Press Releases

December 14, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: $500,000 to Baker Technical Institute for Job Training to Clean Up Brownfield Sites

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Baker Technical Institute in Baker City will receive a $500,000 federal investment as one of 29 grant recipients nationwide to recruit, train and place workers in community revitalization and cleanup projects at brownfield sites, abandoned land polluted by industrial practices. "Too many communities in our state, large and small, have been hurt by polluted land, and can benefit immensely from the community … Continue Reading


December 14, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: $200,000 to Community and Shelter Assistance (CASA) to Assist in Development of Long-Term Affordable Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Community and Shelter Assistance (CASA) in Oregon will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide ongoing management of long-term affordable housing in communities all over the state. "As we enter the coldest months of the year, I'm gratified to see federal dollars go to keeping roofs overhead for Oregonians in communities throughout the state," Wyden said. "While building more … Continue Reading


December 14, 2022

Oregon Lawmakers Honor Portland Thorns in Senate and House Resolutions

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to congratulate the Portland Thorns for winning the 2022 National Women's Soccer League championship. A similar resolution has been introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici. The Thorns' 2-0 victory on Oct. 29 in the NWSL championship game over Kansas City made the Portland franchise the first in league history to win three titles. "The … Continue Reading


December 13, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Applaud Passage of Legislation Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Heroes Killed in 2012 Benghazi Consulate Attack

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith in recognition of their service to defend the United States of America. Doherty, Woods, Stevens, and Smith were killed in the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. "Tyrone Woods was a native of Portland, Oregon, who died alongside Glen Doherty, J. … Continue Reading


December 13, 2022

Wyden and Federal Agencies To Host Dec. 14 Webinar for Oregonians on New Broadband Map

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he and federal broadband officials will be hosting a virtual discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 14 for Oregonians to provide their input on the design of new broadband maps that accurately capture where dead spots must be addressed. The virtual discussion beginning at 12:30 pm PT (1:30 pm MT) on Dec. 14 with officials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Technology and Information Administration (NTIA) is … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $42 Million to Support Oregonians' Health Care and Supportive Services for Oregonians

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that Oregon is receiving $39,664,611 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve critical public health infrastructure serving Oregonians and $2,347,258 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. "It's vital that patients and their families receive timely, quality care and crucial wraparound supports," said … Continue Reading


December 07, 2022

Wyden, Merkley, Senators Emphasize Western Drought and Conservation in Bipartisan Letter

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to give parity to the priorities of growers and communities in Oregon and the West through existing authorities, new funding, and collaboration across government. "The American West is in crisis. Across the major basins of the American West - including the Colorado River Basin, the Rio Grande Basin, the Great Basin, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basin, the Columbia … Continue Reading


December 06, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Announce New River Democracy Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced a new River Democracy Act that reflects input from communities across Oregon over the past year to update the total mileage of rivers and streams in Oregon that would be added to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system. The total mileage of rivers and streams in the revised bill is approximately 3,215 miles (updated maps here), compared to 4,700 miles in the original bill. "This bill is called the River Democracy … Continue Reading


December 01, 2022

Key Committee Holds Hearing on Wyden Bill to Boost Economic Development in Malheur County

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a hearing on U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's legislation to provide Malheur County with much-needed economic development opportunities by developing scenic loop roads and by maintaining and improving rangeland to support local ranchers and protecting the Owyhee River Canyonlands and surrounding public lands for ranching, recreation and wildlife habitat. The legislation is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Jeff … Continue Reading


December 01, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Statement on Committee Vote on Associate Justice Adrienne Nelson Nomination to U.S. District Court

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a vote on the nomination of Oregon Supreme Court Associate Justice Adrienne Nelson to the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Justice Nelson received a vote of 12-10. Her nomination will next be considered by the full U.S. Senate. "We are pleased to see Justice Nelson's nomination clear this major hurdle," the senators said. "With a deep understanding of the … Continue Reading


