Press Releases

March 25, 2004

Prepared remarks of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Two-thousand four is a momentous year for wilderness in Oregon. It marks the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act and the 20th anniversary of the last Oregon Wilderness bill (1984).But perhaps most importantly, 2004 marks the bicentennial of the single most important exploratory committee ever to be launched by this Federal government: the Lewis and Clark Expedition.I can see no better way to mark this auspicious year than by enacting a new Oregon Wilderness bill: the "Lewis and Clark … Continue Reading

March 24, 2004

U.S. Senate committee approves Wyden's bill to establish Prineville forest health research center

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's bill (S. 1910) to establish a forest health research center at the Ochoco National Forest headquarters in Prineville, Oregon today passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.The Prineville facility will be charged with carrying out an inventory and assessment of forest stands on federal land and, with the consent of owners, private forest land. The assessment will evaluate forest health conditions now and in the future, and … Continue Reading

March 23, 2004

Wyden Presses FTC Chair to Review Agencys Orders on Bakersfield Refinery

Wyden Presses FTC Chair to Review Agencys Orders on Bakersfield RefinerySenator calls on Muris to provide answers, determine whetherFTC orders from Chevron-Texaco merger make facility less viableMarch 23, 2004Washington, DC Continuing his strong criticism of the Federal governments inaction on rising gas prices across the country, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today called on Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Timothy Muris to review previous oil company mergers and FTC orders that may be … Continue Reading

March 22, 2004

Smith-Wyden Bill Means Forestry Revenues Stay Home

Washington, DC Today, Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced The Umpqua National Forest Land Management Act which authorizes the sale of certain surplus Umpqua National Forest Service property to exclusively fund the expansion of local U.S. Forest Service facilities and the acquisition of additional tracts of Umpqua National Forest land."Oregonians should see the benefits from the Forest Service land sales in their backyard," said Smith. "This bill enables the Forest … Continue Reading

March 19, 2004

Wyden joins students & educators to celebrate arrival of $56,000 in computer equipment at River Road / El Camino del Rio Elementary School

March 19, 2004Eugene, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined students and educators at River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School in Eugene to celebrate the arrival of more than $55,000 in state-of-the-art computer equipment donated by the Beaumont Foundation of America.In February 2003, Wyden and Frank Newton, Executive Director of the Beaumont Foundation, encouraged Oregon schools and … Continue Reading

March 17, 2004

Smith, Wyden Announce Emergency Agriculture Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $620,500 through the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to Oregon farmers and ranchers facing the consequences of natural disaster.This aid is another clear example of the Bush Administrations steadfast support of American family farmers, Smith said. Oregons farmers and ranchers deserve that, especially when facing unforeseeable disaster.The damages and … Continue Reading

March 10, 2004

Wyden: First Suits under Can-Spam Good News for Oregon E-Mail Users

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today applauded the announcement by major Internet service providers (ISPs) of six lawsuits against alleged violators of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Wyden, with U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), wrote the first-ever Federal anti-spam law to protect Oregonians and all Internet users from unsolicited and often offensive e-mail. America Online, Earthlink, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced their legal action at a press conference this morning, … Continue Reading

March 10, 2004

Senate Committee Approves Wallowa Lake Dam Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resource approval of the Wallowa Dam Rehabilitation and Water Management Act (S. 1355) to provide funding for dam improvements, tribal fish restoration, and for water management in the Wallowa Valley. Currently, the dam cannot be used to full capacity because of its age and condition. Local groups have developed projects with the participation of numerous state … Continue Reading

March 04, 2004

Wyden, Smith Introduce Bill to Create Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Washington, D.C. Today, Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation to create the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, which would expand the Fort Clatsop Memorial area near Astoria and incorporate three historic sites in adjacent southwest Washington.Fort Clatsop is one of Oregons important tourism treasures, said Smith. Further commemorating one of Oregons great contributions to American history is a special invitation to travelers far and wide.Renaming and … Continue Reading

March 03, 2004

Wyden-Stevens Legislation Will Stop Sale of Children's Names, Addresses to Marketers

