Press Releases

January 30, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer: Feds to Invest $715,000 Toward Proposed Move of Mt. Hood Summit Rest Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer today announced the proposed relocation of the Mt. Hood Summit Rest Area on Highway 26 east of Government Camp has secured $715,000 in federal funds to study the move. The resources from the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) follows a Oct. 7, 2021 letter that Wyden, Merkley and Blumenauer wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg seeking the funds for more than two dozen organizations working … Continue Reading

January 27, 2023

Wyden Announces WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert Will Visit Portland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced that WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert has accepted his invitation to participate in a panel discussion on women's sports during her visit to Portland on Monday, Feb. 6. The women's basketball coaches from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon as well as top Trail Blazers and Thorns executives will be among those contributing to the roundtable conversation about how the city can help continue to support the growth of … Continue Reading

January 27, 2023

Wyden To Hold Town Halls in Columbia and Benton Counties

Portland - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will have open-to-all, in-person town halls in Columbia and Benton counties the weekend of Feb. 4-5. Wyden has already held 11 town halls so far throughout Oregon in 2023 - and 1,038 town halls overall statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "Public service is all about being accountable, and open-to-all town halls provide all Oregonians the opportunity to ask me any … Continue Reading

January 27, 2023

Merkley, Wyden, Hoyle: “Frustrated and Deeply Disappointed” that Port of Coos Bay’s Critical Shipping Container Project is Denied Major Federal Investments, Vow to Continue the Funding Fight

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and U.S. Representative Val Hoyle (OR-04), issued the following joint statement today after the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) did not select the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay's request for a $1.25 billion Mega Grant, also known as a National Infrastructure Project Assistance Grant funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, in the first round of funding from the program that would have been used to … Continue Reading

January 26, 2023

Wyden Statement on FDA Announcement on CBD

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement on the regulatory path forward for CBD: "The current regulatory gray zone for hemp-derived CBD isn't working. Regulations are needed to protect consumer safety and to make sure the hemp producers and farmers in Oregon and across the country are on a level playing field with other legal products. The FDA has asked for Congress to act, and I plan to … Continue Reading

January 24, 2023

Oregon Lawmakers Announce More Than $3 Million in New Rental Assistance Funding

Washington, D.C. - Today, Oregon lawmakers announced that the U.S. Treasury is awarding new rental assistance funding to both the State of Oregon and City of Portland. Oregon Housing and Community Services will receive $2,034,948.16 and the City of Portland will receive $1,107,256.77. The funding comes in the wake of Governor Tina Kotek declaring a "Homelessness State of Emergency" earlier this month and unveiling her $130 million budget. The state legislature is anticipated to take up … Continue Reading

January 23, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Cascades East to Receive Additional Physician Residency Slots to Expand Health Care Workforce in Southern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Cascades East Family Medicine Residency Program, a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, will receive additional physician resident training slots in July, a crucial step in expanding the Southern Oregon health care work force. "Training more medical residents right here in Klamath Falls is a promising sign of progress toward improving access … Continue Reading

January 19, 2023

Sen. Wyden and former Rep. Cox Urge Supreme Court To Uphold Precedent on Section 230

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and former Representative Chris Cox, R-Calif., the original co-authors of Section 230, today submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to uphold decades of precedent concerning their 1996 law. Section 230 is a pioneering internet law provision that ensures the person who creates content - such as a tweet, blog post or video - is the one legally responsible for it. Section 230 has been called the most important law … Continue Reading

January 18, 2023

Wyden Calls for DOJ Watchdog To Investigate Mass Surveillance of Money Transfers

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked the Department of Justice Inspector General to investigate the relationship between multiple federal law enforcement agencies and an Arizona nonprofit that has collected records of millions of Americans' money transfers. Wyden's request reflects new details about the Transaction Record Analysis Center (TRAC) that he uncovered as part of a year-long investigation showing the program is far broader than previously known. In March 2022 Wyden … Continue Reading

January 17, 2023

Wyden: Feds Responsive to Oregon Concerns About New Broadband Maps

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that top federal officials responsible for more than $42 billion in high-speed internet funding are proving responsive to concerns about ensuring that a new broadband map is accurate so rural Oregonians get the funding they need to expand internet access. Wyden spoke last week by phone with both Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Assistant Commerce Secretary Alan Davidson, Administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information … Continue Reading

