Press Releases

September 19, 2006

Senate Majority Blocks Gas Price Relief by Stopping Wyden OPEC Resolution

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called for immediate consideration of his resolution calling on President Bush to pressure OPEC nations to increase oil production. Senate Republicans subsequently moved to block debate on the measure. The resolution (S. Res. 330) , which Wyden introduced on Friday, mirrors legislation authored in 2000 by the current U.S. Energy Department secretary, then-U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.), and the current U.S. Attorney General, … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Department of Education Makes Wyden/Castillo-Recommended Changes to "No Child Left Behind" Law

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will make changes to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law as recommended by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo earlier this month. Wyden and Castillo unveiled a proposal to improve several components of the NCLB law on March 2; today, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced changes to requirements for rural teachers and teachers of multiple subjects. In … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden Calls for Immediate Action by FTC, Congress to Fight Gas Price Spikes

Washington, DC Citing a coming "perfect storm" in gasoline markets that will push prices past today's near-record highs, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today called for immediate action by Congress on the Gasoline Free Market Competition Act (S. 1737), his legislation pushing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect American consumers from anti-competitive practices at the pump. Wyden cited the FTC's inaction to stop gas price spikes, Shell Oil's planned closure of a 70,000-barrel-per-day … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden Fights Waste in Iraqi Reconstruction as White House Requests Additional $60 Billion in Funds

Washington, DC As the Bush Administration announced plans today to request at least $60 billion in additional Federal funds to rebuild and occupy Iraq, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) renewed his call for more accountability in the spending of American tax dollars there. Wyden urged his Congressional colleagues to finally pass a measure requiring the Administration to explain why it chose to let billions of dollars in private contracts for Iraqi reconstruction without allowing open and … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden Presses for Lower Gas Prices at Hearing for Federal Trade Nominee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today indicated that he will continue to block the nomination of Deborah Majoras to head the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after Majoras failed to offer concrete commitments at her confirmation hearing as to how she would lead the agency to fight high gasoline prices. Wyden has long called on the FTC to stop oil company mergers, refinery closures and anti-competitive gasoline marketing practices that have been proven to drive prices up for … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden Gas Price Competition Bill Sees Action in Senate Committee

Washington, DC - Continuing his efforts to reduce high gas prices, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today testified about his Gasoline Free Market Competition Act (S.1737) before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights. Wyden's legislation would compel the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to identify and stop market manipulation that drives up the price of gasoline. Also today, Chairman Timothy Muris failed to commit the FTC to an … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden, Smith Secure $600,000 to Fight Meth in Marion Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Marion County's Methamphetamine Lab Surveillance and Seizure Program will receive $600,000 in federal funds. The funds will purchase surveillance vehicles to help the Sheriff's Office crack down on methamphetamine crime rings, and are included in the omnibus spending measure that will now be signed into law by the president. "Every Oregonian has a stake in the war against drugs, and … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden Report Details FTC Failures to Fight High Gasoline Prices

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released a report detailing the Federal Trade Commission's role in allowing gasoline prices to reach historic highs across the United States. The report, entitled "Campaign of Inaction: The Federal Trade Commission's Refusal to Protect Consumers from Consolidation, Cutbacks and Manipulation in America's Oil and Gasoline Markets," draws on Wyden's years of investigating anti-consumer, anti-competitive oil industry practices in the Pacific … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Research Shows Law Would Force Majoras to Recuse on some FTC Oil, Gasoline Cases

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released research from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) indicating that Federal law would require Deborah Majoras, the current nominee to chair the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to recuse herself from some oil and gasoline industry issues coming before the Commission. Majoras has personally represented the oil giant ChevronTexaco as outside counsel in the last year; according to CRS, such a "past association" requires … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Dorgan, Wyden, Waxman, Dingell Call to End Outsourcing of Oversight for Iraq Reconstruction

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representatives Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and John Dingell (D-Mich.) today called on the Pentagon to stop outsourcing the oversight of large Iraq reconstruction contracts to private companies. They said the arrangement is rife with potential conflicts of interest and opens the door to significant additional waste of taxpayer dollars in Iraq. In a joint report issued by the House Government Affairs Committee … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Bipartisan Bill Would Curb Patriot Act Powers

