Press Releases

August 16, 2021

Oregon Delegation Urges FEMA to Help State Respond to Recent Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's entire congressional delegation today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help the state cope with the latest surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations by providing medical personnel. In a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell signed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici and Cliff Bentz, the Oregon lawmakers asked the agency to give "swift … Continue Reading


August 13, 2021

Wyden Will Hold Online Town Hall for Rural Oregon on River Democracy Act

Portland - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall hosted by People's Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 31 beginning at 1 pm PT for rural Oregonians about his River Democracy Act - legislation that would designate about 4,700 miles of rivers and streams as wild-and-scenic as well as expand access to jobs-creating recreation statewide, reduce wildfire risks and protect existing property, grazing and irrigation rights. The virtual town hall is the latest public … Continue Reading


August 12, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Federal Grants to Support “Stand Down” Events that Provide Services to Homeless Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that organizations in Coos, Curry, Klamath, Lake and Washington counties earned more than $17,000 in grants from the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS) to host events that provide supplies and services homeless veterans. "Oregonians who put their lives on the line abroad to protect the communities we hold most dear should get the support they've earned for a smooth … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Administration to Combat Jet Fuel Shortages Affecting Wildland Firefighting Amid Another Devastating Wildfire Season

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., led a bipartisan group of Western senators pressing the Biden administration to coordinate and develop a strategy to combat jet fuel shortages that undercut wildland firefighting as wildfires burn across the West. U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Alex Padilla, D-Calif., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., joined Wyden in sending the letter to Interior … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Wyden Secures Priorities for Oregon and the West in Senate-passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed bipartisan infrastructure legislation that includes essential priorities for Oregon and the West from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The bill now advances to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. "For far too long, the phrase 'infrastructure week' was nothing but a cruel joke for communities throughout Oregon and the American West needing significant investments to deal with catastrophic wildfires, severe drought, hard-hit rural … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Honor the Service of World War II Ritchie Boys

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today along with U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, lauded unanimous passage by the Senate Monday evening of their resolution (S. Res. 349) that honors the contributions and service of the Ritchie Boys during World War II. A U.S. Army unit named for Camp Ritchie in Maryland where they trained, Ritchie Boys included individuals of many faiths who were both American- and foreign-born, … Continue Reading


August 09, 2021

Wyden Cosponsors Legislation to Spur Local Economic Growth, Job Creation by Connecting Affordable Housing and Access to Public Transit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is cosponsoring legislation that would provide incentives to the coordinated development of affordable housing and transit in Oregon and nationwide. The Livable Communities Act of 2021 encourages local communities to partner strategically to develop bold, innovative solutions that reflect their unique character, while leveraging existing assets, including access to transit to help revitalize neighborhoods, spur economic development, create … Continue Reading


August 04, 2021

Wyden Introduces Bill to Reform Federal Court Record System to Ensure Easy & Free Use For All Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today introduced a bill that would make federal court records free and easily accessible for all Americans. The bipartisan Open Courts Act, introduced by Wyden and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would reform the federal government's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), a database of federal judicial filings. "For far too long, unnecessary paywalls have kept the American people from freely accessing public court records. The Open Courts … Continue Reading


August 04, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: $2.5 Million to Go to Oregon College Prep Programs for Underserved Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that seven college preparation programs all over the state will receive a combined more than $2.5 million to increase the number of young Oregonians from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education. "Programs like these can make the difference in an Oregon student's life between starting out with a high school diploma or as a high school dropout," Wyden said. "Every student … Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

