Press Releases

June 04, 2015

Wyden, 31 Senators Urge Consumer Agency to Issue “Strongest Possible Rules” to Stop Predatory Payday Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) considers new rules to rein in predatory practices in payday and similar types of lending, 32 senators expressed their support today for the initial steps the agency has taken and urged the agency to issue the strongest possible rules to combat the "cascade of devastating financial consequences" that these high-priced loans often have on consumers. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., signed the letter, along with Sens. Jeff Merkley, … Continue Reading

June 03, 2015

Wyden Introduces Bill To Bring Retired Military Dogs Home After Overseas Combat

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced legislation to support veterans and military dog handlers by ensuring that military working dogs come home to the United States after they have been relieved from their service in combat roles overseas. The Military Working Dog Retirement Act of 2015 would require the Department of Defense to arrange and pay for transportation of trained military dogs to the United States when their service abroad has been deemed no longer necessary, … Continue Reading

June 02, 2015

Wyden: USA Freedom Act Biggest Privacy Win in a Decade

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today praised the passage of the USA Freedom Act, which ensures the end of mass surveillance of Americans under the Patriot Act and brings new transparency to U.S. intelligence programs. "It is not an exaggeration to say the passage of the USA Freedom Act is the most significant victory for Americans' privacy rights in more than a decade, and stands as a true endorsement of the principle that Americans do not need to sacrifice their liberty to have … Continue Reading

June 02, 2015

Wyden and Paul Release Joint Amendments, Call For Votes On Proposals to Expand Surveillance Reforms

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced nine amendments to reform U.S. surveillance programs, enhance protections for American's personal information and improve transparency regarding intelligence activities. Wyden and Paul called on Republican leaders to allow votes on amendments to strengthen privacy protections, rather than forcing votes on amendments that would water down the USA Freedom Act. The joint amendments would: Amendment 1446: Require … Continue Reading

May 31, 2015

Wyden Praises End to NSA Phone Records Dragnet, Calls for Passage of Surveillance Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., tonight praised the end to the bulk collection of Americans' information under the Patriot Act, and called for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act to enact additional reforms. "Tonight the collection of phone records of millions of innocent Americans will end. The demise of this dragnet surveillance is a victory for the principle that Americans do not need to sacrifice liberty to have security. I have worked for this moment since I first learned … Continue Reading

May 23, 2015

Wyden Statement on Senate Blocking Extension of Patriot Act Mass Surveillance

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden issued the following statement after the U.S Senate blocked a short-term extension of mass surveillance under the Patriot Act: "Today the Ben Franklin caucus stood tall and proved that supporters of mass surveillance can no longer bully the U.S. Senate into extending an illegal and unconstitutional law by running out the clock. When Sen. McConnell tried to extend Patriot Act for five more days, I said no more." "This week Americans must continue to speak out … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Wyden Statement on Gov. Brown’s Drought Emergency Declaration

Washington, D.C . - Below is a statement from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Gov. Kate Brown's declaration today of drought emergencies in Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla, and Wasco counties. "Governor Brown's drought emergency declaration should sound a clarion call to all Oregonians about the impact ahead this summer from our state's low snowfalls the past few months. Oregon fire officials briefed me in late winter about the increased potential for a bad fire season … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Wyden Bill To Help Veterans Passes Senate

Washington, D.C . - A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that would expand access to health care for veterans who live far away from VA facilities passed the Senate today. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 that Senator Wyden strongly supported last year was interpreted by the VA to enable veterans to seek local care only if they live more than 40 miles from any VA facility. The legislation passed today expands many veterans' healthcare options by making … Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Wyden, Merkley Laud FAA Decision on Unmanned Aircraft

Washington, D.C . - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley praised today's announcement by federal regulators that cuts red tape for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs to conduct research that creates jobs in an innovative industry. The announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) follows a letter Wyden and Merkley wrote the FAA on Nov. 25 strongly urging regulators to speed up approvals for UAS test permits, and to ensure the … Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Wyden & Broad Coalition of Democratic Lawmakers Fight to Outlaw Unfair Consumer Contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) along with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and a broad coalition of more than 50 members of Congress continued to fight to protect the rights of consumers in Oregon and across the country who are being hurt by forced arbitration contracts in the financial services industry. In a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)-the top consumer agency in the country-the lawmakers called on the CFPB to swiftly … Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Wyden, Merkley Commemorate Frank Moore Legacy with Salmon Sanctuary

