Press Releases

December 22, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $22 Million in Federal Grants Headed to Oregon to Assist in Roads and Highway Recovery Efforts from Severe Storms and Flooding

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced $21.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to assist in recovery efforts from severe storms and flooding that devastated many roads, highways, and communities throughout Oregon in 2020 and 2021. "From the February 6, 2020 storm that hit Northeast Oregon, to the torrential rains and severe flooding we experienced earlier this year, our communities still need support covering the … Continue Reading

December 22, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Join West Coast Senators to Press USGS on Future of Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined their West Coast colleagues in the Senate to request details from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on future plans and funding needs for the West Coast Early Earthquake Warning (EEW) system. "After years of strong congressional and state-level support, we are glad to see the EEW system has advanced to having nearly 70 percent of seismic stations in place and active across the West Coast," the senators wrote in a letter to … Continue Reading

December 21, 2021

Merkley, Wyden, Bentz Announce $10 Million in Additional Funding for Klamath Drought Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Congressman Cliff Bentz, today announced that $10 million in additional federal funding is headed to the Klamath Basin to help with drought relief and resiliency. This funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation adds to the $33 million that the lawmakers secured earlier this year for water users-including irrigators, Klamath Tribes, and wetlands-in the Klamath Basin. "This has been an extremely difficult water … Continue Reading

December 21, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Dept. of Education to Suspend Wage Garnishment for Student Loans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week joined colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to suspend administrative wage garnishment of student loan borrowers. The letter comes nearly a month before student loan and interest payments are set to resume on January 31, 2022. "Currently, over 9 million borrowers are in default on more than $180 billion in federal student loan debt," Wyden and lawmakers wrote to USDOE Secretary Miguel Cardona. "A disproportionate … Continue Reading

December 20, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Demand Answers from Amazon after Tornado Collapses Warehouse and Kills Six Employees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined colleagues in calling out anti-worker and anti-union practices in a letter to Amazon demanding answers about the circumstances that led to the death of six employees after an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois collapsed during a tornado on December 10, 2021. "We have heard alarming reports about the events that took place in the warehouse moments prior to the tragedy, and these reports fit a larger pattern: Amazon … Continue Reading

December 20, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $50 Million to the Santiam Canyon for Post-Wildfire Power Line Repair and Debris Removal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon will receive nearly $50 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for debris removal and power line repair in the Santiam Canyon for recovery from the devastating 2020 Labor Day fires. "Oregon has made incredible progress recovering from the catastrophic Labor Day fires, but these efforts have been challenging and expensive," Wyden said. "As we anticipate more and more … Continue Reading

December 20, 2021

Wyden, Blunt Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Protections for Small, Rural TV Stations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) today announced they have introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen spectrum rights for certain low power television (LPTV) stations, which fill important gaps in broadcast service, particularly in those rural communities outside the reach of a full power signal. "Low power television stations provide diverse, locally-oriented broadcasting in small communities across Oregon, especially in rural and remote … Continue Reading

December 20, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Federal Funds to Help Homeless Veterans With Housing in Washington, Klamath and Lake Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Housing Authority of Washington County and the Klamath Housing Authority - serving Klamath and Lake counties -- will receive nearly $515,000 in combined federal resources to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans. "Housing is a human right, and that's especially true for America's veterans when they return from their service," Wyden said. "I'm gratified these federal funds will help veterans in … Continue Reading

December 20, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce $289 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Funds Headed to TriMet

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced $289.1 million dollars in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to help support the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) in Portland, Oregon. This funding is awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and will help TriMet stay afloat and recover from the major impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on public transit. "Our public transportation … Continue Reading

December 17, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce Major IIJA Funding for Oregon’s Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) begins to make an impact across the nation, Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the allocation of $43 million in federal funding to Oregon's airports for key infrastructure needs. "Having safe and sustainable airports benefits Oregonians who want to stay connected to out-of-state loved ones, and businesses that rely on the airways to expand economic opportunity," said Merkley. "We … Continue Reading