Washington, DC - The names, ages and home addresses of millions of American children - some as young as two years old - are being bought and sold every day, often online, for the purpose of commercial marketing. Today in Congress, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) introduced the Children's Listbroker Privacy Act to make that practice unlawful. "The wholesale trafficking in specific information about individual children is something that I think most parents would … Continue Reading

March 02, 2004

Wyden, Castillo Unveil Proposals to Improve "No Child Left Behind" Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo today unveiled a five-point proposal for improving the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The proposal is synthesized from the concerns and suggestions of parents, teachers, school and community leaders; Wyden has held numerous "listening sessions" on NCLB across Oregon in recent months and during her first year in office, Castillo visited 35 school districts in the state and gathered … Continue Reading

February 26, 2004

Senators Seek to Protect Computer Users from "Spyware," Hidden Downloads

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today introduced legislation to prohibit spyware, adware, and other invasive software from being secretly installed on Americans' computers. For the first time, the SPYBLOCK (Software Principles Yielding Better Levels of Consumer Knowledge) Act would prohibit installing software on somebody else's computer without notice and consent, and requires reasonable "uninstall" procedures … Continue Reading

February 25, 2004

Wyden Questions Ridge in Data-Mining by Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge to provide information on all data-mining activities currently being undertaken by the Department. Wyden, who questioned Ridge during the morning's Budget Committee hearing on homeland security funding, has long worked to ensure that the Federal government's data-mining efforts respect Americans' privacy and civil liberties. "A whole host of information is being … Continue Reading

February 24, 2004

Oregon Dunes, Winchester Bay Land Conveyance to Become Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced final congressional approval of their Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area land transfer legislation, aimed at improving access to the site and boosting the tourism economy of the South Coast. The Wyden-Smith bill (S. 714) directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey approximately 68.5 acres from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Douglas County to be managed for open space and for recreational … Continue Reading

February 23, 2004

Allen and Wyden Respond to Attacks onInternet Access Tax Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators George Allen (R-VA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued the following response to attacks today on S. 150 the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act.Our bill focuses on protecting the American consumers from the overbearing arms of state and local tax commissars. Do we want to continue to grow and expand our economy, our small businesses and educational resources or do we want to impose a stifling tax on consumers? I believe the Internet should remain as accessible as … Continue Reading

February 18, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce more than $2.2 Million for Head Start Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Mid-Columbia Children's Council, Inc. in Hood River will be awarded $2,267,792 for Head Start projects. Head Start programs serve children from birth to age five and prepare them for successful educational careers. Head Start offers assistance with early childhood development, medical and dental care, and parental involvement. "Head Start programs help put Oregon kids on the right track for … Continue Reading

February 18, 2004

Federal economic development agency threatensto leave distressed rural areas behind

Portland, OR U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today questioned a new Economic Development Administration (EDA) policy that threatens to change the focus of federal funding designed to help distressed rural areas, and instead use it to benefit areas with significant private-sector resources.David Sampson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, discussed the fact that EDA has adopted new internal performance standards at a February 11 conference in Medford, Oregon. One of the new … Continue Reading

February 17, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce Employment Aid for Klamath First Bank Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced a federal grant for as much as $668,790 to assist workers affected by the closure of the Klamath First Bank in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Oregon State Board of Education, which will administer the grant, will receive $248,796 initially in Workforce Investment Act emergency grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor. Funds will help to provide employment-related assistance such as individual … Continue Reading

February 17, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce Employment Aid for Viking Industries Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced a federal grant for as much as $245,345 to assist workers affected by the closure of Viking Industries in Gresham, Oregon. The grant of Workforce Investment Act emergency funds is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to the Oregon State Board of Education, which will administer the project. The funds will help to provide employment-related assistance such as individual counseling, career … Continue Reading

February 13, 2004

Yamhill County to Receive More Than $900,000 for Head Start

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced today that Head Start of Yamhill County will receive $925,067 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue providing Head Start services to children aged 3 to 5 years.Head Start helps kids get past some difficult obstacles and find a valuable foothold to begin their lives. said Smith. Its a program that translates into tremendous benefit for Oregon communities.For more than 15 years, … Continue Reading

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