Press Releases

September 13, 2012

Wyden Defends Corvallis Mural as Free Speech, Calls Chinese Attempts to Remove it “a Grave Affront”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter today to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden called Chinese government efforts to remove a mural from a Corvallis building an attempt to limit free speech and a "grave affront." "Limitations on speech and expression are incompatible with fundamental human rights anywhere in the world, and an attempt by your representatives to limit freedom of speech in the United States is a grave affront," Wyden said in a letter to Ambassador … Continue Reading

September 11, 2012

Wyden, Merkley announce Malheur Lumber to postpone closure

Washington, D.C. - U. S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced on Tuesday that Malheur Lumber has agreed to remain open past its planned November closure, thanks to a commitment by the US Forest Service (USFS) to make more timber volume available on the Malheur national forest. In response to requests from Senators Wyden and Merkley, the Governor, county government, and local community groups, Regional Forester Kent Connaughton, who oversees Region 6, including the … Continue Reading

September 10, 2012

Wyden Statement on Japanese Promise to Contribute to Tsunami Debris Cleanup

Washington, D.C. - U. S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after the Japanese government agreed to contribute $5 million to clean up tsunami debris washing up on the west coast of the United States. "For the nation of Japan to offer to contribute funds to America's effort to protect our shores from tsunami debris that devastated their nation is a sign of the deep friendship between our two nations. Japan is still recovering from this terrible disaster, and will be … Continue Reading

August 27, 2012

Senators Wyden, Murkowski tour array of Alaska energy sites

Washington, D.C. - U. S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), traveled to Alaska this week to visit a range of the state's energy resources, as part of an ongoing tour of energy-producing regions of the US. Senator Wyden made the trip at the invitation Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Wyden is poised to be the committee's top Democrat next year and currently chairs the Public Lands and Forests … Continue Reading

August 16, 2012

Wyden Visit to Jackson County on Next Thursday Includes Stops at Brammo, Ashland Rotary, and SORCC Annual Women Veterans Celebration

Portland, Or - Senator Ron Wyden's visit to Jackson County on Thursday, August 23, 2012, will include a press availability on a tax credit for the purchase of new electric motorcycles at Brammo, a speech on tax reform to the Ashland Rotary and addressing annual SORCC Annual Women Veterans Celebration. At 11:30 a.m., Brammo President Craig Bramscher will join Senator Wyden for a press availability on legislation that will extend and streamline a tax credit to help consumers and the electric … Continue Reading

August 16, 2012

After Oil Refinery Fire, Wyden Sends Letters to FTC/EIA Seeking Extra Vigilance Against Gas Price Gouging

Washington, D.C. - With the effect on gas prices of last week's fire at the Chevron Oil refinery in California already being felt by Oregonians at the pump, U. S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a pair of letters to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration asking them to increase vigilance "to ensure that oil companies are not taking unfair advantage of the situation to jack up prices." A fire at Chevron's Richmond, Calif. oil … Continue Reading

August 10, 2012

Trade with Asia-Pacific Nations, Energy Exports Topics of Wyden Meeting on Monday, August 13

WHO: Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman, Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade; Tom Chamberlain, President, Oregon AFL-CIO; Karla Chambers, Vice President, Stahlbush Farms; Greg Slater, Director of Global Trade, Intel; Matthew Schruers, Vice President Computer & Communications Industry Assn. ( members include Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook) Mark Powers, Vice President, NW Horticultural Council; Arthur Stamoulis, Director, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign; Brett … Continue Reading

August 02, 2012

Wyden Amendment Extends Tax Credit for Electric Motorcycle Purchases

Washington, D.C. - With the electric motorcycle industry poised to create thousands of American jobs over the next five years, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was able to successfully extend and streamline the tax credit for the purchase of new electric motorcycles as part of the tax extenders package being debated in the Senate Finance Committee. "Right now, companies like Brammo in Oregon are keeping the American electric vehicle industry on the cutting edge," Wyden said. "But without an … Continue Reading

August 02, 2012

Wyden Statement on Vote Against Cloture of the Cybersecurity Act

Washington, D.C. - U. S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement today regarding his vote against the motion to invoke cloture on the Cybersecurity Act: "Today's vote was one in which Senators were asked to sacrifice Internet users' privacy and civil liberties for weak proposals to improve cyber security; I voted no. In its current form, the Cybersecurity Act does not sufficiently safeguard Internet users' privacy and civil liberties, nor would it create the correct … Continue Reading

August 02, 2012

Pair of Wyden, Merkley Land Management Bills Pass the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to boost tourism and improve the economies of local communities in eastern and central Oregon, legislation to transfer federal land to the cities of La Pine and Wallowa passed the United States House of Representatives. Introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the pair of bills will provide the communities of La Pine and Wallowa as well as Deschutes County, with access to hundreds of acres of federal land for … Continue Reading

