Press Releases

May 18, 2005

Wyden Amendment to Propose Hybrid Vehicles Added to Senate Energy Bill

Washington, DC - An amendment offered by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to promote the government's use of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles was included today in the comprehensive energy legislation currently being considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The amendment, now a part of the Senate's energy bill, would give government agencies and fleet operators credits toward alternative fuel vehicle purchase requirements for the purchase of hybrid vehicles. … Continue Reading

May 17, 2005

Wyden Legislation Would Protect Volunteer Health Provides

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation to extend comprehensive medical liability protections through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to volunteer physicians and medical personnel that are currently in for doctors and health providers who are paid for the same services. The Community Health Center Volunteer Physician Protection Act of 2005 aims to combat a dire shortage of health care providers in underserved communities; community health centers are … Continue Reading

May 17, 2005

Senate Approves Highway Bill Including Wyden Bond Measure, "Smart Growth" Funds

Washington, D.C. - Federal highway legislation passed by the U.S. Senate today included an amendment authored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to boost funding for America's roads and bridges by $15 billion. The bipartisan Highway Infrastructure Bonds amendment, which Wyden offered with U.S. Senator Jim Talent (R-Mo.), will use bonds to finance repair and building projects for roads, bridges and freight infrastructure."A chunk of our country's transportation infrastructure is falling apart, … Continue Reading

May 16, 2005

Transportation Bill Boosts Funds for Wyden "Smart Growth" Measure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that the Federal highway bill expected to pass in the Senate tomorrow contains a major funding boost for the "smart growth" provision he authored in the 1998 TEA-21 transportation law. In that original legislation, Wyden's Transportation and Community and System Preservation (TCSP) Program initiative provided $25 million per year to promote innovative transportation planning and to fund projects that keep communities' healthy … Continue Reading

May 13, 2005

Pentagon's Proposed Closures, Realignments Target Oregon Military Facilities

Washington, DC - The Portland International Airport Air Guard Station was targeted for major realignments and the Umatilla Chemical Depot in eastern Oregon and Navy Reserve Center in Central Point were recommended for closure by the Pentagon today, in a proposal raising strong concerns for U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld advocated the shutdowns and realignments as part of a list submitted to the Base Realignment and Closure … Continue Reading

May 12, 2005

Wyden Blocks Transport of Chemical Weapons to Umatilla

Washington, DC - Legislation championed by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to prevent the possible transportation of dangerous chemical weapons materials across state borders and into Oregon was signed into law this week. Wyden joined with U.S. Senators Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) in sponsoring the legislation earlier this year that prohibits the Department of Defense (DoD) from funding any study on the feasibility of transporting the chemical munitions at the Pueblo, … Continue Reading

May 11, 2005

Wyden Legislation Would Improve Care for Patients near the End of Life

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation aimed at improving hospice care for America's seniors and expanding the field of palliative care for those at the end of life. Wyden's two bills - the Medicare Hospice Demonstration Act and the Palliative Care Training Act - are part of an effort to help the Senate address the fundamentals of end-of-life care and pain treatment in a responsible manner. "Supporting new ways to care for a very ill patient physically, … Continue Reading

May 11, 2005

Wyden-Smith Legislation Will Help Patients, Families, Health Providers Fight Pain

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today introduced legislation to help Americans living and dying in pain, support their families and assist health care providers in getting information and guidance to treat severe pain. The Conquering Pain Act will provide an opportunity for the country to develop and test different ways of provide pain management to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "Almost half of the dying experience moderate to severe … Continue Reading

May 11, 2005

Wyden, Allen Accept Call to Break Down Barriersfor Women and Girls in Math, Hard Science Fields

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and George Allen (R-Va.) today accepted a call from more than 6,000 women scientists, engineers, educators and others to push Congress to break down barriers to women and girls who could enter and excel in math and hard science fields such as engineering and physics. The call was issued in a letter delivered to the Senators by groups representative of women in these fields (listed below), and included a call for investigative and legislative … Continue Reading

April 28, 2005

Wyden Seeks to Clean Up Television Programming for Kids

Washington, DC - In an effort to finally make American television programming sensitive to children, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today is introducing legislation that would for the first time require cable and satellite operators to offer a child-friendly tier of programming similar to those offered for sports and entertainment shows. Wyden's Kid-Friendly TV Programming Act of 2005 strikes a balance between requiring providers to offer child-friendly television and limiting government … Continue Reading

