Press Releases

July 07, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Education Department to Expand Debt Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to expand student debt relief in the Department's upcoming higher education rulemaking. In a letter to Secretary Cardona, the members highlighted the need for policies that improve and expand our existing student loan repayment and forgiveness programs to ensure borrowers can access the relief they are owed. Specifically, the Senators urged Secretary Cardona to make key … Continue Reading

July 07, 2021

Oregon Delegation Announces Major Step Up in Recovery Resources for Oregon Following 2020 Labor Day Fires

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, alongside Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01), today announced that the federal government has agreed to pay 100 percent of the costs associated with debris removal and emergency protective measures following last year's Labor Day fires. The Oregon delegation pushed the White House four times to make this determination, citing estimates … Continue Reading

July 06, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Announce $5.4 Million American Rescue Plan Investment in Head Start for Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced $5.4 million in Head Start funding going to Oregon from the American Rescue Plan. "Head Start programs give low-income kids in Oregon and nationwide a leg up, preparing them to excel in school," Wyden said. "It's critical to get the Head Start programs of our state back in person as quickly and safely as possible to make sure Oregon's youngsters don't fall behind. This funding from President Biden's American Rescue … Continue Reading

June 30, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Statements on Nomination of Jennifer Sung to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today issued the following statements about the Biden administration's nomination of Jennifer Sung to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. "I wholeheartedly applaud the Biden administration for its nomination of Jennifer Sung to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Ms. Sung brings broad and extensive experience to this judicial opening. She has worked with distinction in public service on Oregon's … Continue Reading

June 30, 2021

Wyden Statement on Biden Administration’s Announcement on Response Strategy For 2021 Wildfire Season

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today commended the Biden administration for responding to his request for the administration's response plan for the 2021 wildfire season. "With record-breaking heat here in Oregon and across the American West, the next catastrophic wildfire weighs heavily on the minds of every living soul in the West. Fortunately, we now have an administration taking this crisis seriously," Wyden said. "At my request, the Biden administration has announced its comprehensive … Continue Reading

June 29, 2021

Wyden Introduces Children’s Savings Accounts to Invest in Economic Future of Nation’s Children

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to ensure every child in America has an opportunity to be economically secure, Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have introduced legislation that would establish children's savings accounts, seeded annually with $500 in government contributions, for every child whose parent(s) or guardian earns less than $100,000 per year. "Many Americans don't begin to save for the future until later in life, making it far more difficult … Continue Reading

June 29, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Legislation to Impose Sanctions on Perpetrators of Global Violence against LGBTI Communities

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley with colleagues reintroduced legislation that would impose sanctions on foreign individuals responsible for human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals abroad. "No one should face persecution because of who they love or how they identify," Wyden said. "America must stand with the global LGBTI community and make it clear that LGBTI rights are human … Continue Reading

June 28, 2021

Wyden Releases New Bill To Protect Journalists’ First Amendment Rights Against Government Surveillance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released new legislation to protect reporters and journalists against unnecessary government surveillance that can chill First Amendment activities. Wyden proposed these new legal restrictions on government surveillance of reporters following recent revelations about the Trump administration's abusive, politicized surveillance of reporters at CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. "The Trump Administration spied on reporters it … Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Unveil Key Legislation to Make Historic Investment in Care Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have introduced legislation with colleagues that would make a historic investment in home- and community-based services by expanding access to quality home care services, making it easier for families to navigate the process of making a long-term care choice, and providing good-paying jobs for caregivers. "For too long, American families have struggled to help their mom, dad, relative or child with a disability find … Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Wyden, Booker, Blumenthal, Jones, Raskin Introduce Legislation to Modernize Federal Civil Rights Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he has joined with U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ) as well as U.S. Reps. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) to introduce legislation that would fulfill the promise of a multiracial economy by setting a new standard for antidiscrimination laws. The Economic Inclusion Civil Rights Act of 2021 would revitalize the nation's first civil rights law, known as Section 1981, which was enacted in the wake of the Civil … Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Wyden Co-sponsors Equal Pay Bill for U.S. National Teams

