Press Releases

December 05, 2007

County Payments Deal Promises $1.8 Billion Dollars for Rural Schools and Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, today in announcing that the Senate has reached an Agreement with the House of Representatives to extend funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, commonly known as the county payments law. The agreement - which contains more than $1.8 billion for the nation's rural schools, counties and communities through 2011 - is included … Continue Reading

December 05, 2007

Wyden, Obama Introduce "Credit Card Safety Star Act of 2007"

Washington, D.C. - Working to give consumers the tools to make informed choices about complex credit card agreements, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Barack Obama (D-IL) today introduced the "Credit Card Safety Star Act of 2007." The legislation creates a five-star safety rating system for credit cards in order to increase the transparency of credit card agreements and encourage issuers to abandon abusive practices by offering consumers fair terms they can understand. "This legislation … Continue Reading

December 03, 2007

Wyden Calls for Increased Thinning of Federal Forest Lands to Create jobs, Reduce Fire Danger, Improve Forest Health

Portland, Ore. - Senator Ron Wyden today called for new federal legislation to increase the thinning of trees on federal forest land as part of a comprehensive effort to create more jobs, reduce the danger of expensive forest fires and improve the health of timber stands."What I am proposing here today is a new initiative to address the bureaucratic and political roadblocks to thinning the millions of acres of choked, second growth forest all across our state, and put thousands of Oregonians … Continue Reading

November 13, 2007

Senators Lieberman and Crapo Sponsor Healthy Americans Act

Washington DC - The bipartisan Senate effort to reform the nation's ailing health care system took a step forward today as U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bob Bennett (R-UT) welcomed two more influential senators as sponsors of the Healthy Americans Act (S.334). U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, join a growing list of co-sponsors which now totals 11 senators. Previously announced cosponsors include: U.S. Senators Judd … Continue Reading

November 08, 2007

Veto Override Authorizes More Than $95 Million for Oregon Water Projects

Washington DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) joined more than two-thirds of the U.S. Senate today in voting to override President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (H.R. 1495), which includes authorization for more than $96 million in federal funding for water projects across the state of Oregon. With both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voting to override the President's veto, H.R. 1495 becomes law. This is the first … Continue Reading

October 30, 2007

Specter, Wyden Introduce Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2007

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Arlen Specter, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ron Wyden, member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced legislation that expresses the sense of Congress that the Government of Saudi Arabia must cooperate with the United States in the war against terrorism.The legislation calls on Saudi Arabia to immediately and unconditionally: permanently close all organizations in Saudi Arabia that fund, train, incite, encourage, or … Continue Reading

October 25, 2007

CRS Says E-Mail and Other Web Services Could be Taxed Under House-Passed Internet Tax Extension

WASHINGTON - According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), language included in the House-passed Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007 (H.R. 3678) could allow for the taxation of e-mail and other web-based services. Under the current Internet tax moratorium, originally authored in 2001 by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and now SEC Chairman, Christopher Cox, any service that enables users to access content can not be taxed. "I am not going to quietly sit by and let millions … Continue Reading

October 25, 2007

Wyden Says Bipartisan Senate Internet Tax Deal Would Protect E-mail and Other Key Web Services From Being Taxed

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the following statement regarding the agreement reached tonight by key Senators involved in the Internet Tax Debate."Today, I raised serious concerns about the legislation introduced in the Senate to renew the Internet Tax Freedom Act. I am pleased that steps have been taken to address some of the most immediate concerns and I will not object to further action on the legislation given the short time before the moratorium expires. "The … Continue Reading

October 18, 2007

Senators Question Administration Plan to Fill Strategic Petroleum Reserve

WASHINGTON - On the day that the price of oil reached an all-time high of $89.55 per barrel, seven U.S. Senators questioned the Administration's decision to reduce oil supplies by diverting millions of barrels of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. "This action sends a message to the market place that the Administration is comfortable with current price levels," wrote U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Carl Levin (D-MI), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Jack Reed (D-RI), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and … Continue Reading

October 02, 2007

Wyden, Bennett Welcome New Senate Sponsors of the Healthy Americans Act

Washington DC - The bipartisan Senate effort to reform the nation's ailing health care system grew today as U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bob Bennett (R-UT) announced that the Healthy Americans Act (S.334) gained four Senate co-sponsors, including two influential members of the Senate Finance Committee. U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Norm Coleman (R-MN) join a growing list of co-sponsors which already include: U.S. Senators Judd … Continue Reading

