Press Releases

October 13, 2009

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden: Statement announcing his vote to pass "America's Healthy Future Act" out of committee

Mr. Chairman and Colleagues, I think we all understand that health Reform legislation is unlike any other bill. Apart from the fact that it affects all Americans and our entire economy, writing a health reform bill is fundamentally different than anything else the Congress does.Take for example an appropriations bill or a tax bill, these kinds of bills are largely collections of a variety of different provisions, some of which are so important to a particular a state or a particular Senator … Continue Reading

October 07, 2009

Senate-Passed Defense Appropriations Bill Includes Over $60 Million to Protect Troops and Boost Oregon's Development of Advanced Technologies

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate last night passed the fiscal year 2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill, which includes over $60 million for Oregon projects. Included at the request of Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, these projects will provide research and development of clean energy technologies, equipment to help ensure military personnel land aircraft safely in severe weather conditions, and updated data and voice communications systems. The bill also … Continue Reading

October 05, 2009

Wyden Responds to Amtrak Study of the Pioneer Line

Portland, OR - A preliminary study of the Pioneer Line needs to more fully explore key issues of cost and ridership before Congress can make a decision about restoring passenger rail service to Eastern Oregon, Senator Ron Wyden said in a letter to the president and CEO of Amtrak. "It is apparent that the Pioneer has the potential to greatly benefit the State of Oregon by providing an alternative means of passenger transportation," Wyden said in the letter to Joseph H. Boardman. "However, the … Continue Reading

September 30, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce Investigation Into National Guard Exposure to Carcinogen

Washington, D.C. - The Inspector General for the Department of Defense will investigate whether actions by the U.S. Army and a contractor exposed Oregon National Guard troops to a harmful carcinogen in Iraq in 2003.The investigation is in response to a letter written by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and five other senate colleagues calling on Inspector General Gordon Heddell to investigate whether the U.S. Army and KBR - a contractor hired to restore the Qarmat Ali … Continue Reading

September 29, 2009

Wyden Votes for Public Option

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released the following statement regarding his vote in the Senate Finance Committee in favor of the public option:"The legislation before us currently does not offer enough real competition to keep Americans from continuing to be abused by health insurers and held captive by large employers. Without the ability to hold insurers accountable for their costs and quality of service, without the ability to get a better deal and stop the … Continue Reading

September 25, 2009

Committee Interview Schedule Setto Select U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's selection committee has chosen six candidates to interview for the position of U.S. Attorney and six candidates to interview for the position of U.S. Marshal. The interviews will take place October 24 - 25, 2009. The candidates interviewing for U.S. Attorney are: John FooteJohn HaroldsonDwight HoltonJoshua MarquisAmanda MarshallKent Robinson The candidates interviewing for U.S. Marshal are: Russel BurgerJames FerrarisGerald GregEric MellgrenCarla … Continue Reading

September 24, 2009

Senate Approves FLAME Act, Over $8 Million for Oregon Projects to Improve Communities and Preserve Natural Areas

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Interior Appropriations bill, which includes over $8 million for Oregon projects, passed the U.S. Senate. The bill includes funding to protect and conserve natural recreation areas, replace outdated infrastructure, and provide farmers the resources they need to bring their crops to market. "We must continue to preserve Oregon's natural treasures so that future generations will benefit from the recreation … Continue Reading

September 24, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce USDA Funding for Rural Renewable Energy Grants

Washington, D.C. - In recognizing the importance of energy efficiency in America's rural businesses, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be awarding more than $866,000 in grants and a $2.2 million loan guarantee to rural businesses in Oregon to promote alternative energy production."This funding will help 24 farms and agricultural businesses in rural Oregon create and save energy using sustainable, alternative … Continue Reading

September 23, 2009

Seven Wyden Amendments Adopted on First Day of Revision of America's Healthy Future Act

Washington, D.C. - Seven amendments written by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) were accepted today for inclusion in the revised Chairman's Mark of the America's Healthy Future Act of 2009.· The "Exchange Plans as Good As Members of Congress" amendment ensures that all Americans will be able to have a health insurance policy option available to them through their state exchange that is actuarially equivalent to the plans that their Members of Congress can choose. At least one plan … Continue Reading

