Press Releases

April 07, 2020

Wyden, Merkley to Introduce Legislation Helping Immigrant Families During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they will introduce legislation that would ensure everyone in the United States can have access to health care and other critical resources that are needed to survive the coronavirus pandemic. "This global pandemic has touched off a massive public health challenge for everybody in our country, and the response to keep everybody safe must not discriminate against any human being based on immigration status," Wyden said. "This … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Feds to Make Farmers and Agricultural Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Economic Injury Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make farmers and agricultural businesses in Oregon and nationwide eligible for economic injury grants included in the latest COVID-19 emergency relief package. Wyden and Merkley wrote in their letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza that expanding the Emergency Economic Injury Grant Program (EIDL) included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call for SBA to Accept Loan Applications from Cannabis Businesses in Cannabis-legal States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced they are requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) be prohibited from denying loan applications to cannabis small businesses in states like Oregon that have legalized cannabis use. In the Oregon lawmakers' letter to Senate colleagues overseeing SBA appropriations, they urged language prohibiting the SBA loan denials to cannabis businesses by noting the clear shift in public opinion toward supporting legal … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with a bipartisan group of 30 of their Senate colleagues, have sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to urge the administration to provide urgent relief to America's farmers during the coronavirus crisis. Agricultural businesses are critical to both the country's food supply chain and the vitality of countless rural areas across Oregon and America. "Americans always depend on our nation's farmers to … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with a bipartisan group of 30 of their Senate colleagues, have sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to urge the administration to provide urgent relief to America's farmers during the coronavirus crisis. Agricultural businesses are critical to both the country's food supply chain and the vitality of countless rural areas across Oregon and America. "Americans always depend on our nation's farmers to … Continue Reading


April 04, 2020

Wyden Statement on Trump Firing Intelligence Community Inspector General

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement on Donald Trump's firing of top Intelligence Community watchdog: "Overnight, Donald Trump carried out another attack on whistleblowers and independent oversight, continuing his campaign against anyone who can hold him accountable for corrupting the government to his personal benefit. He is systematically installing unqualified cronies in the place of intelligence professionals … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden Presses Treasury to Ensure Equal and Timely Access to Paycheck Protection Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the U.S. Department of the Treasury to do everything in its power to reassure U.S. banks and lenders that they are adequately prepared to provide relief to America's small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today is the first day small businesses are eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Paycheck Protection Program established in the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Large and … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden Launches One-Stop Economic Resources Web Link for Oregonians During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Washington, D.C. -- As the Small Business Administration launches the Paycheck Protection Program today, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden announced a one-stop economic resources link on his web page for Oregonians needing more information during the COVID-19 public health crisis about unemployment insurance, direct cash assistance, and grants and loans for small business. The web link is https://www.wyden.senate.gov/covid-19-economic-resources. "Oregonians need a one-stop web link to cut quickly through … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Udall Urge Interior Department to Halt Policy Actions Unrelated to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., today urged the U.S. Department of Interior to immediately stop pursuing any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided. "As the country is addressing the public health emergency of COVID-19, the agencies within the Department of Interior should be focused on how to bolster the response to COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden Urges Small Business Administration to Allow Co-ops Equal Access to COVID-19 Aid

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to treat cooperative businesses-or co-ops-the same as other small businesses and allowed equal access to aid provided in the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In a letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, Wyden specifically requested that co-ops in Oregon and nationwide can fully participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Welcome Updated Blood Donation Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that federal officials' updated blood donation deferral policy takes a needed first step in the middle of the COVID-19 public health crisis to let more healthy gay and bisexual men donate blood. The new FDA policy comes after the Oregon senators had joined more than a dozen colleagues last week in pressing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse course on discriminatory blood donor deferral policies that effectively … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Udall Urge Interior Department to Halt Policy Actions Unrelated to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., today urged the U.S. Department of Interior to immediately stop pursuing any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided. "As the country is addressing the public health emergency of COVID-19, the agencies within the Department of Interior should be focused on how to bolster the response to COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Push for Swift, Effective Implementation of Tribal Provisions of the CARES Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today pressed federal agencies to implement the tribal provisions of the CARES Act swiftly and in a manner that upholds the federal trust and treaty responsibilities to tribes, respects tribal sovereignty and provides for meaningful government-to-government consultation in Oregon and nationwide. The senators, along with colleagues in the Senate and House, sent a letter to Donald Trump following the enactment of the CARES Act, the third … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Wyden to Introduce Bill Making Older Children and Adult Dependents Eligible for COVID-19 Relief Payments

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he plans to introduce a legislative fix that would make dependents 17 and older count toward what a family gets in direct payments from the bipartisan coronavirus relief package signed into law last week. "Oregon families facing an economic tsunami from the impact of this public health crisis need financial help to make the rent, pay medical bills, buy groceries, cover college costs and more," said Wyden, ranking member of the Senate … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Americans Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today led a group of his colleagues to demand better mobile internet service for low-income Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Improved internet access would help American families better work and learn from home and access vital telehealth resources. The federal Lifeline service program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provides free and discounted voice, text and cellular internet service to 9 … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $32 Million in Housing Grants to Support Vulnerable Oregonians During Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making over $32 million in grants available to communities in Oregon to support a variety of social services and homelessness assistance programs in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The grants come amid a report that 1 in 5 American households has lost work because of the pandemic-a startling indicator of the virus' severe economic impact. … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge USDA to Provide Immediate Aid to Cattle Producers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged federal officials to provide immediate assistance to cattle producers in Oregon and nationwide by using resources from the latest coronavirus relief package passed last week. The Oregon lawmakers said in a bipartisan letter from 143 House and Senate members to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue that replenishing the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional emergency funding would help … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Wyden Calls On Department Of Labor To Do “Everything Possible” To Expedite Unemployment Benefits to Oregonians

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to urge Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia "to do everything" within the power of the Department of Labor to help states rapidly disburse unemployment benefits to millions of Americans in desperate financial need. Due to a record-breaking 3.3 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week in the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, reports show jammed … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Oregon Delegation Supports Governor Brown’s Request for Oregon National Guard Mobilization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden in a letter today to the White House backed Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's request for federal support to mobilize up to 1,250 members of the Oregon National Guard in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregon lawmakers noted in their bipartisan letter that the governor fully activated the state's Emergency Coordination Center in early March and … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Wyden Calls for Social Security Recipients to Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having to File Tax Return

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined a group of 42 senators urging the Treasury Department and Social Security Administration to ensure all Social Security beneficiaries in Oregon and nationwide will automatically receive the direct assistance included in the CARES Act without having to file tax returns. While the CARES Act ensured the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of … Continue Reading

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