Press Releases

February 22, 2024

EPA announces $74M for Oregon drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure upgrades

Contact: EPA Region 10 Press Office (R10_Press_Team@epa.gov)    Seattle, W.A. - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced over $74,444,000 from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for Oregon drinking water and clean water infrastructure upgrades. The funding is part of the over $50 billion investment in water infrastructure upgrades from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law - the largest such investment in American history. Today’s announcement will … Continue Reading


February 22, 2024

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $38 Million Coming to Oregon to Combat Growing Wildfire Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that Oregon is receiving over $38 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for wildfire resilience efforts under the U.S. Forest Service’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy. This significant federal investment, provided as part of the Biden administration’s National Climate Resilience Framework, will be used to minimize wildfire threats to Oregon’s communities, vital infrastructure, and natural … Continue Reading


February 22, 2024

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Addresses National Park Service’s Intent to Terminate Crater Lake Concessionaire Contract

In December, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden urged federal officials to act immediately to prevent concessionaire mismanagement from posing safety risks to Crater Lake National Park, its visitors, and the employees who live and work at this world-renowned natural treasure in southern Oregon. Today, Senator Wyden followed up with a letter to National Park Service Director Charles “Chuck” Sams III after NPS announced its intent to terminate the contract with Aramark due to an inability to live up to its … Continue Reading


February 16, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce $70,000 for the Oregon Food Bank

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced an investment of $70,000 for the Oregon Food Bank from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to connect local producers with emergency feeding organizations. “Nothing is more important than making sure folks in need have food to eat, and the resources to thrive,” Wyden said. “Making sure this food is locally sourced and processed helps connect our Oregon farmers to the communities … Continue Reading


February 15, 2024

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $15 Million Headed to Redmond and Portland Airports

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $15,214,286 in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds will be heading to the Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) and Portland International Airport (PDX). Today’s funding comes from Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Airport Terminal Grants program. These federal grants are intended to fund safe, sustainable, and accessible airport terminals, on-airport rail access projects, and airport-owned air traffic control … Continue Reading


February 14, 2024

Merkley, Wyden: $72 Million Coming to the Klamath Basin to Boost Ecosystem Restoration and Support Collaboration that Drives Water Reliability Solutions

Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that $72 million in new federal funding is headed to the Klamath Basin for critical ecosystem restoration projects and agricultural infrastructure modernization. Additionally, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a historic agreement with the Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribe, Karuk Tribe, and Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) that cements their commitment to working together to drive long-term solutions to the … Continue Reading


February 14, 2024

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Urge Education Department to Address FAFSA Rollout Issues

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Senate colleagues today called on the U.S. Department of Education to urgently address the operational issues with the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that impacts many students in Oregon and nationwide. “We are supportive of the Department’s decision to make these adjustments in the updated form, but were disappointed to hear these adjustments would lead to even further delays in this year’s FAFSA … Continue Reading


February 13, 2024

Wyden Reveals Phone Data Used to Target Abortion Misinformation at Visitors to Hundreds of Reproductive Health Clinics

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., revealed today that an anti-abortion political group used mobile phone location data to send targeted misinformation to people who visited any of 600 reproductive health clinics in 48 states. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission, Wyden urged the government to act quickly to protect the privacy of patients, and to hold the data broker accountable for misleading statements about its actions.  As a … Continue Reading


February 10, 2024

Senator Wyden Postpones Josephine County Town Hall For Crucial Senate Vote

Washington, D.C. - Due to ongoing negotiations in the U.S. Senate, Senator Wyden has to postpone his town hall in Josephine County, which was scheduled on Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Rogue Community College Redwood Campus in Grants Pass. “I made a promise to Oregonians that I would come to every county every year to listen to you about issues that affect your county and region,” Wyden said. “I also made a promise to work hard on your behalf in DC and stay as long as it takes to get the work done. … Continue Reading


February 09, 2024

Senator Wyden Postpones Clatsop County Town Hall For Crucial Senate Vote

Washington, D.C. - Due to ongoing negotiations in the U.S. Senate, Senator Wyden has to postpone his Clatsop County Town Hall, which was scheduled on Feb. 11 at noon at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.   “I made a promise to Oregonians that I would come to every county every year to listen to you about issues that affect your county and region,” Wyden said. “I also made a promise to work hard on your behalf in DC and stay as long as it takes to get the work done. I look forward … Continue Reading


