Press Releases

September 08, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Statement on Senate Vote for Natalie Wight to be U.S. Attorney for Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley issued the following joint statement after the Senate today voted by unanimous consent to approve President Biden’s nomination of Natalie Wight to be U.S. Attorney for Oregon. “Natalie Wight has long been a community leader with an exemplary record of integrity and independence, and we’re gratified the entire Senate has confirmed her nomination to be U.S. Attorney for Oregon. We thank President Biden for nominating this … Continue Reading


September 08, 2022

Merkley, Wyden: Over $2 Million in USDA Awards Headed to Strengthen Oregon’s Specialty Crop Industry

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $2,098,097.03 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) awards to Oregon Department of Agriculture for 16 different projects. The SCBGP funding is intended to support farmers growing specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops. USDA’s support works to strengthen U.S. specialty crop production and … Continue Reading


September 07, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $41 Million to Strengthen Oregon’s Mass Timber Industry

Washington, D.C. - Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition will receive over $41 million from the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) as one of 21 American Rescue Plan Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) winners. Oregon Mass Timber Coalition, led by the Port of Portland, will use the funding to implement projects across the state to expand the regional mass timber industry cluster, which creates … Continue Reading


August 30, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $100,000 to Oregon for Firefighter Equipment and Training

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that three Oregon fire districts will receive a combined nearly $100,000 in federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). “Every day, firefighters in local fire districts—both union and volunteer—put their lives on the line to protect our communities in Oregon,” Wyden said. “Local firefighters have been on the front lines of fire season this year and every year. They deserve the equipment and training to do … Continue Reading


August 29, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $2.3 Million to Jackson County Airports for Crucial Runway Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford and Ashland Municipal Airport will receive a combined more than $2.3 million in federal investment for crucial safety improvements to runways. “Reliable and safe air service in Jackson County is crucial for southern Oregon’s growing economy because it makes travel more convenient for business and pleasure,” Wyden said. “I am gratified to see these federal … Continue Reading


August 26, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Another $66.2 Million in Federal Funding Headed to Oregon for Natural Disaster Recovery and COVID-19 Response

Washington, D.C. - Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $66,223,786.66 in funding for Oregon from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds are intended to help various agencies and departments around Oregon to financially recover from emergency response efforts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Labor Day fires. ?“As Oregon continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme fire events, this FEMA … Continue Reading


August 25, 2022

Wyden Praises White House Moves to Open Scientific Research, Boost Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised a new announcement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that will accelerate innovation by making taxpayer-funded research more accessible to the scientists and researchers. The announcement came six months after Wyden and Sen. Ed Markey asked OSTP to issue new guidance to unlock that research. "The White House announcement today is an astronomical win for innovation and scientific progress. Unlocking federally … Continue Reading


August 24, 2022

Wyden Renews Call to Encrypt Twitter DMs, Secure Americans’ Data From Unfriendly Foreign Governments, Following Whistleblower Complaint

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement following a complaint this week by a former Twitter employee that alleged widespread poor privacy and security practices at the social media company: "The best time to encrypt users' DMs was 5 years ago. The second-best time is today, after reports that thousands of Twitter employees may have access to those conversations. "I personally urged Jack Dorsey to secure users' private conversations with strong, end-to-end … Continue Reading


August 24, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Major Investments in the Klamath Basin

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Department of the Interior (DOI) is investing nearly $26 million in the Klamath Basin through the first year of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The projects include nearly $16 million for ecosystem restoration and $10 million to expand the Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery. The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will also fund an … Continue Reading


August 23, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Call on Biden Administration to Extend Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver Deadline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined colleagues urging the Biden Administration to extend the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver deadline until at least July 1, 2023, when the Department’s proposed rules to improve and expand federal student debt relief programs, including PSLF, are currently on track to take effect. Extending the waiver would help ensure more public servants are able to benefit from the historic waiver that has already resulted in more … Continue Reading


