Press Releases

April 28, 2015

Wyden Statement on USA Freedom Act of 2015

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore., issued the following statement on the USA Freedom Act of 2015, introduced on Tuesday, which would end bulk collection of Americans' information under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. "This legislation would finally end bulk collection of the personal information of millions of Americans, and make other important reforms like increasing transparency and improving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court process. I look forward to working with … Continue Reading

April 28, 2015

Wyden Blasts DOE Hanford Contractor for Wasting Millions of Taxpayer Dollars, Demands Investigation

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today demanded an investigation into questionable contracting practices at the Department of Energy's Hanford nuclear site in Washington State and blasted the DOE for its lack of oversight, citing an internal report from a project management contractor obtained earlier this year. The report from Bechtel National, Inc., dated January 9, 2015, shows that about $277 million of taxpayer money has been spent on work orders that have not been completed at … Continue Reading

April 27, 2015

Wyden: Rural Oregon to Receive Nearly $61 Million for Roads, Schools and Other Essential Services

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today welcomed the news that Oregon's rural communities will receive about $60.8 million this year in Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding for roads and schools. The funding announcement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack follows Senator Wyden's successful work earlier this month to win passage in the Senate of a two-year renewal for the SRS program. "Renewing county payments for two years provides the time rural Oregon deserves to fund … Continue Reading

April 24, 2015

Wyden Hails News Comcast will Abandon Takeover of Time Warner Cable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after the announcement that Comcast would not proceed with its takeover of Time Warner Cable. "For the second time this year, America's consumers stood up to Big Cable and won, refusing to make their monopoly any bigger," Wyden said. "The decision will lead to more choices, better services and lower prices - a win for consumers and small businesses." Earlier this week, Sen. Wyden along with Sens. Al Franken … Continue Reading

April 23, 2015

Wyden Statement on the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore., today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States: "Loretta Lynch is uniquely and unquestionably qualified to be Attorney General and I'm pleased the Senate acted today - finally - to confirm her. Though it took far longer than it should have, the confirmation of the nation's first African American women to be Attorney General will rightly be remembered as historic and I have no … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Wyden on Earth Day Introduces Clean Energy Bills to Fight Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - As part of his continued work to find new ways to fight climate change while lowering energy prices for U.S. consumers, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a pair of bills that would boost domestic clean energy production and reduce carbon emissions. The first, the Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act, encourages geothermal energy production by breaking down barriers that prevent prospective geothermal projects from getting in the ground. Wyden also … Continue Reading

April 21, 2015

Wyden, Lofgren, Paul Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Aaron’s Law to Reform Abused Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to better target serious criminals and curb overzealous prosecutions for non-malicious computer and Internet offenses. The legislation, inspired by the late Internet innovator and activist Aaron Swartz, who faced up to 35 years in prison for an act of civil disobedience, would reform the quarter-century old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) … Continue Reading

April 16, 2015

Wyden Introduces Package to Boost Transparency, Oversight, Enforcement and Oregon Values in Trade Agreements

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced a bipartisan bill to send the message that our country should only accept trade deals that will boost middle-class U.S. families and advance Oregon values. The bicameral bill includes unprecedented new provisions to improve transparency, boost Congressional oversight and require stronger enforcement for existing trade agreements, U.S. trade laws, any new trade agreement. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and … Continue Reading

April 16, 2015

Wyden, Polis Introduce Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act to Modernize Outdated Copyright Laws

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Representative Jared Polis, D-Colo., today introduced a bill to boost security research, journalism and freedom of expression by reforming outdated provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). "The DMCA's copyright restrictions make us more vulnerable to cyberattacks and stifle innovation," Wyden said. "Today Rep. Polis and I introduced the Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act. It reforms a bad law that inhibits … Continue Reading

April 14, 2015

Wyden: Senate Renews a Lifeline for Rural Oregon Roads, Schools and First Responders

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the Senate's move tonight to extend a lifeline to rural Oregon communities with passage of a two-year renewal of the Secure Rural Schools program. "This extension ends months of uncertainty for Oregon's rural communities, who have grappled with on-again, off-again funding for roads, schools and first responders," Wyden said. "Renewed county payments buy us time to build support for solutions that address the broader economic issues … Continue Reading