October 01, 2007

Wyden Provision Blocking Sale of F-14 Parts to Iran Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - Working to stop the sale of surplus aircraft parts to Iran, the U.S. Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which included a provision based on the "Stop Arming Iran Act" introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). The provision will prohibit the Pentagon from selling surplus parts and equipment for F-14 fighter aircraft. Iran is the only country-other than the United States-that flies F-14s."This provision will keep crucial aircraft … Continue Reading

September 28, 2007

Wyden Amendment Enhances Prevention for Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Washington D.C. -- Working to enhance screening and prevention of childhood type 2 diabetes, U.S Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today announced that an amendment giving states $15 million to combat the disease has been included in the final conference version of the State Children's Health Insurance Program bill (S-CHIP). Wyden is the amendment's sponsor. The S-CHIP conference report passed the Senate yesterday evening and will now be sent to the President for his consideration. "This amendment … Continue Reading

September 25, 2007

Senate Authorizes Oregon Water Projects

Washington DC -- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) today announced the Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which authorizes $96 million in federal funding for water projects in Oregon. The legislation now moves on to the White House for signing by the President. "These funds will go to important infrastructure and watershed restoration projects across the state," said Wyden. "The long-term health of our environment is vital to the long-term health … Continue Reading

September 25, 2007

Administration Withdraws Nomination for CIA General Counsel

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today welcomed the administration's decision to withdraw the nomination of John Rizzo to be General Counsel of the CIA. "I opposed the nomination of John Rizzo to be the top lawyer at the CIA because he is the wrong man for the job," Wyden said. "I hope that the Administration's next nominee for the position demonstrates greater respect for the rule of law and a firmer … Continue Reading

September 19, 2007

Wyden Calls for Repeal of New S-CHIP Restrictions

Washington D.C. -- Calling the administration's policy a "cruel choice" for states that are working to expand coverage to the millions of children currently living without health care, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, today sent a letter asking Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt to repeal the Bush administration's recently announced eligibility restrictions for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). The … Continue Reading

September 13, 2007

Wyden, Smith Secure Over $50 Million for Oregon Defense Projects

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved over $50 million in funding for defense-related projects in Oregon. These funds are now included in the FY2008 Defense spending bill, which must now be approved by the full Senate."These projects are proof positive that Oregon can lead the way when it comes to the research and development of cutting-edge technology," said Wyden. "These funds will … Continue Reading

September 13, 2007

Wyden, Smith Secure Over $90 Million for Oregon Community Development, Transportation Projects

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) announced today that the Senate approved the FY2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill, which includes nearly $93 million for transportation and community development projects throughout the state of Oregon. After passage by the full Senate, the spending bill moves to a conference committee to work out differences between Senate and House versions of the legislation."By investing in … Continue Reading

September 10, 2007

Wyden, DeFazio Introduce Legislation to Protect Copper Salmon as Wilderness

Washington, DC - Working for the permanent preservation of the 13,700 acres that encompass the headwaters of the Elk River in Southern Oregon, today U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced the Copper Salmon Wilderness Act. Today's introduction is the culmination of more than a decade of cooperative efforts by local government, grassroots activists, community leaders, hunters and fishers, who have all advocated for the protection of Copper Salmon … Continue Reading

September 10, 2007

Wyden Statement on General Petraeus's Report

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued the following statement today in response to General David Petraeus's testimony before the U.S. House Armed Service Committee:"General Petraeus's focus on selective military successes in Iraq obscures the larger problem: military tactics are not bringing about political reconciliation. "For four and a half years, the Bush administration has been telling the American people that if we stay the course in Iraq conditions will change. … Continue Reading

September 06, 2007

Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Introduce Legislation to Restore America's Aging Roads, Rail Lines and Bridges

Washington, DC - In an effort to fund much needed new transportation construction and repair of the nation's aging roads, rail lines and bridges, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Thune (R-SD), Norm Coleman (R-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), David Vitter (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced today the bipartisan "Build America Bonds" Act. By providing $50 billion in additional Federal transportation funding, Build America Bonds will empower all states to complete … Continue Reading

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