Press Releases

November 15, 2021

Wyden-Neguse Disaster Safe Power Grid Proposal Signed Into Law as Part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.)'s proposal to upgrade America's power system and protect local communities from extreme weather events was signed into law today as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Wyden and Neguse introduced the Disaster Safe Power Grid Act earlier this year to ensure that power companies do their part to reduce the risks of power blackouts and wildland fires through power system upgrades, fire … Continue Reading

November 15, 2021

Wyden, Senators Announce Bipartisan ‘Bridge Investment Act’ to Provide Significant Federal Investment in Bridge Repair is Signed into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced that their bipartisan Bridge Investment Act has been signed into law by President Biden. The senators have been pushing for this legislation since 2018, and reintroduced the bill in 2019 and again in May of this year. Led by Brown, they successfully … Continue Reading

November 12, 2021

Wyden, Senators Urge Fix to Broken Credit Reporting System, Accountability for Credit Reporting Agencies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said today he has joined with U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), to urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to take concrete steps to reform the credit reporting industry. The senators urged CFFB Director Rohit Chopra to use the CFPB's existing supervisory, rulemaking, and enforcement authority over … Continue Reading

November 10, 2021

Wyden, Fischer, Grassley, Tester Reach Cattle Market Bill Compromise

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today joined with U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to announce a bipartisan compromise cattle market proposal, known as the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act. "Family ranchers in Oregon are struggling as they continue to recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic, on top of a cattle market that sets them up at a disadvantage and delivers big for corporate meat packers," said … Continue Reading

November 09, 2021

Wyden, Heinrich Lead Introduction Of Pathways To Health Careers Act, Fight To Include In Build Back Better Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) reintroduced the Pathways to Health Careers Act that builds on the success of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program. The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.). In the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Ways and Means Worker and … Continue Reading

November 06, 2021

Wyden Welcomes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Passage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today welcomed House passage of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, which includes essential priorities for Oregon and the West. The bill now goes to the President's desk to be signed into law. "I've said for a long time, you can't have a big league economy with little league infrastructure. And today Oregon and the American West will finally get the significant investments needed to deal with catastrophic wildfires and severe … Continue Reading

November 04, 2021

Wyden Urges Administration to Protect Federal Workers, Overseas Military Personnel and Diplomatic Facilities from Counterintelligence Threats

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Ron Wyden pressed the heads of federal law enforcement, defense, intelligence and cybersecurity agencies to take long-overdue action to secure federal facilities against spying threats posed by wireless phone surveillance technology, in a letter today. Wyden wrote to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly, Director of National Intelligence Avril … Continue Reading

November 04, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: $13.5 Million Headed to Seven Oregon Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that more than $13.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will be heading to airports in Medford, Eugene, Redmond, Newport, Klamath Falls, Lake County and Grant County to help them cover costs incurred during the pandemic and support rent and minimum annual guarantees for airport concessions. "Each of these airports is a crucial part of a strong infrastructure that ensures Oregonians throughout our … Continue Reading

November 04, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bills to Reform Federal Wildfire Disaster Response

Washington, D.C. - Following another season of record-breaking wildfires in the West, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues on two bills to redesign the federal government's response to wildfires and provide additional resources to ensure equity for communities experiencing natural disasters. "The climate crisis is not some distant threat. It's here, and communities in Oregon and across the West are suffering its worst impacts with regular blazing infernos that … Continue Reading

November 04, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Urge Biden to Rescind Medals for Perpetrators of Wounded Knee Massacre

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is leading a bicameral letter, along with Senator Ron Wyden, urging President Biden to rescind the Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers involved in the Wounded Knee Massacre, when hundreds of unarmed men, women, and children were slaughtered. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Kaiali'l Kahele (D-HI-02) co-led the letter with Merkley. On December 29, 1890, U.S. soldiers descended upon Pine Ridge Reservation in … Continue Reading