April 19, 2005

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Make Internet Tax Ban Permanent

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation to make permanent an existing ban he authored on multiple and discriminatory taxation on Internet access and online sales. Wyden joined U.S. Senator George Allen (R-Va.) and U.S. Representative Chris Cox (R-Calif.) at a press conference in Washington to unveil the bipartisan legislation, which extends the Cox-Wyden Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998. That law bans three types of taxes that unfairly single out the … Continue Reading

April 15, 2005

Smith, Wyden Announce Support for National Drought Preparedness

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden have announced the introduction of the National Drought Preparedness Act (S.802), which will finally bring a national, coordinated approach to drought preparedness and response efforts. The legislation authorizes, for the first time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to the economic and human suffering resulting from drought conditions. "Currently our ability to respond to the devastation of widespread drought is … Continue Reading

April 12, 2005

Wyden Launches Online List of Drought Resources

Portland, OR - Following a promise at his Drought Preparedness Forum, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has posted a list of drought resources on his website. The list includes resources for various water users - agricultural users, fishermen, small businesses, those impacted by increased energy costs, recreational users, and others - who may suffer the consequences of a dry spring and summer in Oregon. "When drought impacts our state, people shouldn't have to spend weeks trying to figure out who to … Continue Reading

April 07, 2005

Senators Wyden and Smith Announce Bipartisan Goals for Oregon, Nation

Washington, DC - Extending their shared priorities beyond Oregon's borders, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced their joint legislative plan for the 109th Congress (2005-2006): a "Bipartisan Agenda for Oregon." This year, Wyden joined Smith on the Senate Committee on Finance, which oversees many areas of health care and tax policy the Senators intend to address. The agenda features eight aims on health, trade, technology and tax issues that will fall … Continue Reading

April 05, 2005

Wyden, Smith Seek to Improve Long-Term Health Care

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today introduced legislation that rewards health providers who administer high quality health care and provides better treatment options for long-term care patients. The Long Term Care Quality and Consumer Information Act would increase government payments from Medicare to those nursing homes which provide the highest levels of care, and also would provide for better sharing of information about treatment options and … Continue Reading

March 21, 2005

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Protect Computer Users from "Spyware" and Other Hidden Downloads

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced the introduction of legislation to prohibit a variety of surreptitious practices that result in spyware, adware and other unwanted software being placed on consumers' computers. The bipartisan SPYBLOCK (Software Principles Yielding Better Levels of Consumer Knowledge) Act, introduced with Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), would prohibit the installation of software on a computer without the owner's notice and consent. The … Continue Reading

March 16, 2005

Wyden Will Not Block Energy Department Nominee

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced that he will not block the confirmation of Jeffrey Clay Sell to become Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Wyden threatened to halt Sells confirmation because of the Administrations plans to privatize the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Today Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) assured Wyden that he will work to block the market rate proposal if it reappears in any … Continue Reading

March 14, 2005

As OPEC Reveals More on Plans for Oil Prices, Still Time to Act for American Consumers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement today in advance of Wednesday's March 16 OPEC meeting, and in light of the Administration's continued inaction on behalf of American consumers struggling with high gasoline prices. Wyden is seeking relief for American families and businesses that can expect to pay an average $2.15 per gallon for gasoline during the upcoming high driving season. OPEC's likely action at its Wednesday meeting is the first of several … Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Wyden, Smith Work To Allow Oregon Universities To Compete For New Tsunami Programs

Washington, DC Oregon universities could have the chance to compete to host a pilot project to conduct regional assessments of coastal vulnerabilities to tsunami and other coastal hazards under a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and approved by the Senate Commerce Committee today. The provision allowing for university competition to host one of three pilot projects is included in the bipartisan Tsunami Preparedness Act, which would authorize the … Continue Reading

March 08, 2005

Bush Administration Offers Support Today For Wyden's Bipartisan County Payments Law

Washington, D.C. At a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Forests and Public Lands today, Undersecretary of Agriculture Mark Rey told U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) that the Bush Administration will support the reauthorization of the bipartisan Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act the county payments law if the cost of the bill can be covered in the Federal budget. The county payments law was written by Wyden and … Continue Reading

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