Press Releases

September 15, 2020

Oregon Delegation Urges Oregon Secretary of State to Immediately Develop Plans for Displaced Oregonians to Receive Mail-In Ballots

WASHINGTON-Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4) today led Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Greg Walden (OR-02) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) in urging Oregon Secretary of State Beverly Clarno to immediately develop and roll out plans for displaced Oregonians to receive and return their mail-in ballots for the 2020 election. The lawmakers write, "The devastating wildfires burning in our congressional districts and across … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Oregon Members Push Trump Administration to Issue Public Health Emergency As Hazardous Smoke Blankets Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, today urged Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to declare the wildfires in Oregon a public health emergency-a move that better equips the state to respond to the disaster by freeing up resources and granting much-needed administrative flexibility. "Air quality and smoke produced by the wildfires present a significant … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Wyden Makes the Case for Congress to Get Serious About Fire Prevention as Destructive Wildfires Continue to Rage in Oregon and the West

Senators, my home state of Oregon is on fire. Virtually all of Oregon is choking on smoke. Countless thousands of Oregonians are under evacuation orders. Many are quite literally fleeing for their lives and abandoning their homes as the flames approach. When I was home this weekend, I saw entire communities burned to ash. Thousands of Oregonians have lost everything - their homes, businesses and lifelong memories. Several people have already perished, and the death toll is expected to rise as … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Oregon Delegation Pushes for Major Disaster Declaration As Wildfires’ Toll Grows

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's entire bipartisan Congressional delegation, including Representative Peter DeFazio, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, today requested rapid approval of Oregon Governor Kate Brown's request for major disaster relief amid unprecedented wildfire damage across the state. "This year, more than 1 million acres of land in Oregon have been burned, and at least ten Oregonians have … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Communities to Get $22.4 Million in COVID-19 Aid for Housing

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today said communities across Oregon will receive $22.4 million to help households facing higher risk of eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The economic challenges of this public health crisis have slammed Oregonians, many of whom are now facing the added and ongoing threat of wildfires bearing down on their communities," Wyden said. "I'm gratified these funds will be available to help Oregon families to make rent and stay in their … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Join Democratic Colleagues, Grassroots Coalition in Announcing Economic Renewal Agenda

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined dozens of colleagues and a national coalition of grassroots groups; labor unions; Black, Brown and Indigenous leaders to introduce a bold plan for economic renewal in Oregon and across the nation - the Agenda to Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy, or THRIVE Agenda. "While progress has been made over the years, significant work remains to achieve true equality and justice for all," Wyden said. … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Internet Service Providers To Expand Internet Access During COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged the seven largest internet service providers (ISPs) to do their part to help ensure that children in Oregon and across the nation are able to meaningfully participate in their education during the COVID-19 crisis. This call-to-action comes as unprecedented numbers of students rely on remote learning to kick off the fall semester due to the ongoing public health crisis. In a letter sent to the CEOs of AT&T, … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $5 Million for Port of Hood River Bridge Replacement Project

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that $5 million in federal funding is headed to Oregon to help cover costs associated with the engineering expertise and preparatory studies needed to replace the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge. The bridge, which crosses the Columbia River and connects Hood River, Oregon with White Salmon and Bingen, Washington, plays an important role in the safety, economy, and social well-being of Columbia River … Continue Reading


September 13, 2020

Oregon Members Call for Immediate Housing Aid for Evacuees Displaced by Oregon Wildfires

WASHINGTON, DC [09/13/20] - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden, Earl Blumenauer, and Kurt Schrader called on FEMA to provide additional, immediate housing aid to protect the health and safety of the thousands of people displaced by the Oregon wildfires, and to secure housing stability for the lowest-income survivors. "Tens of thousands of Oregonians have been placed under evacuation orders, and hundreds have … Continue Reading


