Press Releases

May 24, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $39 Million in Federal Funds to Boost Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention, Mental Health Services In Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that $39.3 million in American Rescue Plan funding is headed to Oregon to support substance abuse treatment and prevention programming, and to strengthen mental health services for Oregonians. The coronavirus crisis has presented mental health challenges in every community in Oregon-in both rural and urban areas, and among children, young people and seniors. "The devastation and hardship of this past year … Continue Reading

May 20, 2021

Wyden, Manchin, Cantwell, Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires

Wyden made the case for his legislation today during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on forest management. Click here to watch. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., today reintroduced legislation that would help prevent the blistering and destructive infernos from destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods and becoming more frequent as the climate crisis grows. The National … Continue Reading

May 20, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize USPS and Promote Long-Term Sustainable Service

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he has joined colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that would set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country. "Oregonians throughout our state depend on the Postal Service to receive safe and timely delivery of their prescription drugs, to vote at home, to get packages and many other essential day-to-day needs," Wyden said. … Continue Reading

May 20, 2021

Wyden, Murray Introduce Legislation to Modernize State and Local Tech Systems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced new legislation today to help state and local governments update their technology and replace outdated systems for accessing essential health care, housing, employment and other services. The State and Local Digital Service Act authorizes $100 million to fund tech strike teams at state and local governments, using modern design and development techniques that put users first and fix frustrating government … Continue Reading

May 20, 2021

New Report from Wyden, Colleagues: Universal Child Care Is Essential to the Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) as well as U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) and Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) today released a new report highlighting the critical need to expand and invest in our child care system and calling for $700 billion to support investments in child care as the country heads towards a post-pandemic economic recovery. "Our report echoes what I hear every … Continue Reading

May 20, 2021

Wyden Statement on Ongoing Violence in Israel

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the ongoing violence in Israel: "I urge all parties to this conflict to recognize the enormous toll it is taking on innocent lives and implore them to step up efforts toward a ceasefire in the next 24 hours. "I stand with Israelis as they exercise their right to self-defense in the face of indiscriminate terror attacks, and I stand with Palestinians caught in the carnage of Hamas' campaign against Israel. "I encourage all Israelis … Continue Reading

May 19, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Make Bipartisan Push to End Wasteful Pentagon Spending

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2021, which would require the Department of Defense (DOD) to finally pass a full independent audit beginning in fiscal year 2022. "Taxpayers can't afford to keep writing blank check after blank check for the Pentagon to cash," Wyden said. "If the Department of Defense cannot pass a clean audit, as required by law, there ought … Continue Reading

May 19, 2021

Wyden, Paul, Merkley Introduce Bill to Update Regulations to Ensure Equal and Safe Access to Hemp-derived CBD Products

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today introduced legislation to ensure hemp-derived CBD products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) like other legal products used in dietary supplements, foods and beverages - an action that is essential to protecting consumer safety and treating hemp producers fairly. Currently, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act prohibits any new dietary ingredient, food, or beverage from … Continue Reading

May 19, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Lane Electric to Receive $3.7 Million FEMA Grant for Repairs from 2019 Winter Storm

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Lane Electric Cooperative will receive a $3.72 million federal grant for repairs from the February 2019 snowstorm that left customers without power and caused severe damage to the utility's power distribution lines and systems. "Oregonians who experienced the loss of electricity in their homes and businesses for weeks on end from this winter storm remember all too well the damage this snowfall inflicted on Lane … Continue Reading

May 18, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Support Title X Rule to Reverse the Trump Administration’s Gag Rule

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues in a letter urging Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra to quickly finalize the proposed rule for the Title X family planning program that would reverse the Trump Administration's gag rule, commit to health equity, and ensure that patients who depend on Title X providers can get the care they need-including for birth control, STD screenings, cancer screenings, and more. "For … Continue Reading

May 18, 2021

Wyden, Raskin Urge DOJ to End Practice of Spying on Journalists To Identify their Sources

