Press Releases

September 27, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Reintroduce Resolution Reaffirming Importance of Clean Water Access for Tribal Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that they and Senate colleagues have reintroduced a resolution emphasizing the federal government’s responsibility to provide access to clean drinking water for Tribal communities in Oregon and throughout the country. “Everyone deserves access to clean water - yet today many Tribal communities across the country lack access to this vital natural resource,” Wyden said. “It’s time to reinvest and ramp up water infrastructure … Continue Reading

September 26, 2023

Wyden, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Reduce Tobacco Use in America

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08), today introduced the bicameral Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2023.  The bill would close tax code loopholes for tobacco products by establishing a new federal tax on e-cigarettes, updating the federal cigarette tax rate to restore its public health impact, and harmonizing the tax rate across tobacco products to address … Continue Reading

September 26, 2023

Wyden, Bonamici, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Increase Food Security for Oregon College Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici today announced they introduced legislation that would help college students in Oregon and nationwide experiencing food insecurity have easier access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. “Being a college student is tough enough without having to also study federal rules and regulations to combat hunger,” Wyden said. “That’s why I’m proud to introduce legislation that makes SNAP benefits … Continue Reading

September 26, 2023

Wyden To Hold Two Town Halls Next Week in Klamath, Lake Counties

Portland -  U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will have two in-person town halls next week in Klamath and Lake counties. Wyden has already held 36 town halls so far throughout Oregon in 2023 and 1,063 town halls overall statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.  “I’m very much looking forward to these open-to-all town halls in Klamath and Lake counties where any Oregonian can ask a question, voice an opinion and … Continue Reading

September 26, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce Deschutes River Conservancy Reauthorization Bill Passes Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Deschutes River Conservancy Reauthorization Act cleared a major hurdle by passing out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The critical legislation would reauthorize the Deschutes River Conservancy’s (DRC) eligibility to receive federal funding for water quality and conservation projects—efforts critical to the restoration of wildlife and reducing agricultural runoff in … Continue Reading

September 22, 2023

Wyden, Luján Urge Biden Administration to Collect the Data Needed to Address the Lack of Access to Water and Sanitation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., this week asked the Biden administration to collect and publish data that would help identify and address the water and sanitation needs of communities around the country. “We are writing to request that you take steps to collect and publish data needed to meaningfully address the lack of access to water and sanitation that exists here in the United States. This Administration has recognized that as the source of … Continue Reading

September 21, 2023

Wyden, Booker and Clarke Introduce Bill to Regulate Use of Artificial Intelligence to Make Critical Decisions like Housing, Employment and Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Representative Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., today introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2023, to create new protections for people affected by AI systems that are already impacting decisions affecting housing, credit, education and other high-impact uses. The bill applies to new generative AI systems used for critical decisions, as well as other AI and automated systems. “AI is making choices, today, … Continue Reading

September 21, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Tackle Plastic Pollution Crisis

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he and Senate colleagues have reintroduced legislation that would create a new incentive to recycle plastic and help reduce the plastic waste disrupting coastal economies, overwhelming ecosystems, and threatening public health. “Coastal communities in Oregon and nationwide know all too well the harm plastic pollution can cause to local ecosystems and public health,” Wyden said. “That’s why I’m proud to cosponsor legislation that would … Continue Reading

September 21, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Successfully Urge Biden Administration to Establish Civilian Climate Corps Program through Executive Action

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today praised the Biden Administration for responding to their request to advance a federal Civilian Climate Corps program that would tackle some of the climate crisis’ worst impacts and prepare a whole generation of workers for good-paying union jobs in the clean economy. This week’s administration announcement to launch the American Climate Corps that will put more than 20,000 young people to work in jobs that promote clean energy, … Continue Reading

September 20, 2023

Wyden Urges Action on the Drinking Water Access Emergency

Watch a video of Water and Power ENR Subcommittee Chair Wyden deliver his opening remarks here As prepared for delivery Over 2 million Americans are going to bed each night without access to safe and reliable drinking water by their bed. This is bad news for vulnerable seniors and bad news for our kids' futures. We can do better. And we must do better.  This problem is worsened by the devastating drought that has hit so much of America. And, it’s hard to figure out who’s in charge of water … Continue Reading