January 17, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce $450,000 Coming to Oregon for Arts and Local Cultural Organizations

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $450,000 is coming to Oregon from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for Arts Projects and Challenge America grants in several communities in the state: Beaverton, Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem, Springfield, and Warm Springs. "Art plays a critical role in enriching our lives, and it's important that we give the artists in our communities the support they need to keep delivering their crafts … Continue Reading

January 13, 2023

Wyden, Sanders: New GAO Report Shows Corporate Windfall from 2017 Republican Tax Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., today issued the following statements on a new analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing the 2017 Trump tax law's immediate tax breaks for large, profitable corporations. GAO found that in the first year after the law went into effect: The effective tax rate for profitable corporations was just 8.9 percent, a 40 percent drop from the prior year. 34 percent of profitable corporations paid … Continue Reading

January 13, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Demand Answers from Southwest Airlines for Holiday Meltdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week joined Senate colleagues to seek answers from Southwest Airlines for its mass flight cancellations in Oregon and nationwide over the holidays in the final week of December. "The mass flight cancellations at Southwest Airlines ("Southwest") during the last week of December ruined the holidays for tens of thousands of travelers, stranding them at gates without their bags and forcing them to miss celebrations with families and friends," Wyden … Continue Reading

January 12, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Push to Include 12 Weeks of National Paid Family and Medical Leave in President Biden’s Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues in urging the Biden administration to advance a national paid family and medical leave program in the FY2024 budget. "We thank President Biden for his commitment to expanding paid leave and urge that the administration's FY24 budget request meaningfully reflect that commitment. The United States is the world's only industrialized nation that does not guarantee workers paid leave, even though nearly all workers … Continue Reading

January 12, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Housing Authorities Receive more than $900,000 in Housing Vouchers for Oregonians with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that six Oregon counties will receive 80 vouchers from the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to fund permanent affordable housing assistance to Oregonians with extreme mental health concerns and disabilities.? "As the weather continues to be wet and cold, I'm gratified to see more Oregonians get a roof overhead," Wyden said. "Housing is a basic human need. These permanent housing vouchers are … Continue Reading

January 10, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $200,000 Coming to Oregon for Water Efficiency Projects

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that $198,668 is coming to Oregon from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for project to improve water efficiency in Bend, Morrow County, and Klamath County. "Reliable water supply is vital for communities, farmers and ranchers, and for many iconic wildlife species?to thrive," said Merkley. "I'm pleased these funds are going to help improve water efficiency improvements in Oregon's agriculture industry so there's more … Continue Reading

January 06, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $20 Million to Oregon School Districts to Hire More Mental Health Providers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that four Oregon school districts will receive a combined nearly $20 million in competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Education to hire additional licensed mental health providers over the next five years. "Students, teachers and counselors across Oregon tell me just how crucial school-based mental health services are to young people facing challenges at home and in the classroom-but these services are … Continue Reading

January 04, 2023

UPDATED: Wyden Kicks Off 2023 with 11 Town Halls Throughout Oregon

This release has been updated with a new location for the Clackamas County town hall. Portland - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will have 11 open-to-all, in-person town halls between Jan. 7 and Jan. 20 for Oregonians in Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Clackamas, Linn, Lane, Polk, Marion, Yamhill, Multnomah and Washington counties Heading into these first town halls of 2023, Wyden has held 1,027 town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each … Continue Reading

January 04, 2023

Wyden: Cuban Private Sector Small Businesses Should Get Strong U.S. Support

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is calling on the Biden Administration to strengthen support for Cuba's small and medium-sized private enterprises by creating more general licenses, as well as giving the private sector access to international banking, following his fact-finding trip to Cuba. Wyden, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee and was the first Senator to visit Cuba in four years, intends to discuss his ideas with Senate colleagues over the weeks ahead. "During my … Continue Reading

December 23, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Essential Investments for Oregon Families in Government Funding Package

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announce critical investments in housing, health care, mental health, education, and transportation services across the state as part of the year-end funding package. The legislation passed in the Senate and is expected to clear the House of Representatives this week before being signed into law by President Biden. "At a time when Oregon's working families are struggling with the high costs of everything from rent to … Continue Reading

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