Press Releases

July 23, 2009

Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to Include Funding for Alternative Energy and Dredging Projects

Washington, D.C. - Working to improve access to Oregon's waterways and to maintain its standing as a leader in alternative energy technology, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced that an energy and water appropriations bill headed to the Senate floor includes more than $278 million in projects for Oregon and the Northwest."Creating and preserving Oregon jobs, whether through advances in alternative energy technology or by making Oregon's ports more accessible … Continue Reading

July 21, 2009

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $29 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Oregon Forests

WASHINGTON D.C. - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that nearly $29 million in Recovery Act funds will go to facility infrastructure, energy efficiency upgrades, and trail maintenance in Oregon's forests. The funding also includes $3 million for the Oregon Youth Employment Initiative. This program puts youth to work in the woods and helps conserve natural resources in Oregon's forests. "Our forests are integral to our way of life. They create jobs, provide recreation … Continue Reading

July 21, 2009

Wyden Fights Wasteful F-22 Spending

Washington, D.C. - Keeping his focus on protecting American troops and taxpayer funds, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) spoke on the Senate floor against spending $1.75 billion to purchase seven more F-22 fighter jets that the Air Force has specifically said it does not want. The Pentagon has already purchased 187 of the jets. The speech was in advance of the senator's vote today in support of the Levin-McCain F-22 amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill, S. 1390. The amendment was approved … Continue Reading

July 16, 2009

Judicial Selection Committee Recommends Five Finalists for Two Federal Judgeships

Portland, OR - Senator Ron Wyden announced today that a federal judicial selection committee has recommended five finalists to fill two federal district court judgeships for Oregon. Wyden will forward those five names to the White House. Wyden will interview them in August. "I thank the selection committee for their hard work and recommendations," said Wyden. "Their efforts are critical to the wise administration of justice in our state, and their contributions will be felt … Continue Reading

July 14, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce $3.2 Million in Improvements to Buena Vista Ferry

Washington, D.C. - Working to improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced today that $3.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will be used to revitalize the Buena Vista Ferry. "The Buena Vista Ferry is a landmark in Marion County," Wyden said. "For decades, it has served the mid-Willamette valley and with these improvements it will continue to be an important transportation tool for many … Continue Reading

July 13, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce Funding for Agriculture Research Included in Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced today that an agriculture appropriations bill headed to the Senate floor includes more than $7 million in projects for Oregon. Included in the bill is funding for research into improving Oregon's crops and controlling invasive species. "Agriculture producers have always played a major role in the success of this state and it is important that wise investments are made to ensure that continues to be the … Continue Reading

July 13, 2009

Wyden Seeking Names of Those Interested in Oregon U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal Positions

Portland, OR - Senator Ron Wyden is seeking the names of individuals interested in the United States Attorney and the United States Marshal positions for the District of Oregon. The deadline to apply for the positions is August 15. Senator Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley will appoint a selection committee to review candidates and make recommendations to Senator Wyden. The U.S. Attorney for Oregon is one of 93 in the United States and its territories, all of which are part of the United States … Continue Reading

July 10, 2009

Wyden Says Bush Policies Were "Harmful to U.S. National Security"

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July 09, 2009

Military Construction Appropriations Bill to Include Improvements to Oregon's Military Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - Working to ensure Oregon's military infrastructure is up-to-date and able to provide the best in emergency services, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced today that a Military Construction appropriations bill headed to the Senate floor includes nearly $5 million in projects for military installations in Clackamas, Clatsop and Washington counties. "These funds lay the ground work for improvements and upgrades to the infrastructure in these … Continue Reading

July 09, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Announce Nearly $8 Million for Oregon in Interior Department Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - Working to ensure Oregon's natural resources are preserved and its infrastructure is strengthened, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced today that an Interior appropriations bill headed to the Senate floor includes nearly $8 million in projects for Oregon. Included in the bill are $3 million for land acquisition in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. "You only have to look at Oregon's natural … Continue Reading

June 29, 2009

Wyden Commends Committee For Approving Back Pay for Combat Vets

Washington, D.C. - Affirming support for the brave men and women of the U.S. military, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) expressed gratitude and thanks to the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee for including a Wyden-authored provision to retroactively pay soldiers for leave earned under the Post Deployment and Mobilization Respite Absence (PDMRA) in the 2010 Defense Authorization bill. More than 20,000 service members - at least 864 from Oregon - have not received their earned leave … Continue Reading

