Press Releases

October 31, 2005

Statement of Senator Ron Wyden on the Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released the following statement on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court:"Clearly, this nomination seems to indicate a step to the right from Harriet Miers. I intend to watch Judge Alito's confirmation hearings very closely to see if he has the fair-minded, independent judicial temperament required for confirmation to the Supreme … Continue Reading


October 28, 2005

Wyden, Smith Announce $16.8 Millionfor Public Housing Revitalization

Washington, DC Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith announced that the Housing Authority of Portland will receive over $16.8 million to revitalize the Iris Court public housing development."These funds will go a long way toward providing much-needed quality affordable housing in the Humboldt neighborhood and a safe and thriving community overall," said Wyden. "Investing in projects with grants like these not only benefits Oregon families who need help the most, but also boosts our economy as a … Continue Reading


October 21, 2005

Senate Approves Funds for Oregon Community Development, Transportation Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Senate has approved more than $38 million for various transportation and community development projects throughout Oregon. The funds were included as part of the FY 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development (TTJHUD) Appropriations bill, which now goes to a conference committee to work out differences between it and the House version of the legislation. "The … Continue Reading


October 19, 2005

Wyden Fights to Halt Exports of Oil Drilled in Arctic Refuge

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today fought to ban exports of oil produced in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge by offering an amendment to Budget Reconciliation legislation considered by the Senate Energy Committee. The Committee today narrowly rejected by a vote of 9-13 the chance to stop market manipulation and price increases that oil companies have called a "no-brainer." In January 2001, The Oregonian of Portland reported that BP-Amoco systematically increased oil … Continue Reading


October 07, 2005

Senate Approves Federal Funding forOregon Nanotechnology, Defense Projects

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the U.S. Senate has approved at least $109 million in funding for defense-related projects in Oregon, including significant funding for a number of Oregon nanotechnology projects. These funds are included in the FY2006 Defense spending bill, which now moves to a conference committee to work out differences between it and the House version of the bill.Oregons cutting-edge technologies and … Continue Reading


October 03, 2005

Statement of Senator Ron Wyden on the Nominationof Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released the following statement on the nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day OConnor on the United States Supreme Court:Harriet Miers is clearly a trusted White House counsel. Her nomination presents a largely unknown quantity to the Senate for confirmation. I look forward to working with my colleagues to find out more about her record and her beliefs about the … Continue Reading


September 30, 2005

Senators Dorgan and Wyden Introduce Bill to Safeguard Against Abuse of Government Credit Cards, Prevent Fraud During Hurricane Clean-Up

WASHINGTON, D.C --- U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced legislation that would reverse language included in the emergency Hurricane Katrina spending bill that they say paves the way for potential abuse of certain government credit cards, which have been grossly mismanaged in the past. Government procurement rules allow small purchases to be made with a government credit card, bypassing some bidding procedures that govern larger purchases. The rules are … Continue Reading


September 30, 2005

Intelligence Authorization Bill Supports Funding for Declassified Board

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the FY2006 Intelligence Authorization legislation approved by the Committee now recommends ongoing funding for the government's Public Interest Declassification Board. Every year the government spends billions of dollars to classify millions of documents, often without justification. Wyden and U.S. Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.) were successful last year in expanding … Continue Reading


September 29, 2005

Wyden, Smith Securing Funds for Oregon Defense Projects

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved at least $109 million in funding for defense-related projects in Oregon, including significant funding for a number of Oregon nanotechnology projects. These funds are now included in the FY2006 Defense spending bill, which must now be approved by the full Senate.Oregon is a leader in using new technologies like nanotech for the benefit of the U.S. … Continue Reading


September 28, 2005

Wyden, Allen Call on DHS to Implement Communications, Tech 'National Guard' in Wake of Recent Hurricanes

Washington, DC - In the wake of communications failures caused by the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and George Allen (R-Va.) today sent a letter urging Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Michael Chertoff to finally implement the National Emergency Technology Guard, or "NET Guard," authorized in the Homeland Security Act passed in 2002. "NET Guard," or a "technology equivalent of the National Guard," is to be comprised of teams of local … Continue Reading


