Press Releases

February 14, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon To Receive More than $35 Million in Federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon will receive more than $35.1 million in federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) grants. "This partnership with hunters, anglers and others builds even stronger recreational opportunities in Oregon while also protecting sustainable resources," Wyden said. "Our state's world-renowned natural treasures generate recreation jobs and the ability for everybody to enjoy the outdoors. I'm glad this … Continue Reading

February 14, 2022

Oregon Delegation Calls for Additional Emergency Rental Assistance Funding

WASHINGTON, DC [02/14/2022] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici led members of Oregon's congressional delegation - including Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, and Kurt Schrader - in calling for additional emergency rental assistance funding to be sent to Oregon. The letter to the Treasury Department supports a request made by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Congress created the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in December 2020 to … Continue Reading

February 10, 2022

Wyden and Heinrich: Newly Declassified Documents Reveal Previously Secret CIA Bulk Collection, Problems With CIA Handling of Americans’ Information

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for new transparency about bulk surveillance conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency, following the release of documents that revealed a secret bulk collection program and problems with how the agency searches and handles Americans' information. Wyden and Heinrich requested the declassification of a report by the Privacy and Civil Liberties … Continue Reading

February 10, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon to Receive $7.7 Million for National Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon will receive $7.7 million in federal funds this fiscal year from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help create a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state. "Electric vehicles are an essential step on the road to a clean energy future that's a must to combat the climate crisis," Wyden said. "I'm gratified the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing this federal investment in … Continue Reading

February 10, 2022

Wyden to Hold 1,000th Town Hall

Portland - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will hold his 1000th town hall on Feb. 24 in Lane County as part of an upcoming schedule of four live on-line town halls hosted by People's Town Hall that also will include Columbia, Washington and Multnomah counties. "Nothing has been more important in my public service than keeping my promise to listen to Oregonians in each of our state's 36 counties each year," Wyden said. "I'm honored that Oregonians have given me the opportunity to answer … Continue Reading

February 10, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: U.S. Forest Service Contracts With Eight Oregon Businesses to Provide Wildland Firefighter Crews

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today welcomed news that the U.S. Forest Service is awarding contracts to Oregon companies in Merlin, Redmond, Salem, Ashland, Philomath, Merrill, Sutherlin and Independence to provide crews to fight wildland fires. "Fighting wildfires and protecting lives, homes and small businesses in Oregon and nationwide demand trained crews that can respond quickly and reliably," Wyden said. "I'm pleased the Forest Service has recognized these … Continue Reading

February 10, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $1.2 Million in Health Service Federal Funding Headed to Tribes in Multnomah County

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the Department of Health and Human Services will be awarding a grant totaling $1,169,999 to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. Over the next year, these funds will be used by the health board to partner with other national organizations to increase access to vaccines in underserved communities. "The challenges of this pandemic have further emphasized what so many of us have long known: health … Continue Reading

February 09, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $1.3 Million for Deschutes River Conservancy to Combat Drought Conditions

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $1,370,473 in grant money from the Bureau of Reclamation to reduce the impact of drought in Central Oregon. These funds will help establish and administer a water bank for the Deschutes Basin of Central Oregon, increase water monitoring within irrigation districts, and improve drought forecasting. This is one of 13 initial projects nationwide selected by the Bureau of Reclamation in 2022 to build … Continue Reading

February 09, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Biden to Step Up Efforts to Demilitarize Police

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined nine colleagues in calling on President Biden to step up efforts to demilitarize the police. In their letter to the president, the senators cite reports showing that police militarization fails to reduce rates of violent crime or change the number of officers assaulted or killed. Instead, arming police departments with military equipment has led to an increase in officer-involved shootings and civilian deaths, they wrote. "We urge you to … Continue Reading

February 09, 2022

Senators Merkley and Wyden Announce More than $262 Million in U.S. Forest Service Funds Headed to Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $262,736,000 headed to Oregon to help the state recover from wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will allocate nearly $1.1 billion in disaster assistance funding nationally to support different regions dealing with post-disaster recovery and other emergency needs as a result of natural disasters occurring in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Today's announcement is a direct result of funding that Senator … Continue Reading