June 29, 2009

Wyden Unveils "Soft Landing" and Related Bills to Help Soldiers, Military Families and Veterans

Portland, OR - Keeping a promise he made to help National Guard soldiers adjust to life after combat, Senator Ron Wyden today unveiled a package of legislation that includes a 90-day "soft landing" for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. "One of the hard lessons we have learned from years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan is that we weren't ready to respond to the modern challenges facing National Guard soldiers, their families, our wounded soldiers, or our veterans," Wyden said. … Continue Reading

June 25, 2009

Wyden Engages White House on Classification Policy

Washington, D.C - In a letter laying out a series of principles and policy recommendations drawn from his years of challenging excessive government secrecy, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden commended the White House for initiating a landmark review of the nation's classification system. In his letter, Wyden states that protecting the nation from foreign threats often requires the U.S. government to operate in secret, but said that in too many cases "the natural bureaucratic tendency to avoid being … Continue Reading

June 25, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Urge Congress, Postal Service to Protect Oregon's Vote-by-Mail

Washington, D.C. - Seeking to protect Oregon's vote-by-mail elections, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are asking Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to avoid taking steps that would damage the state's mail-in balloting. In a letter to a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Wyden and Merkley asked that efforts to balance the Postal Service budget not include a suggestion to eliminate Tuesday mail delivery. "While we admire and encourage examination of avenues to modernize the postal … Continue Reading

June 25, 2009

Wyden, Barrasso Legislation Will Improve Access to Rural Health Clinics

Washington, D.C. - Ensuring that Americans in rural areas have access to quality health care, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) have introduced the Rural Health Clinic Patient Access and Improvement Act of 2009, which addresses long standing underpayments to rural health clinics, introduces a quality improvement program to RHCs, and provides incentives to recruit and retain medical professionals to rural areas. "Oregonians in rural areas have the same right to … Continue Reading

June 25, 2009

Wyden, Merkley Seek Molalla River Protection

Washington, D.C. - Bringing to fruition years of work from the Molalla community to preserve their namesake river, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2009, which is a companion bill to legislation introduced in the House of Representatives on June 9, 2009, by Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5). The bill will designate approximately 21 miles of the Molalla River for preservation under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. … Continue Reading

June 18, 2009

Wyden Statement on Lane County Decision to Use County Payment Money for Jail Beds

Portland, OR -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement today following a decision by the Lane County Board of Commissioners to use county payment money for public safety."I am thankful to my friends and colleagues on the Lane County commission for voting to use federal county payment funds to keep violent criminals off the streets of Lane County and the rest of the state. Public service can be a thankless task, particularly in lean times that inevitably pit one important set … Continue Reading

June 16, 2009


WASHINGTON, DC -Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced three pieces of legislation to protect some of Oregon's most wild places; Devil's Staircase, Oregon Caves and the Lower Rogue River. DeFazio and Wyden have worked extensively on these important pieces of legislation with input from the public and private stakeholders. The Devil's Staircase legislation designates approximately 29,650 acres of the Siuslaw National Forest as a wilderness area. The Oregon Caves bill adds … Continue Reading

June 16, 2009

Wyden Asks BLM to Put Brakes on $10,000 in Fees for 2009 Cycle Oregon

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is asking the Bureau of Land Management to waive or significantly reduce $10,000 in fees it plans to charge 2009 Cycle Oregon for the use of BLM roads and a campground. "Since the ride will use only about 35 miles of BLM-constructed roadway and one campground lunch stop, I believe your decision deserves an immediate review," Wyden wrote in a letter to Ed Shepherd, state BLM director. "Hopefully it will result in waiving the fee altogether or … Continue Reading

June 16, 2009

Wyden to Eastern Oregon for Four Town Hall Meetings on June 27-28

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town hall meetings in four Eastern Oregon counties on Saturday, June 27, 2009, and Sunday, June 28, 2009. Morrow, Umatilla, Baker and Umatilla county residents are invited to attend the open forums to ask questions and voice their concerns. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. The events in Irrigon, Hermiston, Baker City and Ontario are numbers 517, 518, 519 and 520 respectively Morrow County Town … Continue Reading

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