Press Releases

April 03, 2020

Wyden Presses Treasury to Ensure Equal and Timely Access to Paycheck Protection Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the U.S. Department of the Treasury to do everything in its power to reassure U.S. banks and lenders that they are adequately prepared to provide relief to America's small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today is the first day small businesses are eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Paycheck Protection Program established in the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Large and … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden Launches One-Stop Economic Resources Web Link for Oregonians During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Washington, D.C. -- As the Small Business Administration launches the Paycheck Protection Program today, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden announced a one-stop economic resources link on his web page for Oregonians needing more information during the COVID-19 public health crisis about unemployment insurance, direct cash assistance, and grants and loans for small business. The web link is https://www.wyden.senate.gov/covid-19-economic-resources. "Oregonians need a one-stop web link to cut quickly through … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Udall Urge Interior Department to Halt Policy Actions Unrelated to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., today urged the U.S. Department of Interior to immediately stop pursuing any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided. "As the country is addressing the public health emergency of COVID-19, the agencies within the Department of Interior should be focused on how to bolster the response to COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden Urges Small Business Administration to Allow Co-ops Equal Access to COVID-19 Aid

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to treat cooperative businesses-or co-ops-the same as other small businesses and allowed equal access to aid provided in the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In a letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, Wyden specifically requested that co-ops in Oregon and nationwide can fully participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Welcome Updated Blood Donation Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that federal officials' updated blood donation deferral policy takes a needed first step in the middle of the COVID-19 public health crisis to let more healthy gay and bisexual men donate blood. The new FDA policy comes after the Oregon senators had joined more than a dozen colleagues last week in pressing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse course on discriminatory blood donor deferral policies that effectively … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Udall Urge Interior Department to Halt Policy Actions Unrelated to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., today urged the U.S. Department of Interior to immediately stop pursuing any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided. "As the country is addressing the public health emergency of COVID-19, the agencies within the Department of Interior should be focused on how to bolster the response to COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Push for Swift, Effective Implementation of Tribal Provisions of the CARES Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today pressed federal agencies to implement the tribal provisions of the CARES Act swiftly and in a manner that upholds the federal trust and treaty responsibilities to tribes, respects tribal sovereignty and provides for meaningful government-to-government consultation in Oregon and nationwide. The senators, along with colleagues in the Senate and House, sent a letter to Donald Trump following the enactment of the CARES Act, the third … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Wyden to Introduce Bill Making Older Children and Adult Dependents Eligible for COVID-19 Relief Payments

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he plans to introduce a legislative fix that would make dependents 17 and older count toward what a family gets in direct payments from the bipartisan coronavirus relief package signed into law last week. "Oregon families facing an economic tsunami from the impact of this public health crisis need financial help to make the rent, pay medical bills, buy groceries, cover college costs and more," said Wyden, ranking member of the Senate … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Americans Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today led a group of his colleagues to demand better mobile internet service for low-income Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Improved internet access would help American families better work and learn from home and access vital telehealth resources. The federal Lifeline service program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provides free and discounted voice, text and cellular internet service to 9 … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $32 Million in Housing Grants to Support Vulnerable Oregonians During Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making over $32 million in grants available to communities in Oregon to support a variety of social services and homelessness assistance programs in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The grants come amid a report that 1 in 5 American households has lost work because of the pandemic-a startling indicator of the virus' severe economic impact. … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge USDA to Provide Immediate Aid to Cattle Producers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged federal officials to provide immediate assistance to cattle producers in Oregon and nationwide by using resources from the latest coronavirus relief package passed last week. The Oregon lawmakers said in a bipartisan letter from 143 House and Senate members to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue that replenishing the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional emergency funding would help … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Wyden Calls On Department Of Labor To Do “Everything Possible” To Expedite Unemployment Benefits to Oregonians

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to urge Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia "to do everything" within the power of the Department of Labor to help states rapidly disburse unemployment benefits to millions of Americans in desperate financial need. Due to a record-breaking 3.3 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week in the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, reports show jammed … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Oregon Delegation Supports Governor Brown’s Request for Oregon National Guard Mobilization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden in a letter today to the White House backed Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's request for federal support to mobilize up to 1,250 members of the Oregon National Guard in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregon lawmakers noted in their bipartisan letter that the governor fully activated the state's Emergency Coordination Center in early March and … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Wyden Calls for Social Security Recipients to Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having to File Tax Return

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined a group of 42 senators urging the Treasury Department and Social Security Administration to ensure all Social Security beneficiaries in Oregon and nationwide will automatically receive the direct assistance included in the CARES Act without having to file tax returns. While the CARES Act ensured the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Senator Wyden, Rep. Schrader Request Release of West Coast Fishery Disaster Assistance Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Ron Wyden (OR) and Representative Kurt Schrader (OR-05) led a letter to Secretary of Commerce Ross to expedite the final approval of the West Coast and Tribal Fisheries Disaster Grant. "After months of delay, it is unacceptable that Congressionally appropriated disaster relief funds for West Coast fisheries still have not been released by the Department of Commerce," said Senator Wyden and Rep. Schrader. "We are writing to request assistance in expediting the … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Wyden Presses Trump Administration to Provide Guidance to Child Welfare Agencies as Nation Combats Spread of COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. today led colleagues in urging the Trump administration to issue national guidance for child welfare agencies that must still work to protect and support children during the COVID-19 outbreak. The child welfare system is not currently designed for the social distancing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The senators, therefore, urged the administration to issue comprehensive guidance to states and tribes to ensure … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Wyden Urges Trump Administration to Address Child Care Needs of Frontline Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined his colleagues to urge Donald Trump's Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) to take additional steps to expand child care options for health care workers and others on the frontlines responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "Frontline workers are needed at their places of employment now more than ever, but in many cases do not have safe child care for their children," the senators wrote to Shannon … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Announce Additional Air Tanker Availability for Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the U.S. Forest Service is bringing on five additional airtankers for use when needed to battle wildfires in Oregon. The additional contracts awarded by the Forest Service means the agency has 18 airtankers currently under exclusive use with the agency, each with a base period of one year and then four one-year options. In total, the agency will have up to 35 air tankers available under all available contracting … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Plan to Introduce Legislation to Protect Oregonians’ Access to Electricity and Gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with six of their Senate colleagues, today announced a congressional resolution urging states and utility companies to issue a moratorium on gas and electric service disconnections, late fees, reconnection fees, rate hikes, and other penalties for all consumers as a result of the ongoing national emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although various utility companies in Oregon have voluntarily committed to … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Wyden Calls on DeVos to Return All Garnished Federal Tax Refunds for Entire 2020 Filing Season

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined a group of his colleagues to call on the Department of Education to return all amounts garnished from the federal tax refunds of student loan borrowers since this year's filing season began on January 27, 2020. The administration previously announced it would halt all collection activity on certain defaulted federal student loans during the COVID-19 emergency and would retroactively return $1.8 billion that had been garnished from … Continue Reading

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