Press Releases

August 31, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Blast Trump Administration’s Constant, Dangerous Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and 30 of their Democratic Senate colleagues wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar criticizing the Trump administration for their continued political interference in the COVID-19 response. The Senators warned that decisions to pressure and overrule public health experts will erode public trust and hamper efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. "The timing of this interference is particularly troubling, … Continue Reading


August 29, 2020

Wyden Statement on DNI Denying Election Security Briefings to SSCI

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement regarding Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe's decision to deny election security briefings to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: "Russia is once again interfering in our elections to get Donald Trump elected and, rather than defend American democracy, Trump and his partisan intelligence leadership are trying to keep the facts from Congress. This is part of an escalating pattern of law breaking and … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Wyden, Casey, Warren: Reports Reveal Nursing Homes Gave Residents Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Without Consent or State Approval

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are requesting information from federal health agencies regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Following official state reports showing the inappropriate use of hydroxychloroquine in nursing homes, the senators sent letters to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call on FCC to Bolster Program That Keeps Students Connected

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to boost its Lifeline program to keep students connected as millions of children return to school both virtually and in person. Since 1985, the FCC's Lifeline program has made basic internet and telephone service more affordable for low-income Americans and has had bipartisan support. "As millions of American families face unprecedented financial pressures and educational … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Join Legal Brief Against Donald Trump’s Illegal Asylum Ban

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined a legal brief seeking to preserve the D.C. District Court of Appeals' decision to strike down Donald Trump's plainly illegal ban on all asylum claims outside of ports of entry. A previous amicus brief Wyden and Merkley also joined helped the plaintiff asylum seekers convince the lower court in the case - O.A. v. Trump - to strike down Trump's illegal ban. "My parents fled Nazi Germany for the … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Join Legal Brief to End Discrimination in Foster Care and Adoption

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined a legal brief in an impending Supreme Court case focused on anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in the foster care and adoption system. "Religion must not be misconstrued as a license to discriminate, plain and simple," Wyden said. "To deny prospective and well-qualified foster and adoptive parents simply based on who they love or how they identify hurts our children in the foster care system by unjustly … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

As DeJoy Testifies Before Congress, Merkley, Wyden Demand End to Policies Disenfranchising Servicemembers Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined 28 colleagues in writing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to raise concerns over the heightened impact of harmful United States Postal Service (USPS) policy and operational changes to servicemembers and their families. DeJoy is testifying before a Senate committee today and a House committee on Monday about the severe mail delays that are jeopardizing access to medicines, essential goods, voting, correspondence, and … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Request Analysis from Social Security Administration on the Impact of Eliminating the Payroll Tax

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined colleagues in asking the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide an analysis of the impact of eliminating the payroll tax that funds Social Security's Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. In a letter to SSA Chief Actuary Stephen Goss, the senators wrote, "Specifically, what would be the implications of such legislation for revenue coming into the OASI and DI trust … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Press for Accurate 2020 Census Count for Native Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 17 of their Senate colleagues, are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau to honor their previously announced 2020 census completion date to ensure an accurate count for Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian community. On April 13, 2020, the Commerce Department and Census Bureau announced a modified timeline for 2020 census operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which extended the … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Demand Postal Service Address Delivery Delays of Veterans’ Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are demanding immediate action following reports of significant delays in veterans' prescription medications through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Merkley and Wyden joined 29 Senate colleagues in urging USPS to correct operational changes that are needlessly delaying veterans' access to life-saving prescriptions. "Veterans and the VA should … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $3.6 Million in Federal Funding to Support Oregon Businesses as Coronavirus Impacts Worsen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that $3.6 million in federal funding is headed to Oregon to support nine Economic Development Districts as they update economic development plans and strengthen support services amid the deepening coronavirus crisis. The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed in March. "Creativity and resourcefulness have long been critical ingredients … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Federal Health Agencies to Offer COVID-19 Guidance to Child Care Providers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is asking federal health agencies for more detailed public health guidance to support the child care sector during and following the COVID-19 public health emergency. In an Aug. 14 letter to the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wyden and other legislators wrote, "The child care industry is at risk of collapse. A Bipartisan Policy Center … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Wyden Joins Colleagues to Call on Postal Board of Governors to Immediately Reverse Changes Made by Trump Megadonor Turned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy That Have Degraded and Delayed Postal Service Operations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined colleagues in sending a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors calling on it to immediately use its authority under the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 to reverse changes to postal service operations and mail service delays put in place by Trump megadonor turned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. In addition to Wyden, the letter is signed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Democratic Leader … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Schrader Demand Postmaster General End Deliberate Slowdown of Mail Delivery

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader today demanded that U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy rescind his orders that have unacceptably slowed mail delivery across Oregon and the nation. In their letter to DeJoy, the Oregon lawmakers noted their concerns are heightened by the raging pandemic and the Nov. 3 election just weeks away. They wrote that DeJoy's actions at Donald Trump's behest … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Demand Answers from Postmaster General After Postal Service Delays Spark Fear and Outrage Across Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today teamed up with their Senate colleagues in the Democratic Caucus to press Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for answers on severe mail delays that are jeopardizing access to medicines, essential goods, voting, correspondence, and livelihoods for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, seniors, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail. The delays have resulted from Postmaster General DeJoy's significant … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer and Bonamici Demand Answers on Environmental and Health Impacts of Tear Gas Used by Federal Officers

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today demanded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) immediately investigate the impacts of sustained tear gas used by federal agents on people, air, land and bodies of water. As members of Congress whose duties demand oversight of federal agencies, the lawmakers said their request follows sustained tear gas use by federal officers from the Department of Justice and the … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Announce $3 Million Investment to Create Jobs in Klamath Falls

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Klamath Falls community will receive $3 million in federal funds to build an Apprenticeship and Industrial Trades Center-which is expected to create 166 jobs and generate $677,000 in private investment. "As we continue to grapple with the deepening coronavirus crisis, we must make the critical investments in our workforce that will help us pave a path toward a prosperous future," said Merkley. "I'm … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

As Trump Confesses Plan to Cripple Mail Service to Corrupt November Election, Merkley, Wyden, and Colleagues Urge USPS to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with their colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, are urging U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide answers regarding reports of recent changes to long-standing practices at USPS that would result in increased delivery times and costs for election mail, and urged him not take any further action that makes it harder and more expensive for states and election jurisdictions to mail ballots. Despite numerous … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Announce College Athletes Bill of Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and a group of their colleagues to announce the framework for a new college athletes bill of rights that would advance justice and opportunity for college athletes. The proposal would guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. "The NCAA's priority should be the success, safety and well-being of … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Will Introduce Legislation to Defend Property Owners’ Rights from Eminent Domain Claims for Natural Gas Pipelines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they will introduce legislation that would strengthen the rights of landowners facing eminent domain claims from private companies exploiting public interest provisions to confiscate property for natural gas pipeline development. Both senators said their bills come in response to the natural gas industry's increased use of eminent domain for pipeline development and the failure of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … Continue Reading

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