July 31, 2012

Wyden Statement on Commitments from Chairman Bingaman and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Connor for Funding of a Long-term Klamath Basin Solution

Washington, D.C. -U. S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after commitments to pursue funding of a long-term solution for the Klamath Basin's water issues were agreed to by both Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor during a committee hearing today. "The commitments from the Bureau of Reclamation and Chairman Bingaman are an important step toward finding the funding to … Continue Reading

July 31, 2012

Wyden Amendments to Cyber Bill Clarify Rules for GPS Tracking; Seek Privacy Protection in the Cloud

Washington, D.C. - As the technological capabilities of cloud storage and location tracking continue to grow, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has filed amendments to the Cybersecurity Act being debated in the Senate to provide clear rules for how and when the government can access location tracking data from individuals' cell phones and other electronic devices, limit government access to private information stored by cloud storage services alongside government data, and strengthen limits on … Continue Reading

July 26, 2012

Senators Seek Answers from DNI on How Many of Americans’ Communications Have Been Monitored

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate debates the renewal of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a letter from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and a bipartisan group of legislators including Mark Udall (D-Colo.) Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Lee (R- Utah), Bernie Sanders (I-VT.), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Il.) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) requests more information about the number of Americans' communications … Continue Reading

July 23, 2012

Wyden and Merkley Announce More than $12 Million in Transportation Grant Funding

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to ensure that Oregon maintains its first-rate transportation infrastructure, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have announced the awarding of seven grants to improve bus transportation and passenger facilities in locations throughout the state. Awarded as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's State of Good Repair, Bus Livability and Transit Asset Management Grant program this funding will replace buses, construct … Continue Reading

July 19, 2012

Wyden Bill Works to Make Palliative and Hospice Care Available to All Americans

Washington, D.C. - Building on more than 35 years of working to ensure seniors are getting the best possible health care, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced legislation to improve the recently recognized medical specialty of palliative and hospice medicine to help seniors and those with serious or chronic illnesses better manage their pain and improve their quality of life. Palliative and hospice care focuses less on curative treatment of a specific disease and more on relieving … Continue Reading

July 18, 2012

Wyden, Snowe’s ENFORCE Act Passes Out of Senate Finance Committee

Washington, D.C. - U. S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's subcommittee on Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) issued the following statements after the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance passed the ENFORCE Act, S. 1133 - legislation written by Wyden and Snowe and supported by Senators from both sides of the aisle -- to improve the nation's ability to combat foreign trade cheaters evading U.S. trade laws. "When we talk … Continue Reading

July 16, 2012

Defazio, Wyden, Merkley Urge Corps to Dredge Port of Port Orford

WASHINGTON, DC-Congressman Peter DeFazio and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) urging them to find funds to dredge the Port of Port Orford before it becomes unusable and threatens the local economy. DeFazio, Wyden, and Merkley asked the USACE to add funds to dredge the Port of Port Orford to another shallow water dredging contract on the nearby Chetco River. This would save the USACE $400,000 in the long-term and preserve this vital … Continue Reading

July 13, 2012

Wyden Calls on President to Provide Assistance Fighting Fires in Southeastern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - With the Long Draw wildfire in southeastern Oregon being just one of several wildfires already having burnt more than 600,000 acres collectively across the state, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has sent a letter to President Obama seeking additional resources to fight these fires as well as aid in securing disaster relief to prevent more damage to farmers and ranchers and the increased loss of cattle and wild horses. Several wildfires are burning on Oregon's Bureau of Land … Continue Reading

June 29, 2012

Senator Ron Wyden, City and County Elected Officials, Advocates to Meet in Medford on the Violence Against Women Act

(Editors: The roundtable discussion on VAWA will start at 10 a.m. Senator Wyden and the other attendees will be available at 11 a.m. THE PRESS IS WELCOME AT EITHER TIME.) Medford, Or -- Since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has help thousands of women escape a life of domestic violence, achieve a measure of freedom and regain their self respect. Now, renewing the Act stalled in Congress. Senator Ron Wyden, local law enforcement officials and advocates will urge congressional action on … Continue Reading

June 29, 2012

NEWS CONFERENCE Monday, July 2, 10 a.m., Gateway Children’s Campus, Portland Senator Ron Wyden, City and County Elected Officials, Advocates on the Violence Against Women Act

WHO: Senator Ron Wyden Dan Saltzman, Portland City CommissionerJeff Cogen, Multnomah County Commission ChairLoretta Smith, Multnomah County CommissionerRod Underhill, Multnomah County District Attorney's OfficeMartha Strawn Morris, Gateway Center DirectorAnnie Neal, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office WHAT: Press conference on the need for Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, July 2, 2012 … Continue Reading

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