September 20, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1.3 Million for Migratory Bird Habitat

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is awarding Ducks Unlimited $1.3 million for habitat conservation for wetland migratory birds in the Lake County Closed Basin Project Area. Given its location as a stopover in the Pacific flyway as well as housing Lake Abert, Oregon’s only saltwater lake, Lake County is a primary location for hundreds of thousands of these migratory birds. “Our lands and waters … Continue Reading

September 20, 2023

Wyden, Padilla, Schatz Announce Coordinated Effort to Tackle America’s Drinking Water Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resource Committee Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Alex Padilla, and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Brian Schatz today announced they will hold coordinated hearings on water access challenges in America. “Clean drinking water is a human right, and it is unacceptable that anyone in this great … Continue Reading

September 20, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Central Oregon to Receive $953,950 in Federal Funds to Prevent Youth Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council has earned more than $950,000 in federal funds to develop and implement a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness in the region. “This federal investment in Central Oregon will lead to solutions that help young Oregonians get off the street and into housing so they can get their lives on track,” said Wyden, who has introduced … Continue Reading

September 19, 2023

On National Voter Registration Day, Wyden, Veasey Introduce Resolution to Recognize September as National Voting Rights Month

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Marc Veasey, D-Texas, led colleagues today on National Voter Registration Day to introduce a resolution recognizing September as “National Voting Rights Month.” “The right to vote is the backbone of American democracy - this right is under attack by MAGA Republicans who seek to disenfranchise voters,” Wyden said. “Congressman Veasey and I want to make it loud and clear that preserving access to the ballot box and … Continue Reading

September 19, 2023

Wyden, Booker Introduce Bill to Ban Surveillance Advertising

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced legislation that prohibits advertising networks and facilitators from using personal data to target advertisements. “The first place to start in holding companies accountable is to attack the business model so many of the big tech companies depend on,” Wyden said. “If you take away the incentive to hoover up users’ personal data, you make it harder to target them both with objectionable content … Continue Reading

September 19, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: $81,000 in Federal Funds for Economic Development to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will receive $81,060 in federal funds for economic development. “I know firsthand from my town hall this year at the reservation and in conversations with Tribal officials just how hard they’re working to provide jobs and economic growth for all their members,” Wyden said. “This federal investment supports that work, generating jobs in the community while … Continue Reading

September 18, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Klamath Community College Earns $199,988 in Federal Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Klamath Community College has secured nearly $200,000 in federal funds to recruit and enroll veterans and current service members and/or members of underserved communities in the school’s commercial driver’s license program. “This federal investment in students will lead to jobs in the region by supporting the career aspirations of students wanting to attend Klamath Community College,” Wyden said. “I’m glad the … Continue Reading

September 18, 2023

Merkley, Wyden, Hoyle Announce $1 Million for Endangered Species Protections in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Oregon’s U.S. Representative Val Hoyle (OR-04) announced today that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is awarding $1 million for the Oregon Private Forest Accord Aquatic Species Habitat Conservation Plan. “Endangered species are critical parts of Oregon’s ecosystems, particularly aquatic habitats,” said Senator Merkley, Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the USFWS. “These … Continue Reading

September 15, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Keep Guns Away from Convicted Hate Crime Offenders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Senate colleagues this week introduced legislation that would prevent individuals convicted of violent misdemeanor hate crimes from buying or possessing firearms. “Congress needs to pass commonsense gun legislation that keeps guns away from criminals who have been convicted of violent hate crimes,” Wyden said. “That’s why I’m proud to introduce legislation that would close the dangerous gap that lets hate crime offenders buy and own … Continue Reading

September 15, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $450,000 for Water System Improvements in Echo

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be awarding the City of Echo $450,000 to replace water service connections that are over 30 years old and create a digital mapping system.  “Outdated and underfunded water infrastructure is at a greater risk of failing, leaving community members and businesses without clean, safe water - especially in rural communities,” said Senator Merkley, Chair of … Continue Reading

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