 2016

Wyden Questions ODNI About Program to Reduce Unnecessary Classification

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to explain whether intelligence agencies have implemented a program to reward employees for accurately classifying sensitive information, in a letter to Director James Clapper today. The Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2010 (ROCA) allows government agencies to pay cash awards to employees who accurately classify government documents consistently and avoid unnecessary … Continue Reading

September 29, 2016

Senators Celebrate Planned Parenthood’s First 100 Years

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today led 18 of his Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution to recognize the importance of Planned Parenthood's contributions to women's health care and reproductive rights in America over the last 100 years. Planned Parenthood will celebrate 100 years of providing care and information to millions of women about their reproductive health on October 16. The organization today provides a wide array of reproductive health services, including … Continue Reading

September 29, 2016

Wyden Votes ‘No’ on Bill That Hides Corporate Campaign Spending

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted against a government funding bill today, over a provision that keeps Americans in the dark about campaign spending by public companies. The provision prevents the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from developing, proposing, issuing, finalizing, or implementing a rule requiring public companies to disclose political spending to their own shareholders. It was the only political amendment, or "rider," attached to the spending … Continue Reading

September 28, 2016

Wyden Urges FCC Commissioners to Unlock the Cable Box

WASHINGTON - Today, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement strongly supporting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler's set-top box proposal which the FCC is scheduled to vote on tomorrow. "Too often, I hear from Oregonians who lack real choices for reasonably priced cable packages, and who end up with exorbitant television bills that include mandatory set-top box rental fees. Fortunately, the FCC is taking a strong step to finally allow consumer choice … Continue Reading

September 27, 2016

Following Massive Data Breach Affecting Millions Of Customers, Wyden, Leahy, and Leading Democratic Senators Press Yahoo! For Answers

WASHINGTON - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and other sponsors of a comprehensive data security and breach notification bill that requires companies to take reasonable steps to secure their customers' sensitive data and notify customers in the event of a hack, and called on the leader of Yahoo! to disclose how a massive hack at their company went unnoticed for two years. In a letter to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Wyden, Leahy and leading Democratic Senators asked the … Continue Reading

September 26, 2016

Wyden, Merkley Demand Answers from Dept. of Homeland Security on Use of Private Prisons

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with ten other senators, pressed the Obama administration Monday on the use of private prisons and contract facilities by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The letter comes amid an internal review at DHS regarding its use of private prisons, and the Senators urged DHS to ensure the review was meaningful and genuine. In their letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the Senators state that "we strongly oppose the … Continue Reading

September 26, 2016

Wyden, Markey, McCaskill to Introduce Bill to Expand Whistleblower Protections at the Energy Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., today will introduce legislation to expand protections for whistleblowers after a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed examples of retaliation and intimidation against whistleblowers at the Department of Energy (DOE). The Department of Energy Whistleblower Accountability Act would add whistleblower disclosures about waste, fraud and abuse to legally protected … Continue Reading

September 23, 2016

Wells Fargo CEO Steps Down from Federal Reserve Panel After Call from Wyden and Merkley

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today welcomed news that Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has stepped down from the Federal Reserve's Federal Advisory Council. Yesterday, Wyden and Merkley had joined colleagues in calling on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Board of Directors not to reappoint Stumpf to another term on the Council. The Council is responsible for consulting with and offering direct insight to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve … Continue Reading

September 23, 2016

Wyden, Merkley Call for Immediate Action on County Payment Funding

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing the drain on many rural county budgets, Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley called for reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS) and fully funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program, in bipartisan letters to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. In a bipartisan letter signed by 29 senators, the senators stressed how vital SRS payments are to many rural … Continue Reading

September 22, 2016

Wyden, Merkley Southwest Mineral Withdrawal Bill Takes Step Forward

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee considered their legislation to protect more than 100,000 acres in southwest Oregon from mining, in a hearing today. The Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act would prohibit new mining leases in four areas, including Rough and Ready Creek at the headwaters of the Illinois River, Baldface Creek at the headwaters of the Smith River, the Chetco River, and Red … Continue Reading

September 16, 2016

Wyden, Merkley: Federal Grants Earned by Trio of Conservation Projects A Big Win for Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said Friday the award of more than $2 million in federal grants to three conservation projects in southern and central Oregon will allow them to continue building on their fresh approaches to conserving threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Section 6 grants are competitive grants that enable states to work innovatively with private landowners, conservation groups and other government entities to … Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

Job-Creating Water Infrastructure Bill Passes Senate

Washington, DC - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the full Senate has passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes key job creation and funding opportunities for Oregon communities. The legislation previously passed the Environment and Public Works Committee in April; it must now be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives before being signed into law. In particular, the Senators highlighted that the bill would make permanent a … Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

In response to Wyden, Murphy letter, U.S. Army Updates Regulations for Soldiers Discharged for Misconduct While Suffering From PTSD & TBI

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., on Thursday applauded the U.S. Army's decision to reform its policies, regulations and documentation practices in the wake of a multidisciplinary review of misconduct separations of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In a written response to a request from Wyden, Murphy and 10 other senators, the Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning conceded the Army did not have … Continue Reading

September 14, 2016

Wyden Statement on Competitiveness and Transparency in App Stores

WASHINGTON - Today Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the importance of maintaining a competitive marketplace in application platforms: "Recently, Apple Inc. announced changes to its App Store, including allowing more developers to take advantage of subscription services. These welcome changes underscore the important role that the App Store, and other app platforms, play in the internet economy. These platforms have an outsized economic effect and provide much needed … Continue Reading

September 12, 2016

Wyden, Merkley, Senate Colleagues Press House Speaker for Vote on Zika Funding

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with 27 of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urging him to bring the $1.1 billion Zika funding legislation passed by the Senate to the House floor for a vote. As of today, there are more than 18,000 cases of Zika reported in the United States and its territories. "Zika is now well established in the United States with cases of local transmission by mosquitoes being reported in … Continue Reading

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