Wyden Urges Labor Department to Establish Federal Heat Standard to Protect Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today demanded the Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) take action to establish a federal heat stress standard to protect workers exposed to excessive heat. "With the increasing prevalence of extreme weather conditions as well as employers who neglect to invest in their workplaces, the risk this danger poses for our workers, communities, and the economy is at a pressure point," Wyden and 12 other senators … Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $35 Million in Federal Grants Headed to Oregon to Support Wildfire Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that nearly $35 million in federal grant funding is headed to Marion, Jackson, Lane, Lincoln, and Douglas counties to help cover the cost of wildfire debris removal efforts. "When the Labor Day fires hit last year, I criss-crossed our state to meet with impacted communities and assess the damage," said Merkley. "It's impossible to put into words how heartbreaking it is to see the rubble of cherished homes and … Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Call on Leadership to Fund Violence Against Women Act Programs in Reconciliation Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urging him to include funding for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs in the upcoming reconciliation package. "As the country reopens, more evidence has emerged that the pandemic caused the rates and severity of incidents of domestic violence to increase across the country. Social isolation, economic uncertainty, and general anxiety about the virus added … Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Merkley, Wyden, Bentz Announce Additional $15 Million Headed to Klamath Basin to Address Historic Water Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Representative Cliff Bentz (R-OR-2), announced today that an additional $15 million in drought relief will be delivered to help irrigators in the Klamath Basin who are suffering through historic, severe drought. This funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture adds to the $18 million that the lawmakers secured earlier this summer for water users-including irrigators, Klamath Tribes, and wetlands-in the … Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: More than $5 Million to go to Community Colleges in Willamette Valley and Eastern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Mt. Hood Community College, Chemeketa Community College, and Treasure Valley Community College will receive a combined more than $5 million to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "With the advent of more contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus, colleges around the state need support to continue adapting to keep their students safe," Wyden said. "These CARES Act dollars will go a long way to help … Continue Reading


July 30, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Central Oregon Airports to Receive More than $6.1 Million in Federal Grants

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that airports in Redmond and Prineville have earned a combined $6.1 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for operations, concessions, personnel, and sanitation. "Rural airports serve as critical connectors for every nook and cranny of Oregon, and ARPA dollars will serve to benefit the local economy as more and more people travel to experience Central Oregon's world-class recreation," Wyden said. "I'm … Continue Reading


July 30, 2021

Wyden, Brown Introduce Bill to Lower Cost of Rent for Workers and Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced legislation that would lower the cost of rent for families across the country. Their Renters Tax Credit Act of 2021 would establish a new renters tax credit to make housing more affordable for low-income households. These households, which include many low-wage workers, seniors, and people with disabilities living on low, fixed incomes, are far more likely than other households to pay very high shares of … Continue Reading


July 30, 2021

Wyden Co-Sponsors Legislation to Examine History of Racially Restrictive Covenants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he is co-sponsoring legislation that would examine the history of racially restrictive covenants-which were used as tools of discrimination to keep Black families and households of color from moving into certain neighborhoods-so we can better understand the scope of these covenants. "Many of the 21st century neighborhoods we know were fundamentally and cruelly shaped by racist red-lining and discriminatory covenants," said Wyden. "The … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: $54,000 in American Rescue Plan Act Funds to go to Gold Beach and La Grande/Union County Airports

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Gold Beach Municipal Airport and La Grande/Union County Airport will receive a combined $54,000 in federal grants for operations, sanitation, and personnel. "Rural airports serve as critical connectors for every nook and cranny of Oregon and provide crucial support for wildfire suppression via aircraft," Wyden said. "I'm gratified that Gold Beach and La Grande have secured these federal dollars, and will … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

Wyden, Tillis and Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Combat Counterfeit Court Orders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore, with Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., introduced new legislation to combat the growing use of counterfeit court orders by scammers and criminals. Forged court orders, usually involving copy-and-pasted signatures of judges, have been used to authorize illegal wiretaps and fraudulently take down legitimate reviews and websites by those seeking to conceal negative information and past crimes. The Digital … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Wyden Secures Key Provisions to Protect Whistleblowers, Defend Democracy and Strengthen Oversight in Intelligence Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., secured key provisions that protect Intelligence Community whistleblowers, defend the security of Congress and strengthen oversight as part of the Intelligence Authorization Act that passed the Senate Intelligence Committee today. Wyden, a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, applauded the committee for including his provisions in the bill. "Smart intelligence policy doesn't have to be a boxing match," Wyden said. "I thank my … Continue Reading

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