February 09, 2024

Senator Wyden Postpones Lincoln and Tillamook County Town Halls For Crucial Senate Vote

Washington, D.C. - Due to ongoing negotiations in the U.S. Senate, Senator Wyden has to postpone his town halls in Lincoln and Tillamook Counties at the following times and locations: Lincoln County Town Hall: Feb. 10 at noon at Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City Tillamook County Town Hall: Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. at Port of Tillamook Bay Officers Mess Hall, 6825 Officer's Row Road, Tillamook “I made a promise to Oregonians that I would come to every county every year … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Senator Wyden Cancels Polk County Town Hall Due to Crucial Senate Vote

Washington D.C. - Due to ongoing negotiations in the Senate and an unexpected vote, Senator Wyden has to postpone his Polk County Town Hall scheduled for Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas, Oregon. “I made a promise to Oregonians that I would come to them to hear about issues that affect their specific county and region,” Wyden said. “While I won’t be able make it this time for my Polk County Town Hall, I look forward to finding a new date to hear from anyone in the … Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce $440,000 for Hermiston Municipal Airport

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced an investment of $440,000 for the City of Hermiston from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve the Hermiston Municipal Airport. “It is absolutely essential to keep rural communities connected to services, especially in case of emergencies like natural disasters,” Wyden said. “This federal investment will help Hermiston Airport to expand, and provide vital resources to the folks in the region … Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Update: Oregon Delegation Announces Over $7 Million for Federal Fishery Disaster Declaration

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Val Hoyle (OR-04), Andrea Salinas (OR-06), andLori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05), announced today the U.S. Department of Commerce is sending Oregon a total of $7,050,722 for the fishery disaster declared for 2018, 2019, and 2020 Oregon Chinook salmon ocean commercial?fisheries in the state. The Oregon delegation first announced the … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Wyden Urges Senate to Support Judge Amy Baggio’s Nomination

Watch a video of Wyden deliver his remarks here As prepared for delivery I come to the floor today to reiterate my strong support for Judge Amy Baggio’s nomination to serve for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.  Judge Baggio has a proven track record as both a jurist and a litigator. She spent a decade as a public defender, and in her career on the bench, she has presided over hundreds of civil and criminal matters and handled 42 trials, half of which were jury … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Investigate, Measure Environmental Impacts of Artificial Intelligence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues today introduced legislation that would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop standards to measure and report the full range of artificial intelligence’senvironmental impacts, as well as create a voluntary framework for AI developers to report environmental impacts.  “AI will continue to grow rapidly across every industry, and the infrastructure required to operate AI systems will have commensurate … Continue Reading


February 05, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Provide Every Child in Oregon and Nationwide with Economic Opportunity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues introduced legislation last week that would create children’s savings accounts for every single child in Oregon and nationwide. These savings accounts would build lifelong wealth and economic self-sufficiency for kids from families with limited resources. Funds from the accounts could be used for post-secondary education, starting a business, buying a house or retirement security. “Part of the story of America is that anybody can … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Antitrust Legislation to Prevent Algorithmic Price Fixing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today introduced legislation that would prevent companies from using algorithms to collude to set higher prices. “Collusion is collusion, whether you do it over the phone or using an algorithm,” Wyden said. “This legislation, along with my Preventing the Algorithmic Facilitation of Rental Housing Cartels Act, will send a strong message to corporations that they won’t get away with coordinating to ratchet up prices on consumers.”   Price fixing and … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Wyden Announces Five Town Halls on the Northern Coast and Southern Oregon

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will continue his 2024 town hall schedule with five in-person town halls in Polk, Lincoln, Tillamook, Clatsop, and Josephine counties in February. Including his seven town halls in January, Wyden has held a total of 1,072 town halls throughout Oregon in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.  “I made a commitment when I was first elected to the Senate to hold these … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Wyden Introduces Legislation To End Future Capture And Breeding Of Whales For Public Display

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today reintroduced legislation that would end the future capture and breeding of whales for public display. “Whales that are held in captivity live much shorter lives than in the wild, and despite rules passed to improve conditions in public display settings, this fact persists,” Wyden said. “Banning the trade and breeding of these four species of whales for the purpose of public display would further improve animal welfare nationwide. Additionally, … Continue Reading

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