Press Releases

March 25, 2019

Wyden Statement on Attorney General Barr’s Letter to Congress

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement in response to the letter that Attorney General William Barr released Sunday afternoon: "Attorney General Barr's letter appears to be little more than a public relations strategy to get positive headlines for the president, while concealing from the American people Robert Mueller's actual report. No one should be surprised. Barr told Trump he didn't have to worry … Continue Reading


March 21, 2019

Wyden, Paul, Leahy, Daines Question DOJ Over Government Surveillance of Americans’ Location Information

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mt., today asked the Department of Justice a series of questions about when and how the government can collect information about Americans' location, in a bipartisan letter to Attorney General William Barr. The senators asked Attorney General Barr how the Supreme Court's decision in Carpenter v. United States, that the government must get a warrant to obtain location … Continue Reading


March 19, 2019

Wyden Statement on Calls to Regulate Speech Online and Repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement in reaction to new calls to regulate speech online and repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: "Tech companies certainly need to continue to be far more vigorous about identifying, fingerprinting and blocking content and individuals who incite hate and violence. If politicians want to restrict the First Amendment or eliminate the tools with which much of the world communicates in real … Continue Reading


March 19, 2019

Wyden Calls on Saudi Arabia to Release Political Prisoners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden joined with eight other senators today to call on the King of Saudi Arabia to immediately and unconditionally release a number of prisoners held by the Saudi government, many of them on dubious charges related to their activism. "The brutality of the Khashoggi killing and Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, as well as the continued detention of political prisoners threaten not only Saudi Arabia's regional role but also the future of the U.S.-Saudi … Continue Reading


March 18, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce $2.5 Million for Offshore Wind Energy Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a major, $2.5 million grant for Oregon State University to develop monitoring systems for offshore wind turbines, advancing the renewable energy technology with cutting-edge research. "If we want to curb climate chaos and remain an economic force in the world, we must invest in research and development for the most cutting-edge energy technology," said Merkley, who uses his seat on the Senate Appropriations … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Merkley, Wyden, Walden Introduce Bill to Nullify Fraudulent Tribal Treaty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR 2), today introduced the 1865 Treaty Nullification Act to formally and finally nullify a fraudulent treaty with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, and clearly validate an 1855 treaty that establishes the tribes' reservation and preserves certain hunting, gathering and fishing rights. The Warm Springs Tribes in 1855 entered into a treaty with the United States, defining the … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Wyden, Cotton Urge Senate: Take Cyber Threats Seriously

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., today urged the Senate to take the cyber threats to congressional computers and cell phones seriously by providing an annual report on the number of successful hacks of Senate devices. In a letter addressed to the Senate Sargent of Arms (SAA), Michael Stenger, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee members wrote: "During the last decade, hackers have successfully infiltrated U.S. government agencies including the … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Wyden Joins Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Ensuring Equal Access to Reproductive Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. today joined colleagues to introduce legislation protecting every woman's constitutionally-guaranteed right to reproductive health care and helping ensure access to care for each woman, regardless of income, race or where in the country they may live. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act would lift the federal prohibition in current law preventing women who receive their health coverage through … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Wyden Welcomes Public Lands Bill Becoming Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today's signing into law of bipartisan public lands legislation takes several major and permanent steps forward to protect Oregon's natural treasures for future generations to enjoy. "Conserving our state's iconic Devil's Staircase, adding hundreds of miles of wild-and-scenic rivers, increasing wildfire protections and more totals up to a big win for Oregon's recreation economy," Wyden said after the White House signing ceremony. "This is the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Wyden: Trump’s ‘MAGAnomics’ Budget Promises to Leave Seniors and American Families Behind

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the Trump administration's budget proposal to Congress: "Trump's 'MAGAnomics' budget means deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other essential resources for seniors and American families-all to free up money for his wall, windfalls for defense contractors, and tax cuts for huge corporations and billionaires. "Not only that, the Trump administration is again pushing its misguided scheme to drive up the … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Wyden Urges State Department to Tell Turkey its Retribution Against Enes Kanter is Unacceptable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to tell his Turkish counterparts that their retribution against Enes Kanter for his criticism of their autocratic rule is unacceptable for a U.S. ally. Kanter, a Turkish national recently acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers from the New York Knicks, has “eloquently and powerfully exercised his freedom of conscience to criticize Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyipp Erdogan,” Wyden wrote in his letter to Pompeo. … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio & Blumenauer File Court Brief Supporting Youth Climate Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer have filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the Juliana v. United States youth plaintiffs in their landmark climate lawsuit and urging the Court to allow the pending case to proceed to trial. "From the present flooding and arctic temperatures in the East to the wildfires and droughts in the West, climate change is not just an impending threat that risks the … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Call for Hearings on Gun Violence Prevention

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week wrote the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to call for hearings on universal background checks legislation. "Statistics demonstrate that universal background checks save lives, and polls show that 97% of Americans support the implementation of these checks," the Oregon senators wrote Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in a letter signed by 36 other senators. "We noted with interest your statements that … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Wyden Calls for Investigation into Non-compete Agreements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined colleagues from both parties to request a federal investigation into the use and abuse of non-compete agreements, saying their widening use in recent years raises serious concerns about their increasing toll on workers and the economy. "We are concerned that the use of non-compete agreements on a large scale could slow economic and wage growth, reduce productivity and competition in labor markets, and create significant barriers to … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Wyden, Heinrich, Harris Request Declassification of Response to Questions About Chinese Interference in U.S. Elections

Washington, D.C. - Senate Intelligence Committee members Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., today called on the Director of National Intelligence to declassify a letter sent October 31, 2018, that responded to questions about whether China interfered in the 2016 and 2018 U.S. elections. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats provided an unclassified response to those questions on February 8, which is available here. That unclassified … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Wyden, Rubio, Warner Reintroduce “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” to Empower Students as Consumers

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mark Warner, D-Va., today reintroduced legislation to provide critical information to help students, families, policymakers and taxpayers better understand the costs and outcomes associated with higher education, while protecting individual privacy. The bipartisan Student Right to Know Before You Go Act makes data available to prospective college students about schools' graduation rates, debt levels, how much graduates can … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Co-sponsor Veterans Agent Orange Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced they are co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill that would provide health care benefits to additional veterans who served decades ago in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Their bill would move the start date for the presumption of service connection to all veterans exposed to Agent Orange in the Korean Demilitarized Zone from April 1968 to September 1967. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presumes that veterans … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Wyden Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Bill to Stop Trump Administration from Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined 24 cosponsors to reintroduce legislation that would protect the health and safety of pregnant women and youth in immigration custody. The Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act reinstitutes the Obama-era policy that presumed the release of pregnant women and youth from immigration custody and further prohibits the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from shackling pregnant women in its custody. The bill also sets new … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Wyden, Merkley: UO to Get More Than $400,000 for Earthquake Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the University of Oregon will receive more than $400,000 in federal funds for research into improving earthquake early warning systems. "A state-of-the-art early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis Oregon and the entire West Coast is a must to save lives if and when disaster strikes," Wyden said. "I am gratified that the University of Oregon has earned these awards to continue building on its pioneering … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Wyden Renews Call to Reform Tax Code to Kick the Carbon Habit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., renewed his call for reforming the tax code to better support investment and innovation in clean energy during today's U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the electricity sector in a changing climate. Wyden highlighted his proposal to replace the current 44 separate energy tax breaks with a simpler set of long-term, performance-based energy tax incentives that are technology-neutral and promote clean energy in the … Continue Reading

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