Press Releases

March 09, 2023

Wyden Pushes for Increased Investment in the Wildfire Resilience Workforce, Better Firefighter Pay

Video available here Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week sounded the alarm at a Senate hearing on the devastating impact of the climate crisis, increasingly dangerous wildfires and the need for additional investments in the wildfire resilience workforce in Oregon and nationwide. "The reality is these fires are not your grandfather's fires. They are bigger, hotter, more powerful and we get them almost year round," Wyden said during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on … Continue Reading

March 09, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Address the Affordable Housing Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he joined Senate colleagues to urge President Biden to use a "whole-of-government" approach that comprehensively addresses critical housing needs in Oregon and nationwide. "Our nation's housing is an essential piece of our infrastructure, but it is a sector that remains in crisis. With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, decisive steps have been taken to address many of our … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech Urging the Senate to Pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, Protect Abortion Access Nationwide

Click here to watch a video of today's remarks. Last week, Wyden delivered a floor speech on the human cost if women lose access to mifepristone. As Prepared for Delivery I'd like to thank my colleagues - Senators Murray, Blumenthal, Baldwin and Schumer - for introducing the Women's Health Protection Act. This legislation needs to be the centerpiece of the battle to defend privacy rights in 2023. Colleagues, this is the third week I've stood on the Senate floor to talk about the absolute … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Wyden Remarks at Section 230 Briefing Hosted by EFF

I wanted to take a few minutes to share my thoughts on why Section 230 remains vital to a functioning internet - and how the Supreme Court oral arguments and briefs in Gonzalez v. Google helped make the case for 230. First of all, Section 230 is a law that Chris Cox and I wrote. It essentially says that the person who creates a piece of content online is the one responsible for it. As a result of 230 and the First Amendment, websites are able to take down posts they don't want - stuff like … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Wyden Secures Pledge From State Department To Hold Accountable Saudi Officials Involved In Aiding Accused Criminals Who Fled American Justice; Lifts Hold on Michael Ratney to Serve as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Washington, D.C. -. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced he will lift his hold on Michael Ratney, the nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, after securing new commitments from the State Department to revoke the visas of foreign officials involved in assisting foreign nationals in evading prosecution or fleeing the U.S. justice system. Following reporting by The Oregonian that revealed the Saudi regime has systematically helped its citizens flee the United States after … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech on Bill and Dottie Schonely

M. President, I rise today, on behalf of all Oregonians, to honor the late Bill Schonely - the Portland Trail Blazers' radio voice for the better part of three decades - and his late wife Dottie. Bill passed in January, leaving a timeless legacy for all of us Blazers fans in "Rip City," the name that Bill coined for my hometown. And Dottie passed last month, leaving her own legacy as an accomplished woman who radiated smarts and kindness to everyone she met in Oregon. Bill and Dottie were … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Wyden and Blumenauer Introduce Bill to Allow All Americans to Vote at Home; Legislation Makes Elections More Secure and Accessible with Oregon-Style Voting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced an updated version of their Vote At Home Act today, to ensure American voters can vote more conveniently and securely at home. The bill would allow all American voters to vote at home, provide pre-paid envelopes to return ballots and automatically register citizens to vote at DMVs. "The United States is stronger when more Americans can vote," Wyden said. "Our bill will make elections … Continue Reading

March 07, 2023

Merkley, Wyden: $15 Million Available for More Klamath Basin Restoration Projects

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released another $15 million for restoration activities in the Klamath Basin and has begun accepting project grant proposals from the community. This second round of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for the Klamath Basin-which is set to total $162 million over five years-is intended to invest in projects and activities that support or will help improve … Continue Reading

March 07, 2023

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ban Government use of Facial Recognition and other Biometric Technology

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined colleagues in introducing the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act. This legislation would prevent the government from using facial recognition and other biometric technologies which pose significant privacy and civil liberties issues and disproportionately harm marginalized communities. "Law enforcement and government's use of facial recognition technology has resulted in reports of … Continue Reading

March 06, 2023

Wyden Urges Education Department to Protect Students’ Data from Big Tech Companies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today sent a letter urging the Department of Education to provide strong, comprehensive model contracts to help school districts across the country protect the privacy of students using educational technology. This resource is essential as school districts rarely have the expertise, resources, or leverage to negotiate privacy terms and conditions with large, sophisticated technology companies. "Model contracts are essential in lowering the burden for … Continue Reading

