Press Releases

February 04, 2015

Wyden, Manchin, Cruz Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Pentagon Accountable for Financial Audit

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., along with Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2015, which would establish strict penalties should the Department of Defense (DoD) not meet its legal obligation to be audit-ready by 2017. The Defense Department is the only federal agency that has never fully complied with financial management laws and currently remains on the Government Accountability's Office … Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Wyden Praises Wheeler for net neutrality proposal that will “Save the Internet”

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to protect the freedom to compete online by reclassifying broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: "Millions of American small businesses, consumers and innovators spoke and Chairman Wheeler listened. Without the open Internet, start-ups will never leave the garage," Wyden said. "The FCC should adopt this proposal and ensure that monopolies are never … Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Wyden Praises Senate Passage of Bill Helping Veterans At Risk of Suicide

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: "I was proud to cosponsor and to vote for this bipartisan bill, which I'm convinced will save lives in Oregon and across the country," Wyden said. "Today the Senate sent a strong message that more must be done to reach veterans at risk of suicide. Veterans endure physical and emotional trauma in service to our nation and we have a … Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Wyden Statement on Intelligence Reform Report: ‘Much More Work to Be Done’

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on the "Signals Intelligence Reform Report" by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees US intelligence activities, including the mass surveillance of Americans. "My first impression on reading this report is it's hard to see much 'there' there. When it comes to reforming intelligence programs and protecting Americans' privacy, there is much, much more work to be done," Wyden said. "Most … Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Wyden Joins Senate Democrats in Effort to Protect Consumers from Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Washington, D.C. - More than twenty years ago, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was passed to protect consumers from unsolicited and intrusive telephone calls from telemarketers while families were eating meals together or parents were helping children with homework. Today, with efforts underway by various industries to weaken TCPA and allow auto-dialers to call consumers' mobile devices, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 12 Senate Democrats joined in a letter calling on the … Continue Reading

January 26, 2015

Wyden Statement on Senate Republican Leaders Cutting off Keystone Debate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement today after Senate Republican leaders cut off debate on the Keystone XL bill, without allowing votes or debate on dozens of amendments. Wyden is a strong opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and has voted against it every time the Senate has considered it. "The number of votes the U.S. Senate has taken this year is not an indicator of the quality of those votes nor of the debate associated with those votes. I am … Continue Reading

January 26, 2015

Oregon Receives Nearly $27 Million to Put Roofs Over Oregonians’ Heads

Washington, DC - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today praised the announcement of federal funding for more than 130 programs across the state that seek to house people who are experiencing homelessness. "When people can't afford a roof over their head, they suffer and the entire community suffers," Senator Wyden said. "Too many folks are still suffering the aftereffects of the recession, making it more important than ever to pull together as a compassionate nation to house the … Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Wyden Secures Bipartisan Senate Majority for Closing Tar Sands Tax Loophole

Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., an overwhelming bipartisan majority of U.S. Senate, including dozens of Republicans, today voted to close a tax loophole that gives millions of dollars to tar sands oil producers and leaves American taxpayers on the hook if that oil spills. "It is very significant that more than 70 senators voted for a nonbinding resolution to close an outlandish tax loophole that favors Canadian tar sands producers over American oil and American … Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Wyden, Chaffetz Stand Up for Privacy with GPS Act

Washington, D.C. - In order to create clear rules about when law enforcement agencies can access and track Americans' electronic location data Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, reintroduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act) today. The bipartisan, bicameral bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and in the House by Reps. Peter Welch, D-VT and Jon Conyers Jr., D-MI. "Buying a smartphone shouldn't be interpreted as giving the government a … Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Wyden, Crapo: Reforming Wildfire Funding Needs Immediate Action to Protect Rural America

Washington, D.C.- Today Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, introduced their bipartisan bill to overhaul federal wildfire policy to boost funding for fire prevention and treat the largest wildfires as natural disasters. "Catastrophic wildfires threaten homes and lives across Oregon and the West year after year, and the money to fight those fires falls short nearly every time," Wyden said. "The federal government needs to make sure it can invest in fire prevention AND fight … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Wyden Statement on Covering up Torture Report and Panetta Review

