Press Releases

October 06, 2015

Wyden Blasts EU ‘Safe Harbor’ Ruling

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., condemned the European Union Court of Justice ruling today, which struck down a key agreement allowing the free flow of information between Europe and the United States. Wyden has long warned of the economic dangers of overbroad surveillance, including at a roundtable in Silicon Valley last year. "By striking down the Safe Harbor Agreement, the European Union Court of Justice today called for open season against American businesses. This misguided … Continue Reading

October 01, 2015

Senators Introduce Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), with Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), today introduced the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015, legislation that builds upon the bipartisan commitment to oversight outlined in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that passed the U.S. Senate 98 to 1. Cosponsors of the legislation … Continue Reading

September 29, 2015

Wyden Announces Grant To Protect Homes In Forest Communities

Washington, DC - Senator Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon has received a $3 million federal grant to reduce fire risks to more than 2,200 homes in parts of Crook, Deschutes and Klamath counties that are adjacent to forests. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will fund the thinning and limbing of trees, clearing out of undergrowth, and other vegetative debris removal to create a defensible space around buildings and other structures on about 3,780 acres of … Continue Reading

September 28, 2015

Wyden and Brown “Gold Star Fathers” Act Passes House

Washington, DC - A bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, that would extend the same federal hiring preference to fathers that is available to mothers of servicemembers killed or permanently and totally disabled in action has cleared the House. The Gold Star Fathers Act, which passed the Senate in May, takes its name from an unofficial symbol of parents whose children are killed in action. Such parents are referred to as "Gold Star parents" because they … Continue Reading

September 24, 2015

Wyden Statement on Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the Senate voted on a funding bill to limit reproductive rights and access to health care for women in Oregon and across the country: "It is deeply disappointing that the Senate has voted today on a bill that undermines the fundamental right of all women to access health care. At a time when Congress should be working towards a bipartisan agreement to fund our government, the far right in the Senate … Continue Reading

September 22, 2015

Wyden Unveils Next-Generation Clean Energy Tax Incentives

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced his proposal to measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector. Wyden unveiled his series of next-generation tax incentives at a news conference with Senate colleagues as part of a joint energy bill sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, … Continue Reading

September 22, 2015

Wyden: Sage Grouse Decision A Win for Rural Jobs and Wildlife

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the sage grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. "I am thrilled by today's announcement that the greater sage grouse does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act," Wyden said. "I applaud the efforts of ranchers, conservationists, governors and others who have come to the table, signed agreements and worked hard on the ground to fight … Continue Reading

September 21, 2015

Wyden Applauds Win for Free Speech and Common Sense in Revised Intelligence Authorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the removal of a flawed Intelligence Authorization bill provision to require companies like Twitter and Facebook to notify the government about vaguely defined "terrorist activity" by social media users. Wyden placed a hold on the 2016 Intelligence Authorization bill in July over concerns about the provision after an outcry from technology companies that the bill could force companies to take drastic steps to police users' speech online. … Continue Reading

September 21, 2015

Wildfire Aid Meetings Set for Sept. 28-29 in Eastern Oregon

Portland - Eastern Oregon residents who suffered losses from recent wildfires will have the opportunity at meetings Sept. 28-29 in John Day and Baker City to talk with federal and state officials about what resources may be available to help after the devastating wildfires this summer. "The wildfires that have ripped through our state have left many Oregonians trying to put their lives back together,'' said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, whose staff is convening the Sept. 28 meeting in Baker City and … Continue Reading

September 21, 2015

Wyden joins Senator Markey, Rep. Eshoo in Amicus Brief Supporting FCC Net Neutrality Rules

Washington, D.C. - Senator Wyden (D-Ore.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and 26 members of Congress today in filing an Amicus Brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Open Internet rules. The Amicus supports the FCC's decision that broadband Internet access is a telecommunications service and lies at the heart of the Commission's Title II authority to put in place strong Open … Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

Wyden, Bonamici Release Draft Bill to Protect Student Privacy

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., today released draft legislation to better protect student privacy on college campuses in Oregon and across the country. The draft bill would change portions of the federal law that governs student records by putting additional privacy procedures in place before a school's lawyers can access a student's personal information, including medical records. The current law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act … Continue Reading