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is co-sponsoring the Even Playing Field Act, which would ensure equal pay, investment and working conditions for U.S national team athletes, coaches and other personnel. "The women athletes representing our country next month in the Tokyo Olympics fully deserve the same pay and conditions as their male counterparts," said Wyden, who is scheduled to attend the U.S. Olympic track-and-field trials this Sunday in Eugene. "This gold-medal … Continue Reading

June 24, 2021

Merkley, Wyden, Bonamici Urge President Biden to Deliver Much-Needed Relief by Extending Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments, Interest

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, alongside U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01), this week urged President Biden to provide student loan borrowers with urgently needed relief by extending the current pause on payments and interest for federally held student loans. "The suspension of payments and interest during the pandemic has provided essential relief to borrowers and their families during this economic and public health crisis," the lawmakers … Continue Reading

June 23, 2021

Wyden Touts River Democracy Act at ENR National Parks Subcommittee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today testified and questioned witnesses at the Energy and Natural Resources National Parks Subcommittee Hearing on his River Democracy Act. "What I have done with [the River Democracy Act] is I've asked Oregonians to give me their ideas and their best suggestions for additional conservation efforts and opportunities to protect our rivers," Wyden said. "The response was overwhelming - in just a few months, my office received over 15,000 … Continue Reading

June 23, 2021

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Urge Congressional Leadership to Include $700 Billion for Child Care in Infrastructure Package

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today with colleagues sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to include at least $700 billion over 10 years in direct spending on child care in the upcoming infrastructure package. "As the pandemic has made clear, child care is essential infrastructure that makes all other work in our country possible. High-quality child care also has long-lasting benefits for young children's development. The next funding … Continue Reading

June 23, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: $6.3 Million in Federal Funds to Salem Cherriots for Low Emission Vehicles

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the Salem Area Mass Transit District Project, also known as Cherriots, will receive a $6.3 million federal grant to buy or lease low- or no-emission buses and other transit vehicles. "Energy-efficient public transit systems that Oregonians need to get easily from Point A to Point B are critical to economic growth and combatting climate change," Wyden said. "These resources for Salem Cherriots to afford … Continue Reading

June 23, 2021

Wyden, Blumenthal Introduce Expanded Legislation to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors From Gun Violence

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Lori Jackson - Nicolette Elias Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. "The devastating loss Nicolette's family has suffered is one no family should ever have to face," Wyden said. "Keeping guns out of the hands of domestic violence abusers shouldn't be controversial, it's commonsense. No more lives should be taken because of inexcusable … Continue Reading

June 22, 2021

Wyden Praises Election Security, Access, Vote By Mail Provisions of For the People Act

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today praised key updates to the For the People Act, by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., which incorporates strong new election security and access provisions that Wyden co-authored: "By ensuring every voter would have the choice to vote at home, and adopting other commonsense reforms, the For the People Act would represent the greatest advance in voting rights in a generation and a strike back against the growing tide of voter … Continue Reading

June 21, 2021

Wyden Leads Legislation to Broaden Access to Mammograms for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced efforts to expand Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mammogram screening eligibility to improve health services for veterans. "It's long past time to expand access to life-saving VA care and services." Wyden said. "Women who have served may be at much higher risk of developing breast cancer and deserve access to early detection and treatment. Updating the VA's guidelines for mammogram procedures will provide our nation's veterans with … Continue Reading

June 18, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Legislation to Update Safety Net Program to Ensure Older Adults and Oregonians with Disabilities are not Trapped in Poverty

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today with Senate Democrats re-introduce legislation to bring the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program into the 21st Century and ensure disabled and elderly Americans are able to live with dignity. "Supplemental Security Income was created to provide a lifeline for people in Oregon and across the nation in dire need of making ends meet," Wyden said. "But receiving benefits should not have to be a vow of poverty. It's … Continue Reading

June 17, 2021

Wyden and Merkley Release Legislation to End Voter Suppression by Unreasonably Long Lines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation to end hours-long lines at polling places that suppress hundreds of thousands of American votes, and to restore our Constitutional rights to vote in free and fair elections. Although expanded early voting and voting from home kept lines short in many states, hours-long lines were spotted in in Mississippi, Georgia and a handful of other states last year. Studies estimate that nearly 3 million … Continue Reading

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