Press Releases

September 19, 2013

Wyden Applauds Senate Passage of Helium Legislation that Includes County Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded Senate passage of legislation that provides a lifeline to rural counties by extending the county timber payments program for another year and also benefits the health care and technology sectors in Oregon and across the United States. "Selling the Federal Helium Reserve provides the money necessary to continue a program that has provided Oregon counties with money for schools, roads and law enforcement since 2000," Wyden said. "At … Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Udall, Wyden: Newly Declassified Court Opinions on Bulk Collection of Phone Data Underscore Need to Narrow Scope of NSA's Domestic Surveillance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who serve on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after yesterday's declassification of an opinion by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records: "The declassification of the recent opinion by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court sheds more light on how surveillance laws and the Bill of Rights have … Continue Reading

September 16, 2013

Wyden, Udall Statement on Intelligence Officials Lack of Understanding of Bulk Collection Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) issued the following statement regarding the 2009 admission by intelligence officials that they did not fully understand the entirety of the bulk phone records collection program. Wyden and Udall are both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Documents declassified last week clearly show that court orders authorizing the NSA's bulk collection of phone records were consistently violated by the NSA. These … Continue Reading

September 13, 2013

Wyden Statement on Daimler Trucks North America’s Announcement of New Corporate Headquarters in Portland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement on today's announcement by Daimler Trucks North America that it will build a new headquarters building in Portland, create 400 new jobs and invest in workforce education. "Daimler Trucks North America could have located its headquarters anywhere in the United States. That the company chose Portland is a vote of confidence in the Oregon economy, in the state's workforce and in Daimler's long and prosperous … Continue Reading

September 10, 2013

Wyden and Udall Statement on the Declassification of FISA Court Opinions on Bulk Collection of Phone Data

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) issued the following statement after the declassification -- as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union -- of more than 1800 pages of previously secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions and other documents on the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. "When the executive branch acknowledged … Continue Reading

August 29, 2013

Wyden: All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Now Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded a ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that all legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. "Today's ruling is another step toward ensuring that every American gets the same rights, responsibilities, protections and benefits no matter who they love and share their lives with," Wyden said. "This will directly impact families' financial health, and … Continue Reading

August 29, 2013

Wyden: USDA Must Provide Fairness For Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., demanded an immediate explanation for new, higher sequestration bills sent to states that received funding through the Secure Rural Schools program. That program provides a lifeline - funding schools, roads and emergency services in more than 700 rural counties that saw timber harvests plummet as a result of federal land management and environmental rules. "I am astounded by the lack of Agency … Continue Reading

August 23, 2013

Wyden Joins Forest Service, Local Officials on Monday, August 26, to Discuss Wildfire Prevention in the Deschutes National Forest

Portland, OR - As wildfires continue to burn in Oregon and across the west, the Deschutes National Forest has escaped any major fires so far this year. A lot of this good fortune is the result of hard work by the U.S. Forest Service and the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project to make the forest healthier and more fire resistant. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will meet with members of the Forest Service, Deschutes County Commissioners and members of the collaborative on Monday, August 23, 2013, … Continue Reading

August 23, 2013

Wyden, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall to Address Zonta International on Efforts to Stop Sex Trafficking

Portland, OR - On Wednesday, August 27, 2013, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall will address a meeting of Zonta International on efforts to stop sex trafficking of underage girls and boys. A recent study by Portland State University released by Marshall shows that the number of children being sold for sex in the Portland area is greater than originally thought. Wyden, who introduced anti-sex trafficking legislation in Congress, will be joined by State Rep. Val Hoyle, … Continue Reading

August 21, 2013

Wyden Statement on Declassification of FISA Court Ruling on 4th Amendment Violations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding the declassification of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruling stating that the NSA's collection procedures had violated the 4th Amendment to the Constitution and the spirit of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. "While the declassification of the FISA court's ruling on the constitutionality of Section 702 collection procedures is an important addition to the public discussion being … Continue Reading