September 15, 2015

Wyden, Barrasso Introduce Bill to Help American Soda Ash Producers Compete in Global Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced bipartisan legislation to maintain competitive royalty rates on America's natural soda ash, which is critical in manufacturing industrial products like glass. The Soda Ash Competitiveness Act will set the royalty rate on sodium compounds (and related products) produced from federal land at 2 percent for five years. "Natural soda ash produced in the United States directly supports hundreds of jobs … Continue Reading

September 14, 2015

Wyden, Rubio, Warner: New College Scorecard Lays Groundwork for Student Right to Know Before You Go Act

Washington, D.C. - The authors of a bill to provide powerful new tools for comparing colleges and universities on measures such as total cost, likelihood of graduating and potential earnings, today called the White House's new college scorecard database a step in the right direction toward giving students the information they need to make more informed decisions about their college education. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced the Student Right to … Continue Reading

September 08, 2015

Wyden Statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The Senate has no weightier responsibility this fall than consideration of the nuclear agreement recently negotiated by the United States, key world powers, and Iran. The decision facing each Senator this week will be whether to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or to reject it. For me, this decision has been as difficult as they come. The fundamental question for me is what this agreement means for the prospects of Iran getting a nuclear bomb. This agreement with the duplicitous … Continue Reading

August 24, 2015

Wyden Meets with Labor Representatives in Guatemala, Explores Trade and Diplomatic Opportunities in Cuba, Argentina

Oregonians Dion Glisan and Daniel Bailey, of USAID, meet with Sen. Wyden in Guatemala City Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., met with Guatemalan labor representatives about the importance of enforcing labor laws and strengthening protections for workers as part of a week-long visit to Guatemala, Cuba and Argentina, from Aug. 15-23. Wyden met with officials from the Center for Rural Workers and the Solidarity Center and a leading labor attorney on Wednesday, August … Continue Reading

August 18, 2015

Wyden, Bonamici Encourage Input on Dept. of Ed. Draft Guidance on Student Medical Records

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (both D-Ore.) today issued the following statements after the U.S. Department of Education issued draft guidance regarding the treatment of student medical records on college campuses nationwide: "The Education Department today took an encouraging step toward protecting the privacy of student medical records on college campuses," Wyden said. "Now, it's critical that privacy experts and the higher education community weigh in on the … Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Wyden Statement on Wildfires in Oregon

Portland, OR - Sen. Ron Wyden today issued the following statement about the wildfires in Oregon and throughout the West: "These infernos are threatening lives and burning up Oregon's forests and homes. I will continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service and the State to ensure all the resources that are available are deployed as quickly as possible. When I get back to Washington DC, my first order of business is to finally end the terrible trifecta that makes these fires worse: … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

Wyden Asks What Steps Intelligence Leaders Took to Protect Federal OPM Records, Other Sensitive Files

WASHINGTON - In the wake of multiple high-profile hacks of federal officials' emails, personnel records and other personal information, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked the top federal counterintelligence official what steps the National Counterintelligence and Security Center took to protect Office of Personnel Management records from foreign hackers. The National Counterintelligence and Security Center, which is tasked with protecting the U.S. Government against foreign intelligence … Continue Reading

August 10, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers: Get Hemp Pilot Project Ready for Next Season

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici asked the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon State University (OSU) to implement an industrial hemp pilot project in time for next year's growing season, in a letter sent today. Currently, American farmers are banned from growing hemp in the United States under federal law. But last year's Farm Bill allowed states and universities … Continue Reading

August 07, 2015

Wyden, Rubio Bill Would Block Arms to Bahrain

Washington, D.C. -Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced legislation this week that would block the sale or transfer of certain arms to Bahrain until the State Department certifies that Bahrain has fully implemented all of the recommendations by an independent oversight commission. "This legislation sends the clear message U.S. arms should not aid and abet the Bahraini government's continued repression of its own people. It is deeply troubling that the State … Continue Reading

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