November 30, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce More Than $450,000 For Oregon Zoo Endangered Species Programs

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Oregon Zoo is receiving $459,655 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to support the care of the many animals and endangered species at the zoo.“The Oregon Zoo is a critical local resource, doing research and education on local species, and leading important conservation efforts for endangered species like the California condor,” Merkley said. “The … Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Wyden Applauds Senate Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today voted in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to protect the rights of all Americans to marry who they choose. The Senate passed the bill, and it now advances to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. Senator Wyden released the following statement: "By passing the Respect for Marriage Act, the Senate has reaffirmed the right for all Americans to marry the person they love. At the heart of marriage … Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Wyden Questions Crypto Exchanges on Consumer Protections Following Failure of FTX

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sought answers from the six largest cryptocurrency exchanges on the risks consumers face when investing on their platforms, including whether the exchanges provide any protections for customers if the company fails. Wyden's inquiry comes after the bankruptcy of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange and news reports indicating widespread mismanagement and misuse of customers' funds held by the company. Americans who place money at banks or … Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Invite Public to Comment on Plan to Conserve Key Habitats In Willamette Valley

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden invite Oregonians to participate and comment on a plan to protect key conservation areas in the middle and southern sections of the Willamette Valley. The plan, implemented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), encompasses habitats for the iconic Western monarch butterfly, the Fender’s blue butterfly, and the Oregon white oak.“We've all experienced the moment of childhood joy and excitement when we spot a butterfly … Continue Reading


November 28, 2022

Wyden Calls for Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

As prepared for delivery M. President, a little later on today the Senate is going to vote on the Respect for Marriage Act. This vote is an affirmation that the United States Senate will stand up and protect the right of all Americans to marry the person they love. Although this is about codifying rights that same-sex couples already enjoy, this is still an important step in a long-running struggle for equality. During my 1996 campaign for the Senate, I ran on the proposition that there … Continue Reading


November 21, 2022

Wyden Statement on Clemency for Oregon Marijuana Offenses

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on today’s announcement that Governor Brown will pardon Oregonians convicted of simple possession of marijuana: "Pardoning simple possession in Oregon is absolutely necessary to repair the damage done by the failed War on Drugs. It is the proper use of a governor’s clemency powers and I hope that every governor and state legislature will follow suit. The American people have consistently shown overwhelming support for … Continue Reading


November 21, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $800,000 for Rural Emergency Health Care Services in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that Oregon will receive $801,300 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emergency Rural Health Care Grant program to support organizations and facilities across Oregon provide vital emergency rural health care and food assistance to rural communities. “These grants awarded to Oregon will help provide crucial support in ensuring Oregon’s rural families have access to the health care and food … Continue Reading


November 21, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1.49 Million Coming to Oregon for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announce the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding a total of $1,493,897 to support education and land access programs for beginning farmers and ranchers in Oregon, providing them the tools and resources to succeed. “Agriculture is deeply ingrained in Oregon’s economy,” said Senator Merkley. “These awards to OSU and Rogue Farm Corps will ensure that Oregon’s new farmers and ranchers are able to thrive … Continue Reading


November 18, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $145,000 to Fort George Brewery for Solar Panel Project to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Fort George Brewery in Astoria will receive a $144,460 federal rural development grant to install a large roof-mounted solar panel that will cut its energy use by more than two-thirds. “I am proud to see Oregon businesses like Fort George set their sights on fighting the climate crisis as they continue to produce iconic Oregon products,” Wyden said. “Cheers to Fort George for earning this federal … Continue Reading


November 18, 2022

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Fix American Opportunity Tax Credit Inequity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined Senate colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that would address systematic injustices within the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). “A fair tax code means providing Americans who have served their time a chance to pursue higher education and a promising career path,” Wyden said. “The bipartisan ED ACCESS Act of 2022 will repeal the prohibition on students with prior felony drug convictions from … Continue Reading

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