Press Releases

February 27, 2014

Wyden, Udall, Heinrich Statement on Reported Bulk Collection of Private Videos

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Martin Heinrich (D- N.M.) issued the following joint statement in response to reports that a large number of individuals, including Americans, may have had private online webcam videos intercepted in bulk by British intelligence agencies. "We are extremely troubled by today's press report that a very large number of individuals - including law-abiding Americans - may have had private videos of themselves … Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Water Bills Advance

Washington, D.C. - Three bills to secure the safety of Oregon water supplies, upgrade Scoggins Dam to provide certainty for Washington County employers, and spur development of next-generation hydropower moved forward in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today. Wyden and Merkley said they were encouraged by the step forward three of their bills took when a subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources … Continue Reading

February 24, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Applaud President For Endorsing Federal Wildfire Funding Reform Plan

Washington, D.C. -Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, applauded the news that President Obama will endorse their plan to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires. "The largest wildfires are natural disasters, no different from tornadoes or earthquakes," Wyden said. "For too long, Oregon forests have suffered from a failure to invest in fire prevention work that can create … Continue Reading

February 24, 2014

Wyden, Crapo Applaud White House Endorsement of Wyden-Crapo Federal Wildfire Policy Reform Plan

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, applauded the news that President Obama will endorse their plan to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires. "The largest wildfires are natural disasters, no different from tornadoes or earthquakes," Wyden said. "For too long, Oregon forests have suffered from a failure to invest in fire prevention work that can … Continue Reading

February 21, 2014

Wyden to Hold Annual Multnomah County Town Hall on Saturday, March 1st

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual Multnomah County town hall on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Multnomah Arts Center on Capitol Highway. Senator Wyden has held town hall meetings in every Oregon county every year since he joined the Senate in 1996. This will be town hall No. 688. Multnomah County Town Hall Date: Time: Location: Saturday, March 1, 2014 2 p.m. Multnomah Arts Center 7688 Southwest Capitol … Continue Reading

February 18, 2014

Wyden Assumes Co-Chairmanship of Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been named co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus, which includes 20 members of the Senate from 14 states. "With 161 brewing companies in Oregon employing 6,400 full and part-time employees, the small brewers are an important part of the Oregon economy," Wyden said. "Leading this caucus with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) at a time when small breweries are becoming a part of communities across the nation is an opportunity to … Continue Reading

February 14, 2014

Wyden Statement on Finance Chairmanship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after becoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee: "As one of the original Senate committees, Senate Finance has helped shape America's growth and prosperity over its 200-year history. It has been led by some of the nation's most prominent Senators. Many of those who held the gavel are household names: Russell Long, Bob Packwood, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Bob Dole. Max Baucus should be included in that … Continue Reading

February 12, 2014

Wyden Statement on Overturning Veteran Pension Reductions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after voting to pass legislation that will protect current military retirees and servicemembers from the cost of living adjustment (COLA) reductions adopted late last year. The bill passed the Senate 95-3 and passed the House of Representatives earlier in the week. "Changing the rules in the middle of a game isn't right. Unfortunately, Congress did just that when it reduced the COLA for working-age military … Continue Reading

February 11, 2014

Oregon Senators Introduce Drought Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden this week teamed up with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-CA) to introduce drought relief legislation to help farmers, businesses and communities suffering from historic drought conditions in Oregon and California. The legislation establishes emergency provisions to assist drought-affected areas, as well as $300 million in emergency assistance. "Even though the Willamette Valley was hit hard by snow over the weekend, … Continue Reading

February 06, 2014

Wyden O&C Bill Moves Forward in Energy Committee

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden's bill to create stable jobs, sustainable forestry and permanent conservation gains on Oregon's O&C Lands took a step forward today, when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the bill. Wyden, D-Ore., is the chairman of the committee. Wyden said the bill offers a fresh approach to increasing timber harvests, while creating ironclad protections for clean drinking water, wildlife and old growth trees. By using the best science … Continue Reading