September 22, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Join Effort to Set Aside Money to Fight Major Forest Fires

Washington, D.C - Recognizing the high cost of fighting large-scale forest fires, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today co-sponsored an effort to set aside millions of dollars to help pay the cost of fire suppression on federal land."These large fires are not only devastating to forests, wildlife and property, they are causing havoc with budgets, forcing the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to take money from other programs to pay for wildfire suppression," Wyden said. "A … Continue Reading

September 18, 2009

Senators Introduce Patriot Act Fixes to Safeguard Americans' Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Daniel Akaka (D-HI) have introduced legislation to fix problems with surveillance laws that threaten the rights and liberties of American citizens. The Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts (JUSTICE) Act would reform the USA PATRIOT Act, the FISA Amendments Act and other surveillance … Continue Reading

September 18, 2009

Senate Approves More than $8 Million for Oregon Infrastructure Projects

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September 18, 2009

Senators Wyden and Crapo Say Amtrak Study Options Include Pioneer Route Through Oregon and Idaho

Portland, OR - Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho announced today that all of the four options contained in a long-awaited preliminary report on restoring the Pioneer Route include restarting rail passenger service to Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho."While this is a preliminary report, it is an important step toward bringing back a passenger rail line that should never have been closed in the first place and that I have been working for over a decade to restore," … Continue Reading

September 17, 2009

Wyden, Oregon AFL-CIO Agree: Finance Committee Health Plan Hurts Middle-Class Oregonians

Portland, OR -- Senator Ron Wyden and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain said today they agree that the health care reform plan released by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is unaffordable for middle class families. Although they haven't agreed on every element of health care reform, Wyden and Chamberlain said they have strong agreement on one key issue: affordability must be part of any plan and it is not currently part of the plan released Wednesday by Senator Max Baucus. … Continue Reading

September 17, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Preserve Affordable Housing in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Continuing their fight to keep low-income families in their homes and off of the street, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) today introduced legislation to preserve the Section 8 affordable housing on which many in Oregon rely on. The Affordable Housing Preservation and Revitalization Act will help to keep housing currently included in the federal Section 8 program from becoming market rate housing when contracts expire. "Homelessness is a concern in … Continue Reading

September 09, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce More Than $17 Million for Forest Health Projects

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to create jobs for Oregonians, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that Oregon will receive more than $17 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to protect forests on the South Coast and in Southern, Central and Eastern Oregon from wild fires, invasive species and disease outbreaks."Oregon's forests are among the most important natural resources we have," Wyden said. "We have an enormous backlog of forests that need to … Continue Reading

August 31, 2009

Wyden Schedules Tour of South Coast; Town Halls in Curry, Coos, Douglas, Lane Counties

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will spend two days on the Oregon coast starting Friday, September 4, 2009, hosting town hall meetings in four counties. The Oregon Senator will hold his annual Curry, Coos, Douglas and Lane county town hall meetings on September 4th and 5th, 2009. Local residents are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden holds town halls in each Oregon county every year. These four events will be numbers 525 to 528 … Continue Reading

August 24, 2009

Wyden Says Interrogation Report Underscores the Importance of Independent CIA Inspector General

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a … Continue Reading

August 21, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Hall in Jackson County on Thursday, August 27

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Jackson County town hall meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2009, in Medford. Jackson County residents are invited to attend the open forum to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden holds town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties every year. The event in Medford is number 522 since 1996. It is the 29th town hall this year.Jackson County Town Hall Meeting Date: August 27, 2009 … Continue Reading

August 21, 2009

Wyden to hold Town Halls in Wallowa and Union Counties on August 28

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Wallowa and Union county town hall meetings on Friday, August 28, 2009, in Enterprise and La Grande. Wallowa and Union county residents are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden holds town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties every year. The events in Enterprise and La Grande are numbers 523 and 524 since 1996. They are the 30th and 31st town halls this year. Wallowa County Town … Continue Reading

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