September 22, 2005

Wyden, Smith Secure FundsFor Oregon, OSU Agriculture Projects

Washington, DC Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith announced the U.S. Senate has passed legislation providing agricultural projects in Oregon with millions of dollars in federal funds. The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill now enters into conference with the House of Representatives.Farm operations are the backbone of rural Oregon and research fuels their long-term prosperity, said Smith. Oregon has a rich tradition of agricultural production, but its a changing industry and … Continue Reading


September 22, 2005

Senate Approves Fundingfor Oregon Military Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Senate has approved more than $7 million in funding for Oregon military facility construction projects. The funding was included in the FY 2006 Veterans Administration and Military Construction appropriations bill; the legislation now moves to a conference committee to work out differences between it and the House version of the bill.Oregons military personnel play an important role in … Continue Reading


September 15, 2005

Senate Approves Funding for Salmon Recovery, Ocean Research in Oregon

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the U.S. Senate has approved funding for the Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund and for Oregon State University (OSU) for oceanic observation research. The funding approved today was included in the Senate's FY 2006 Commerce/Justice/Science (CJS) funding bill; the legislation now moves to a Conference Committee to work out differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill, and to direct … Continue Reading


September 14, 2005

Wyden, Fellow Democrats Call for Safety Measuresto Protect Consumers Against Gas Price Gouging

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today joined fellow Democratic leaders to fight gas price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Measures called for today by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Wyden and others would give the President the authority to declare a national energy emergency and strengthen the hand of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) when fighting illegal price gouging that hits Oregonians and all consumers hard at the pumps.Before Hurricane Katrina, years … Continue Reading


September 14, 2005

Wyden Seeks to Implement New Recommendationson Title IX Compliance at Federal Agencies

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that he will seek to amend the Commerce, Science and Justice Appropriations legislation currently before the U.S. Senate to implement new recommendations from the RAND Corporation on Title IX compliance in the awarding of grant funds from Federal agencies. A report commissioned by a 2002 Wyden amendment and released by RAND today found that many Federal agencies do not keep adequate track of whether Federal research grants at … Continue Reading


August 24, 2005

Wyden, Smith Applaud Move to Close Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today welcomed the vote of the Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission to accept the Pentagon's recommendation to close the Umatilla Chemical Depot once its current mission is complete. Including Umatilla, the Army has eight installations currently storing chemical weapons in the United States; in a letter to BRAC Chairman Anthony Principi earlier this year, Wyden and Smith supported continued funding and … Continue Reading


August 08, 2005

Wyden: Energy Bill a Series of Missed Opportunities

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the House-Senate Conference Committee and a member of the Senate Energy Committee, criticized the Energy Policy Act of 2005 today upon its signature into law as not doing enough to reduce Americas dependence on foreign oil, and calling the bill a series of missed opportunities, stuffed with a smorgasbord of subsidies for energy industries like oil, coal, nuclear and ethanol. Wyden voted against the legislation in late July, arguing … Continue Reading


August 01, 2005

Statement Of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden On Recess Appointment Of John Bolton

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement on President Bush's announcement today that he would grant a recess appointment to John Bolton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:"It is disappointing that the President would make this move in the face of strong bipartisan concern in the Senate about Mr. Bolton's long history of combative and un-diplomatic behavior. The President's unfortunate decision leaves unaddressed widespread concerns that … Continue Reading


July 29, 2005

Wyden, Smith Secure Federal Funds for Oregon Natural Resource Projects

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced Congressional appropriations of more than $13 million for Oregon natural resource projects in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2006, and an additional $5.6 million for projects in which Oregon will participate. The funding is included in the FY 2006 Interior appropriations conference report, approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives this week. The bill now goes to the President for his … Continue Reading


July 29, 2005

Wyden, Smith Secure $115 Million in Oregon Projects as Congress Passes Highway Bill

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) announced the final Congressional approval of the Transportation Equity Act of 2005. That legislation reauthorizes the Federal-aid surface transportation program, which includes federally aided highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs. The bill will now be sent to the President for signature into law. The Senators released the list below of $115 million in approved Oregon projects earlier this … Continue Reading

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