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today to introduce the bipartisan Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act, which will define and narrow the new powers given to government agencies by the USA Patriot Act, passed by the 107th Congress in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks.Right now, the Executive Branch has greater powers to pursue potential enemies to the U.S. than at any time since World War II powers granted in the days … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Sweeping Mount Hood Protections Proposed

Washington, DC As the nation celebrates the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition this year, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today called for designating 160,000 acres of additional wilderness along the expeditions path in the Columbia River Gorge and in areas surrounding Mount Hood, as well as designating four river segments under the Wild and Scenic River System. Wyden released details of his plan and announced his intentions for the "Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2004" on … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden, Dorgan Win Approval of Amendment to End Outsourcing of Iraq Reconstruction on Oversight

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) today won Senate approval of an amendment prohibiting the renewal of any current contract outsourcing the oversight of Iraq reconstruction to non-governmental entities. The amendment, accepted for inclusion in the Department of Defense reauthorization bill, also prohibits future private oversight contracts unless the U.S. government is entirely unable provide personnel to perform direct oversight, and prohibits the … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden Resolution on President to Push OPEC, Aid Gasoline Consumers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced a Senate resolution calling on President Bush to pressure OPEC nations to increase oil production to help reduce gasoline prices in the United States. The Wyden resolution mirrors legislation authored in 2000 by the current U.S. Energy Department secretary, then-U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.), and the current U.S. Attorney General, then-U.S. Senator John Ashcroft (R-Mo.), calling on the Clinton administration to pressure … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden Calls on President Bush to Deliver Promised Education Funds

Washington, DC - As he continues statewide listening sessions on Federal education policy during visits to Redmond, Salem and Pendleton this week, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on President Bush to "reverse course" on his decision to only partially fund the "No Child Left Behind" law, after a White House announcement indicated that the largest single program in the law will be … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden, Snowe "MEND" Act Will Enhance Drug Coverage Under New Medicare Law, Confront Spiraling Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced the bipartisan Medicare Enhancement for Needed Drugs Act (MEND Act) today, legislation that would strengthen the drug coverage offered to seniors under the recently enacted Medicare prescription drug benefit. The MEND Act directly addresses the crisis of skyrocketing drug costs; it grants the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the specific authority to negotiate lower prices for … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

Wyden, Smith Secure $2.75 Million for Oregon Health, Education and Job Training Programs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced $2.75 million in Federal funding for Oregon health and human services programs. These funds are included in the Fiscal Year 2004 omnibus funding measure that will now be signed into law by the president. The bill also requires a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to consider the affordability of prescription drugs to American consumers when taxpayer-funded drug technologies are transferred to the … Continue Reading

September 19, 2006

New government report criticizes current wildfire suppression budget practices

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Larry Craig (R-ID) and several colleagues today released a U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) report blasting current wildfire suppression budget practices. The report, commissioned by Wyden, Craig and other members of Congress, identifies problems created by the practice of transferring funding from one project to another within agencies when those agencies have insufficient budgets for fighting wildfires. For the last two years, Federal … Continue Reading

June 23, 2006

Wyden, Smith Win Substantial Funds for Oregon Agriculture Projects

Washington, DC U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Oregon should receive substantial funds for agricultural projects under the Senates agriculture appropriations legislation. Much of the funding will support research at Oregon State University, known as a regional leader in the study of agriculture. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill this week; the legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.Research and … Continue Reading

June 16, 2006

U.S. Senate accepts Wyden resolution calling forcomprehensive schedule to destroy chemical weapons

Washington, D.C. A resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden urging the Secretary of Defense to prepare a comprehensive schedule for safely destroying the United States chemical weapons stockpiles and calling for annual reports to Congress on the progress of that effort has been included in the Department of Defense authorization bill currently being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The resolution, accepted unanimously into the Department of Defense authorization bill last … Continue Reading

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