Press Releases

June 07, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Statement on Ryan Bounds

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley issued the following statement on today's 11-10 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee to send the nomination of Ryan Bounds to the full Senate for a vacancy on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: "It's a sad day for justice when Senator Grassley feels free to shatter an agreed-upon process that has long proved itself as a fair and bipartisan way to ensure nominees for a lifetime appointment to the bench meet the highest standards for … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Wyden, McConnell, Merkley, Paul Lead Senate in Designating Hemp History Week

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., cheered the passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution designating June 4-10, "Hemp History Week." Federal law currently prohibits American farmers from growing hemp on U.S. soil, except in certain limited circumstances. That means American farmers cannot capitalize on a retail industry for which sales in the United States totaled $820 million last year. The United States is the … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Wyden to Forest Service: Ensure Enough Air Tankers Are Ready to Fight Fires This Wildfire Year

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Sen. Ron Wyden today pressed Interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to ensure enough air tankers are available to fight fires in another significant fire year facing western communities. At a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, Wyden highlighted ongoing concerns he heard from Oregonians last week at town halls and other public meetings about how the agency will protect communities from wildfires using air tankers. Wyden … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Wyden Presses Forest Service on Wildfire Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today asked the U.S. Forest Service to explain its changes to use of air tankers during wildfires and to detail what safeguards exist to ensure a quick and effective response to those blazes. Wyden's letter to Interim U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen comes after the Forest Service announced contracting changes to its use of air tankers and the concerns Wyden has heard about that change from Oregonians at his town halls and meetings across … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Wyden Statement on Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the court ruled in favor of a bakery owner who refused to serve a same-sex couple: "The only thing the Supreme Court's decision makes clear is that we must keep working to ensure our country does not slip back to the dark days when pure prejudice forced LGBTQ Americans to be afraid and … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Wyden: Secretary Perry is Doubling Down on Padding Coal Executives’ Pockets at the Expense of American Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today slammed a proposal being circulated by the Department of Energy to issue an emergency order that would bail out coal companies, blowing up energy markets and raising utility rates for American families. "It's bad enough gas prices have already risen under the Trump administration, but now the latest reports show Secretary Perry is doubling down on his absurd plan to blow up energy markets and raise utility rates to pad the wallets of his … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Wyden Demands Action from Phone Companies and FCC Following New Proof of Threats to Americans’ Phones

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., demanded action from telephone companies and the Federal Communications Commission today, following release of a letter from the Department of Homeland Security that makes public new evidence that foreign spies and hackers are attacking the poorly secured U.S. phone system. "I've spent the past year fighting to reveal what a terrible job the telephone companies and FCC are doing at protecting Americans from being spied on, tracked, or scammed. This … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Co-sponsor Bill to Protect Children Left Alone When Parents Arrested or Detained By Immigration Officials

Washington, D.C. -Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are co-sponsoring legislation that would protect the safety and well-being of minor children left alone and vulnerable after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities. "Innocent children shouldn't face a sudden and mysterious sense of abandonment when their mothers and fathers are swept up by immigration officials in communities across the United States," Wyden said. "This bill would restore … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

Wyden Calls on FCC to Expand Wireless Coverage Eligibility for Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden joined a bipartisan group of senators today in sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), requesting an extension of the challenge process for the mapping of areas eligible for Mobility Fund Phase II support, which would help expand wireless coverage to rural communities. "While you have noted that state, local, and Tribal governments can participate in the challenge process, absent additional direction, they may remain unaware or … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Wyden Statement on Rising Gas Prices Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on soaring gas prices ahead of the upcoming holiday weekend. Gas prices have risen more than 25 percent since Trump took office, hitting nearly $3 a gallon on average nationwide. "Since Trump has taken the wheel, he's driven gas prices in one direction - straight up," Wyden said. "Seven of the largest U.S. oil companies announced $13 billion in stock buybacks after Trump signed his tax bill into law. These … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Wyden, Udall, Leahy, Blumenthal Demand Answers over FAA’s Delay in Addressing Safety Concerns Prior to Fatal Southwest Airlines Explosion

