Press Releases

November 21, 2013

Udall, Wyden, Heinrich Urge Solicitor General to Set Record Straight on Misrepresentations to U.S. Supreme Court in Clapper v. Amnesty

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) urged U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli today to answer a series of questions regarding statements and oral arguments the government made to the U.S. Supreme Court. Statements made in the recent case Clapper v. Amnesty International inaccurately described how the government collects Americans' private communications, specifically omitting recently declassified collection criteria. Udall, Wyden … Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Udall, Wyden, Heinrich Challenge Effectiveness of Dragnet Surveillance Program in NSA Court Case

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today challenged the effectiveness of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program. The senators' amicus curiae brief, filed in theFirst Unitarian Church vs. National Security Agency U.S. District Court case, questioned a central premise of the government's argument. The brief argues that after extensive review, … Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Wyden Continues to Lead Fight Against Child Trafficking

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Representatives Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation aimed at combatting child trafficking. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would support and protect victims of child trafficking with increased resources for law enforcement and victim services that would be funded through fines on offenders. The bill would establish a "Domestic Trafficking … Continue Reading

November 18, 2013

Wyden to Hold Curry, Coos Town Halls

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual Curry and Coos County town halls in Brookings on Saturday, November 23, 2013, and Coos Bay on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Senator Wyden has held town hall meetings in every Oregon county every year since he was elected to the Senate in 1996. Curry County Town Hall Meeting Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013 Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Chetco Activity Center550 Chetco … Continue Reading

November 13, 2013

Video: Wyden Questions Elmendorf about Eliminating “Flagrant Tax Loopholes” at Budget Conference Meeting

Washington, D.C. - Below is a transcript as well as links to audio and video of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's round of questioning at today's meeting of the House-Senate conference committee on the federal budget. Wyden: Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. Director Elmendorf, I think we know traditionally, when you are trying to find a consensus for a conference like this, you look to both sides in areas where they are on record as supporting changes. For example, Chairman Camp in the House and … Continue Reading

November 13, 2013

Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee-along with Senators Ron Wyden, (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)-today introduced theStrong Start for America's Children Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality … Continue Reading

November 08, 2013

23 Northwest Lawmakers: The Bonneville Power Administration Must Remain Independent

Washington, D.C. -Every lawmaker representing Oregon, Washington and Idaho urged the U.S. Energy Department to maintain an independent Bonneville Power Administration that puts Northwest power users first, in a bipartisan letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sent today. Led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., the 23 members emphasized the importance of correcting discrimination … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Wyden Applauds Senate Passage of ENDA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden applauded Senate passage of new workplace protections, and congratulated U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley for successfully shepherding the non-discrimination legislation through the Senate. Today, the Senate voted 64 to 32 to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with Wyden voting in favor. ENDA would prohibit employers from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment, on the basis of their perceived or actual … Continue Reading

November 05, 2013

Wyden Statement of Support for the USA FREEDOM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) - a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a leader of the surveillance reform movement -- issued the following statement in support of the USA FREEDOM Act introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). "Today, I am proud to add Chairman Leahy as a co-sponsor of our Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act. Our bipartisan legislation sets the bar for real, meaningful reforms to … Continue Reading

November 01, 2013

Wyden Statement on Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement on cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): "Sadly, automatic cuts in food stamp benefits begin today at a time when millions of American families continue to struggle to recover from this long recession. SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger and provides a true safety net. Families in every state will be hit by these $5 billion in cuts, and there's an ongoing struggle against … Continue Reading

October 31, 2013

Wyden Statement on Vote in Opposition to Intelligence Committee’s FISA Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on legislation reported today by the Intelligence Committee. "More and more Americans are saying that they refuse to give up their constitutionally guaranteed liberties for the appearance of security: the Intelligence committee has passed a bill that ignores this message. It maintains business as usual instead of ending the bulk collection of … Continue Reading

October 30, 2013

Video: Wyden Opening Statement at Today’s Conference Committee on the Budget

Washington, D.C. - Below is the YouTube video of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's opening remarks at today's first meeting of the House-Senate conference committee on the federal … Continue Reading

October 18, 2013

NEWS CONFERENCE, 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 18

PORTLAND, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Bonneville Power Administration Offices in Portland. Wyden will discuss the BPA's hiring practices as well as the future of the federal power marketing agency. He will be joined by Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, and a veterans' representative. Wyden will also be available to discuss other matters. Who: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Scott … Continue Reading

October 17, 2013

Wyden Statement on End of Government Shutdown and Prevention of Debt Default

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after Congress approved legislation to end the government shutdown and prevent a debt default. "With this disruptive and counterproductive government shutdown finally over and the threat of default delayed, it's time for people to work together regardless of party on the issues most important to Oregonians and our nation - tax reform, job creation and improving affordable health care. I will continue to seek … Continue Reading

September 26, 2013

Wyden Continues to Press Intelligence Officials on Needed Domestic Surveillance Reforms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today pressed top intelligence officials on the problems of building "an intelligence collection system that repeatedly deceived the American people" during an open hearing held by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Yesterday, Wyden, along with U.S. Senators Mark Udall, D-Colo., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to reform domestic surveillance laws and the secret surveillance court. … Continue Reading

September 26, 2013

Congress Sends President Helium Legislation that Includes County Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C - Congress today sent the President legislation that extends the county timber payments program for another year, providing 33 Oregon counties with $100 million for schools, roads and law enforcement. "By signing this legislation the President will help cash-strapped counties and give Congress time to develop a long-term approach to creating jobs in rural Oregon, providing a stable-source of funding for counties and protecting watersheds, fisheries and environmentally … Continue Reading

September 25, 2013

Wyden Bill Phases Out the Use of Live Animals in Military Medical Training

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation to replace the use of live animals in combat medical training. The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act would require the Department of Defense to phase out the use of live animals in medical training, a practice that has been all but eliminated in civilian medical training programs. A companion bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Hank … Continue Reading

September 25, 2013

Surveillance Reform Package Ends Bulk Collection of Phone Records; Creates Constitutional Advocate for Secret Court

Washington, D.C. - In order to restore the constitutional liberties that have been eroded by invasive surveillance and end secret interpretations of the law that vastly exceed the intent of Congress, a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have introduced legislation to reform domestic surveillance laws and the secret surveillance court. The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform … Continue Reading

September 24, 2013

ADVISORY: Wyden, Udall, Paul, Blumenthal to Unveil Principles for Comprehensive Surveillance Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), will hold a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4 pm EDT to unveil principles for comprehensive surveillance reform. Their approach will end the bulk collection of phone records of law-abiding Americans, close the "back-door searches" loophole that allows the government to search for Americans' communications without a warrant, and create an independent … Continue Reading

September 20, 2013

Citing Abuses of the Elderly, Wyden Calls for Nationwide Examination of Tax Lien Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is leading a dozen Senators in urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to examine the protections for consumers facing tax liens and foreclosure in light of consumer abuses revealed in recent media reports. A letter from Wyden, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Mark Warner, D-Va., Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Christopher Murphy, … Continue Reading

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