Press Releases

January 10, 2013

Wyden Highlights Flaws in DOE Export Study

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, voiced concerns about a recent Department of Energy study on the impact of natural gas exports on the U.S. economy, in a letter to DOE sent Thursday. The study, authored by NERA Economic Consulting for DOE, is seriously flawed, Wyden wrote. He is requesting the Department correct the flaws before using it as part of any LNG export decisions. "The shortcomings of the NERA … Continue Reading

January 09, 2013

Wyden, Murkowski Ask for Clarity on End Date for Helium Program

Washington, D.C. - In a bipartisan letter, the leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, incoming Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), requested the Department of the Interior clarify for the Committee, as well as industrial helium users, when commercial access to the Federal Helium Reserve will terminate. Congress passed the Helium Privatization Act in 1996, authorizing the sale of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve until the … Continue Reading

January 09, 2013

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Wasco, Hood River Counties on January 17th

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town hall meetings in Wasco and Hood River counties on Thursday, January 17th. The meetings will be held in The Dalles and Hood River. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. Wasco County Town Hall Meeting Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: The Dalles Wahtonka High School 220 East 10th Street The Dalles Hood River County … Continue Reading

January 09, 2013

Wyden to Hold Annual Clackamas County Town Hall on Wednesday, January 16th in Estacada

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual Clackamas County town hall meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Estacada. Senator Wyden has held town hall meetings in every Oregon county every year since he was elected to the Senate in 1996. Clackamas County Town Hall Meeting Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Estacada High School 355 Northeast … Continue Reading

January 09, 2013

Wyden to Hold Annual Marion, Polk County Town Halls, Speak to Oregon Winegrowers in Salem

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town halls in Marion and Polk Counties on January 15, 2013. The meetings will be held in Salem and Dallas. Wyden has held town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Also on January 15th, he will give a luncheon speech to the Oregon Winegrowers Association in Salem. Marion County Town Hall Meeting Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: … Continue Reading

January 09, 2013

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Clatsop and Columbia Counties on Monday, January 14th

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold his annual town hall meetings in Clatsop and Columbia counties on Monday, January 14, 2013. The meetings will be held in Seaside and Vernonia. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. Clatsop County Town Hall Meeting Date: Monday, January 14, 2013 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Seaside High School 1901 North Holladay … Continue Reading

January 09, 2013

Wyden Announces Senior Energy and Natural Resources Committee Staff

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), incoming chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced his senior Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff on Wednesday. "The committee has a tremendous combination of veteran committee staffers and dedicated newcomers to work on issues that can give a major boost to the U.S. economy and environment, as well as families' pocketbooks," Wyden said. Senior committee staff include: Joshua Sheinkman, Staff … Continue Reading

January 04, 2013

Wyden, Murkowski Seek Answers on Coal Royalty Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, incoming Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), called for federal regulators to ensure taxpayers receive the full value for coal mined on federal and tribal lands, in a bipartisan letter to the Department of Interior sent today. Recent press reports raised the possibility that coal companies may be shortchanging state and federal taxpayers by understating the value of coal … Continue Reading

January 02, 2013

Wyden Electric Motorcycle Amendment Passes in Fiscal Cliff Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) successfully included his amendment to extend and reform the tax credit for buying new electric motorcycles as part of the fiscal cliff packaged passed New Years' Day. "The electric motorcycle industry is poised to create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs over the next five years, led by companies like Oregon's Brammo," Wyden said. "This amendment helps promote the development of a promising U.S. industry and support the transition to a … Continue Reading

December 28, 2012

Wyden and Murkowski Announce Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today announced a framework for bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation in an opinion piece published by the Washington Post. The detailed outline of Wyden and Murkowski's plan is available online at: or They are seeking suggestions from the public to help in crafting campaign finance legislation that will close loopholes, streamline … Continue Reading

December 21, 2012

Wyden Floor Statement on the Removal of Controversial Leaks Provisions from Intelligence Authorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) delivered the following floor speech after controversial leaks provisions that would have inhibited free speech and denied due process for intelligence officials suspected of leaking classified information were removed from the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2013. Wyden was the only vote against the Intelligence Authorization bill in committee and placed a public hold on the bill last month. "M. President, the Senate is being asked today … Continue Reading

