Press Releases

May 15, 2013

Wyden Amendment to Help Small Ports Included in Senate Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An amendment sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) that will increase the chances that much needed maintenance and dredging money gets to small ports, including those on the Oregon Coast, is part of a water resources bill passed by the United States Senate today. The amendment, one of several in the bill important to Oregonians, directs the Army Corps of Engineers to use money left over from maintenance of high-use, deep-draft ports and the Great Lakes Navigation System … Continue Reading

May 15, 2013

Wyden Statement on the Government Acquisition of AP Phone Records

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement in response to press reports about government collection of the Associated Press' phone records. Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has long been a staunch advocate for press freedom. "I am very troubled by the recent reports of the government acquiring large amounts of the Associated Press' phone records. The breadth of these subpoenas raises serious questions about how … Continue Reading

May 09, 2013

Wyden, Merkley Ask Agriculture, Interior Secretaries for Emergency Grazing Rights on Federal Land in Southeastern and South Central Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Faced with another year of drought conditions in Southeastern and South Central Oregon, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are asking the Department of Agriculture extend emergency grazing of cattle on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land. "Given the severity of the drought and the disastrous conditions faced by these Oregon farmers and ranchers, we ask that you expeditiously consider extending emergency grazing opportunities on Forest Service and … Continue Reading

May 09, 2013

Wyden to get Wildland Fire Briefing in Portland on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 10 a.m.

Portland, OR -With dry conditions across Oregon and an early start to the 2013 fire season, Senator Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will receive a wildland fire season briefing from federal and state officials on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Northwest Coordinated Fire Center in Portland. Last year, Oregon experienced a near-record amount of acres burned. This year, the early start to fire season is the result of a drier-than-normal spring and a week of … Continue Reading

May 09, 2013

House and Senate Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Help Students Choose Between Colleges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Representatives Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Robert Andrews, D-N.J., today introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation that would ensure that a wide range of accurate, comparative and easy to understand data about colleges would be readily available online for prospective students and their families. The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2013 would streamline existing institutional … Continue Reading

May 03, 2013

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Klamath and Lake Counties

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town halls in Klamath and Lake counties on May 11, 2013. The meetings will be held in Klamath Falls and Lakeview. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. Klamath County Town Hall Meeting Date: May 11, 2013 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Oregon Institute of Technology College Union Auditorium 3200 Campus Drive Klamath Falls Lake County Town … Continue Reading

April 23, 2013

Wyden and Murkowski Unveil “Follow the Money” Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation to address the influx of anonymous federal election spending and bring transparency and consistency to campaign finance law. The Follow the Money Act of 2013 creates a simple and universal system of disclosure for independent spending in federal campaigns. The legislation would require the source of independent spending to be disclosed in a manner … Continue Reading

April 18, 2013

NEWS CONFERENCE: On Eve of Earth Day, Wyden in Medford on Sunday to Discuss Economic and Environmental Benefits from Lower Natural Gas Prices

WHO: Senator Ron Wyden RVTD Director Julie Brown Mike Montero, board chair of RV Clean Cities Steve Gambee, Rogue Disposal WHAT: News conference on the environmental and economic benefits of lower natural gas prices. WHEN: 11:15 a.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013 Medford, OR - On the eve of Earth Day, members of the Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition will join Oregon Senator Ron Wyden at a news conference on the economic and environmental benefits of … Continue Reading

April 18, 2013

Wyden in Eugene on Saturday for Earth Day Events, Opening of New UO Student Veteran Center

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will be in Eugene on Saturday, April 20, 2013, to attend the annual EWEB Earth Day Celebration and the grand opening of the new University of Oregon Student Veterans Center. Wyden will also visit Arcimoto, the Eugene-based electric vehicle company and drop in at Sprout!, the regional "food hub" in Springfield. April 20, 2013: 10:15 a.m., Arcimoto, 544 Blair Boulevard, Eugene. 11:15 a.m., EWEB Earth Day Celebration, River's Edge Plaza, 500 E. … Continue Reading

April 17, 2013

Baldface and Rough and Ready Creeks named to “Most Endangered Rivers” List

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley renewed their call for federal agencies to prevent environmentally damaging mining operations at Baldface and Rough and Ready Creeks in Southwestern Oregon, after American Rivers named the two creeks to its "Most Endangered" list, on Wednesday. Wyden and Merkley have urged the federal Bureau of Land Management to administratively withdraw the creeks from mining multiple times since 1998. Wyden and Merkley sent their most recent … Continue Reading

