Press Releases

July 13, 2016

Wyden Applauds Rail Transportation Notification for Emergency Responders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., applauded a proposed rule announced today by the Department of Transportation that would require railroads to provide more notification about shipments of crude oil and other flammable liquids. "First responders must be informed when trains carrying hazardous materials are going to travel through their communities. Today's proposal moves toward greater transparency by requiring railroads to better notify emergency responders about large … Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Wyden Legislation Helps Oregon UAS sites in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to provide much-needed certainty for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites in Oregon and nationwide to continue their economic growth was approved today by the Senate. The inclusion in a larger FAA bill of Wyden's legislation extends congressional authorization for the test sites in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs as well as three test sites outside Oregon until Sept. 30, 2019. "Creating greater certainty for Oregon's growing … Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Frank Moore Steelhead Management Area Bill Advances to Full Senate

Washington, DC - A bill sponsored by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley that would designate nearly 100,000 acres of public lands in Oregon as the "Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area" today passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The committee action sends to the full Senate the measure designating 99,653 acres of Forest Service land north of the North Umpqua River around Steamboat Creek in Douglas County. "Frank's extraordinary dedication conserving … Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Address Oil Train Derailments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation that will take on the threats posed by oil trains and help prevent horrific accidents like what happened in Mosier, Oregon last month. The Mandate Oil Spill Inspections and Emergency Rules (MOSIER) Act would require the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate every major oil train derailment, clarify the Federal Rail Administration's authority to place moratoriums on … Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Wyden Named to Energy Bill Conference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after the Senate voted to proceed to the energy bill conference today: "I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a path forward on an energy bill that advances the low-carbon economy," Wyden said. "I will be working to keep a permanent wildfire funding fix as part of conference talks in order to put an end to the fire borrowing that's bankrupting the Forest Service and … Continue Reading


July 08, 2016

ADVISORY: Wyden, Markey, McCaskill to Hold Press Conference on Whistleblower Retaliation by Contractors at the Energy Department

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will be joined by federal contractor whistleblowers Sandra Black and Walt Tamosaitis at noon ET on Thursday, July 14, to release a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Energy (DOE). Sandra Black, a contractor employee at DOE's Savannah River site in South Carolina for more than 30 years was fired for cooperating with the GAO during its … Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Wyden, Senate Dems: VA must do more to prevent and correct abuse of veterans in higher education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and 25 other Senate Democrats sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) calling for strengthened "oversight, enforcement, and accountability" of colleges receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to fulfill the "Principles of Excellence" Executive Order signed by President Obama in April 2012. The VA's failure to use its full authority to hold colleges accountable … Continue Reading


July 05, 2016

Wyden and Merkley: Port of Coos Bay Earns $11 Million Transportation Grant

Washington - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that the Port of Coos Bay has earned an $11 million federal grant to fund critical tunnel projects that will improve transportation connections for southwestern Oregon businesses. Both senators strongly supported the Port of Coos Bay's application for a Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant. "Today's good news provides essential support to … Continue Reading


July 01, 2016

On Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act Reforms, Senators Call on Administration to Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus

New campus safety data suggests substantial underreporting of sexual violence by schools: out of 11,600 measured in 2014, 91% reported having no incidents Senator Wyden and 30 Senate Colleagues urge Departments of Education and Justice to ensure compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reforms to the Clery Act, which require higher ed institutions to document and report gender-based violence Senators: "Educational equity for women and all students requires fair, responsive, … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Wyden Statement on Allowing Openly Transgender People to Serve in the Military

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the Department of Defense announced it will lift its ban on allowing openly transgender people to serve in the military: "Eligibility to serve in the military should depend on a person's ability to do the job, not on how they identify," Wyden said. "I'm glad to see the Defense Department take this step toward equality and I remain committed to fighting for equal treatment for all Americans." … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Wyden, Merkley Join Effort to Reduce Food Waste

