Press Releases

May 06, 2020

Wyden Pushes for Emergency Funding to Protect Children in Abusive Situations

Washington, D.C. - As the COVID-19 pandemic strains the child welfare system, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today released draft legislation to provide $500 million in emergency funds for local child protective services and $1 million for community-based child abuse prevention programs. The Emergency Funding for Child Protection Act would provide swift, flexible funding to bolster the efforts of local child protective services and non-profits that prevent child abuse, which face challenges in … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Wyden Introduces Bill to Clarify Small Business Expense Deductions Under PPP

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce legislation that would clarify the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so small businesses can deduct expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan from their taxes. "Treasury's guidance barring deductions for expenses paid by PPP loans is a gut punch for businesses struggling to stay afloat," said Wyden, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. "It defies … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Wyden, Gillibrand, Casey, Brown and Eshoo Introduce Legislation to Fight Online Child Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., today introduced legislation to confront online child exploitation and reverse a decade of underfunding key enforcement and prevention efforts. The Invest in Child Safety Act would direct $5 billion in mandatory funding to investigate and target the pedophiles and abusers who create and share child sexual abuse material online. And … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Wyden Calls for Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures for Federal Employees and Contractors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is urging the Trump administration to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the COVID-19 crisis. In a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, Wyden and 18 of his colleagues emphasized several actions that the administration should take now to support these crucial public … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Raise PPP Non-payroll Forgiveness Cap

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to urge the Trump administration to raise the Paycheck Protection Program's (PPP) non-payroll forgiveness cap from 25 percent to 50 percent. In a letter from Wyden and 18 other senators to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, the lawmakers noted that PPP loans allow loan proceeds used towards payroll, utilities, mortgage interest, and rent payments to be … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Walden Urge Army to Finish Cleanup at Umatilla Chemical Depot

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden today urged the Army to complete its commitment to remediate the now-closed Umatilla Chemical Depot so the National Guard can use the site safely for training and wildfire work in Eastern Oregon. In a bipartisan letter today to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, the Oregon lawmakers wrote the Army is required to clean up the Ammunition Disposal Area (ADA) at the chemical depot under federal law and as directed by … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Hit Administration’s COVID Testing Failures, Insist Federal Government Must Release and Implement National Plan

Washington, DC - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 40 Senate Democrats, today sent a letter to President Trump, calling on his administration to develop a comprehensive national strategic plan of action by May 24th to ensure states have enough testing capacity to begin safely re-opening. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was diagnosed in Washington State on January 20, 2020. After 12 weeks, and the confirmation of more than 1.1 million cases of … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Wyden Calls for Greater Support for Students With Disabilities in Upcoming COVID-19 Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called for upcoming COVID-19 response legislation to include greater support for students who experience disabilities so school districts can continue providing those students a free and appropriate public education as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). "As we grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, we must meet the needs all students, including students most … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over 350,000 Children in Oregon Will Receive Critical Food Assistance

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that over 350,000 children in Oregon will receive critical food assistance through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program in order to help fill the meal gap created by school closures. Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, over half a million people, including one in five children, in Oregon struggled with food insecurity. "Every child in Oregon-regardless of the color of their skin, the … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues to Treasury: Disburse $8 Billion in Critical COVID-19 Relief to Tribal Governments Immediately

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 22 of their colleagues in the Senate, are urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to immediately disburse $8 billion in critical relief funds to eligible federally recognized Tribal governments. The funding, which was allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is critical to helping Tribal governments-just like their state, local and territorial counterparts-respond to the … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Public Housing Authorities to Receive More than $5.7 Million in COVID-19 Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that 21 public housing authorities throughout Oregon will receive more than $5.7 million in grants to help with tenant-based rental assistance needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Oregonians battling the multiple economic challenges triggered by this public health crisis need to know there's support available when they're staying at home and fighting to keep a roof over their heads," Wyden said. "I am gratified these … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Wyden, Warren, Eshoo, Markey Applaud ICANN Blocking Sale of .Org Registry

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and colleagues today applauded the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for blocking the sale of the .org registry to a little-known venture capital firm, Ethos Capital. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., also praised the decision to put users and nonprofit organizations above private equity profits. "ICANN made the right decision," Wyden said. "This deal … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Wyden: Oregon Should Have a Strategic Food Reserve

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support the creation of strategic food reserves in Oregon as a model for the nation facing emergencies like the current COVID-19 crisis. In his letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Wyden said the reserves would address year-round food insecurity while preparing the state for increases in food demands during times of emergency. "The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already fragile … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call For Tax Credit Expansion to Help Working Families During Coronavirus Economic Downturn

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called for a temporary expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the next coronavirus relief package. As the economic effects of COVID-19 are expected to last into next year, the expansion of those two tax credits would put money back in the pockets of working Americans as they continue to weather the economic downturn, according to the letter from Wyden, Merkley and 37 other senators to … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Wyden, Western Democrats Press Forest Service on Wildfire Season Plans Amid COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and 10 Western Democrats, today sought answers on the planning efforts of the U.S. Forest Service to protect communities and firefighters heading into the upcoming 2020 wildfire season amid the COVID-19 crisis. Wyden was joined by U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Wyden Urges Greater Support for Pregnant Patients, Infants Amid COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged additional, robust funding for the federal Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies program in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program helps to detect and respond to public health crises' impact on pregnant and postpartum individuals, as well as infants and young children, in real-time. In a letter to Congressional leaders, Wyden, along with nine other … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $6.5 Million in Airport Infrastructure Investments Across Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that nearly $6.5 million will be distributed among 10 airports and the Oregon Department of Aviation for critical construction projects and planning. "As we continue to grapple with this public health crisis, it's all the more important that communities throughout Oregon have the resources they need to build a strong economic foundation for the future," said Merkley. "That includes making sure our … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Announce Legislation to Meet Urgent Medical Supply Shortage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 44 of their Senate colleagues, have introduced legislation that fills the vacuum left by Trump administration inaction, laying out a framework for an effective, strong, national COVID-19 response. The bill would direct production of, and add critical oversight and transparency to the supply chain for, vital medical supplies and equipment. The Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act requires the president to … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Wyden Presses for Answers Following Ouster of Vaccine Development Head, Possible Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and 18 other senators to express their concern regarding troubling reports of political influence in the Trump administration's COVID-19 response. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the senators pressed for answers regarding staffing issues related to the COVID-19 response efforts at HHS. The senators specifically asked about the removal of Dr. Rick … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Wyden Presses Feds to Protect Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today asked federal officials for information on their efforts to protect federal workers in Oregon and nationwide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a letter with 21 colleagues to the federal Offices of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Wyden and the senators sought information on efforts to ensure that agencies maximize telework across their workforce as a way to keep federal workers safe. "As the … Continue Reading

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