February 08, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Businesses Statewide Receive Rural Business-Cooperative Grants and Loans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that farms and other small businesses in Oregon have earned a combined total of over $32 million in rural business grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help them grow and continue to create job opportunities statewide. "Our rural economies thrive when small businesses thrive," Wyden said. "Grants and loans that help emerging businesses grow will mean more jobs and opportunity for … Continue Reading

February 08, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Bill to Reauthorize Deschutes River Conservancy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to address restoration of wildlife and reduce agricultural runoff in central Oregon rivers, Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced critical legislation to reauthorize the Deschutes River Conservancy's (DRC) federal eligibility to receive federal funding for water quality and conservation projects. Founded in 1996, DRC initially focused on grazing and timber issues impacting river health, but has shifted to water management in recent … Continue Reading

February 03, 2022

Wyden, Booker and Clarke Introduce Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022 To Require New Transparency And Accountability For Automated Decision Systems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Representative Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., today introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022, a landmark bill to bring new transparency and oversight of software, algorithms and other automated systems that are used to make critical decisions about nearly every aspect of Americans' lives. "If someone decides not to rent you a house because of the color of your skin, that's flat-out illegal … Continue Reading

February 02, 2022

Wyden on Reintroduction of the EARN IT Act: Political Attacks on Encryption Will Make Children Less Safe, Won’t Aid Victims or Catch Predators Who Prey On Kids

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged his colleagues to listen to human rights leaders, press freedom advocates and the broad coalition of civil society groups that opposed the EARN IT Act of 2020, following the reintroduction of the bill. "This sadly misguided bill will not protect children. It will not stop the spread of vile child exploitation material or target the monsters that produce it. And it does not spend a single dollar to invest in prevention services for … Continue Reading

February 02, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Earn $500,000 in Federal Broadband Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians have earned $500,000 in federal funds for work on planning activities for broadband infrastructure connection, construction, and service deployment. "Tribes in Oregon and nationwide need modern and reliable broadband connections so that schoolchildren can learn, small businesses can buy and sell goods, and everybody can have access to tele-health," Wyden said. "I'm … Continue Reading

January 27, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Mercy Foundation to Receive $375,768 Federal Telehealth Grant for Rural Schools in Roseburg

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Mercy Foundation in Roseburg will receive $375,768 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand telehealth services for rural schools. "The pandemic has forced us to find different ways to deliver health care services safely and efficiently, including through broadband," Wyden said. "When I visited Mercy Medical in Roseburg last week, they made it clear to me that quality health care should be … Continue Reading

January 27, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Call for IRS to Provide Penalty Relief for Taxpayers as IRS Faces Extensive Processing Backlogs

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week joined colleagues to call on the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide penalty relief for taxpayers in Oregon and nationwide amid extensive, ongoing processing backlogs at the IRS. "While the COVID-19 pandemic has strained every federal agency, the impact on the IRS has been particularly severe," Wyden, Merkley and the lawmakers wrote Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS … Continue Reading

January 27, 2022

Senators Wyden and Moran Welcome DNI’s Recognition that the U.S. Must Fix the Broken Declassification System

Washington, D.C. - Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., welcomed Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines' acknowledgement that the U.S. declassification system is failing and in need of urgent repair, in response to their request that she take swift and meaningful actions to reform the country's broken declassification system. In her response, Director Haines acknowledged the serious dangers posed by the current system while noting that necessary reform efforts have not … Continue Reading

January 27, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $1.2 Million to Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal for Service during 2020 Riverside Fire

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Oregon will receive $1.23 million in federal reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for emergency protective measures in extreme fire conditions and hazardous debris removal from the Riverside Fire that ripped through Clackamas County in September 2020. "The Oregon State Fire Marshal went above and beyond the call of duty to protect communities during the catastrophic fires in … Continue Reading

January 26, 2022

Wyden Releases Statement on the Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. "Justice Stephen Breyer has served with distinction for nearly 30 years. I thank him for his service and his commitment to upholding the rule of law and the Constitution. President Biden's nominee to the Supreme Court will be put forward at a critical time. The six Republicans on the Supreme Court are running roughshod over the rights of all Americans, … Continue Reading

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