Press Releases

May 08, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $9 Million in Funding to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that over $9 million in federal funding is being made available to 30 hospitals, health facilities, and county governments throughout Oregon to expand coronavirus testing capacity. "In our state and across America, coronavirus testing is still far too limited-a nightmare that is putting our families, neighbors, and frontline workers at greater risk," said Merkley. "Expanding testing capacity is an integral step in … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Wyden Statement on AG Barr’s Decision to Drop Charges Against Michael Flynn

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement after the Justice Department said it will drop charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn: "AG Barr has destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department to help someone who was working on behalf of a foreign government while serving as the National Security Advisor. If Barr's Justice Department will drop charges against someone who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and who the White House … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $16 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funding for Oregon Fisheries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $16 million in assistance will go to Oregon fisheries, fishing businesses, fish processors, and more that have been impacted by coronavirus. The funding is Oregon's portion of the $300 million in fisheries assistance included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "This is desperately needed federal support for Oregon's hardworking fishermen and women and the coastal … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Tell Trump Administration: Stop Playing Politics with the U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON, DC - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with a group of 27 senators, are urging Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to reject politically motivated conditions on financial relief for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which is a critical lifeline for many Americans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators also expressed their strong opposition to the use of coronavirus as a pretext to pursue privatization of USPS, which is widely unpopular with … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Push Comcast to Open Public Wi-Fi to Students Lacking Access at Home During COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. today urged Comcast to open all of its public Wi-Fi networks to the approximately 12 million American students who lack internet access at home, as schools rely on online education as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In a letter to Comcast, the lawmakers wrote, "The COVID-19 pandemic … [has] shuttered schools across the country, leaving teachers and students forced to navigate the … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Oregon Delegation Calls for COVID-19 Relief to Address Barriers Faced by Latinx, Immigrant Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - Today members of Oregon's Congressional Delegation -Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, and Kurt Schrader, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley- called on Congressional leadership to address the disproportionate barriers and outcomes that Latinx and immigrant communities face when trying to access health care services and economic relief during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In Oregon, Hispanic individuals comprise 13.3 percent of … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Wyden Opposes Nomination of William Evanina to Lead the National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Mr. President, I rise to oppose the confirmation of William Evanina because of his failure to protect whistleblowers. Leading whistleblower protection organizations support my opposition to Mr. Evanina's confirmation and I ask unanimous consent that their statements be included in the record. It is currently open season on whistleblowers under the Trump administration. Donald Trump and those around him have made it clear that anyone who speaks up about waste, fraud, abuse or lawbreaking can … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call for Protections Against Scams Targeting Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called for the Trump administration to protect against scams targeting small businesses seeking relief from COVID-19. In a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons, Wyden and Merkley joined a group of their colleagues to express concern about the recent increase in scams targeting small businesses and request information on measures the FTC is taking to address the issue to better protect small … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Wyden Pushes for Emergency Funding to Protect Children in Abusive Situations

Washington, D.C. - As the COVID-19 pandemic strains the child welfare system, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today released draft legislation to provide $500 million in emergency funds for local child protective services and $1 million for community-based child abuse prevention programs. The Emergency Funding for Child Protection Act would provide swift, flexible funding to bolster the efforts of local child protective services and non-profits that prevent child abuse, which face challenges in … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Wyden Introduces Bill to Clarify Small Business Expense Deductions Under PPP

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce legislation that would clarify the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so small businesses can deduct expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan from their taxes. "Treasury's guidance barring deductions for expenses paid by PPP loans is a gut punch for businesses struggling to stay afloat," said Wyden, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. "It defies … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Wyden, Gillibrand, Casey, Brown and Eshoo Introduce Legislation to Fight Online Child Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., today introduced legislation to confront online child exploitation and reverse a decade of underfunding key enforcement and prevention efforts. The Invest in Child Safety Act would direct $5 billion in mandatory funding to investigate and target the pedophiles and abusers who create and share child sexual abuse material online. And … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Wyden Calls for Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures for Federal Employees and Contractors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is urging the Trump administration to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the COVID-19 crisis. In a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, Wyden and 18 of his colleagues emphasized several actions that the administration should take now to support these crucial public … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Raise PPP Non-payroll Forgiveness Cap

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to urge the Trump administration to raise the Paycheck Protection Program's (PPP) non-payroll forgiveness cap from 25 percent to 50 percent. In a letter from Wyden and 18 other senators to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, the lawmakers noted that PPP loans allow loan proceeds used towards payroll, utilities, mortgage interest, and rent payments to be … Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Walden Urge Army to Finish Cleanup at Umatilla Chemical Depot

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden today urged the Army to complete its commitment to remediate the now-closed Umatilla Chemical Depot so the National Guard can use the site safely for training and wildfire work in Eastern Oregon. In a bipartisan letter today to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, the Oregon lawmakers wrote the Army is required to clean up the Ammunition Disposal Area (ADA) at the chemical depot under federal law and as directed by … Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Hit Administration’s COVID Testing Failures, Insist Federal Government Must Release and Implement National Plan

Washington, DC - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 40 Senate Democrats, today sent a letter to President Trump, calling on his administration to develop a comprehensive national strategic plan of action by May 24th to ensure states have enough testing capacity to begin safely re-opening. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was diagnosed in Washington State on January 20, 2020. After 12 weeks, and the confirmation of more than 1.1 million cases of … Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Wyden Calls for Greater Support for Students With Disabilities in Upcoming COVID-19 Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called for upcoming COVID-19 response legislation to include greater support for students who experience disabilities so school districts can continue providing those students a free and appropriate public education as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). "As we grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, we must meet the needs all students, including students most … Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over 350,000 Children in Oregon Will Receive Critical Food Assistance

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that over 350,000 children in Oregon will receive critical food assistance through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program in order to help fill the meal gap created by school closures. Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, over half a million people, including one in five children, in Oregon struggled with food insecurity. "Every child in Oregon-regardless of the color of their skin, the … Continue Reading

May 04, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues to Treasury: Disburse $8 Billion in Critical COVID-19 Relief to Tribal Governments Immediately

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 22 of their colleagues in the Senate, are urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to immediately disburse $8 billion in critical relief funds to eligible federally recognized Tribal governments. The funding, which was allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is critical to helping Tribal governments-just like their state, local and territorial counterparts-respond to the … Continue Reading

May 04, 2020

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Public Housing Authorities to Receive More than $5.7 Million in COVID-19 Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that 21 public housing authorities throughout Oregon will receive more than $5.7 million in grants to help with tenant-based rental assistance needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Oregonians battling the multiple economic challenges triggered by this public health crisis need to know there's support available when they're staying at home and fighting to keep a roof over their heads," Wyden said. "I am gratified these … Continue Reading

May 01, 2020

Wyden, Warren, Eshoo, Markey Applaud ICANN Blocking Sale of .Org Registry

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and colleagues today applauded the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for blocking the sale of the .org registry to a little-known venture capital firm, Ethos Capital. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., also praised the decision to put users and nonprofit organizations above private equity profits. "ICANN made the right decision," Wyden said. "This deal … Continue Reading

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