September 12, 2020

Oregon Delegation Pushes Federal Agencies to Allocate Crew Chiefs Needed to Deploy Additional National Guard Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici, today pushed the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior to immediately make urgently needed fire crew chiefs available to assist in the deployment of National Guard service members in Oregon to fight raging wildfires. "Given the severity and speed at which fires are spreading across the state, we must … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Oregon Delegation Announces Approval of Federal Emergency Declaration for Oregon Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, today announced that the White House has approved the state of Oregon's request for an emergency declaration in response to unprecedented and dangerous wildfires that are blanketing the state. The Senators and Representatives had pushed on Wednesday for the declaration to be granted, immediately following … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Senate Democrats: Trump Administration Must Take Stronger Action Against Election Interference Following Sanctions on Derkach

Washington, D.C. - Leading Senate Democrats called on the Trump administration to put together a comprehensive plan to stop foreign interference in the 2020 election, after it sanctioned Ukrainian national, and longtime Russian agent, Andriy Derkach for his role in spreading misinformation about Vice President Joe Biden. Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Mark … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Oregon Delegation Pushes for Rapid Disaster Relief for Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, are requesting rapid approval of Oregon Governor Kate Brown's request for federal disaster relief, as unprecedented wildfires ravage the state. "We strongly support Governor Brown's request for an Emergency declaration on September 9, 2020, for the State of Oregon, in response to the devastating wildfires burning in … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Join Legal Brief Challenging USPS Changes Ahead of 2020 Election

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have joined 12 other senators in a legal brief to support court challenges to recent U.S. Postal Service (USPS) operational changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that have resulted in unreliable service and widespread delays in Oregon and around the country ahead of the 2020 election. The senators' legal brief focuses on the Postal Reorganization Act, which Congress passed to protect postal service operations … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $8.7 Million in Funding for Energy Efficiency Upgrades on Oregon’s Farms and Ranches

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that $8.7 million is headed to Oregon to help 27 farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses adopt renewable energy technologies, conduct critical energy audits, and make pollution and cost-cutting energy efficiency improvements. "As the coronavirus continues to cost our agricultural industry their lives and livelihoods, we must do everything we can to pave a path forward toward a healthier and more … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Announce $1.46 Million Federal Grant for Hermiston Industrial Park

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today's announcement of a $1.46 million federal grant for industrial park construction in Hermiston will help create jobs and build a stronger economy in Umatilla County. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for development of the South Hermiston Industrial Park had been sought by Wyden and Merkley in an August 2019 support letter that noted the city's hard work to recover from the Hermiston Foods plant closure and … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Leading Senate Democrats Demand Immediate U.S. Sanctions for Russian Interference in 2020 Elections

Washington, D.C. - Leading Senate Democrats urged the U.S. Treasury Department to sanction Russian individuals and government actors for their interference in the 2020 election. Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Mark Warner, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, Foreign … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Wyden Statement on DHS Withholding Information on Russian Interference in U.S. Presidential Campaign

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior Senate Intelligence Committee member, today released the following statement after reports revealed the Department of Homeland Security withheld information regarding Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election: "Every official responsible for withholding critical facts about Russian interference is complicit in covering up an attack on our country by a foreign adversary and must be held accountable. Just four days ago, the director of … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Wyden, Booker, Clarke and Waters Demand Answers From NFL on its Use of Race-Based Formula To Deny Payments to Black Ex-Players

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., questioned the National Football League's use of a race-based formula to deny concussion settlement payments to Black former players. In a letter sent today to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the members asked for an explanation of how the league's race-based formula has been developed and used, after it was disclosed in a New York Times report. "If these … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Wyden Calls for Action on Testing Supply Shortages in Rural Oregon

Wyden Calls for Robust Use of Defense Production Act by Trump Administration to Get Needed Supplies to Health Care Providers Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on the Trump administration to mobilize the resources of the federal government to ensure health care providers in Oregon and across the country have the supplies they need to conduct COVID-19 tests at capacity. "Despite warnings of the hardships rural medical providers would face, frontline hospitals, clinics … Continue Reading

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