Washington, D.C. - In response to the staggering amount of food wasted in the United States every year, Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., to introduce comprehensive legislation to reduce food waste in stores and restaurants, at schools and institutions, on farms, and in American homes. Forty percent of food across the food supply system in the United States is never eaten- damaging … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Wyden: Untested Government Mass Hacking Techniques Threaten Digital Security, Critical Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - Speaking at the Open Technology Institute today, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., warned that proposed changes to expand government hacking and surveillance powers pose a dangerous threat to the security of power plants and other critical infrastructure connected to the internet, as well as Americans' digital devices. "Our PCs aren't the only devices connected to the internet. Factories, power plants, transportation grids and all kinds of critical infrastructure can be accessed … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Wyden and Colleagues Urge Senate Leadership to Support Funding for Gun Violence Prevention Research, Remove Anti-Gun Safety Riders from Appropriations Legislation

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate considers Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations legislation, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and 22 other Democratic Senators are urging Senate leadership to remove from appropriations legislation any anti-gun violence prevention research riders, including a rider that is commonly known as the "Dickey amendment". A 1996 Republican appropriations rider authored by former Congressman Jay Dickey, R-Ark., prohibits federal funds from being used to "advocate or promote" gun … Continue Reading


June 27, 2016

Wyden Places Hold on Intelligence Authorization Bill that Needlessly Expands FBI surveillance, Undermines Independent Oversight

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization bill, over provisions that would let the FBI demand Americans' web browsing histories and other digital data without court oversight. A bipartisan coalition of senators defeated a similar FBI spying proposal in a Senate floor vote last week. Wyden was the only senator to vote against the bill in the Senate Intelligence Committee. Wyden also objects to a provision placing new restrictions … Continue Reading


June 27, 2016

Wyden: Women Have a Constitutionally Protected Right to Make Choices about Their Bodies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas state law known as HB-2, which would have placed burdensome requirements on health care clinics and doctors who offer abortion care: "In the United States, women have a constitutionally protected right to make their own choices about their bodies," Wyden said. "The Supreme Court's decision today reaffirms that guaranteed right and begins to reverse the tide of … Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

Senators Wyden & Markey and Reps. Cicilline & Lowenthal Lead 81 Members of Congress in Call for Support for LGBT Community Worldwide

Senators Ron Wyden (D - Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressmen David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) today were joined by 81 Democrats from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in calling on the Department of State and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support programs that address the global challenges of the LGBT community. In the past two years, USAID has created a Senior LGBT Coordinator position and the State Department … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Wyden statement on Bipartisan Gun Reform Bill

Sen. Wyden issued the following statement on the Senate's test vote on a bipartisan bill to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns. "I have long supported the idea that someone who is on the terrorist watch list should not be able to buy a gun. This bipartisan amendment is a commonsense measure to close the dangerous loophole that allows suspected terrorists to legally buy guns. Today's vote demonstrated that a majority of the U.S. Senate is ready to take real steps to keep innocent … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Wyden, Crapo: Keep Wildfire Funding Fix Central Part of Wildfire Budgeting Debate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho today issued the following joint statement during a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a draft wildfire funding bill: As prepared for delivery "The issue of fixing fire borrowing has been a bipartisan issue for as long as we all have been working on it. And so, before I ask my questions, I want to give a little perspective on behalf of Senator Crapo and myself. When Senator … Continue Reading


June 21, 2016

Wyden Statement on Amendment to Expand Warrantless FBI Spying

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today slammed a new amendment that would let the FBI demand broad amounts of Americans' digital data without any court oversight. "Yesterday the Senate rejected measures that would help keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and lone gunmen. Instead, Senate Republicans are pushing fake, knee-jerk solutions that will do nothing to prevent mass shootings or terrorist attacks. Like so many other proposals this amendment is a lose-lose: It won't make … Continue Reading


June 16, 2016

Wyden Corrects the Record on Encryption Following Open Hearing with CIA Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement today correcting CIA Director John Brennan's inaccurate description of the foreign encryption market at today's open hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: "It is clearly inaccurate to say that foreign encryption is a 'theoretical' capability. Strong encryption technologies are available from foreign sources today - half of them of them are inexpensive and the other half are free. U.S. tech companies … Continue Reading

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