April 09, 2015

Representative Blumenauer and Senator Wyden Announce Commonsense Tax Reform for Legal Marijuana Businesses

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced plans to introduce bicameral legislation next week that would reconcile state marijuana laws and federal tax law. The Small Business Tax Equity Act, which was introduced last Congress by Congressman Blumenauer, would create an exception to Internal Revenue Code Section 280E to allow marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law to take deductions associated with the sale of … Continue Reading

April 08, 2015

Wyden, Klobuchar Call on Administration to Conduct National Report Detailing Economic Benefits of Outdoor Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today called on the Interior and Commerce Departments to conduct a national report detailing the economic benefits of our country's outdoor economy. While the federal government currently collects certain data on the benefits of the outdoor economy, we lack clear and comprehensive data on its contributions to growth and job creation at the national level. In a letter to the Secretaries of the Departments of … Continue Reading

April 06, 2015

Wyden: NTSB Recommendations Show Need for New Rail Tank Car Standards

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the National Transportation Safety Board issued urgent recommendations for trains carrying crude oil and other flammable liquids: "Six weeks ago, I asked the White House to take a hard look at the newer, supposedly safer rail tank cars hauling crude oil and other hazardous materials through communities," Wyden said. "Today, I'm encouraged the watchdogs at the NTSB echoed my call for increased safety by … Continue Reading

April 04, 2015

Wyden: Cyber Bill Allows Massive Increase in Government Surveillance, Fails on Security

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today reiterated his concerns about a cybersecurity bill that would create new ways for the government to comb through Americans' private information without a warrant, without addressing the real threats to U.S. networks. "Any information-sharing legislation that lacks adequate privacy protections is not simply a cybersecurity bill, but a surveillance bill by another name," Wyden said, in dissenting views on the bill released today. "I … Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Wyden, Crapo Move Wildfire Funding Fix Forward

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, early this morning moved another step forward in providing a bipartisan wildfire funding solution that will ensure vital resources in the fight against catastrophic wildfires across the West. The senators attached a provision to the Senate budget that sets the stage for passing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which Wyden and Crapo reintroduced on Jan. 22. The bill ends the cycle of underfunding fire suppression, which … Continue Reading

March 26, 2015

Wyden, Heinrich Introduce Budget Amendment To Protect America's Treasured Public Lands From Being Sold Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2015) - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced an amendment to the Senate's budget resolution that would protect America's parks and public lands, including national forests, wildlife refuges, and conservation lands, from being sold off as a deficit reduction tactic. The amendment is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). "Americans depend on clean water and treasure … Continue Reading

March 24, 2015

Wyden: Glad House Leadership Decided to Stop Playing Politics with Rural Oregon Safety Net

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the importance of extending the Secure Rural Schools and County Self-Determination Act. "It is good news the House Leadership has decided to stop playing politics with the safety net for Oregon counties. Their decision is a concrete recognition that linking the safety net to unsustainable and unacceptable logging practices can never become law," Wyden said. "As the author of the bipartisan Secure Rural … Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Wyden Fights to Renew Rural Oregon Safety Net

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., fought to restore a crucial lifeline for roads, schools and first-responders in Oregon's cash-strapped rural communities, in an amendment he attached to the federal budget bill today. Wyden's amendment is a first step to renewing the expired Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, which provided more than $107 million to 32 Oregon counties last year. It also supports the extension of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and full funding for the … Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Spur Geothermal Energy

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced legislation to encourage geothermal energy production on public lands. The Geothermal Production Expansion Act prevents speculative bidders from driving up the price of leases for developers seeking to use the land for geothermal projects. The bill streamlines the federal geothermal leasing program by allowing for the non-competitive leasing of a limited amount of federal land at fair market value to spur the … Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

For Sunshine Week, Wyden Renews Calls for Answers from DOJ on Drones, Secret Law, Torture Report

Washington, D.C. -For Sunshine Week, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., renewed his call for Attorney General Eric Holder to answer crucial questions on everything from when the government believes it has the right to kill an American to secret interpretations of law. The Justice Department has ignored these questions or declined to answer them, in some cases for years. Sen. Wyden previously called on Holder to answer these questions in a Feb. 3 letter, which is available here. "It is never … Continue Reading

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