Press Releases

July 08, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Call on Congress to Pass Fire Funding

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on Congress to pass a proposal from the White House to provide additional fire funding to treat the catastrophic wildfires already raging in states across the western United States. President Obama today asked Congress to include an additional $615 million dedicated to wildfire suppression costs as part of an emergency spending request. The request also includes language to allow some fire suppression funding to be … Continue Reading

July 08, 2014

Wyden, Udall Oppose Cybersecurity Bill Due to Lack of Privacy Protections

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's mark-up of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: "Cyber-attacks on U.S. firms and infrastructure pose a serious threat to America's economic health and national security. We agree there is a need for information-sharing between the federal government and private companies about cybersecurity threats and how to defend against them. … Continue Reading

June 30, 2014

Wyden Releases Details of Backdoor Searches of Americans’ Communications

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement in response to a letter provided by the Office of Director of National Intelligence, which details the number of backdoor searches performed by U.S. intelligence agencies. As this response makes clear, intelligence agencies are searching through communications collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - an authority that Congress intended to be used to target foreigners - and are … Continue Reading

June 26, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Highlight NTSB’s Call for Expanded Oil Trains Transparency

Washington, D.C. - First responders need more timely and detailed information about crude-by-rail trains in order to better protect communities, according to a letter from the National Transportation Board released today by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. The senators urged Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to use the information, recommendations and concerns raised by the NTSB to improve crude-by-rail safety, primarily by requiring increased communication … Continue Reading

June 26, 2014

Bipartisan Group of 14 Senators Calls for Senate Vote to Reform Wildfire Funding

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and 12 Senate cosponsors pressed Senate leadership to allow a full Senate vote on their bipartisan bill to fix the broken system for funding wildfire suppression. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., all 14 cosponsors of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013 urged the Senate leaders to quickly bring the bill to the Senate Floor for a full vote or find … Continue Reading

June 26, 2014

Wyden, Udall, Heinrich Press Obama Administration for Additional Transparency on U.S. Drone Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., pressed the Obama administration today for additional transparency on U.S. drone policy, including its interpretations of when it can take lethal action outside of declared war zones and against Americans. The senators - all members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - also said the American people have a right to know the "limits and boundaries" of the president's power to … Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Wyden Statement on Supreme Court Aereo Decision

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Aereo's services were illegal in ABC v. Aereo. "I am concerned by the Supreme Court's decision today in ABC v. Aereo. This country needs a legal regime that encourages innovation. Although the Court limited its holding to the specific service in question, its convoluted "public performance" finding creates uncertainty as to what other cloud-based technologies may run afoul of … Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Wyden: Supreme Court Decision on Cellphone Searches Huge Win For Privacy

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that law enforcement must obtain a warrant in most cases to search an arrested person's cellphone. "Today's decision is a huge win for individual privacy. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court acknowledged that searching a person's cellphone is actually more invasive in many cases than going through their home. At a time when the details of a person's whole life can … Continue Reading

June 23, 2014

Wyden Statement on the Release of Justice Department Memo on Using Lethal Force Against Americans

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement today on the release of a 2010 Justice Department Memo on the use of lethal force against Americans: "I believe every American has the right to know when their government believes it is allowed to kill them, and the public release of this memo is a positive step toward reducing the secrecy that surrounds this question. However, there are many important questions that this memo does not address. It is my hope that … Continue Reading

June 20, 2014

Wyden Congratulates House on Bipartisan Vote to Ban Backdoor Searches

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement today, praising the House vote last night to ban backdoor searches: "Last night the House of Representatives took a big step forward for Americans' privacy rights by voting to prohibit intelligence agencies from deliberately reading Americans' emails and private communications without a warrant. As Americans learned last summer, the NSA is currently scooping up a potentially huge number of Americans' emails, under an … Continue Reading

June 20, 2014

Wyden, Udall, Heinrich Urge President to End Bulk Collection While Congress Works to Pass Real Surveillance Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) urged President Obama to take immediate steps - while Congress works to pass true surveillance reform - to end the ongoing bulk collection of Americans' phone records. The senators, who all serve on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the president should take every step he can under current law to end bulk collection, and rely on individual requests to the Foreign Intelligence … Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

