Press Releases

April 26, 2024

Merkley, Wyden Introduce Bill to Fund Agriculture Research in Oregon, Support its Industry

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the introduction of the Oregon Research Bounty Act, legislation to authorize funding for 11 research projects that benefit Oregon’s agriculture and forest product sectors. As the former top Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that writes our nation’s agriculture funding bill, Merkley used his position to create and fund several of the programs included in this bill. The Oregon Research Bounty Act … Continue Reading

April 24, 2024

Wyden Statement on Aid to Israel and Ukraine, Crackdown on Fentanyl Trafficking and TikTok Divestment Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today applauded the passage of legislation to provide Ukraine, Israel, and America’s Indo-Pacific partners with $95 billion in security assistance to support their national defense, including $9.15 billion in lifesaving humanitarian aid, and to stem the flow of fentanyl into the United States.  “It is shameful that House Republicans slow-walked vital aid to America’s allies and partners and humanitarian relief for worsening conflicts, but I’m … Continue Reading

April 24, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce $6.9 Million for Oregon Coastal Resilience and Ecosystem Recovery

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Oregon will receive more than $6.9 million in federal funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act to support coastal ecosystem restoration and resilience.  “The worsening damage from the climate crisis slams our coastal communities with ecosystems absorbing some of the harshest effects such as rising sea levels,” Wyden said.  “I’m glad this federal investment from legislation … Continue Reading

April 23, 2024

Wyden Joins Colleagues in Calling Out Postal Leadership for Unsustainable Price Hikes and Poor Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As more and more Oregonians grow dissatisfied with the United States Postal Service for its price hikes coupled with inefficiency under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden joined his Senate colleagues in pushing for change to protect the jobs, businesses, and Americans who rely on the service.  In a letter to the USPS Board of Governors, the senators noted DeJoy’s tenure has produced higher prices and poor service. USPS announced earlier this month that … Continue Reading

April 23, 2024

Wyden Releases Draft Legislation to End Federal Dependence on Insecure, Proprietary Software In Response to Repeated Damaging Breaches of Government Systems

Washington, D.C. - Following a new report about how shambolic cybersecurity practices by a federal technology contractor enabled a massive hack of the U.S. government systems, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released draft legislation today to set mandatory cybersecurity standards, save taxpayers money, and break the anti-competitive lock-in effect caused by proprietary, walled-garden software.  Multiple disastrous hacks of U.S. government systems have been enabled by poor cybersecurity practices … Continue Reading

April 22, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Department of Agriculture to Update Management of Old-Growth Forests, Incorporate Historic Indigenous Practices

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today led Senate colleagues in encouraging federal officials to prioritize a Forest Service amendment that would update the management of old-growth forests, and incorporate modern science and historic Indigenous practices that would protect forests from the effects of climate change, including wildfires and biodiversity loss.  With more than two centuries of logging, over a century of fire suppression, and decades of increasing effects from … Continue Reading

April 22, 2024

Wyden, Heinrich, Padilla Introduce Legislation to Strengthen America’s Electric Grid, Improve Data and Models for Energy Reliability

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said today that he and U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) have introduced two bills that would bolster the nation’s power grid by improving data and models to better understand and predict electric reliability.  More granular data is needed to better understand weather impacts on energy resources and demands, especially as extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change increase in frequency. Reliability … Continue Reading

April 21, 2024

Senate Votes Now Expected on Tuesday Force Postponement of This Week’s Town Halls

Portland - U.S. Senate votes now expected for this week will force the postponement of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s town halls that had been scheduled in Josephine, Curry, Coos and Douglas counties on April 23-24. All four town halls will be … Continue Reading

April 20, 2024

Wyden Statement on Reauthorization of FISA 702 Without Reforms to Warrantless Surveillance of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after voting No on a bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for two years.   “The Senate waited until the 11th hour to ram through renewal of warrantless surveillance in the dead of night. But I’m not giving up. The American people know that reform is possible and that they don’t need to sacrifice their liberty to have security. It is clear from the votes on very … Continue Reading

April 19, 2024

Wyden and Lummis Introduce Amendment to Roll Back Unprecedented Expansion of Warrantless FISA Surveillance

