Press Releases

April 29, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call on DHS Inspector General to Review ICE Detention Facility COVID-19 Policies and Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called for a full assessment, including site inspections, of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities nationwide to evaluate whether the facilities' operations, management, standards, and conditions have adapted to address the threat of COVID-19 to both the staff and detainees. The letter asking Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari for the review cites reports from across … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Push to Strengthen Food Assistance Amid Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley today led a group of twenty-two lawmakers-including Senator Ron Wyden-in urging Senate leadership to support and strengthen SNAP, or food stamps, to help ensure that families across America can keep food on their tables despite the mounting economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. "SNAP is the nation's first line of defense against hunger and is proven to help lifts millions of American families and children out of poverty," the … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Wyden Presses Bureau of Prisons to Release Critical Demographic Data on Incarcerated People and Staff Affected by COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to release system-wide demographic data on the number of incarcerated people and staff affected by COVID-19. In a letter to BOP Director Michael Carvajal, Wyden and 15 of his colleagues requested data on the age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, and disability of all incarcerated people and BOP staff who have been tested for, contracted, recovered from, and died … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Wyden Urges Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Reinstate Anti-Discrimination Safeguards in Mortgages

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to reverse its suspension of key information reporting and data required under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter to Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger, Wyden and 18 Senate colleagues wrote that eliminating these reporting requirements could allow discrimination in mortgage lending and servicing to go unchecked during a time when consumers are particularly … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Wyden Urges McConnell to Make Oversight of COVID-19 Relief Efforts a Priority

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate heads back into session next week, Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined his colleagues to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to make COVID-19 related matters and oversight of all COVID-related legislation the Senate's focus. Despite the severity of the COVID-19 public health and economic emergencies, no legislative or committee business related to the COVID-19 public health and economic emergencies has been scheduled. … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $103 Million in Funding for Oregon Hospitals and Health Care Providers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that over $103 million will be distributed among 141 health care providers across the state to boost their coronavirus response efforts. The funding is the second tranche distributed by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last month. The first allocation was distributed the week of April 10. "Throughout this crisis, Oregon's dedicated health care workers … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Blast Defense Secretary Esper Over DoD's Failure to Adequately Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today expressed grave concern with the Department of Defense's (DoD) failure to adequately respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Civilian leadership of the Department has failed to act sufficiently quickly, and has often prioritized readiness at the expense of the health of servicemembers and their families," Wyden and Merkley wrote with eight other senators in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. "This failure has … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Administration to Take Action to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funds Reach Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 20 of their colleagues, are pushing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza to develop strong supervisory mechanisms to identify instances of unjust enrichment and ensure that the just-passed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding actually reaches struggling small businesses who truly need the money. The senators' letter comes amid recent reports indicating that the … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call for Establishing 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged that the next COVID-19 relief package include bipartisan legislation designating 9-8-8 as the three-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. "The creation of this three-digit dialing code is essential in order to address the growing suicide crisis across the United States," Wyden and Merkley wrote in a letter with more than 20 colleagues from both parties to congressional leadership. … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce “Hardest Hit” Funds Will Be Available to Help Oregonians with Coronavirus Housing Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Treasury Department will allow Oregon to use funding from its Hardest Hit fund to assist Oregonians facing housing challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, these programs were set to expire on April 30, 2020. The Hardest Hit fund was created during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis for states, like Oregon, that were the most severely impacted by the decline in the housing … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Wyden Reiterates Call for Financial Security for Rural Communities, as COVID-19 Relief Funds and Guidance Fall Short

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today again called on Congressional leadership to provide much-needed financial certainty for rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure they have long-term funding needed for essential services. Wyden's renewed call follows the release of the Trump administration's Coronavirus Relief Fund guidance for state, territorial, local and tribal governments. The guidance falls dangerously short in making sure rural communities have the … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Wyden: New SBA Guidance Will Help Oregon’s Rural Health Districts, Tribes and Employee-owned Businesses Get COVID-19 Economic Aid

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today that new guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) on who can participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will help rural health district hospitals, tribes and employee-owned businesses in Oregon and nationwide. As ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden had advocated strongly for the SBA to make those much-needed clarifications that will expand the PPP to include qualifying rural medical providers, tribal … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Administration to Remove Needless Restrictions on Governors’ Ability to Help States with COVID-19 Relief Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on the Trump Administration to revise needless bureaucratic restrictions on how governors can distribute COVID-19 relief funds to their states. Wyden, Merkley and 44 other Democratic senators said in their letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin those needed revisions would allow governors to provide essential public services to their states, as clearly intended by the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Wyden Demands FEMA Address Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Disaster Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., demanded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) make transparent its plans to address the existing racial and socioeconomic disparities in disaster response and ensure vulnerable communities hurt disproportionately by COVID-19 receive equitable aid and assistance in Oregon and across the nation. "Our nation has been gripped by COVID-19 and the impacts have been felt across all of society. As FEMA continues in its role as the … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $8 Million in Additional CDC Funding for Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced an additional $8 million in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding to support Oregon in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding supplements earlier awards of $10 million, bringing the total funding amount to $18 million. The funding will be available to assist with activities including testing, contact tracing, data collection, and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in high-risk … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council to Receive More than $3.8 Million for Transit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council will receive more than $3.8 million in federal transit aid through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. "The economic impact of this public health crisis has hit transit systems hard and the Oregonians who work for them to get people to their jobs, the grocery store, the doctor's office and more," Wyden said. "I am glad these resources are on … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Wyden Pushes to Ensure College Students Have Food on the Table Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today pushed to help college students in Oregon and nationwide have access to critical nutrition assistance by allowing Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to be triggered during a pandemic. "College students across the nation are facing unprecedented challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, shuttered campuses have exacerbated their food insecurity. In 2019, 39% of America's college students reported being … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Wyden Urges Congress to Provide Housing Support for Domestic Violence Survivors During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged Senate leadership to include resources to meet domestic and sexual violence survivors' urgent housing needs, which have been exacerbated by stay-at-home orders, social distancing and the ongoing economic upheaval caused by COVID-19 in any future relief package. "Communities need a surge of resources to meet survivors' diverse housing needs, increase the capacity of local programs to address those needs, and be responsive to the … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding Application is Live

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that funding is now available for accredited public and nonprofit private higher education institutions throughout Oregon, to help schools mitigate tuition losses and upfront costs of adopting remote learning technology amid the coronavirus crisis. The funding will be distributed by the U.S. Department of Education, and was allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

CORRECTED: Wyden, Merkley: OHSU to Receive $2.7 Million in COVID-19 Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that OHSU will receive about $2.7 million in grants to help provide quality rural health care during the COVID-19 crisis. "Our state's health care heroes caring for Oregonians need all possible federal resources to keep themselves and their patients safe in the middle of this public health crisis," Wyden said. "I am glad OHSU has earned these grants to support their life-and-death work, and will continue to fight for … Continue Reading

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