Press Releases

June 02, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $10 Million Coming to Oregon for Fire Resiliency and Ecosystem Restoration

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be investing $10 million from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to help increase fire resiliency and protect native vegetation on public lands in Oregon. "Dynamic ecosystems have defined Oregon for ages, but with intensifying climate chaos, fires and other threats are putting Oregonians, our communities, and our natural treasures in danger,"?said Senator Merkley, … Continue Reading


June 02, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Applaud Rule Change to Increase Transparency and Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today with colleagues praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for implementing changes to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to bring transparency to small business lending, combat unlawful discrimination, and provide increased access to fair capital. "The final rule issued by the CFPB is a significant step forward in promoting fair lending practices and dismantling barriers that hinder entrepreneurs, especially those from underserved … Continue Reading


June 02, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Increase Multilingual Content Moderation Enforcement and Transparency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he and Senate colleagues have introduced legislation that would improve multilingual large language models, automated decision-making systems, and content moderation practices to better protect non-English speaking communities online. "Big tech companies are failing millions of people by allowing scams, fraud and other slime to spread in Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese, where the same posts in English would be filtered out. At the same … Continue Reading


June 02, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Reintroduce Bill Seeking Healing for Stolen Native Children and their Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they and Senate colleagues have reintroduced legislation that seeks healing for stolen Native children and their communities. "The Indian Boarding School was a shameful human rights violation perpetrated by the federal government," Wyden said. "Attempts to terminate Native cultures, assimilation practices, and other horrendous actions by the federal government have caused Indigenous communities to suffer unimaginable pain … Continue Reading


June 01, 2023

Wyden Secures Key Changes to National Broadband Map, Boosting Funding to Expand Oregon Broadband Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced that a new version of the National Broadband Map fixed significant inaccuracies that could have cost Oregon hundreds of millions in federal funding to expand access to broadband. The new map added 48,000 unserved locations in Oregon, among the top ten states in the nation with corrected locations. The map will be used to determine how much funding for high-speed internet that states receive from the Bipartisan Infrastructure … Continue Reading


June 01, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Send Names of Six Finalists to White House for Upcoming Judicial Vacancy on U.S. District Court in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today sent to the White House the names of six finalists to fill an upcoming federal judicial vacancy in Oregon created by the announcement from U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez that he will take senior status in August 2024. In alphabetical order, the six finalists sent by Wyden and Merkley to the White House for its consideration are as follows: Amy Baggio, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Nadia Dahab, … Continue Reading


June 01, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Push for Safe, Stable Staffing Levels at FCI Sheridan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged federal officials to address understaffing and low pay at the federal correctional institution in Sheridan, Oregon.  “In our discussions with prison staff and union representatives, they repeatedly raised concerns about low morale, high rates of attrition, and difficulties recruiting and retaining staff. We each discussed these issues with Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Colette Peters, who was familiar … Continue Reading


May 30, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Send Bipartisan Letter to Secretary of Defense Urging Investigation of Price Gouging by Defense Contractors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he and Senate colleagues from both parties have sent a letter urging the Secretary of Defense to conduct a thorough investigation after repeated instances of defense contractors overcharging the Department of Defense to secure excess profits of 40 to 50 percent, costing the U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. "These companies have abused the trust government has placed in them, exploiting their position as sole suppliers … Continue Reading


May 26, 2023

Wyden Demands Answers About the International Trade Administration’s Promotion of Surveillance Technology to Foreign Markets and Governments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on the International Trade Administration (ITA) to answer questions about its promotion of dangerous surveillance technology in foreign markets, and explain what steps it is taking to prevent such technology sales from harming human rights.  Wyden chairs the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade policy. He first requested information from ITA about its activity promoting the sale of … Continue Reading


May 24, 2023

Wyden Applauds New FERPA Regulations that Protects Students’ Data from Big Tech Companies

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement applauding the Department of Education for protecting the privacy of students by updating FERPA regulations to provide best practice guidance to school districts regarding contracting with ed-tech vendors: “I’m pleased the Department of Education listened to my call to protect students’ data from big tech companies by updating FERPA regulations to help school districts negotiate with … Continue Reading