December 16, 2021

Wyden Welcomes Federal Response to His Call for Action on Rising Fees Hitting Pharmacies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today welcomed notification from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that it's responding to his call for action tackling the troubling growth in unfair fees imposed by middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers on small independent pharmacies and Medicare Part D beneficiaries in Oregon and nationwide. The letter to Wyden from CMS saying it plans to issue proposed rulemaking addressing price concessions and direct and … Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

Wyden Votes No on Massive Military Policy Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act today. "I appreciate my colleagues' hard work to assemble this bill, which makes important improvements to U.S. defense policy. In particular, I support increasing pay for service members and civilians employees of the Defense Department, improved mental health services, extending paid parental leave and increasing funding for children and military … Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

Wyden, Schiff, Meeks and Maloney Lead House and Senate Democrats in Calling for Magnitsky Act Sanctions Against Companies That Enable Human Rights Abuses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., today called on the Biden Administration to sanction four mercenary hacking corporations under the Global Magnitsky Act, for enabling human rights violations by authoritarian regimes. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Sen. Brian Schatz, … Continue Reading

December 14, 2021

Wyden Renews Call to End Secret Law and Pass the Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) delivered the following remarks at the Cato Institute in support of defending Americans' civil liberties and urging comprehensive federal action to protect Fourth Amendment rights. "In my view, it's essential to prevent data brokers from acting like so many termites and chewing through the framework of our fundamental rights," Wyden said. "…Restoring a system that puts our rights and freedom first will take change in every part of our … Continue Reading

December 13, 2021

Wyden, Murray Urge Biden Administration to Protect Access to Birth Control

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said today that he and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) are pushing federal officials to end barriers that patients face in getting their birth control covered by insurance without cost-sharing-obstacles that still persist despite the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraception coverage protections. In a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Wyden and … Continue Reading

December 09, 2021

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech on the Nomination of Jennifer Sung to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

As Prepared for Delivery Video available here M. President, the Senate will soon vote on President Biden's nomination of my neighbor and fellow Oregonian Jennifer Sung to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I'll save everybody the suspense -- I support her nomination proudly, and I want to take a few minutes to talk about why she deserves the support of all Senators. First, on her qualifications. Ms. Sung is a graduate of Oberlin College and Yale Law School. As a … Continue Reading

December 09, 2021

Senate Committee Passes Wyden’s Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Easy & Free Use of Federal Court Record System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced that his bipartisan legislation to reform the federal government's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote. The PACER system, a database of federal judicial filings, is outdated and charges exorbitant fees to users. This bill will reform PACER to ensure easy and free public access to federal government court records. "For far too long, unnecessary paywalls have kept … Continue Reading

December 08, 2021

Wyden Urges CFPB to Protect Americans’ Privacy and Stop the Sale of Personal Data by Credit Agencies

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to prevent credit agencies from selling Americans' private, personal data unrelated to their credit or finances via data brokers. "These data brokers are serving as shady middlemen to sell this personal information without any legal protections, Wyden wrote CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. "CFPB must rein in the sale of Americans' data by credit agencies for non-credit related … Continue Reading

December 08, 2021

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge U.S. Department of Education to Facilitate Student Voter Registration in Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As states across the country are passing voter laws limiting access to the ballot box, Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are joining a bicameral effort calling on the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to ensure institutions of higher education are creating opportunities for students to register to vote on campuses. In a letter written to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the lawmakers highlighted section 487 (a)(23) of the Higher Education Act, which … Continue Reading

December 07, 2021

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech on the Nomination of Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of the nomination of Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection "Mr. President, the Senate will soon vote on the nomination of Chief Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection. I want to take just a few minutes to outline why every member of the Senate ought to support this nomination. First off, there's simply no doubt that Chris Magnus has … Continue Reading

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