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Tom Udall, D-N.M., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., today demanded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) explain the agency's delay in addressing concerns over faulty airline engines prior to the explosion of a Southwest Airlines engine earlier this year that killed a passenger. "It is hard to imagine a more important duty at the FAA than ensuring passenger safety during air flight, and with that, the importance of … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Wyden Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address National Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today welcomed the introduction of 22 bipartisan Medicare, Medicaid and Human Services bills by his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee as essential pieces of the work to tackle the growing opioid epidemic in Oregon and nationwide. "Congress must take real and lasting action to confront this epidemic that's devastated far too many people and their loved ones," said Wyden, the committee's ranking Democrat. "I am gratified by today's good news … Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

Wyden Proposes New Policy to Bring More Americans into the Workforce, Reduce Barriers to Employment

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released draft legislation to boost job prospects for the long-term unemployed and other Americans struggling to make ends meet. This proposed policy, called the ELEVATE Act, works to close the workforce gap that is preventing many Americans from getting a job. It provides states with federal funding to design and implement subsidized jobs programs, which help workers access training and supports to achieve … Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect Civil Rights of All Americans

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Sens. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and their colleagues in introducing legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Do No Harm Act. Since its 1993 inception, the original intent of the RFRA has been misappropriated and used to discriminate and harm others such as LGBTQ individuals, women and children. The Do Not Harm Act ensures that RFRA can no … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Wyden Statement on Start of Columbia River Treaty Negotiations

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of State announced the United States will begin negotiations with Canada to update the Columbia River Treaty, which links the Canadian and American governments in management of the Columbia River system: "I have been pushing the State Department for years to open talks with Canada to modernize the Columbia River Treaty, and I’m glad the department is beginning these negotiations,” … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Wyden Presses Labor Department over Failure to Protect Oregonians’ Retirement Savings

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, urging that the Department appeal an adverse Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the fiduciary rule, which protects Oregonians from receiving conflicted investment advice. The Department of Labor has failed to take alternative measures to protect retirement savings or warn investors that they are vulnerable to abusive financial practices. The letter reads in part: "We are deeply … Continue Reading


May 18, 2018

Wyden Praises FCC Decision to Investigate Flaw Allowing Real-Time Tracking of Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the FCC's reported decision to open an investigation into reports that a simple flaw on the website of location aggregator LocationSmart allowed nearly any hacker to track the phones of millions of Americans in real time. LocationSmart reportedly obtains location data from all of the major U.S. wireless carriers and then sells it to marketing firms and other companies. Those reports followed Wyden's discovery that the prison phone provider … Continue Reading


May 18, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Join Colleagues in Calling on CFPB to Protect Consumer Complaint Database

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined 34 of their colleagues in urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to preserve public access to the Bureau's Consumer Complaint Database. Last month, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney stated he wanted to shut down the important consumer protection tool that allows consumers to file public complaints, resolve issues and make informed decisions when using financial services. "The CFPB was … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

Wyden Floor Statement Opposing Gina Haspel to Lead CIA

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel to run the Central Intelligence Agency. View the video of his full speech here. Wyden blasted Haspel's control over the declassification process, which she has used to suppress any negative information from becoming public. "As the Senate moves to vote on the nominee to head the CIA, here's the bottom line: while the American … Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Wyden Cheers Senate Vote to Protect the Open Internet and Preserve Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., applauded the Senate vote today to reverse the Federal Communication Commission's misguided decision to end net neutrality protection, which would harm consumers, innovation and the open internet. "Today's vote in the Senate is the biggest win for internet freedom since we blocked PIPA and SOPA from becoming law. Now we're a step closer to putting real net neutrality rules back on the books," Wyden said. "Now it's time for the House to do its … Continue Reading

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