Press Releases

August 15, 2017

Wyden, Murray, Merkley, Democratic Senators Urge NCAA to Promote Campus Safety

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and five of their Senate Democratic colleagues today urged the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence to promote campus safety by recommending uniform policies for prospective student-athletes and athletes seeking to transfer between universities. In a letter to the NCAA commission, the senators urged the commission to evaluate new … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Oregon Delegation Announces Partial Federal Disaster Relief for Severe Winter Storms

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's entire congressional delegation today announced the White House will grant a partial federal disaster declaration for a few days of a winter weather-related losses across the state this January. The decision is a reversal of an earlier denial of federal disaster relief for the state. The disaster declaration will allow local governments to seek much-needed federal relief for damage caused by winter storms from Jan. 7-10. But that is likely to fall far short of the … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Wyden, Boozman, Markey Bill to Ensure Equal Treatment for Wounded Guard and Reserve Members Goes to President’s Desk

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., John Boozman, R-Ark., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., today announced their bipartisan legislation to restore GI benefits to members of the Guard and Reserve is headed to the president's desk as part of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, also known as the Forever GI Bill. The GI Bill Fairness Act passed the Senate this week as part of the Forever GI bill, a broader package to improve veterans' education benefits and … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Secure Major Win for Oregon Crab Fisheries

Washington, D.C. - A bill introduced by Oregon's Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to strengthen Oregon's crab fishery passed the United States Senate and will now head to the president's desk for signature into law. The bill permanently extends a decades-long fishery management agreement that has been vital to the Pacific Northwest's Dungeness crab fishery. Without this legislation, crab fisheries in Oregon faced an uncertain future without an approved fishery management plan. "The signature … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Wyden Joins Senators Calling on FCC to Extend Net Neutrality Comment Period

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined a group of 21 senators in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the reply comment period for its proposal to undo the Open Internet Order and net neutrality protections. In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order, which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service under Title II. The D.C. Circuit Court upheld the rules in its 2016. The FCC's Open Internet Order prohibits internet service providers … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Wyden Suggests Ways to Estimate Americans Swept Up Under Foreign Surveillance Program

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to consider new ways to estimate the number of Americans swept up under a surveillance program intended to target foreigners. Wyden has sought that estimate since 2011, but Coats recently announced the administration was abandoning efforts to determine how many Americans are caught up in foreign intelligence dragnets. In a letter to Coats, Wyden asked the executive branch to estimate the number … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Wyden, Booker, Durbin Urge Consumer Protection Agency to Bring Transparency to Small Business Lending for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to bring transparency to small business lending by identifying barriers that prevent women and minority entrepreneurs from starting small businesses. The senators pressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to follow through with implementing a provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that required the CFPB to collect and make available … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Wyden, Bonamici Announce Bipartisan Effort to Prevent Student Loan Defaults

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and a bipartisan group of colleagues announced the SIMPLE Act, legislation to reduce administrative burdens on struggling student loan borrowers. The legislation allows vulnerable borrowers to automatically enroll in affordable income-driven loan repayment plans and it removes burdensome paperwork requirements for totally and permanently disabled borrowers whose loans are … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Wyden, Risch, Merkley, Heinrich Urge Congress to Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Senate Bill

Washington, D.C. - As wildfire season rages across Oregon, Idaho and the West, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters. A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which Wyden and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, first introduced in 2013, was included in July in legislation under … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Wyden Votes ‘No’ on Nomination of Christopher Wray to lead FBI

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted against confirming Christopher Wray as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations today. "In his public and private statements, Chris Wray failed to oppose government backdoors into Americans' personal devices, or to acknowledge the facts about encryption - that it isn't about liberty versus security, it's about more security versus less security. While I appreciate his willingness to continue studying the issue, other officials who have … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Wyden Statement on Legislation to Wreck Foundation of the Internet and Social Media

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on legislation today that attacks a fundamental pillar of the internet, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: "Not long after 50 members voted to throw out much-needed internet privacy rules, yet another group of senators is attacking a fundamental pillar of the internet. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is widely viewed as the legal basis for all of social media and it has been vital to the … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Wyden, Bipartisan Senators Ask Justice Department to Fully Inform Judges About Stingray Impacts on Innocent Americans

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, today asked the Department of Justice to fully inform judges about the impacts of stingrays and other IMSI-catchers on innocent Americans' communications, including 911 calls. "We are concerned that the Department may not be adequately disclosing to courts important details about how stingrays work and their impact on innocent Americans," the senators wrote, in a letter … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Wyden to AG Sessions: Release Task Force Recommendations on Marijuana, Violent Crime, Immigration Policies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release recommendations on marijuana, violent crime and immigration policies from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. In a statement last week, Sessions said he is already making changes to Justice Department policies based on recommendations provided by the task force. In a letter to Sessions today, Wyden said Americans have a right to know … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Wyden Announces Advance of Key Rural Oregon Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden announced today that legislation to support rural air service and job growth in Eastern Oregon is heading to the full Senate for its consideration. He made the announcement after the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved full funding of $155 million for the Essential Air Program. The program supports key travel connections like commercial flights in and out of Pendleton's Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. The airport is the only commercial … Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Wyden Supports Rural Wireless Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said today he supports new bipartisan legislation that would help build out cell service and wireless internet coverage throughout rural Oregon. "Wireless coverage is essential for law enforcement and healthcare providers to respond quickly to life-and-death situations and for precision agriculture as well as small mom-and-pop businesses to communicate with their customers in the global economy," Wyden said. "Simply put, the reliability of … Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Wyden, Bishop Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Rob Bishop, R-Utah, today introduced legislation in the Senate and House to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and boost rural economies across the country. Their bipartisan Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR) Act, S. 1633, would promote access to outdoor recreation opportunities and allow more visitors to get outdoors. The RNR Act would streamline the permitting process for guides and … Continue Reading


July 24, 2017

Wyden Statement on Kushner Testimony

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called for full transparency by Jared Kushner, in response to the statement Kushner released this morning. "It is imperative that the public hear Jared Kushner testify in an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee, under oath, and support his claims with full transparency in the form of emails, documents and financial records," Wyden said. "Kushner's statement, which he released publicly to the press, raises far more questions than it … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Wyden Asks DOJ How Often the Government Searches for Americans’ Communications Under E.O. 12333

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked the Department of Justice a series of questions about how it uses Executive Order 12333 to conduct warrantless backdoor searches of Americans' calls, emails and other communications. Specifically, Wyden asked: How many times, in each of the calendar years 2011-2016, has the Attorney General provided this approval? Can the Intelligence Community conduct these searches "for the purpose of targeting a U.S. person or a person in the United … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Join Colleagues in Introducing LGBT Data Inclusion Act

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined their colleagues in introducing legislation requiring federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity, which would ensure the LGBT community does not face discrimination in federal programs. While some federal data on LGBT communities is currently collected, there is no centralized requirement prioritizing the collection of LGBT data in federal surveys, which the LGBT Data Inclusion … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Wyden Refutes Pai’s Mischaracterization on Net Neutrality in Comment to FCC

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., refuted the intentional mischaracterization of his net neutrality position by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, in a comment filed today. Pai has repeatedly cited a letter Wyden signed nearly 20 years ago as justification for rolling back strong net neutrality protections that ensure an open internet. Today Wyden reiterated his strong support for the 2015 Open Internet Order, and called on Pai to abandon both his mischaracterization … Continue Reading

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