December 21, 2012

Wyden NDAA Amendment to Hold Contractors Accountable Sent to the President

Washington, D.C. - With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon will not be able to sign agreements freeing defense contractors from liability for their actions without justifying such an agreement to Congress. The provision, authored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), was maintained in the House-Senate Defense Authorization Conference report and agreed to by the Senate today. The House agreed to the report yesterday. The bill now goes to the President for … Continue Reading

December 21, 2012

Wyden Statement on EPA boiler rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after the release of the Environmental Protection Agency's pollution control standards for industrial boilers and incinerators: "Today's boiler rule by the Environmental Protection Agency represents a good balance. It spells out to employers the steps they will need to take to upgrade their boilers, while also taking a measurable step forward in protecting the health of people and the environment. EPA estimates … Continue Reading

December 20, 2012

Wyden Data Cap Legislation Will Protect Consumers and Promote Innovation

Washington, D.C. - As the Internet becomes increasingly important to American consumers, businesses and innovators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are increasingly imposing caps on the amount of data that consumers may move over the Net. Data caps are appropriate if they are carefully constructed to manage network congestion but, as the New York Times has editorialized, they "should not just be a way for Internet providers to extract monopoly rents." The imposition of data caps also risks … Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Wyden Statement on Ending Gun Violence

"As the father of three children under six, I have tried to imagine the horror of a parent who has sent their child to a school or mall only to never have them return home due to gun violence. As an elected official, I am supposed to have words of comfort in the aftermath of disaster or tragedy, but no words can do justice to a parent's grief over losses like these. I have supported important public safety initiatives in the past including closing the Gun Show Loophole, but I have concluded … Continue Reading

December 13, 2012

Veterans Affairs Department Agrees to GI Bill Housing Allowance Fix for OIT Students

Washington, D.C. - In a good first step toward fairer housing allowances for veterans going to school on the post-9/11 GI bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs is allowing veterans studying at the Oregon Institute of Technology's Wilsonville satellite campus to receive a housing allowance more in line with their cost of living. The move could open the door for GI Bill students at colleges and universities in Oregon and nationwide to be given housing allowances that accurately represent … Continue Reading

December 12, 2012

Department of Energy Awards Grant for Wind Power Demonstration Project Off the Oregon Coast

Portland, OR -Keeping Oregon at the forefront on alternative energy development, the U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has awarded $4 million for a wind power demonstration project off the Oregon Coast at Coos Bay. The money was awarded to a Washington state firm, Seattle-based Principle Power, which plans to install five semi-submersible floating foundations outfitted with 6-megawatt direct-drive offshore wind turbines. The project will be sited in deep water ten to 15 miles … Continue Reading

December 07, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers to Pentagon: Don’t Put Taxpayers on the Hook for Contractors’ Negligence

Portland, OR - Six members of Oregon's congressional delegation are urging The Pentagon to resist efforts by military contractor Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) to stick American taxpayers with the estimated $100 million bill for the company's negligence in the 2003 poisoning of members of the Oregon National Guard serving in Iraq. "Contractors that put our servicemen and women, as well as innocent civilians, at risk should be held accountable," the letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary … Continue Reading

December 07, 2012

Wyden Statement on Release of Public Interest Declassification Board Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after the release of the Public Interest Declassification Board's report on classification procedures used by the US government: "The balance between the public's right to know and the government's need to keep certain things secret is essential to the preservation of both democracy and national security. However, the tendency of the government to over-classify information can undermine national security and … Continue Reading

December 05, 2012

Statement on Energy Department natural gas export study

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden's office issued the following statement Wednesday in response to an Energy Department-commissioned study on the effect of exporting liquefied natural gas: Senator Wyden received this study this afternoon and plans to examine it closely before weighing in on the details. Broadly speaking, the study appears to confirm that exports of LNG will raise the domestic price of natural gas. Senator Wyden is insisting that impacts such as these guide the export … Continue Reading

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