November 03, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce $422 Million Federal Grant to Help Oregonians Recover from Devastating 2020 Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the state of Oregon will receive $422 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in an effort to help communities recover from the extreme damages caused by the 2020 wildfires. "Oregon cannot fully recover from the 2020 Labor Day wildfires without addressing underserved communities who have had difficulty rebuilding from natural disasters-especially after these fires … Continue Reading

November 03, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Introduce Bill to Support Oregon Conservation, Economic Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today introduced the Sutton Mountain and Painted Hills Area Wildfire Resiliency, Preservation, and Economic Enhancement Act, legislation that would establish a Sutton Mountain National Monument on tens of thousands of acres of public lands surrounding the iconic Painted Hills and popular recreational areas, including Sutton Mountain, Pat's Cabin, Priest Hole, Gable Creek, Sand Mountain and Dead Dog. The proposal, which was … Continue Reading

November 02, 2021

Wyden statement on Senate ENR Committee advancing the nomination of Chuck Sams to lead the National Park Service

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance the nomination of Chuck Sams as National Park Service (NPS) Director to the Senate floor: "The National Park Service is one step closer to having the director it needs and our country deserves as the agency carries out its mission to protect the natural and cultural resources of our parks. I've known Chuck Sams a long time, and he represents the … Continue Reading

November 01, 2021

Wyden Renews Call to End Secret Law, Following Supreme Court’s Refusal to Consider Public Access to Secret FISA Court Opinions

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision not to hear arguments for releasing more public information about the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA): "The Supreme Court has made the deeply troubling judgment that the public has no right to the secret rulings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court," Wyden said. "As a member of the Senate Intelligence … Continue Reading

October 29, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce $4 Million in FEMA Grants for Wildfire Recovery and Infrastructure Repair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Oregonians continue to recover from the devastating wildfires in 2020 that destroyed entire communities in Lane County, Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced millions of dollars in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will support projects repairing infrastructure that was severely damaged by wildfire and wind. "Wildfires and intense winds caused significant damage in Lane County, where electrical systems that are … Continue Reading

October 29, 2021

Oregon Delegation Urges Fishery Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is leading members of the Oregon delegation, including U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici, in urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to grant a catastrophic regional fishery disaster declaration for the State of Oregon, after three consecutive years of drought and changing ocean conditions have severely harmed salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. "The value of salmon to … Continue Reading

October 29, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce $25 Million in Federal Funding for Emergency Recovery Efforts from COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced $25 million in federal grants are being allocated for emergency services critical to the state's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. "While Oregon continues its recovery from the pandemic, we cannot ignore the effects of COVID-19 on emergency personnel and their ability to provide aid and administer tests when needed," said Merkley. "I am pleased that Oregon will receive federal funding to sustain critical … Continue Reading

October 27, 2021

Wyden Cosponsors Legislation to Promote Educational Opportunities for Incarcerated Americans

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is cosponsoring legislation that would expand access to education for Americans in federal prisons by creating an office within the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) focused on correctional education and funding a new program to address the lack of educational opportunities now offered. "Improving educational opportunities in prison helps to reduce recidivism rates, which benefits both the community and the people returning to it with the … Continue Reading

October 26, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Say Pentagon Timetable for Implementing Sexual Assault Reforms ‘Vague, Lax’

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined seven Senate colleagues to express disappointment with the Pentagon's proposed timeline-of up to nine years-to implement the findings of the Independent Review Commission (IRC) on Sexual Assault to combat sexual assault and harassment in the military. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the senators request a briefing outlining the Department of Defense's methods of execution to achieve needed reforms. "We write to express our … Continue Reading

October 25, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Seek Review of Accounting and Student Achievement Progress at Chemawa Indian School

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today asked the Inspector General for the U.S. Interior Department to answer questions about the Chemawa Indian School's accounting practices and update its 2015 review of the Salem school's policies to determine whether progress has been made to increase students' academic achievement. Wyden and Merkley's letter noted that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released two reports in July 2015 on academic achievement and violence … Continue Reading

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