Press Releases

June 03, 2013

Grassley, Wyden Say Medicare Claims Data Still Falls Short of Transparency

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., say that despite a recent federal ruling affirming that Medicare data should be available to the public and federal efforts to make some data publicly available, much more still needs to be done to make Medicare claims data fully transparent. "Medicare is a $500 billion program with billions of dollars going out in error each year," Grassley said. "The bad actors get bigger and bolder all the time. They stay out of law … Continue Reading

May 31, 2013

Wyden Asks Ag. Secretary Vilsack to Ensure Discovery of Genetically Engineered Wheat Does Not Affect Trade

Washington, D.C. - Following the news that a small and unharvested amount of genetically engineered (GE) wheat was discovered by an Oregon farmer, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praising their investigation into the issue and urging them to work with the US Trade Representative and the Departments of State and Commerce to prevent this discovery from negatively affecting Oregon's international wheat exports. Wyden is the chairman of the … Continue Reading

May 24, 2013

Wyden and Warner use Twitter to Discuss Bill that Helps Students Choose Colleges and Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Warner, D-Va., answered questions through Twitter about their bipartisan bill aimed at helping students trying to choose between colleges and degree programs by making a wide range of accurate, comparative and easy to understand information available about debt, employment and graduation rates. Wyden and Warner spent 30 minutes together using Twitter to read and reply to questions and comments about the Student Right to Know Before You Go … Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Wyden Statement on the President’s Speech at the National Defense University

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's counterterrorism speech at the National Defense University: "The President said today that 'we must define the nature and scope' of the conflict with al-Qa'ida, 'or else it will define us.' I couldn't agree more. In my twelve years on the Senate Intelligence Committee I have seen the consequences of letting this struggle define the United States. The President's speech today was … Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Wyden Announces Framework for O&C Legislation; Offers Proposal that will Create Jobs, Provide Revenue to Counties, Protect Old Growth and Wilderness

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today announced a framework for legislation to resolve century old O&C Lands issues that he plans to introduce and see passed into law. Successful O&C legislation will create jobs in the woods, protect our clean water sources, old growth trees and habitats, and establish a permanent and stable source of revenue for O&C counties. The goal of this announcement is to get the greatest amount of local input while fleshing out the … Continue Reading

May 20, 2013

Wyden and Merkley Applaud Senate Confirmation of Federal District Court Judge Michael McShane

Portland, OR - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Michael McShane to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge in Eugene. "Over the years Oregon has been blessed with a long line of distinguished judges," Wyden said. "Judge McShane will be a tremendous asset to the court and he will certainly add to that tradition. He's got a heart for people, a head for the law and a high-minded sense of justice." "Over his … Continue Reading

May 16, 2013

Bipartisan Group of House and Senate Lawmakers Introduce Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A bipartisan group of senators and U.S. House members today introduced bills to provide certainty to forestry companies and workers, by reaffirming the Environmental Protection Agency's 37-year-old policy toward regulation of runoff from forest roads. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., introduced the Silviculture Regulatory … Continue Reading

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

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