Bipartisan Amendment Strips Provision of House Bill that Requires Anyone who can Access a Server, Cable Box, Wifi Router, Phone or Laptop to Assist in Warrantless 702 Surveillance  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., today introduced an amendment to reverse a major expansion of warrantless surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that was included in the House-passed bill.  The Wyden-Lummis amendment is … Continue Reading

April 19, 2024

Wyden Urges Senate to Reject Expansion of FISA 702 Surveillance

Watch a video of Wyden deliver his remarks here As prepared for delivery I rise today to describe what happened at the end of the House debate on Section 702 and the sweeping new surveillance authorities that were slipped into the bill by the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.  Then I’m going to respond to all of the arguments that were given to justify these expanded authorities in this provision and why they don’t hold water. The chair of the House Intelligence Committee called … Continue Reading

April 19, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce $47.7 Million in Secure Rural Schools Funds to Oregon Counties

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that 30 Oregon counties will receive more than $47.7 million in federal payments under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) for schools and road maintenance, youth job training, wildfire prevention, watershed restoration and habitat conservation. These funds are allocated from the U.S. Forest Service, with more expected from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) soon. “The Secure Rural … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter to USPS Opposing Consolidations, Operational Changes Across the Country

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in Congress in a letter led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, opposing the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) recent nationwide consolidation and review announcements that could severely diminish mail service reliability for postal networks across the country. “A common theme of these announcements is … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

Senators Wyden, Markey, Cantwell, Eshoo Join FCC Chair Rosenworcel to Highlight Upcoming FCC Net Neutrality Rule

Rule would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and reinstate net neutrality protections Washington (April 18, 2024) - Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Representative Anna Eshoo (CA-16), today at a press conference praised the upcoming FCC rule reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Urge Feds to Support Oregon’s School-Based Health Services Financed by Medicaid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week urged federal health officials to award a planning grant up to $2.5 million to Oregon that would strengthen school-based health services financed by Medicaid in the state. The senators’ letter to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services comes in support of the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) grant application. “This planning grant would help OHA and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to prepare … Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

Merkley, Wyden: Immediate Drought Relief Headed to the Klamath Basin, Pushing for Long-Term Recovery Solutions

Washington, D.C.- Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden released the following statement today following the Bureau of Reclamation’s recently announced water allocation for the Klamath Project, as well as $8.5 million in immediate drought relief aid for Klamath Basin communities and $5 million in technical assistance for Klamath Basin Tribes impacted by prolonged drought: “We remain committed as ever to working together to ensure Klamath Basin communities have the resources they … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Wyden Urges Colleagues to Reject Expanding Warrantless FISA 702 Surveillance

Watch a video of Wyden deliver his remarks here As prepared for delivery Washington, D.C. — I rise in strong opposition to this FISA bill.   There is a key question here: who should be forced to help their government spy?   The legislation coming from the House gives the government unchecked authority to order millions of Americans to spy on behalf of the government.  Under current law - section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - the government can order the telephone … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Wyden, Sanders, Jacobs, and 40 Democrats Urge Hospitals to Protect Patients’ Sensitive Medical Records from Partisan Fishing Expeditions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., with 42 members, urged hospitals and health care providers to take action to protect sensitive medical records from partisan fishing expeditions carried out by extremist state attorneys generals by using the tools already available to them under federal law, in letters sent today. “These thinly veiled political assaults come at the expense of vulnerable patients. We are concerned that hospitals are feebly complying … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Update: Oregon Delegation Applauds Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Ice Storms

Washington, D.C. — Oregon’s Congressional delegation—U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, alongside U.S. House of Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Val Hoyle, Andrea Salinas, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, and Cliff Bentz—applauds the approval of Oregon Governor Tina Kotek’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the deadly ice storms that prompted her to declare a statewide emergency in January.   The … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Wyden Announces Four Town Halls in Josephine, Curry, Coos and Douglas counties

Portland - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will hold in-person town halls in Josephine, Curry, Coos and Douglas counties on April 23-24. Heading into these four town halls, Wyden will have held 1,081 town halls throughout Oregon - including 16 so far this year -- in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of our state’s 36 counties.  “I’ll always keep my pledge to hold open-to-all town halls each year in each of Oregon’s 36 counties because it’s … Continue Reading

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