Press Releases

April 20, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon to Get $7.5 Million FEMA Reimbursement Grant for COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon will receive a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement for personal protective equipment bought in response to COVID-19. "Essential workers in Oregon are regularly risking their health during this public health crisis and cannot be sent into this daily battle without protection," Wyden said. "I am glad these resources will help reimburse Oregon for its work to get … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Trump Administration to Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Trump Administration to take action that would help ensure the safety of the nation's food supply and protect essential workers in the food supply chain. "It is vital that we do everything we can to protect food supply workers," Wyden and Merkley wrote in a letter along with more than 30 Senate colleagues. "Breakdowns in the food supply chain could have significant economic … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $7.3 Million in Funding for Corvallis Transit System

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the City of Corvallis will receive over $7.3 million in funding to support its public transportation operations and projects-including coronavirus response efforts. The funding will be allocated to the Corvallis Transit System through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last month. "Public transportation has been vital to communities throughout Oregon … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Welcome Federal Investment in Oregon to Reduce Wildfire Risk, Improve Forest Conditions

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nine federal grants awarded across Oregon that support innovation in the state's wood products industry-creating jobs in rural Oregon, advancing research at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, and reducing wildfire risks and improving forest conditions statewide. The U.S. Forest Service grant program was created by the Timber Innovation Act; Merkley worked with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) to … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Wyden, Cardin, Shaheen & Schumer Press Administration to Provide Taxpayers with Data on How Small Business Relief Funds are Being Distributed

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin, D-Md., U.S Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., a senior member of the Senate Small Business Committee, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., today sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging the administration officials to … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Wyden Presses Navy for Answers About COVID-19 Outbreak & Sailors’ Safety as More Test Positive

Washington, D.C. - With more than 600 USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT sailors testing positive for COVID-19 and outbreaks on four aircraft carriers, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined a group of 19 senators calling on the Navy to protect its personnel and to answer urgent questions about safety protocols to prevent further spread of the virus among others in its fleet. "[T]he Navy must reconsider its current assumption that servicemembers are at low-risk for serious COVID-19 cases after … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Wyden Works to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses Are Not Shut Out From Paycheck Protection Program

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter with 22 Senate colleagues, Wyden also urged the Trump Administration to amend guidance on PPP, to reaffirm lending institutions' obligation to comply with fair lending laws and to require lenders to report on the demographics of any PPP lending. "As we work to … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $42 Million in Funding for Rural Oregon Transit Options

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will receive nearly $42.7 million in funding to support rural public transportation operations and projects-including coronavirus response efforts-in communities throughout the state. The funding will be allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last month. "As we continue to battle the … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $38 Million in Child Care Development Block Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon will receive nearly $38.6 million in Child Care and Development Block Grant funding to help support families' child care needs and child care providers throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The funding, which will be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Feds to Support Oregon Request Helping Homeowners During COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the federal Treasury Department to support a request by Oregon officials that could help Oregonians stay in their homes during the COVID-19 crisis. The senators' letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin deals with the successful implementation of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) by Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) after the 2009 financial crisis. Wyden and Merkley noted that the state's Oregon Homeownership … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Wyden to Introduce Bill to Make Small, Rural Communities Eligible for Relief Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced he will join U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to introduce legislation that would provide $250 billion in stabilization funds geared towards communities with populations under 500,000 that are struggling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Rural communities across Oregon are facing huge health risks and stark economic uncertainty due to COVID-19," Wyden said. "It's critical that these small communities receive the relief … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Announce $140 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Oregon Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon airports will receive more than $140 million to help them respond to the economic fallout from the coronavirus public health crisis. The funding for airports from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act allows them to cover operating expenses that arise from sharp air travel declines and other economic losses in the wake of COVID-19. "The economic impact from this global pandemic has … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Support in Future COVID-19 Legislation for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined a bipartisan group of 38 colleagues requesting that any future legislation to address COVID-19 includes support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Oregon senators' request comes amid reports from service providers that abusers are using COVID-19 to isolate their victims, withhold financial resources, and refuse medical aid; rape crisis centers are seeing increased need for services; and … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Oregon Delegation Demands Trump Administration Provide Data Necessary to Address Health Disparities Amid Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), and Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4), are pushing the Trump administration to monitor and address dangerous health inequities that are disproportionately causing coronavirus-related deaths in minority communities in Oregon and across the country. "We know that communities of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and other currently and … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Trump Administration to Distribute COVID-19 Relief Funding Swiftly and Fairly to Tribes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on the Trump administration to swiftly and fairly distribute COVID-19 relief funding to Tribes, while providing Tribes with the flexibility they need to address this unprecedented pandemic. In a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney, Wyden and Merkley requested that Treasury reject any … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Wyden Will Hold On-line Oregon Town Hall on April 17

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall hosted by Town Hall Project open to all Oregonians beginning at 10:30 AM PT on Friday, April 17. A two-time winner of Town Hall Project's MVP Award, Wyden has held 970 town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "I always look forward very much to my open-to-all town halls where Oregonians in every part of our state can … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Wyden Will Hold On-line Oregon Town Hall on April 17

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall hosted by Town Hall Project open to all Oregonians beginning at 10:30 AM PT on Friday, April 17. A two-time winner of Town Hall Project's MVP Award, Wyden has held 970 town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "I always look forward very much to my open-to-all town halls where Oregonians in every part of our state can … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Demand Better Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 45 Democratic colleagues, are raising serious concerns with the Trump administration about its reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, which has created a system that lacks transparency, is inefficient, and could put lives at risk. Health professionals across America and in every corner of Oregon are reporting shortages of critical supplies … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Push for More Information, Transparency on Coronavirus Testing Across Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 45 of their Senate colleagues, are calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. "Over three … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Bonamici, Merkley, Wyden Call on Leadership to Provide $50 Billion for Child Care in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

BEAVERTON, Ore. [04/13/20] - Representative Suzanne Bonamici, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Senator Ron Wyden called on House Leadership to provide $50 billion to support the already-struggling child care sector in the next coronavirus pandemic response package. "Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, too many families were struggling to find affordable, high-quality child care," the Congresswoman and Senators wrote in a joint letter to Congressional leadership. "Since the pandemic started, … Continue Reading

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