Press Releases

March 21, 2012

Wyden Commends Inclusion of “Stand By Your Ad” Extension in Reintroduced Disclose Act

Washington, D.C. - As the first full election cycle since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling extended personal election rules to corporations, the extent to which corporate influence and that of the Super PACs the ruling inadvertently created is becoming clear. More than ever, election related funds have been collected and spent nearly in secret - distorting the process and further eroding campaign finance protections. In response to the court ruling, a group of senators including U.S. … Continue Reading

March 20, 2012

Wyden Statement on Commerce’s Preliminary Decision to Address Subsidized Solar Panel Imports from China

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement responding to the Commerce Department's preliminary decision that Chinese-made solar are imported in violation of international trade rules. The investigation was sought by American manufacturers of solar panels that contend that unfair trade practices by China are harming American producers. "Today's decision by the Commerce Department is a signal that China's unfair trade practices in the solar energy … Continue Reading

March 19, 2012

Preserving the Medicare Guarantee: Why I've Been Working with Paul Ryan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) posted the below piece to the Huffington Post explaining why he has been working with Paul Ryan on Medicare reform. The post: Explains why Congress needs to enact Medicare reform; Clears up the misconception that seniors aren't already getting their Medicare from private plans; Illustrates the differences between Wyden-Ryan and last year's House Republican Budget; Expresses his thoughts on Republicans using Wyden-Ryan for political … Continue Reading

March 15, 2012

Senators Seek Two-Year Extension of Wind-Energy Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - Senators Chuck Grassley, Mark Udall, Scott Brown, Tom Harkin, Dean Heller, Ron Wyden, and Michael Bennet today proposed a two-year extension of the wind energy production tax credit scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The bipartisan proposal would prevent a lapse in the credit. Without an extension, as many as 37,000 jobs nationwide could be lost. The senators hope to have the extension passed as quickly as possible in order to provide tax certainty for the renewable … Continue Reading

March 14, 2012

Wyden Statement on Senate Passage of County Payments Extension

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) -- author of the Secure Rural Schools legislation that created the county payments program -- issued the following statement after the Senate passed and sent to the House the Transportation bill that includes a one-year extension of county payments: "I want to thank Senator Merkley and the other members of the Senate for passing a Transportation bill that recognizes the federal government's historic obligation to rural, … Continue Reading

March 09, 2012

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Washington, Clatsop, Hood River and Wasco Counties on March 17th and 18th

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town hall meetings in Washington, Clatsop, Hood River and Wasco counties on March 17th and 18th. The meetings will be held in Forest Grove, Astoria, Hood River and The Dalles. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. He held his 600th town hall last August in Wheeler County. Washington County Town Hall Meeting Date: March 17, 2012Time: 10 a.m. Location: Forest Grove Senior Center2037 … Continue Reading

March 09, 2012

Wyden Resolution Condemns the Killing of Journalists in Syria

Washington, D.C. - As the armed conflict in Syria continues to escalate, the brave men and women providing news reports from that region are increasingly in danger. Many have been detained or arrested while covering the unrest and some have been wounded or killed. Recognizing the essential service these reporters provide to the rest of the world at great personal risk, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) along with U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand … Continue Reading

March 08, 2012

Wyden’s County Payments Amendment Accepted into the Senate Transportation Bill

Washington, D.C. - As current funding to rural counties for the Secure Rural Schools program known as county payments has expired, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has successfully included a one-year extension of this vital program into the Senate Transportation bill pending on the floor. The amendment is based on legislation Wyden and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced in September to extend the county payments program and provide a support to rural counties struggling to pay for road … Continue Reading

March 06, 2012

Wyden and Merkley Send Names of Five Finalists for Federal Judgeship to the White House

Portland, OR - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley sent to The White House today the names of five finalists to fill a vacant federal district court judgeship in Eugene. The White House will select one of the candidates and forward it to the Senate for confirmation. The five finalists are (in alphabetical order): Suzanne Chanti, Lane County Circuit Court Judge; Hannah Horsley, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon; Bryan E. Lessley, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Eugene, … Continue Reading

March 05, 2012

Wyden Says Attorney General’s Speech at Northwestern University Leaves Questions Unanswered

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the below statement regarding Attorney General Holder's speech to Northwestern University this afternoon addressing the president's counterterrorism authorities and the administration's understanding of its power to use lethal force against U.S. citizens. Wyden has been asking to see the Administration's secret legal opinions on this topic for more than a year and last … Continue Reading