August 19, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Press for Answers to Allegations of Retaliation Against Inmates at Federal Prison in Sheridan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week asked federal officials to respond to “significant and troubling” reports about retaliation against inmates at the federal prison in Sheridan, as well as significant delays in access to treatment and evaluation for defendants in the federal criminal justice system in Oregon and nationwide with mental health conditions. “We write today with deep concern about allegations of retaliation by guards against inmates at … Continue Reading


August 18, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Announce Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Headed to Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced a total of $346,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) headed to three Oregon communities to upgrade facilities so they can better serve families and increase access to essential medical services."No matter your zip code, every Oregonian should have easy access to the care they need," Wyden said. "This money will go a long way in addressing hunger, keeping mental health … Continue Reading


August 18, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $16.5 Million Headed to Oregon to Improve Public Transit Infrastructure, Invest in Climate Conscious Solutions

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $16,600,584 in federal funding for public transit districts around Oregon from the Buses and Bus Facilities Program as well as the Low-No Emissions Program. These funds are intended to improve transit facilities and projects, invest in EV infrastructure, and reduce transportation-based emissions that contribute to climate chaos.    “Our public transportation systems keep Oregonians connected and … Continue Reading


August 16, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $72 Million Headed to Oregon for COVID-19, Natural Disaster Recovery

Washington, D.C. - Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $72,211,884.93 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awards. These funds are intended to help various organizations and departments around Oregon to financially recover from disaster and emergency response efforts and to repair critical infrastructure from extreme weather events. ?“Natural disasters and emergencies can strike at any time, … Continue Reading


August 15, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce over $13 Million in Federal Awards to Revamp McGilchrist Street in Salem

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the City of Salem will be receiving $13,299,320 in Fiscal Year 22 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) Grants to fund construction for the McGilchrist Complete Street Project.   “McGilchrist Street already plays a crucial role for Salem transportation and infrastructure, and with a face-lift it can play an even bigger role,” said Merkley. “This investment will transform … Continue Reading


August 15, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $1.4 Million Headed to Oregon to Help All Students Succeed in Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $1,471,869 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education headed to four Oregon education institutions. These awards are intended to support disadvantaged students transition from high school to college and help current undergrads transition towards a graduate degree. “As the first in my family to graduate from college, I know how challenging it can be to make the leap to higher … Continue Reading


August 15, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Support Proposed Rules on Student Debt Relief Programs, Encourage Biden Administration to Further Strengthen Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and colleagues in commenting on the Department of Education’s proposed rules to expand and improve student debt relief programs. In a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, the senators applauded the Department’s efforts to provide and expand relief to borrowers whose schools closed or defrauded them, borrowers working in public service, and borrowers who are totally and … Continue Reading


August 12, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Renew Request for FDA to Address Concerns about Dangerous Pulse Oximeter Inaccuracies Affecting Communities of Color

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week with colleagues Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., implored the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a post market study of pulse oximeters to ensure they are effective across racially diverse patients and consumers. Recent studies have shown that inaccurate results from pulse oximeters are more likely when used to monitor people of color, … Continue Reading


August 07, 2022

Wyden Clean Energy, Prescription Drug Pricing Legislation Passes Senate as Part of Inflation Reduction Act

Washington, D.C. -  Legislation authored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today passed the Senate as part of the historic Inflation Reduction Act. The linchpin of the Inflation Reduction Act’s clean energy package is Wyden’s Clean Energy for America Act, first introduced in 2015, which reforms the energy tax code to incentivize emissions reductions rather than specific technologies.  The Clean Energy for America Act would reduce carbon emissions in the power … Continue Reading


August 07, 2022

Wyden Statement on Attack on Israel by Iran-backed Terrorist Organization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today issued the following statement in response to attacks on Israel by Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad: "I fully support Israel's inherent right to defend herself in the face of attacks on its people by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed terrorist organization that targets civilians. The Iron Dome remains critical to the defense of the Israeli homeland, and the United States must stand with our ally Israel against these terrorist … Continue Reading

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