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin, D-Md., urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to end its practice of spying on reporters to secretly identify their sources, in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland sent today. The members' letter follows recent news that the Trump administration, under former Attorney General William Barr, secretly obtained phone records and attempted to obtain email records from three Washington Post reporters … Continue Reading

May 17, 2021

Wyden Co-Sponsors Legislation to Expand, Make Permanent Minority Business Development Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is co-sponsoring legislation that would make permanent and expand the reach of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), placing MBDA regional offices in more communities as well as increasing the agency's grant-making capacity and creating a Senate-confirmed post for Minority Business Development. "Entrepreneurs of color have for generations faced significant barriers as they work to get their ideas and businesses off the ground," … Continue Reading

May 15, 2021

Wyden, Merkley and Bentz Urge Unity In Klamath Basin

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz issued the following joint statement today about the Klamath Basin. "The latest chapter of the ongoing challenge in the Klamath Basin requires a unified approach locally and within the Oregon delegation to secure every possible short-term resource to help the Basin. That same unity is required in the work on the long-term solution that all responsible parties in the region know is needed so … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Eugene Airport to Receive $5.5 Million Federal Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the city of Eugene will receive a $5.5 million federal grant to help rebuild the runway as well as make lighting and taxiway improvements at Mahlon Sweet Field. "Eugene's airport plays a huge role for Oregonians needing convenient travel options, and for local businesses as well as the U-of-O and OSU welcoming visitors from around the globe," Wyden said. "I'm gratified these federal resources are heading to … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce “Kids to Parks Day” Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Richard Burr, R-N.C., today announced their bipartisan resolution that encourages children to get outdoors and promote healthy outdoor recreation by designating May 15, 2021 National Kids to Parks Day. First celebrated by the National Park Trust in 2011, the eleventh annual Kids to Parks Day marks the beginning of a … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Three Oregon Counties to Receive Housing Vouchers for Foster Youth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that three Oregon counties will receive more than $62,000 in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) vouchers to end and prevent homelessness among young adults aging out of foster care. "Housing as a human right requires critical support to make that goal a reality for young Oregonians during the incredibly vulnerable transition from foster care to adulthood," Wyden said. "Young people aging out of foster care oftentimes … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce PREPARE Act to Reauthorize SBA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he has joined Senate colleagues in reintroducing bipartisan legislation that would provide small businesses with low-interest loans to proactively protect their property from future disaster-related damage. "With natural disasters posing greater and greater risk to our communities, it's critical the federal government provide small businesses with the resources they need to protect themselves against disaster-related damage," Wyden said. … Continue Reading

May 13, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Reintroduce Legislation to Help Recreation and Wildfire Prevention Work in SW Oregon and Near Molalla River

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the reintroduction of their legislation that would boost recreation opportunities in Southwestern Oregon and on the Molalla River in Clackamas County, while ensuring wildfire prevention work in both of those regions. The senators' Oregon Recreation Enhancement (ORE) Act would create the Rogue Canyon Recreation Area and the Molalla Recreation Area, expand the Wild Rogue Wilderness Area, and prohibit destructive mining on … Continue Reading

May 13, 2021

Wyden, Welch Introduce Legislation to Improve Child Nutrition

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Peter Welch, D-Vt., today introduced the Local School Foods Expansion Act, legislation to improve child nutrition by expanding access to locally-grown, unprocessed fruits and vegetables for school meal programs. "Students deserve every resource to ensure their academic success, and their physical well-being is a key piece to the puzzle. Every child should have access to healthy, fresh meals, no matter their zip-code or … Continue Reading

May 13, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Coquille Indian Tribe to Receive $180,000 Grant for Economic Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Coquille Indian Tribe will receive $180,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to build an economic development planning framework that supports private capital investment and job creation in the Coos County region. "Investments like this are key to continued tribal sovereignty in Coos County and throughout our state," Wyden said. "After more than a year of the pandemic that has been … Continue Reading

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