April 17, 2013

Burr and Wyden Seek to Strengthen VA’s Pension Program and Protect America’s Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at ending abuses of a low-income veterans' pension program. The Veterans Pension Protection Act seeks to combat a growing niche industry that profits by preying on elderly veterans. So-called "pension poachers" are convincing veterans with substantial assets to hide those assets in trusts and annuity products in an effort to qualify for the maximum allowable needs-based … Continue Reading

April 16, 2013

Wyden Testifies on Behalf of Hermiston Wastewater Bill, Drought Relief Act

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power today held a hearing on two bills by Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore.: S. 693, the City of Hermiston Water Recycling and Reuse Project, and S. 659 - Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act reauthorization. The City of Hermiston Water Recycling and Reuse Project would authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to share a small portion of the costs to build a new wastewater treatment plant. "This is … Continue Reading

April 12, 2013

U.S. Navy to Name New Ship the USS Portland

PORTLAND, Or -- The U.S. Navy will name the next San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship the USS Portland, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced today. "Oregon has a long history with the U.S. Navy going back to the construction of hundreds of World War II Liberty and Victory ships at three Portland-area shipyards," Wyden said. "I want to thank Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for naming a ship for Oregon's largest city. It is an honor for the City of Portland and for all … Continue Reading

March 29, 2013

Wyden, Merkley Applaud Sustainable Fisheries Decision

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are applauding a federal decision that will help commercial fishermen profit while encouraging sustainable fisheries. "It's a good decision that reaffirms what fisherman needed - a sound, science-based solution that protects the environment as well as fishermen's bottom line," Wyden said. "Our fishing economy depends on a sustainable fishing management plan that provides for a healthy ecosystem and healthy yields for … Continue Reading

March 28, 2013

Wyden and Merkley Statement on Secure Rural Schools Money

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration's decision to ask rural counties to return $18 million in Secure Rural Schools money due to sequestration. $3.6 million of that would come from Oregon counties. "The administration clearly failed to plan for the impact of the sequester on Secure Rural Schools funding for rural counties, as demonstrated by the contradictory approaches taken by Bureau of Land … Continue Reading

March 26, 2013

Wyden Statement on Full Funding of Tuition Assistance Programs for National Guard Members

Portland, Or - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement today following President Obama's signing of a continuing appropriations bill that includes full funding of tuition assistance for veterans. "Earlier today, President Obama signed the continuing appropriations bill into law. I supported this important piece of legislation because it will fund the government through October and avert a senseless and unnecessary showdown. As part of this effort, I was proud to cosponsor an … Continue Reading

March 26, 2013

CMS Responds to Wyden on Resolving the Family Glitch

WASHINGTON - Despite the Administration's effort to provide states with greater flexibility to allow employees to shop for health insurance using employer contributions, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says millions of workers' dependents will still be left without options for affordable family health coverage. "Without action, millions of hard working Americans are going to be squeezed by the family glitch," Wyden said. "Many people will be left with a false choice of taking family coverage through … Continue Reading

March 25, 2013

Wyden Schedules Six Eastern Oregon Town Halls in Harney, Grant, Baker, Union, Wallowa and Malheur Counties

PORTLAND, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town halls in Harney, Grant, Baker, Union, Wallowa and Malheur counties from April 2 to April 5. The meetings will be held in the cities of Burns on April 2, John Day and Baker City on April 3, La Grande and Joseph on April 4 and Ontario on April 5. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. Harney County Town Hall MeetingDate: Tuesday, April 2, 2013Time: 5 p.m.Location: Harney County … Continue Reading

March 21, 2013

Wyden and Reed Seek to Boost Palliative and Hospice Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., today introduced legislation aimed at readying the health care workforce for the growing need for palliative and hospice care. "The age wave is already straining access to hospice and palliative care for many Americans," Wyden said. "Providing more training and incentives to study and practice palliative and hospice care would mean fewer patients suffering from the symptoms, stress and pain of serious illnesses." "We must … Continue Reading

March 21, 2013

Bipartisan Legislation Institutes Warrant Requirements to Track Americans with GPS Data

Washington, D.C. - Recent reports indicate that by the end of 2013 smart phones could account for 70 percent of all mobile phones in the U.S. Each of these cutting-edge devices includes built-in GPS technology collecting more personal geolocation data than ever before. However, the rules governing how law-enforcement can acquire and use this data to track individuals are unclear. To add to the confusion, courts in different jurisdictions have applied the law inconsistently - with some courts … Continue Reading

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