Press Releases

February 13, 2023

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Bill Requiring SCOTUS to Follow Code of Ethics

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined their Senate and House colleagues to introduce the Supreme Court Ethics Act, requiring the Judicial Conference of the United States to create a code of ethical conduct for the Supreme Court of the United States. The legislation would also require the appointment of an Ethics Investigations Counsel and require justices to publicly disclose recusal decisions. "The Supreme Court is making life-altering decisions … Continue Reading


February 13, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1.8 Million Coming to Oregon for Habitat Restoration and Conservation

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP) will be receiving $1,818,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for habitat restoration and conservation through the National Estuary Program. "Climate chaos and human actions are threatening to lead to the permanent loss of plants and animals that have defined Oregon, including salmon and steelhead," said Senator Merkley, who, as Chair of … Continue Reading


February 09, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Cap Child Care Costs for Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined colleagues to introduce new legislation that would expand access to affordable child care to every American family, offer high-quality early education to every child, and create good jobs for our early educators. "There are countless parents who want to work to provide for their families but simply can't because there is no affordable child care option for them," said Wyden, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee who, during … Continue Reading


February 03, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Cattle Market Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined U.S. Senators Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jon Tester, D-Mont. to introduce the bipartisan Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2023. The legislation would restore transparency and accountability in the cattle market by establishing regional cash minimums and equipping producers with more market information, including permanently authorizing a cattle contract library. "Family farmers and ranchers … Continue Reading


February 03, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Question Defense and Education Departments About Reports of Students Forced into JROTC Enrollment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues this week asked top federal officials to answer questions arising from troubling reports of students forced to join the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program. "The actions by schools to make JROTC mandatory are also not consistent with Pentagon guidelines. JROTC instructors told the Times they are 'creat(ing) problems with discipline and morale,"' Wyden and colleagues wrote in a letter to the Under Secretary of … Continue Reading


February 03, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Reintroduce “Ethan’s Law” Safe Gun Storage Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined Senate colleagues to reintroduce Ethan's Law, legislation that would require gun owners to safely and securely store their firearms. "Reducing access to unsupervised firearms with safe and proper gun storage will save lives in Oregon and nationwide," Wyden said. "Congress must urgently pass Ethan's Law to protect our schools, communities, and fight the gun violence epidemic tearing through this country." … Continue Reading


February 03, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Exempt Trafficking Survivors’ Restitution from Federal Taxes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week joined colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that would to exempt civil damages or restitution given to human trafficking survivors from federal income taxes. The bill would also codify current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance that makes restitution payments made to survivors in criminal cases free from federal income taxes. "Human trafficking survivors have been through true horrors, and the last thing they need is a big … Continue Reading


February 02, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Rising Catalytic Converter Thefts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined Senate colleagues from both parties to introduce legislation that would combat the rise in catalytic converter thefts in Oregon and nationwide. "The theft of catalytic converters has soared in Oregon and across the nation, costing working families and small business owners valuable time and money," said Wyden. "This bill will bring us one step closer to solving this problem by strengthening local law enforcement's ability to locate stolen … Continue Reading


February 02, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Five Oregon Communities to Receive Total of More Than $1.7 Million in Federal Funds for Safer Streets

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that a federal investment totaling more than $1.7 million has been secured for the cities of Hermiston and Ontario as well as Jefferson, Douglas and Lane counties to improve street safety in their communities. "The ability for all Oregonians to travel safely on the streets and roads they rely on every day plays a big part in quality of life and peace of mind for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists," Wyden said. "I'm … Continue Reading


February 02, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Statement on Justice Adrienne Nelson Committee Vote

Washington, D.C. - Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 to advance to the full Senate Oregon Supreme Court Associate Justice Adrienne Nelson's nomination to U.S. District Court. "There is no doubt that with a wealth of knowledge and commitment to justice for all, Justice Nelson will be an excellent addition to the U.S. District Court," Wyden and Merkley said. "Justice Nelson is a highly accomplished … Continue Reading


February 02, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $22.4 Million Coming to Portland for Street Safety Improvements