March 06, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen VA Support for Disabled Veterans and Young Caregivers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he and Senate colleagues from both parties have reintroduced legislation that would support the families of disabled veterans, including children who take on caregiving roles in Oregon and nationwide. "The families of veterans have stepped up as caregivers and Congress is long overdue in stepping up for these families with critical support and financial assistance," Wyden said. "The Helping Heroes Act would help veterans and their … Continue Reading

March 06, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Press Feds to Increase Help for Underserved Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced that he and six colleagues are urging top federal officials to bolster opportunities for underserved and underrepresented small businesses and entrepreneurs in Oregon and nationwide without requiring any new spending. In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Wyden and the senators asked for the transfer of $200 million from the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) technical assistance fund to the Minority Business … Continue Reading

March 06, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Introduce PRO Act Legislation to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce comprehensive legislation that would protect workers' right to organize and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces in Oregon and nationwide. "From child labor laws to sick leave and overtime, some of the most vital worker rights and protections exist thanks to the tireless efforts of unions," Wyden said. "We cannot allow ultra-wealthy … Continue Reading

March 03, 2023

Wyden Calls for Accountability, Transparency for AI In Remarks at Georgetown Law

Thanks to Georgetown Law's Institute for Technology Law & Policy and Yale's Information Society Project for organizing today's event. You all have the NBA All-Stars of algorithmic accountability and AI on the agenda today. Before we get to the experts, I thought I'd kick off today's event by discussing my view of why these questions about fairness and effectiveness of AI systems are so important, and how Congress is approaching the issue. Chatbots like ChatGPT are the current hot … Continue Reading

March 02, 2023

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech on the Human Cost if Women Lose Access to Mifepristone

Click here to watch a video of today's remarks. Two weeks ago, Wyden delivered a floor speech calling on President Biden and the FDA to keep mifepristone on the market, regardless of outcome in Texas case. As Prepared for Delivery Today I begin an effort to provide regular updates to the Senate and the country about the devastating consequences for women in every state if Judge Kacsmaryk issues a ruling banning Mifepristone nationwide. Two weeks ago, I stood on the Senate floor and laid … Continue Reading

March 02, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Announce Nearly $2 Million to Oregon Cities to Develop and Preserve Affordable Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that five Oregon cities will receive a combined nearly $2 million in federal grants to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs in communities. "Sustainable, resilient communities where Oregonians can thrive start with quality, affordable housing. Full stop," Wyden said. "These federal resources will help communities come together to build and preserve quality, … Continue Reading

March 02, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues from both parties today reintroduced legislation that would end the antiquated and annoying practice of changing clocks twice a year. "It's time to put a stop to the twice-a-year time-change madness. Science and common sense show that more year-round daylight would improve our health, help kids spend a bit more time enjoying outdoor after school activities, and encourage folks to support local businesses while on a sunny stroll … Continue Reading

March 01, 2023

Wyden, Bennet and Hickenlooper Introduce Legislation to Combat Intensifying Wildfires and Drought Across the American West

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Michael Bennet, D- Colo., and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., today introduced the Protect the West Act to make a $60 billion investment in the nation's forests to reduce wildfire risk, restore watersheds and protect communities. "Major investment is urgently needed to protect Western forests and watersheds from increasingly dangerous wildfires and droughts," said Wyden. "The Protect the West Act will ensure Congress funds much needed fire … Continue Reading

February 28, 2023

Wyden Statement on Nomination of Julie Su as Labor Secretary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on President Biden's nomination of Julie Su as the next Labor Secretary: "I've long admired Deputy Secretary Su's commitment to labor rights. Throughout her career she has advocated for workers, especially the most vulnerable workers. Whether it was fighting wage theft and forced labor or ensuring safe working conditions, Deputy Secretary Su has always stood firmly on the side of the worker. The qualities … Continue Reading

February 28, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act to Protect Rights of Airline Passengers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues today reintroduced legislation that would provide consumers an enforceable right to a full cash refund when airlines cancel their flight. The Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act would codify the federal Department of Transportation's authority to require major airlines to give passengers a cash refund if the airline cancels or significantly delays their flight and creates a new right for consumers to receive a cash refund … Continue Reading

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