Wyden, Grassley Press for Answers on Continuous Monitoring of Whistleblower and Legislative Branch Communications

WASHINGTON - Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden are pressing the Director of National Intelligence to explain in detail how the intelligence community plans to implement continuous monitoring of security clearance holders without undermining legal protections for whistleblowers or constitutional protections for the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches. In a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Grassley and Wyden noted that any monitoring … Continue Reading

June 12, 2014

Wyden Praises New Whistleblower Protections, Raises Alarm on Limits to Intelligence Professionals’ Free Speech Rights, in Senate Speech

Washington, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., highlighted a provision in the 2014 Intelligence Authorization bill which provides new statutory protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. Wyden and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, succeeded in including the new protections in the bill, which passed unanimously late Wednesday evening. Wyden also raised serious concerns about a new policy directive from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence … Continue Reading

June 11, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Seek Answers on Oil Trains Order

Washington, D.C. - To help first responders in Oregon and other states receive better information about oil trains traveling through their communities, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley asked the National Transportation Safety Board about the sufficiency of last month's emergency order issued by the Department of Transportation, in a letter yesterday. The DOT's emergency order currently requires railroad companies to notify states of crude oil shipments only from the Bakken region, … Continue Reading

June 09, 2014

Following New Report, Oregon Senators Call for Changes at Local VA Hospitals and Accountability for Those Who Let Down Oregon’s Veterans

WASHINGTON - Following the release of a new report that revealed vast numbers of Oregon veterans have been unable to access care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden called Monday for renewed accountability and dramatic action to turn around a system they described as failing Oregon's veterans. The report revealed that both the Portland VA Medical Center and the Roseburg VA Medical Center were among the worst in the nation … Continue Reading

June 05, 2014

Wyden Statement at Intelligence Committee Hearing: Why Hasn’t The Executive Branch Stopped Vacuuming Up Americans’ Phone Records?

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., emphasized the need to pass a true reform bill that guarantees the end of overreaching mass surveillance programs, and asked why the executive branch hasn't ended unnecessary and intrusive collection of American's records, during a rare open session of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today. Watch Sen. Wyden's questions here. A transcript of his questions is below: First round: WYDEN: Thank you Madam Chair, let me commend you on … Continue Reading

June 04, 2014

Wyden, Merkley and Sanders Introduce New Bill to Bring Accountability to the VA

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and several of their Senate colleagues in introducing a bill late yesterday to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to cut through the red tape that keeps veterans waiting far too long for care, following the release of reports revealing systematic problems in meeting the health care needs of our nation's veterans. "The Inspector General's report shows that VA officials … Continue Reading

June 02, 2014

Wyden: Inaction on Climate Change is No Longer an Option

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030: "American businesses, farmers, ranchers and families are experiencing the effects of climate change in the United States today. Inaction on climate change is no longer an option, so those who would criticize EPA's plan have a responsibility to put forward their own ideas on how to move to a … Continue Reading

May 29, 2014

Wyden Statement on New DOE Process for LNG Terminal Decisions

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the Department of Energy's new proposal for considering liquefied natural gas export applications: "Natural gas is a strategic advantage - America has it and the world wants it. The Energy Department is doing the right thing today by taking steps to protect America's advantage. I have long said that the studies DOE has relied on need to be updated to reflect current market conditions and data. I am pleased to see … Continue Reading

May 22, 2014

Wyden, Kirk Call on President Obama to Raise Issue of Human Rights Violations in Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., today sent a letter to President Obama to express concern over the ongoing human rights abuses and offenses taking place in Iran. The Senators, along with 21 other U.S. Senators and a number of U.S. Representatives, urged the President to seize the opportunity to raise the issue as nuclear talks with the Iranian government continue. "Tehran's continued abuse of its own citizens and targeting of minorities should serve as … Continue Reading

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