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on efforts to cover up the facts about torture by returning the Panetta Review to the CIA and pulling back all copies of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report from the executive branch: "The President has said that he wants to make sure that torture never happens again, so I'm confident he is going to make sure that the full Senate torture report is read by policymakers and officials across the government. … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Supreme Court Reaffirms Federal Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court today reinforced important protections for federal workers who call attention to failures or wrongdoing in the government. The Court ruled in a 7-2 decision in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean that disclosures by federal whistleblowers are protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act unless the disclosure is specifically prohibited by law, not merely prohibited by agency rules. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading

January 20, 2015

Wyden’s Response to the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - "Tonight the President set out a new test for sustained economic growth," Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said. "This Congress will be measured by how much it increases wages for middle-class and all working families and expands opportunities in education and housing. I'm glad the President spent so much of his speech walking us through his ideas for providing opportunity in pay, housing and education and providing help for middle-class and all … Continue Reading

January 16, 2015

Leading Senate Democrats Join Together To Support Consumers, Open Internet For All

WASHINGTON - Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Al Franken (Minn.), and Cory Booker (N.J.) issued a joint comment Friday in response to proposed legislation released by Republican members of Congress. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon vote on updated open Internet rules that will affect millions of Americans, and Republicans recently unveiled proposed legislation intended to preempt the FCC from enacting new net neutrality rules. The Democratic … Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

Wyden Statement on CIA Accountability Board Report on Agency’s Secret Search of U.S. Senate Files

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the CIA Accountability Board's report on the agency's secret search of Senate Intelligence Committee files: "Both the CIA Inspector General and the review board appointed by Director Brennan have now concluded that the CIA's unauthorized search of Senate files was improper. It is incredible that no one at the CIA has been held accountable for this very clear violation of Constitutional principles. Director Brennan … Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

Oregon Receives $22 Million for Important Conservation Efforts

Washington, DC - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today applauded the announcement of funding for six major conservation projects in the state. The six projects - all designed by local partners in Oregon - will receive help from a new program designed to support public-private partnerships and address complex conservation and natural resources projects. These funds will help projects in Oregon aimed at protecting sage grouse, restoring critical wildlife habitats, increasing water quality, improving … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Wyden Amendments to Keystone XL Pipeline Bill to End Taxpayer Subsidy for Tar Sands Cleanup, Reduce Wasted Natural Gas

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced two amendments to a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Wyden's amendments would require foreign oil companies - not taxpayers - to be responsible for cleaning up oil spills and ensure taxpayers receive fair returns for energy produced on public lands, while minimizing environmental impacts. Wyden opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, which poses major environmental concerns, and risks increasing gasoline prices in parts of … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Sens. Wyden, Cornyn, Kirk, Klobuchar Push To Crack Down On Human Traffickers

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which would empower law enforcement to further crack down on human traffickers in communities across the country while bringing about greater restitution and justice for victims. In addition to law enforcement provisions, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act helps victims rebuild their lives by using fines and penalties against … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Wyden Holds Three Town Halls This Weekend

Portland, OR - Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls this weekend in three Oregon counties. Maintaining his commitment to hold town halls each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties, Senator Wyden will hold town halls on Saturday, Jan. 17 in Josephine and Klamath counties. On Sunday, Jan. 18 he will hold a town hall in Lincoln County. "I look forward to all of my annual town halls because Oregonians talk with me directly about their concerns and ask me any question," said Senator Wyden, who … Continue Reading

January 09, 2015

National Championship: The “Big Bet”

WASHINGTON, DC - The national championship game Monday night between Ohio State and Oregon has generated so much talk between the U.S. Senators from Oregon and Ohio that both sides have decided it's time to back it up by putting up "very personal" stakes. Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have settled on a bet with Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman that all parties have pledged to fulfill in public on the Capitol steps. If Oregon beats Ohio State on Jan. 12, Senators Brown … Continue Reading

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