Press Releases

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


April 06, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce over $2.2 Million in Federal Funds Headed to Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA) a $2,225,000 grant to update its existing veterans' shelter. This award comes after the announcement of MWVCAA's acquisition of a new property immediately adjacent to the existing shelter, a community project Senators Merkley and Wyden supported and requested funds for and which was later approved and … Continue Reading


April 01, 2022

Wyden: Bipartisan Legislation to Help Fix Supply Chain and Ease Shipping Backlogs Passes Senate

Washington, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today that bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to help fix supply chains and ease shipping backlogs in Oregon and nationwide has passed the Senate by voice vote. "Oregon farmers and all other businesses exporting our state's world-renowned products need a level playing field to do what they do best -- compete successfully in a global economy so they can continue generating jobs here at home," Wyden said. "And all Oregonians need relief from … Continue Reading


April 01, 2022

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Call on Department of Education, DOJ to Follow Through on Pledge to Improve Handling of Student Debt Bankruptcy Claims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have joined colleagues in asking the federal Departments of Education and Justice for an update on efforts to improve how the agencies handle undue hardship claims by student borrowers in bankruptcy proceedings. "The undue hardship exception (11 U.S.C. 523(a)(8)) currently serves as the only option in the bankruptcy code for discharge of student loans, and that exception has been narrowly construed by most courts. The federal … Continue Reading


April 01, 2022

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Extend Student Loan Payment Pause and Cancel Student Debt

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden cosigned a letter to President Joseph R. Biden urging the administration to act now to extend the pause on federally-held student loan payments until at least the end of the year and to provide meaningful student debt cancellation. "Given the fast-approaching deadline for borrowers to resume payments, your administration must act as quickly as possible to extend the pause and make clear to the American public your intention … Continue Reading


April 01, 2022

Wyden Announces Statewide Town Hall Schedule For April

Portland - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will have 12 live on-line town halls hosted by People's Town Hall in April for residents of Coos, Curry, Yamhill, Clatsop, Linn, Benton, Polk, Gilliam, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Morrow counties. Heading into this month's virtual town halls, Wyden has held 1,007 town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "Keeping my commitment for town halls each year in … Continue Reading


April 01, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Co-sponsor Bill to Extend Summer Meal Flexibilities to Feed Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would extend federal school meal flexibilities for children in Oregon and nationwide from June 30, 2022 to September 30, 2023. These flexibilities have been crucial to feeding children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. And with 90 percent of schools still facing many challenges as they return to normal operations, these flexibilities give schools and summer meal programs … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Wyden Supports Jackson Nomination

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the United States Supreme Court: "Following today's meeting with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, I'm pleased to officially announce my support of her historic nomination to the Supreme Court. "We had a productive meeting where Judge Jackson's deep knowledge of the law and fair-minded judicial temperament were clear. In particular, we had a good discussion about … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Recognize March 31 as International Transgender Day of Visibility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today with colleagues introduced a resolution to recognize the achievements and courage of the transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, and gender-diverse communities around the world, and to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility. "Today, we celebrate the lives-the joy, the contributions, the perseverance and so much more-of trans and non-binary people here in the United States and around the world," Wyden said. "As attacks … Continue Reading

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