Press Releases

August 04, 2022

Wyden, Booker, Blumenthal, Schatz, Padilla Introduce College Athletes Bill of Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) this week introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights, comprehensive legislation that would change the landscape of college sports and protect and expand the rights of college athletes. "For decades, college athletes have been exploited and denied basic rights while the NCAA rakes in billions of dollars year after year off their backs," Wyden said. … Continue Reading

August 03, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Introduction of Bill to Protect Doctors from Republicans’ Anti-Abortion Attacks

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in the introduction of the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act-a bill to protect health care providers from Republicans' attacks on reproductive freedoms and ensure they can safely provide abortion care in … Continue Reading

August 03, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over a Million Dollars Headed to Oregon for Firefighting Pre-Planning and Response

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $1,031,417 in federal funding heading to the Western Fire Chiefs Association Inc. to support a project to use technology to enable firefighters to respond more quickly and safely when responding to fires. "Oregon's firefighters answer the call when disaster strikes, and the federal government must do everything it can to support their efforts," said Merkley. "This funding will help fill a critical … Continue Reading

August 02, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Copays for Veterans Seeking Contraception

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined Senate colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that would eliminate copays for veterans in Oregon and nationwide seeking contraception. "For too long, countless veterans have been unable to have access to contraception without burdensome out-of-pocket costs," Wyden said. "At a time when reproductive healthcare is under attack across the country, removing barriers to essential reproductive health care like contraception is more … Continue Reading

August 02, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Another $93 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds Heading to Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that a total of $93,862,114 in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds are headed to Oregon to meet the rising challenges of climate chaos. Funds are intended to address the growing costs of extreme weather events adversely impacting communities and fund resilient infrastructure projects benefiting every corner of the state. The funds, along with new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation's … Continue Reading

August 01, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: $2.6 Million to Rural Airports for Crucial Safety Updates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon airports in John Day, Klamath Falls, Aurora, Newport, Florence, Hood River, Creswell and Eugene will receive a combined $2.6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Grant (AIG) and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) programs for crucial safety improvements to runways, weather reporting, snow removal and more. "Oregonians and small businesses in rural parts of the state … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Fight Discrimination from Financial Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues to reintroduce legislation that prohibits banks and other financial institutions from discriminating in Oregon and nationwide on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. "It's appalling that in the 21st century, Americans still experience discrimination while opening a bank account, applying for a mortgage, or simply setting foot inside a bank," Wyden … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Extend Pause on Student Loan Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, ahead of the federal student loan payment pause set to expire at the end of next month, joined a bicameral letter led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), alongside Representatives Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.-14), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.-29), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.-07), in urging the Biden administration to extend the student loan payment pause … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Champion Critical Projects for Oregon Communities in Federal Funding Bills

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden?today announced they secured funding for essential community projects across Oregon in the Fiscal Year 2023 Senate Appropriations bills. A total of?111 Oregon?community-initiated projects were included in the FY23 federal funding bills that will help meet critical needs in every corner of the state, including investing in wildfire and drought resiliency, affordable housing, health care, education, and much more, while … Continue Reading

July 28, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Welcome Federal Approval of Oregon’s State Meat Inspection Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today welcomed approval by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of Oregon's rules and regulations for a state meat inspection program that meets USDA standards. The USDA approval follows a letter from Wyden and Merkley to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, as well as months of follow-up and discussion, pressing for a review of the state meat inspection program. The Oregon senators noted in their letter that large meat … Continue Reading

July 28, 2022

Senate Passes Water Infrastructure Bill, Critical Step towards Modernizing Oregon’s Waterways and Ports

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced Senate passage of critical priorities for Oregon that were included in the Water Resources Development Act?(WRDA) of 2022. "For much of Oregon, our coast and our rivers are the beating heart of our communities, and whether the ports, levees, dams, and other water infrastructure are up to snuff can dictate whether families and business thrive or are at risk from extreme weather events. That's why I fought so … Continue Reading

July 28, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Urge VA to Immediately Offer Abortion Services to Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined Senate colleagues to call on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to immediately offer abortions and abortion-related services to veterans and eligible dependents. "Last month's disastrous Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization…makes it even more critical that veterans receive access to the reproductive care to which they are entitled. Thus, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must urgently … Continue Reading

July 27, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $52 Million USDA Seafood Purchasing Agreement that Will Boost Oregon’s Seafood Industry

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approval of a $52 million purchase of Pacific Northwest seafood products. This purchase will support our State's seafood industry which has been hit hard by COVID-19 and climate chaos. "Not only do our fisheries deliver incredible products all around the world, they have been the lifeblood of communities up and down Oregon's coast for generations,"?said … Continue Reading

July 27, 2022

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Restore America's Grasslands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today led colleagues in the introduction of legislation to prevent further loss of native grasslands and sagebrush shrub-steppe systems, strengthen grassland and rangeland health and management, improve biodiversity and habitat, provide increased recreation and hunting opportunities, and address the climate crisis by mitigating the threats of wildfire and drought and increasing carbon sequestration. Grassland ecosystems are among the most … Continue Reading

July 27, 2022

Wyden Statement on Domestic Semiconductor Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement after today's Senate vote on the domestic semiconductor legislation: "Today's Senate vote takes a huge step forward to cement Oregon's leadership in the domestic chip industry by allowing companies in our state to invest in both R&D and manufacturing here in America," said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and a co-chair of the state's semiconductor task force. "That adds up to a big win for … Continue Reading

July 27, 2022

Wyden, Khanna, Massie Introduce Bill to Protect Whistleblowers, Ensure Journalists Aren’t Targeted for Publishing Classified Information

Washington, D.C. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., re-introduced the Espionage Act Reform Act today to rewrite the hundred-year-old law governing when reporters and whistleblowers can be prosecuted for discussing government secrets. The Wyden-Khanna-Massie legislation reaffirms First Amendment protections for journalists who publish classified information, and ensures whistleblowers can effectively report waste, fraud and abuse to Congress. … Continue Reading

July 27, 2022

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Codify the Right to Contraception

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley with colleagues have introduced legislation that would codify the right to contraception, which the Supreme Court first recognized more than half a century ago in its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut. The introduction follows Justice Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion last month in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization - overturning Roe v. Wade - in which he urged the Court to reconsider its 1965 Griswold decision. Several … Continue Reading

July 26, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Combat Increased Use of Dangerous Gun Conversion Devices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues introduced legislation this week to combat the increased use and proliferation of dangerous gun conversion devices. "The ease with which a semi-automatic weapon can become a fully-automatic weapon of mass murder is sickening. Period. Full stop," said Wyden. "Congress must urgently tackle the proliferation of illegal gun conversion devices head on to keep our communities safe and put an end to America's gun violence epidemic. The … Continue Reading

July 25, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $17.5 Million to Rural Oregon Airports for Crucial Runway Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that airports in Corvallis, Pendleton and Klamath Falls will receive a combined nearly $17.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for crucial safety improvements to runways. "Small airports' reliable air service in rural areas is crucial for Oregonians and our state's economy," Wyden said. "I am gratified to see these dollars go toward improving critical runway infrastructure that is often taken for … Continue Reading

July 25, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Announce an Additional Nearly $8.5 Million in Emergency Rental Assistance for Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon will receive a combined nearly $8.5 million in federal emergency rental assistance funds. "The pandemic's deep economic impact, including the challenges it placed on the consistent need to pay rent, continues to ripple even as Oregonians go back to work," said Wyden. "Housing is a human right, so I'm glad to see more federal funds come into our state to help renters get extended assistance to cover costs. … Continue Reading

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