Washington, D.C. - Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today recognized a fellow Oregonian's long and distinguished legacy of conservation and habitat preservation by introducing a bill to designate more than 100,000 acres of public lands in Oregon as the "Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary." The Oregon senators named their legislation in honor of Frank Moore because of his outstanding accomplishments starting in World War II and then continuing for nearly two decades as the proprietor of … Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Wyden Introduces Bill to Aid Small Business

Washington, DC - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill that would support new jobs and economic growth by providing small businesses greater access to business capital from credit unions. "Small businesses generate jobs, and access to capital is the lifeline that keeps those businesses running and growing both in Oregon and nationwide," Wyden said. "This bill would increase opportunities for small businesses to receive loans from credit unions, eliminating an unfair hurdle to that … Continue Reading

May 19, 2015

Wyden Statement on Oregon Guardsmen’s KBR Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement in response to the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the lawsuit filed by Oregon guardsmen against KBR alleging they were exposed to toxic chemicals in Iraq: "The latest development in this lawsuit will only continue the legal water torture that these Oregon Guardsmen have already endured in their struggle for justice. I call yet again on the Department of Defense to step in and make … Continue Reading

May 15, 2015

Senate Designates May 16 Kids to Parks Day

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, today applauded the Senate's passage of their resolution to promote active lifestyles for America's children by designating May 16 as National Kids to Parks Day. Started in 2011 with the National Park Trust, the fifth annual Kids to Parks Day kicks off a summer-long series of events at local, state and … Continue Reading

May 15, 2015

Wyden Statement on Sgt. Henry Johnson Medal of Honor

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the announcement that Sgt. Henry Johnson would posthumously receive the Medal of Honor: "I am thrilled that Sergeant Johnson has finally received his long overdue Medal of Honor for his heroism in World War I. This award at long last pays proper tribute to a true American hero who served our country so bravely despite the prejudice he and countless others endured at the time in the military as well as at … Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Wyden Statement on House Passage of USA Freedom Act

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the USA Freedom Act by a 338 to 88 vote: "Today, the House of Representatives took an important step for protecting the privacy of Americans by voting to end the bulk collection of millions of Americans' personal information under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. I am also encouraged that the version of the USA Freedom Act passed today increases … Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Senate Coalition To Introduce Bill Providing Access To Epilepsy Treatment

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Senate co-sponsors Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), announced today they are introducing the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015 in the United States Senate to exempt from the Controlled Substances Act strains of therapeutic hemp used to fight seizures in children and adults suffering from intractable epilepsy. These strains, which include the … Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Wyden, Welch, Lummis Introduce Legislation to Require Transparency in Intelligence Budgets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Reps. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., have introduced legislation that would require the president to disclose in the annual budget request to Congress the top line spending levels at the 16 federal agencies known to conduct intelligence activities. Top-line spending levels for federal intelligence activities are currently treated as classified information. The Intelligence Budget Transparency Act implements a recommendation … Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Wyden Introduces Bill to Boost Biomass Energy, Promote Healthy Forests

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill that would spur the use of low-carbon biomass energy to heat and power homes and businesses, while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. The BioEnergy Act of 2015 would establish a competitive, cost-share grant program at the Department of Energy to improve technologies for drying and compressing woody biomass, which improves fuel quality and allows biomass producers to more easily transport wood … Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

Wyden Praises FAA Selection of UAS Excellence Center

Washington, DC - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., welcomed today's Federal Aviation Administration announcement that a consortium including Oregon State University has been chosen to be a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Wyden urged the FAA in an Oct. 16, 2014 letter organized by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. to select the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) Consortium, which includes OSU. "Unmanned aviation carries huge potential to support a … Continue Reading

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