August 19, 2013

Wyden Applauds Boost for Self-Employment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced that Oregon has received $332,576 in federal grant funding to help expand the state's efforts to give aspiring entrepreneurs the option of using unemployment insurance money to start their own businesses. "Self-employment assistance is an innovative and cost-effective way to help smart, entrepreneurial people not only find work but create jobs for others," Wyden said. "This funding will help Oregon improve and expand its program, … Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Wyden, Udall Statement on Reports of Compliance Violations Made Under NSA Collection Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) issued the following statement regarding reports that the NSA has violated rules intended to protect Americans' privacy thousands of times each year. Wyden and Udall are both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "The executive branch has now confirmed that the 'rules, regulations and court-imposed standards for protecting the privacy of Americans' have been violated thousands of times each year. We have … Continue Reading

August 15, 2013

Senators Wyden of Oregon and Crapo and Risch of Idaho to Get Wildfire Briefing at National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, August 20

Portland, OR - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will visiting the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise Tuesday, August 20, 2013, to thank firefighters for their extremely hard and dangerous work in yet another hazardous season for fighting wildfires. During the visit, the Senators will note that the country can do better in preventing catastrophic fires by using collaborative land management efforts and stronger proactive management … Continue Reading

August 09, 2013

Wyden Statement on President Obama’s Proposed Reforms to the FISC and PATRIOT ACT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement of potential reforms to Section 215 of the PATRIOT ACT and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. "Many of the reforms proposed by the President stem from suggestions made by myself and my colleagues to deal with the severe threat to civil liberties posed by current surveillance authorities and programs. While more details are clearly necessary, the President's … Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Wyden Stands Up for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. -To protect Secure Rural Schools payments, which provide vital funding for counties in Oregon and across the country, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today placed a public hold on S. 101, a bill to prohibit the provision of federal funds to state and local governments for payment of obligations. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act funds schools, roads and law-enforcement services in rural and timber counties across the country, to compensate for the loss … Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Wyden, Thune Seek to Make Permanent Protections Against Unfair Internet Taxes

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D) today introduced legislation, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, to make permanent the existing ban on Internet access taxes and on multiple and discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), originally enacted in 1998 and extended three times, is currently scheduled to expire November 1, 2014. "As the Internet Tax Freedom Act enabled and promoted Internet access and adoption across … Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Blumenthal, Wyden, Udall Unveil Major Legislation To Reform FISA Courts

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) - joined by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) - unveiled two bills that would ensure FISA courts properly balance the need to protect national security with constitutional and statutory requirements to safeguard individual rights to privacy and liberty. The first bill - the FISA Court Reform Act of 2013 - would create a Special Advocate with the power to argue in the FISA courts on behalf of the right to privacy … Continue Reading

July 31, 2013

Wyden: Declassified Documents Show How Inaccurate Statements Have Misled Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding the declassified documents released by the Director of National Intelligence today: "The newly declassified briefing documents released today show that the executive branch repeatedly made inaccurate statements to Congress about the value and effectiveness of the bulk email records collection program that was carried out under the USA PATRIOT Act until 2011. These statements had the effect of … Continue Reading

July 30, 2013

Wyden Statement on Japan’s Decision to Resume Purchases of Oregon Wheat

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement today on the decision by the Japanese government to resume purchases of U.S. western-white wheat. The decision ends a two-month ban on the grain purchases following the apparent discovery of unapproved gene-altered crop on an Oregon farm. "With the wheat crop ready for harvest, the news that Japan will join South Korea and Taiwan in resuming purchasing of Oregon wheat comes at the perfect time for wheat … Continue Reading

July 29, 2013

Wyden Statement on Voting Present on the Nomination of James Comey to be FBI Director

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding his decision to vote "present" on the confirmation of James Comey to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: "Today, I voted present on the nomination of James Comey to be the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The head of the FBI is responsible for approving and overseeing a large number of surveillance activities, and it is an unfortunate fact that the FBI's … Continue Reading

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