Press Releases

January 11, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians Receive Expanded Access to Wireless Broadband

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians have secured federal spectrum licenses that will help to close the digital divide by providing Tribes with expanded access to broadband and other advanced wireless services. The good news for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians follows the granting of similar federal spectrum licenses in the fall to the Confederated … Continue Reading

January 08, 2021

Wyden Statement on Senators Cruz and Hawley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement calling for the resignations of U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas: "Every member of the Senate takes a sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Upholding that oath is a matter of conscience. The behavior of President Trump and Senators Hawley and Cruz culminating in the assault on the seat of our democracy shocks that conscience. "Any senator exhorting … Continue Reading

January 06, 2021

Wyden Statement on Capitol Lockdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden issued the following statement on the riot at the U.S. Capitol today: "What's happening today in our nation's Capitol is a direct assault on democracy, a riot by insurrectionists that caps off four years of Donald Trump fanning the flames of fanaticism. Every Republican lawmaker who supported his efforts to overturn a legitimate election shares responsibility for the violence at the heart of our democracy. All Americans must be able to elect House and … Continue Reading

January 06, 2021

Wyden Will Hold First Virtual Town Halls of 2021 Next Week

Portland - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have his first live on-line town halls of 2021 next week hosted by Town Hall Project for residents of Coos, Curry, Gilliam, Grant, Lane, Sherman, Washington and Wheeler counties A two-time winner of Town Hall Project's MVP award as well as a winner of Town Hall Project's Democracy Defender award, Wyden has held 970 in-person town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 … Continue Reading

December 23, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Key Wins for Everyone who Relies on Oregon’s Waterways and Ports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley-who serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and on the Senate Appropriations Committee-and Ron Wyden today announced that the full Senate has passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes a number of key provisions that will benefit Oregonians. "As we continue to work to beat back the coronavirus and rebuild our economies after this devastating year, we must focus on creating the strong foundation … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Wyden, Crapo Short Line Rail Efforts Included in End-of-year Package

Washington, D.C.--A long-term, bipartisan effort by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to permanently extend a critical tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads was included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 omnibus package. "Shortline railroads play a critical role in creating good-paying jobs throughout Oregon," said Wyden. "Permanently extending this tax incentive to rehabilitate and maintain these tracks, after years of effort, is critical to … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Major Investments in Oregon Communities Included in Spending Package

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley-who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee-and Ron Wyden today announced a wide range of investments that will benefit Oregon and are included in the fiscal year 2021 spending bill that has passed the Senate. The next step is for the president to sign the bill into law. Taken together, the investments announced by the senators impact virtually all communities in every corner of the state, addressing some of Oregonians' biggest … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Investments in Rural Communities Included in Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley-who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture and rural development-and Ron Wyden today announced that the Senate has passed a fiscal year 2021 agriculture spending bill that will benefit Oregon's farms and families. The next step for the bill is to be signed into law by the president. "In every corner of our state, I've heard about the need for investments in our farms and rural industries, … Continue Reading

December 20, 2020

Wyden Statement on the Broadband Provisions in COVID Relief Package

Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on the broadband provisions in the COVID relief package, which include his Emergency Broadband Connections Act, providing $3.2 billion to keep working families connected to the internet. It provides a $50 a month emergency broadband benefit for anyone laid off or furloughed during the pandemic: "Broadband connections are essential for Americans seeking to get new jobs, and to access school, health care and other government services. … Continue Reading

December 20, 2020

Wyden: COVID Relief Bill Contains Multiple Wins for Oregon Families and Small Business

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said tonght that the COVID relief bill contains significant Oregon wins for top priorities he fought to include for families and small business -- broadband assistance, help for renters, improved access to capital for women and minority-owned businesses, and more. Those gains, he said, come in addition to the relief package's provisions Wyden negotiated on unemployment insurance for Oregonians who are out of work through no fault of their own, health … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

Wyden Presses for Relief for Foster Youth Facing Unique COVID-19 Challenges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide relief for young people in the foster care system as they continue to face a number of unique challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. In a letter to Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson, Wyden and 11 other senators asked that HHS work with states to extend relief to foster families and implement temporary and long-term changes to help foster youth weather this crisis … Continue Reading

December 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Senators Press Trump Administration On Decision Not to Pre-Order More Doses of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, Need for Transparent Plan Going Forward

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today asked top Operation Warp Speed officials about recent reports that earlier this year the Trump Administration declined to buy additional doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine when given the opportunity. The letter from Wyden, Merkley and 16 other senators to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Chief Advisor of Operation Warp Speed, and General Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Office of Operation Warp Speed, expresses concern about the Trump … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Wyden Votes No on Defense Policy Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after voting against the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "I want to be clear that I support plenty of provisions in this NDAA. I even introduced or negotiated some of the language to improve the bill - like anti-money laundering provisions and amendments to push the Pentagon toward encrypting its computers and require the Army to provide a plan to finish cleaning up the … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Western Senators Push Senate Leadership To Provide Housing Assistance To Communities Impacted by 2020 Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden teamed up with with U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to push Senate leaders to deliver critical housing assistance to Americans struggling to find reliable shelter in the wake of catastrophic wildfire damage in western states. This year alone, fires in the west burned over 5.8 million acres, claimed over 30 lives, and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Wyden, Portman Introduce Open Courts Act to Reform Federal Court Record System to Ensure Easy & Free Use For All Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced the Open Courts Act to reform the federal government's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), a database of federal judicial filings. This consensus legislation builds off the Electronic Court Records Reform Act that Wyden and Portman introduced in 2019. The PACER system is outdated and charges exorbitant fees to users. This bill will reform PACER to solve these problems and ensure easy and free … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Wyden, Casey Release New Report Showing Nursing Home Rates of Death and Infection are Rising Rapidly

Washington, D.C. - As the nation enters what experts predict will be the most severe months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of COVID-19 deaths and infections among residents and workers in nursing homes is rapidly rising. Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, and Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Special Committee on Aging, are releasing a report that shows that the already dire situation in nursing homes is worsening. In November, more … Continue Reading

December 09, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Help for Working Class in COVID-19 Relief Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined four of their colleagues in urging their fellow senators to recognize the enormity of the economic and public-health crisis posed by the pandemic, by ensuring that any COVID-19 relief proposal includes $1,200 in direct payments to adults and $500 to their children, and rejecting any provisions that give liability shields to corporations that threaten the health and safety of their workers and customers. In a letter to … Continue Reading

December 09, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Press FBI and DHS for Information on QAnon Threat Posed to America and Abroad

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined his colleagues in requesting from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a written assessment to Congress on the threat posed by QAnon in the United States and abroad. The senators also requested information on the role of foreign influence operations in the inception and amplification of QAnon conspiracy theories. In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Principal Deputy … Continue Reading

December 08, 2020

Wyden, Neguse Lead Call for Wildfire Relief Funds to be Included in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., today led their colleagues in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting that funds for wildfire risk mitigation and recovery efforts be included in the next COVID-19 relief package. "Entire communities in Oregon and across the West were leveled to ash in the wake of this year's wildfire season-lives lost and homes and small businesses destroyed, and all on top of a life-threatening global … Continue Reading

December 08, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Urge Feds to Begin Expedited Review of Klamath Dam Removal Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today wrote federal regulators to urge consideration of an amended application for the Lower Klamath Project and begin environmental reviews as soon as possible of the plan's four proposed dam removals. The Oregon senators' letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Secretary Kimberly D. Bose comes in the wake of the Nov. 17 announcement by Oregon and California agreeing to become co-licensees with the Klamath River Renewal … Continue Reading

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