February 05, 2014

Pacific Northwest Research Station, OSU, Chosen to be Climate Change Research Hub

Washington, DC - Today, Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio and Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley applauded the Obama Administration's selection of Oregon State University to be one of seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. As announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the OSU Hub will address increasing risks due to climate change such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods and crippling droughts in the Pacific … Continue Reading

February 04, 2014

Wyden Applauds Passage of Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden applauded today's final passage of the 2014 Farm Bill and commended Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow for moving the legislation forward. "Chairwoman Stabenow did a remarkable job of showing how it's still possible to get things done in Washington," Wyden said. "The Farm Bill provides certainty and a strong safety net for the agricultural community for the next five years." The Agricultural Act of 2014, known … Continue Reading

January 31, 2014

Wyden Cosponsors Bill to Provide Justice to Servicemembers Discharged Over Sexual Orientation

WASHINGTON - More than two years after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the military records of many servicemembers forced out of service due to their sexual orientation do not reflect an honorable discharge. After serving their country, these folks now carry a mark on their permanent record and are often unable to access veterans benefits they would otherwise receive. In the most extreme cases, they are even legally barred from calling themselves a veteran. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden … Continue Reading

January 29, 2014

Wyden Statement at Senate Intelligence Committee’s Open Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) delivered the following statement prior to questioning senior Intelligence Community officials during the Senate Intelligence Committee's open hearing. Wyden is a senior member of the Intelligence committee. "The men and women of America's intelligence agencies are overwhelmingly dedicated professionals and they deserve to have leadership that is trusted by the American people. Unfortunately, that trust has been seriously undermined by senior … Continue Reading

January 23, 2014

Wyden Statement on PCLOB Report on Bulk Collection

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's report on bulk collection. Wyden is a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "The privacy board's findings closely mirror many of the criticisms made by surveillance reform advocates. The bulk collection program was built on a murky legal foundation that raises many constitutional questions and has been proven to be an ineffective tool … Continue Reading

January 17, 2014

Senators Wyden, Udall, Heinrich Statement on President’s Announcement on Surveillance Reform

Washington, D.C. - Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, reacted to today's speech by President Obama outlining his directive on reforming surveillance powers. The senators have been longtime advocates for reining in overbroad surveillance powers and protecting Americans' privacy. They issued the following statement: "After the long push to rein in overbroad surveillance powers, we are … Continue Reading

January 16, 2014

Wyden Announces Hearing on O&C Lands Bill

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced the Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the O&C Lands Act of 2013 on February 6. The bill will double the timber harvest on O&C Lands in 18 Oregon counties, giving mills and rural communities a predictable, sustainable source of timber from federal lands. And it uses proven science from two renowned Northwest foresters to design harvests in a way that mimics natural processes, without resorting to clear … Continue Reading

January 16, 2014

Wyden Begins 19th Year of Town Halls with 11 Meetings

Jefferson County Town Hall: Date: Time: Location: Saturday, January 18, 2014 10 a.m. Madras City Hall 125 SW "E" Street Madras Deschutes County Town Hall: Date: Time: Location: Saturday, January 18, 2014 1 p.m. Bend Senior Center 1600 SE Reed Market Road Bend Crook County Town Hall: Date: Time: Location: Saturday, January 18, 2014 4 p.m. Prineville Senior Center 180 NE Belknap Street Prineville Marion County … Continue Reading

January 15, 2014

Bipartisan, Bicameral Medicare Reforms Seek to Improve Care and Lower Costs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation aimed at providing better care at lower cost for the millions of Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. The Better Care, Lower Cost Act seeks to improve care coordination for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, the most-expensive and fastest-growing portion of the … Continue Reading

January 14, 2014

Sens. Paul, Wyden and Gillibrand Introduce Bill to Repeal AUMF for Iraq

WASHINGTON - Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today introduced S.1919, which would repeal the Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) for Iraq and officially bring the Iraq war to a close. This bipartisan effort is co-sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jon Tester (D- Mont.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). "Two years ago, President Obama declared the war in Iraq over. With the return of our troops and … Continue Reading

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