Press Releases

June 23, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: $175 Billion Education Investment Urgently Needed to Save the 2020-2021 School Year & U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that Congress and the Trump Administration must provide at least $175 billion in additional federal funding to help K-12 students in Oregon and nationwide safely return to the classroom this fall. Without swift, comprehensive congressional action, it will be impossible for America's 100,000 K-12 public schools -- which are already facing severe budget cuts -- to adequately prepare to protect students, teachers, staff, … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announced Nearly $100,000 in Transportation Grant Funding for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will receive nearly $100,000 to support the community's transportation needs amid the coronavirus crisis. The funding is being allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed in March. "The coronavirus public health emergency has created serious challenges in every corner of our state. Some of those obstacles … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call for Senate Vote on Bipartisan House-Passed Dream and Promise Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up the bipartisan House-passed American Dream and Promise Act, which will establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). "It is not too late to change course. As Majority Leader, you can immediately schedule a vote in the Senate for the American Dream and Promise Act," the … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Wyden, Grijalva, Haaland Welcome Interior Watchdog Probe into Excessive Use of Force Against Peaceful Lafayette Park Protesters for Trump Photo Op

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Deb Haaland, D-N.M., today welcomed the decision of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to review the U.S. Park Police's excessive use of force against peaceful protesters and journalists in Lafayette Park to clear the way for a staged photo of Donald Trump in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. Inspector General Mark Greenblatt wrote in a … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Wyden Will Hold Virtual Central Oregon Town Hall on June 29

Portland - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall on June 29 hosted by Town Hall Project for residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Anybody wanting to watch that virtual regional town hall beginning at 11 am PT on Monday, June 29 can go to this Facebook link. Video at that link is available as well to people who don't have a Facebook account. Residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties who would like to participate by asking Wyden a … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Wyden Will Hold Virtual Northeast Oregon Town Hall on June 25

Portland - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall on June 25 hosted by Town Hall Project for residents of Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Morrow counties. Anybody wanting to watch that virtual regional town hall beginning at 2 pm PT on Thursday, June 25 can go to this Facebook link. Video at that link is available as well to people who don't have a Facebook account. Residents of Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Morrow counties who would like to participate by … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Press Trump Administration for Answers on Cost, Legal Justification of Out-of-State National Guard Deployment to D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with six of their Senate colleagues, are pressing for answers on the cost and legal justification of the Trump administration's decision to deploy thousands of out-of-state National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., in response to peaceful protests. Their letter, sent to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, seeks details on the deployment of these troops, and requests a response by June 25, 2020. "Over the past two weeks, … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Wyden, Murray Push Trump Administration to Ensure All Eligible Students and Families Receive Economic Impact Payments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, urged Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to work together to ensure that all eligible students and their families receive their Economic Impact Payment, made available through the CARES Act. "The U.S. Department of the Treasury has … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Help Non-profits

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced legislation that would help nonprofits, state and local governments and federally recognized Tribes remain financially viable during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Nonprofit groups like food banks have been critical in helping their communities in Oregon and nationwide through the pandemic and economic crisis," Wyden said. "Many are struggling to maintain services as they have been forced to furlough their own employees. "Our proposal is a … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Call For GAO Investigation into Use of Federal Law Enforcement During Washington, DC Protests Following Killing of George Floyd

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has joined with colleagues to request a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into the use of federal law enforcement, National Guard, and military personnel in response to protests in Washington, D.C., following the killing of George Floyd. "The use of force against Americans on June 1 at Lafayette Square was abhorrent and shocking," Wyden and 13 senators wrote in a letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the GAO. "This event alone … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Announce $15.6 Million in Federal COVID-19 Funds for Salem Area Mass Transit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Salem Area Mass Transit District will receive more than $15.6 million to support operations and other costs during the COVID-19 crisis. The funding is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that Congress passed in March. "Oregonians depending on mass transit need public transportation during COVID-19 and beyond for commuting to their jobs, traveling to the grocery store and … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Wyden, Blumenthal Condemn Reported Plan to Annex West Bank

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., today condemned a reported plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the West Bank, in violation of international law. "As steadfast supporters of a negotiated two-state solution, we are very concerned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stated intention to annex parts of the West Bank. We oppose unilateral actions by either side that could further threaten the prospects for a … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Wyden Urges Congress to Pass the Equality Act, Protect LGBTQ+ Americans Against Discrimination

Mr. President, I want to thank my colleagues for bringing us together on the Senate floor in a call to action for LGBTQ+ rights. I am proud to stand with all of them today to fight for the passage of the Equality Act - it is long, long, long overdue. We've come together in the middle of Pride Month, and in 2020 with a pandemic continuing to spread, Pride Month looks a little different than it has in the past. No parades, smaller celebrations. But this has still been an historic month when it … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Raise Concerns with Law Enforcement Tactics Increasing Spread of COVID-19 at Peaceful Protests

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined with colleagues in a letter raising serious concerns to the Trump administration about law enforcement tactics that may exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and further worsen public health disparities as the nation continues battling this pandemic. "This is a critical moment for our nation. How our institutions respond will determine whether the coming weeks and months will lead to justice and unity, or discord and division," Wyden and 17 other … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Three Oregon Healthcare Providers to Get Federal Aid for Telehealth Work During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that OHSU, NARA Indian Health Clinic in Portland and Northwest Human Services in Salem will receive $760,103 in federal funds to help provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. "Technology tools like telehealth are proven assets that provide essential help to Oregon's health care heroes and the Oregonians they care for," Wyden said. "Because telehealth's importance is magnified during the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Wyden statement on Supreme Court ruling Donald Trump's attempts to end DACA protections unlawful

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling on DACA: "Dreamers in Oregon and nationwide -- and all of us who stand with them -- just collectively breathed a sigh of relief. These determined, inspiring, hard-working young people belong in America and deserve the protections promised to them by the U.S. government. "Today's victory is even more reason for Congress to permanently protect Dreamers from the threat of deportation. The … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Applaud Senate Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today welcomed Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act to provide mandatory permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The legislation also addresses the significant maintenance backlog in national parks and on federal lands. The legislation now advances to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. "This watershed conservation legislation will protect Oregon's treasured places for … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Call for Investigation into Attorney General Barr’s Conduct in Suppressing Peaceful Protests in Lafayette Square

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 19 of their colleagues, are requesting that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz open an investigation into the conduct of Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice in directing the use of force against peaceful protestors around Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020. The senators also called on the Inspector General to probe the deployment of federal law enforcement to suppress … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Wyden Questions Intelligence Community Cybersecurity Following Damning CIA Report on Stolen Hacking Tools

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to explain what steps he is taking to improve the cybersecurity of some of the nation's most sensitive secrets, held by federal intelligence agencies, after Wyden obtained a damning CIA report on cybersecurity failures that led to "the largest data loss in CIA history." Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, obtained the unclassified, redacted excerpt of the CIA's … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $2.3 Million to Help Josephine County Transit Through COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that Josephine County will receive a $2.3 million grant to help the county's public transit through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The funding is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed in March. "Transit continues to support essential workers and provide access to vital services as our communities are dealing with the coronavirus crisis," said … Continue Reading

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