May 24, 2023

Wyden, Ross Announce Bill to Stop Judge Shopping and Prevent Rogue Judges From Wielding Undue Power Over Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Deborah Ross, D-N.C., today announced the Fair Courts Act, legislation that makes it more difficult for litigants to seek out specific judges to guarantee their preferred outcome and requires a panel of judges to preside over cases that seek nationwide relief.  “It’s fundamentally unjust for a special interest group to play hopscotch with American courts in search of one biased judge predisposed … Continue Reading


May 24, 2023

Wyden Applauds DHS’s New Body Camera Policy

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., applauded the Department of Homeland Security for releasing a new department-wide policy requiring use of body-worn cameras to improve accountability of DHS law enforcement personnel. The policy was recommended by DHS’s Law Enforcement Coordination Council, which was created following Wyden’s hold on the confirmation of former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus in order to secure transparency and reforms … Continue Reading


May 24, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Earn $500,000 Federal Grant for Wireless Connections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will receive a $500,000 federal investment to build a fixed wireless network providing high-speed Internet connections to 200 unserved households in their community. "Quality rural broadband is essential to quality of life, and that infrastructure priority must include Tribal communities," said Wyden, who recently pushed the FCC to ensure rural, Tribal communities receive a … Continue Reading


May 23, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $8.3 Million Coming to Oregon for Flood and Wildfire Relief

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will be awarded $8,364,460 under the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Emergency Relief Program. The funding will be used for road and bridge repairs on Forest Service roads that have sustained damages from extreme weather events. "Oregonians across the state depend on safe and reliable roads to conduct business, visit Oregon's iconic natural wonders, and much … Continue Reading


May 22, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $3 Million to Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and Burns Paiute Tribe to Build Affordable Housing and Repair Cultural Heritage Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and the Burns Paiute Tribe have earned federal grants to build affordable housing and repair a cultural heritage center. "Affordable housing and rehabilitated cultural resources are crucial to continued Tribal independence and sovereignty," Wyden said. "I am gratified to see these dollars go toward resources so that members of the Warm Springs tribe have … Continue Reading


May 19, 2023

Wyden Calls for Reforms to FISA Surveillance Following Disclosure of New Abuses

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement calling for reforms to FISA surveillance following disclosure of new abuses: “Yet again, the public is learning about shocking abuses of FISA Section 702, in particular the FBI’s warrantless searches through 702 data for information on Americans. These abuses have been going on for years and despite recent changes in FBI practices, these systematic violations of Americans’ privacy … Continue Reading


May 19, 2023

Wyden, Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce "Kids to Parks Day" Resolution

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Shelly Moore Capito, R-W. Va., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., today announced their bipartisan resolution that encourages children to get outdoors and promote healthy outdoor recreation by designating May 20, 2023 National Kids to Parks Day. First celebrated by the National Park Trust, the thirteenth annual Kids to Parks … Continue Reading


May 19, 2023

Merkley, Wyden, Blumenauer, and Bonamici Announce $6 Million Coming to Portland International Airport

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and U.S Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding the Portland International Airport $6 million under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to update their master plan. "PDX is a vital hub for Oregon's residents and businesses that rely on air travel, whether it's for recreation, support for firefighting, or to transport goods," said Senator … Continue Reading


May 18, 2023

Wyden Statement on Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh Opinions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous rulings in Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh.  "I appreciate the Supreme Court's thoughtful rulings that even without Section 230, plaintiffs would not have won their lawsuits. As is the case with a majority of suits blocked on 230 grounds, the First Amendment or an inability to prove the underlying claims would lead to the same result,” … Continue Reading


May 18, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $3.5 Million Coming to Oregon for Airport Improvements

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding six airports across the state nearly $3.5 million under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) "Oregonians across the state and industries rely on air travel for many reasons, whether it's for recreation, support for firefighting, or to transport goods," said Senator Merkley. "This federal funding will help ensure Oregon's regional airports are able to … Continue Reading

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