March 01, 2012

Wyden Leads Bipartisan Effort to Award Defense of Freedom Medals to Civilian Police Officers Killed in Wars

Washington, D.C. - During the course of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of civilian police professionals have put themselves in harm's way by going to help train local police forces. More than 20 of them were killed. Those brave men and women are eligible for the Defense of Freedom Medal - the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart - unfortunately the bureaucratic process for nomination is so incredibly difficult for the families of those killed that not one has been … Continue Reading

February 28, 2012

Wyden Report: U.S. Losing Out to China on Goods that Protect the Environment

Washington, D.C. - As President Obama signs an executive order creating an Interagency Trade Enforcement Unit, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden - chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness - issued a report illustrating why trade enforcement matters. Wyden Staff Report: Losing the Environmental Goods Economy to China The report, entitled "Losing the Environmental Goods Economy to China" is the latest in a series of reports … Continue Reading

February 23, 2012

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Deschutes, Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town halls in Deschutes, Crook, Lake and Klamath counties on March 3rd and 4th. The meetings will be held in Bend, Prineville, Lakeview and Klamath Falls. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. He held his 600th town hall last August in Wheeler County. Deschutes County Town Hall Meeting Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012Time: 2 p.m.Location: Bend Elks Lodge63120 Boyd Acres RoadBend Crook … Continue Reading

February 23, 2012

Wyden Statement on Proposed Closure of Mail Processing Facilities in Bend, Pendleton, Eugene and Salem

Portland, Or - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement today on the U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to close mail distribution centers in Bend, Pendleton, Eugene and Salem. "The closure of the mail processing facilities in Bend, Pendleton, Eugene and Salem will not only add unnecessary delays to the delivery of mail and put a greater burden on hard-working postal employees throughout the state, it also threatens the integrity of Oregon's vote-by-mail system. … Continue Reading

February 22, 2012

Wyden Statement on the President’s Proposal to Reform the Corporate Tax Code

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's proposal to reform the corporate tax code: "I applaud the President for recognizing the need for tax reform but corporate reform alone is simply not enough. Right now, more than 80 percent of all U.S. businesses are filing their taxes through the individual tax code, not the corporate tax code. Those businesses would see little benefit from this proposal. If we want to … Continue Reading

February 16, 2012

Wyden, Carper, Casey Self-Employment Assistance Bill Included in Payroll Tax Agreement

Washington, D.C. - In a victory for would-be entrepreneurs throughout the country, legislation to give unemployed Americans an opportunity to use their skills to build their own small businesses was included in the agreement on the payroll tax extension. Introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.), the Startup Technical Assistance for Reemployment Training and Unemployment Prevention (STARTUP) Act alters the rules governing the unemployment … Continue Reading

February 13, 2012

Wyden Statement on County Payments Funding in the President’s Budget

Washington, D.C. - Funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act -- commonly known as "county payments" -- is included as "mandatory" spending in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 budget released today. (Previous years' budgets have listed the county payments program as "discretionary" spending.) U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in support of including the program with this distinction: "While getting county payments in the … Continue Reading

February 09, 2012

Wyden Bill Takes Guessing Game out of Choosing a College Degree

Washington, D.C. - Higher education is often the ticket to success, offering opportunities to those with college degrees that those who do not have degrees are often denied. It is also, often times, an extremely expensive investment that many students and families must scrimp, save and borrow in order to afford. However, when it comes to the return on that investment, there is a lack of reliable information available to students and families regarding what the likelihood and cost of student … Continue Reading

February 08, 2012

Wyden Continues to Press Justice Department to Explain the Extent of its Authority to Kill Americans

Washington, D.C. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden called the Administration's refusal to share legal opinions pertaining to the executive branch's understanding of its authority to kill Americans "an indefensible assertion of executive authority." Wyden has been pressing the Justice Department and other administration officials to share its legal interpretations of the government's authority in this area for more than a year but, as the Senator writes, "it … Continue Reading

February 06, 2012

Passage of FAA Bill Will Improve Commercial Air Service, Protect Crater Lake and Increase UAV Testing Sites

Washington, D.C. - With the Senate passage of the long-held up Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill today, Oregon and its western neighbors are poised to see many economic and environmental benefits. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that among the many provisions in the FAA bill are some that will improve commercial air travel in the Pacific Northwest, protect Crater Lake from noisy helicopter flyovers, improve opportunities for the development of the unmanned aerial … Continue Reading

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