Press Releases

May 03, 2022

ENR Committee Passes Wyden’s Recreation Not Red Tape Act

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today passed a bipartisan recreation bill that included key components of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's Recreation Not Red Tape Act to remove barriers to outdoor recreation, increase equitable access to public lands, and boost rural economies and jobs. "No matter who you are or where you're from, everyone should be able to have equitable access to enjoy our public lands," Wyden said. "Breaking down the burdensome … Continue Reading


May 03, 2022

Wyden statement on reported draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade: "The Republican party has set the stage for a total erosion of Americans' constitutional rights. They have made clear they won't stop at gutting the right for a woman to make decisions about her own body. Republicans know that the majority of Americans don't support eroding fundamental rights like privacy, so instead, they packed the … Continue Reading


April 29, 2022

Wyden: “Surveillance Transparency Report” Fails To Explain How Many Americans’ Communications Are Searched By the FBI

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called on the FBI to explain the increase in the number of searches of Americans' communications, and to stop providing essentially meaningless statistics to the American people. "For anyone outside the U.S. government, the astronomical number of FBI searches of Americans' communications is either highly alarming or entirely meaningless," Wyden said. "Somewhere in all that over-counting are real … Continue Reading


April 29, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Recognizing the Importance of Local News

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden joined colleagues this week in introducing a resolution to support the designation of April 2022 as "Preserving Local News Month." The resolution recognizes local news as a public good that serves an essential function in the democracy of the United States. "As the son of a journalist, I am proud to introduce legislation recognizing the importance of local news in our democracy," said Wyden, who also has introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability … Continue Reading


April 29, 2022

Wyden, Cornyn Bill to Exempt Trafficking Survivors’ Restitution from Taxes Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, released the following statements after the Senate this week unanimously passed their bipartisan Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act, which would exempt civil damages, restitution, and other monetary awards given to human trafficking survivors from federal income taxes as well as codify Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance that makes restitution payments to survivors in criminal cases free from federal … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Wyden to FTC: Publicize Fraud Hotline so Consumers Can Report Price Gouging and Fight Back Against Corporate Greed

Washington, D.C. - Amid numerous allegations of corporations padding their profits by raising prices to gouge consumers, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ensure Americans are aware they can report suspected price gouging to the FTC, either at ReportFraud.FTC.gov or the fraud telephone hotline at 877-382-4358, or via traditional mail. "I write to express my concern that large corporations, particularly those in consolidated industries, appear … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Lead Colleagues in Push to Extend Federal Purchasing of West Coast Seafood

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today led colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the Department to continue purchasing seafood from the West Coast. Senator Merkley and Wyden were joined by Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $1 Million to Oregon for Conservation Efforts and to Protect Vulnerable Wildlife

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced Oregon has earned more than $1 million for conservation and protection of vulnerable wildlife from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "From preserving the habitats of the Western pond turtle to mapping wildlife connectivity corridors, I am gratified to see more federal dollars go toward the conservation of some of the animals, plants and insects that inhabit Oregon's world-renowned natural treasures," Wyden said. … Continue Reading


April 27, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Support Biden Proposal to Reverse Harmful Trump Immigration Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the Biden administration's proposal to better support immigrants by updating the "public charge" regulation. The Biden administration's proposed regulation would replace the public charge rule enacted by the Trump administration in 2019, which made it significantly more difficult for many immigrants to become lawful permanent residents by lowering … Continue Reading


April 27, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Irrigation Project Funding Headed to Rural Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the Tumalo, Owyhee, East Fork, and Ochoco Irrigation District projects will be receiving critical federal funding that will help drought-stricken communities make the most of limited water supplies. These projects-funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bill, both of which Senators Merkley and Wyden strongly supported-will combine strategies supporting … Continue Reading


April 26, 2022

Wyden Tests Positive for COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - The office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on Senator Wyden testing positive for COVID-19: "As part of routine testing, Senator Wyden tested positive today for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and experiencing minor symptoms. He is in Washington, D.C. and working from his residence while following CDC guidance to … Continue Reading


April 22, 2022

Wyden, Blumenauer, DeFazio Applaud Administration’s Actions to Focus Efforts on Science to Support Actions to Protect Old Growth Forests

PORTLAND - Today, Senator Ron Wyden (OR), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04) commended the Biden Administration's executive order to protect old growth and mature forests. The announcement follows letters sent in 2021 and 2022 by the lawmakers urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Interior to include protection for old growth and mature forests as part of the agencies' carbon reduction planning efforts. Text of the … Continue Reading


April 19, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: $1.8 Million to Grant County to Increase Broadband Connectivity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that the City of John Day has earned a $1.8 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to increase broadband connectivity in Grant County. "Reliable broadband is essential infrastructure for Eastern Oregon, just like the Rural Electrification Act opened new opportunities across the nation nearly a century ago," said Wyden, who supported the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which included $65 … Continue Reading


April 14, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1.2 Million to Columbia Gorge Community College

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $1.2 million in CARES Act funds will be headed to Columbia Gorge Community College to expand their health science workforce. These federal funds will be used to train, support, and fund the health care workforce in the Columbia Gorge Region. "Health care workers have been the cornerstone of our COVID-19 response over the last two years," said Senator Merkley. "I'm pleased this federal funding is … Continue Reading


April 13, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce over $40 Million in Federal Funds Headed to Central Oregon to Combat Extreme Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $41.3 million headed to Central Oregon to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Senator Merkley, as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the U.S. Forest Service, and Senator Wyden, who is a senior member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, had a key role in authoring wildfire-related sections of the bipartisan infrastructure law, which is the source of this … Continue Reading


April 13, 2022

Merkley and Wyden Secure Critical Aid for the Klamath Basin, Urge Unity to Secure Long-Term Solutions

Washington, D.C.- Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden released the following statement today after the Bureau of Reclamation announced a water allocation for the Klamath Project, as well as $20 million in immediate drought relief for the Project and $5 million in technical assistance for Klamath Basin tribes: "We are committed to working together to help Klamath Basin communities face another extremely difficult water year. The funding that the administration made available this … Continue Reading


April 08, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: $153 Million to Oregon for Largest Ever Federal Investment in Transit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced a $153 million investment in Oregon transit, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The apportionment of these dollars represents the largest-ever investment in transit, giving riders better service while creating good-paying jobs in Oregon and nationwide. "A federal investment in transit systems is critical for Oregonians to get easily from Point A to Point B when they're commuting to work, heading to … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech in Support of Jackson Nomination

Madam President, I've already announced that I will support Judge Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson's character and her qualifications are unassailable, but that hasn't stopped Senate Republicans from treating her disgracefully. Too often behavior in the hearings was simply shameful. It doesn't have to be this way and it wasn't always this way. For example, even though I disagreed with him on plenty of issues, I voted for Chief Justice Roberts, and he was treated very … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Call on FTC to Investigate Oil and Gas Market Practices that May Be Driving Up Gas Prices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week along with Senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for federal action to ensure transparency and greater oversight of petroleum markets to protect consumers in Oregon and the West Coast from possible price manipulation. "High and volatile fuel prices are hindering our economy and burdening families," the senators wrote in a letter Tuesday asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $1 Million to Lane County for Protecting Water Supply during 2020 Holiday Farm Fire

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Lane County Emergency Management will receive $1.02 million in federal reimbursement for measures taken to protect the McKenzie River, the sole source of drinking water for the Eugene metro area, during the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. "Lane County Emergency Management went above and beyond the call of duty to protect the crucial drinking water source during the devastating Holiday Farm fire, but these efforts were … Continue Reading

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