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding the City of Portland $20 million to employ low-cost, high-benefit safety improvements on 5.5 miles of 122nd Avenue, and is awarding Metro $2.4 million to develop a comprehensive safety action plan for communities to improve pedestrian safety in the Greater Portland area. "For many people across Portland who use the city's busy corridors, especially 122nd … Continue Reading


February 01, 2023

Wyden Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Help Students Access High-Quality Job Training, Get Good-Paying Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would help students in Oregon and nationwide use federal Pell Grants to afford high-quality, shorter-term job training programs. "I'm all in to help working students in Oregon and nationwide afford high-quality job training that helps ensure they can count on a supply of local good-paying jobs," Wyden said. "That's why I'm proud to cosponsor legislation that would allow Pell Grants to be used for … Continue Reading


February 01, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Ground Airlines’ Skyrocketing Fees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined colleagues to reintroduce legislation that would prohibit airlines from charging unreasonable fees - including bag, seating, cancellation, and change fees - that are not proportional to the costs of the service actually provided. "Airlines are charging folks unreasonable fees for basic services - it's ridiculous," Wyden said. "That's why I'm proud to cosponsor legislation that will prohibit airlines from charging excessive … Continue Reading


January 31, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Include Oregon in Smith River National Recreation Area

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today introduced legislation to expand the Smith River National Recreation Area by 58,000 acres, a move that would protect the diverse ecosystems of the rivers, streams, and adjacent lands of the North Fork Smith River watershed and help boost the local fishing and recreation industries that many Oregon families rely on. The legislation is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA). In … Continue Reading


January 31, 2023

Wyden Statement on nomination of Gigi Sohn to serve on the Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement in support of Gigi Sohn to serve on the Federal Communications Commission: "Between her years working on behalf of regular Americans who lack affordable, reliable access to the internet and her experience inside the government, Gigi Sohn is the epitome of what an FCC commissioner should be," Wyden said. "No amount of astroturfed attacks on behalf of the Big Cable companies will change that. Ms. Sohn has broad … Continue Reading


January 31, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $90 Million Federal Loan to Umatilla Electric Cooperative for Power Grid Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Umatilla Electric Cooperative will receive a nearly $90 million federal loan to expand and improve the electric grid in Northeastern Oregon. "Oregon's severe weather events-from windstorms that down power lines and spark catastrophic infernos to ice and hail storms that cause losses in power as well as property damage-prove that we must fortify our aging grid infrastructure," Wyden said. "This federal … Continue Reading


January 31, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Introduction of Legislation to Provide Historic, Permanent Investment in Home Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and colleagues in introducing the Better Care Better Jobs Act. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the urgent need to ensure that all Americans have the option to receive quality, long-term care in the setting that meets their needs and preferences, and the vast majority of Americans prefer to receive such care and support at home. This legislation would expand access to home and community-based … Continue Reading


January 30, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer: Feds to Invest $715,000 Toward Proposed Move of Mt. Hood Summit Rest Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer today announced the proposed relocation of the Mt. Hood Summit Rest Area on Highway 26 east of Government Camp has secured $715,000 in federal funds to study the move. The resources from the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) follows a Oct. 7, 2021 letter that Wyden, Merkley and Blumenauer wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg seeking the funds for more than two dozen organizations working … Continue Reading


January 27, 2023

Wyden Announces WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert Will Visit Portland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced that WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert has accepted his invitation to participate in a panel discussion on women's sports during her visit to Portland on Monday, Feb. 6. The women's basketball coaches from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon as well as top Trail Blazers and Thorns executives will be among those contributing to the roundtable conversation about how the city can help continue to support the growth of … Continue Reading


January 27, 2023

Wyden To Hold Town Halls in Columbia and Benton Counties

Portland - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will have open-to-all, in-person town halls in Columbia and Benton counties the weekend of Feb. 4-5. Wyden has already held 11 town halls so far throughout Oregon in 2023 - and 1,038 town halls overall statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "Public service is all about being accountable, and open-to-all town halls provide all Oregonians the opportunity to ask me any … Continue Reading

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