Press Releases

April 05, 2021

Oregon Delegation: 31 Counties in State Receive More Than $39 Million in Secure Rural School Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader said today that 31 Oregon counties will receive about $39.3 million in Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments for schools, roads, law enforcement and other essential services. These payments to Oregon counties are the last ones under the SRS program's current authorization. Wyden, Merkley and Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) … Continue Reading

April 05, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: More Than $10 Million Heading to Oregon Airports for Improvements

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that more than a dozen airports throughout Oregon will receive about $10.3 million in federal grants for improvements that include better preparation for winter weather, runway repairs, improved guidance systems, perimeter fencing and more. "Oregonians living and working in communities large and small need safe and modern airport services for commerce that supports local jobs as well as for quality-of-life," Wyden said. "The … Continue Reading

April 02, 2021

Wyden, Bipartisan Senators, Question Online Ad Exchanges on Sharing of Americans’ Data with Foreign Companies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., questioned eight digital advertising exchanges about the possible sale of Americans' personal information to foreign-owned companies, in a series of letters sent yesterday with Senators Bill Cassidy, R-La., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Mark Warner, D-Va., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The senators are seeking information about the sharing of Americans' data through "real time bidding" - the auction process used to place … Continue Reading

April 02, 2021

Wyden Urges FCC to Include State and Local Input in Broadband Buildout

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined with 16 colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging that federal regulators ensure state, local, and tribal governments are included in efforts to update nationwide broadband maps. Following decades-long use of inaccurate data maps that denied broadband funding to eligible communities, Congress charged the FCC with creating new maps in 2020 to accurately depict the current state of broadband access in our … Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Announce Oregon Fisheries to receive $13 Million in Disaster Assistance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that Oregon fisheries will receive more than $13 million in fisheries assistance from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "Oregon's fishing industry up and down the coast has been cast adrift by the pandemic's economic riptide, "Wyden said. "West Coast seafood is prized internationally, and Oregonians in this signature state industry must be able to earn a family wage. These resources will … Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council to Address Racial Disparities in Housing Appraisal Industry

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined a group of 34 lawmakers in urging the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) to work with the housing appraisal industry to address disparities in home valuations for communities of color. Recent reports have shown significant disparities in the assessments of home valuations for white families and families of color-in fact, a 2018 Brookings Institute report found that homes in majority-black … Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Onward Eugene Awarded $300,000 NSF Grant for Broadband

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that Onward Eugene will receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $300,000 to provide broadband to Oregonians in remote areas of the McKenzie Valley. "Internet connections in 2021 are critical for rural communities to stay connected every day of the year," Wyden said. "Resilient broadband is also critical in a disaster, whether that's a global health pandemic forcing people to learn and work from home, or a … Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce More Than $84 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Health Centers Throughout Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that $84 million in federal funding-provided by the American Rescue Plan, which the senators helped pass on March 6, 2021-is headed to 30 health centers throughout Oregon to expand access to the coronavirus vaccine. "I am deeply grateful to the health care heroes who have been working on the frontlines throughout this pandemic to give our families, friends, and community members the best treatment possible … Continue Reading

March 30, 2021

Wyden Urges FCC to Make Rural Broadband a Priority This Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to close the digital divide by making rural broadband a priority in 2021 that expands internet access to all communities in Oregon and nationwide. "As Congress looks ahead to an infrastructure package that will help communities recover from the COVID-19 crisis, in line with President Biden's Build Back Better agenda, we have a unique opportunity to close this country's digital divide and jumpstart … Continue Reading

March 29, 2021

Wyden Introduces Bipartisan Legislation that would Lower Mandatory Drug Sentences

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has introduced bipartisan legislation that would modernize federal drug sentencing polices by lowering certain mandatory drug sentences. "In too many cases, mandatory minimum sentences have imprisoned people for far longer than is just," Wyden said. "This legislation takes a critical step toward dismantling the enormous costs of over incarceration for nonviolent drug crimes for both communities and taxpayers, when those resources would … Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

Wyden Co-sponsors Bill to Fund Education of Japanese-American Internment, Preserve Confinement Sites

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is co-sponsoring legislation that would promote public education about Japanese-American internment during World War II. This bill would permanently reauthorize the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) program with $38 million in annual funding to preserve internment camps across the country. The bill would also create a new $2 million federal grant program to promote education of Japanese-American internment. "The internment of … Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Guarantee Abortion Coverage Regardless of a Patient’s Insurance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have reintroduced a bill to guarantee abortion coverage-regardless of how a patient gets their health insurance. "The government should not have control of women's bodies," Wyden said. "Ending the unconscionable Hyde Amendment is a key to protecting a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, and essential to ensuring access to abortions for all women no matter their income or zip code. Abortion and other … Continue Reading

March 25, 2021

Wyden and Leading Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Expand Emergency Broadband Benefit Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with 15 leading Democrats including U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today introduced new legislation building on the Emergency Broadband Connections Act to ensure working families can stay online through the current economic and health crisis. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Edward Markey, D-Mass, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., Chris … Continue Reading

March 25, 2021

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Hatred, Discrimination Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced a resolution to condemn all forms of anti-Asian sentiment, racism, and discrimination, and call on federal officials, in collaboration with state and local agencies and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community organizations to address the rise in COVID-19-related hate crimes. "The increase in hate crimes against the Asian American community in the United States shows once again how far our country has to … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

Blumenauer and Wyden Introduce Legislation to Support Growing U.S. Kombucha Industry

Today, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, and Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced legislation to put a stop to unfair and outdated federal alcohol taxes on kombucha companies in Oregon and across the country. Specifically, the KOMBUCHA Act would ensure that kombucha beverages are exempt from excise taxes and regulations intended specifically for beer and other alcoholic beverages. "The past year has been incredibly hard on … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

Wyden and Merkley Introduce Bill to Improve Water Access for Agriculture and Conservation as West Continues to Face Drought

Video Available Here Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today reintroduced the Water for Conservation and Farming Act to help communities in Oregon and across the West experiencing high levels of drought. Their bill will improve water access for agriculture and conservation by funding projects that improve dam safety, create more resilient watersheds and benefit agricultural and urban water users. Wyden highlighted the importance of the legislation … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency in Cattle Market

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced legislation with colleagues from both parties that would foster efficient markets while increasing competition and transparency among meat packers who buy livestock directly from independent producers in Oregon and nationwide. "Corporate meat packers have ripped off cattle ranchers in Oregon and nationwide for far too long by unfairly driving down prices for their livestock," Wyden said. "This legislation restores market efficiency by … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

Wyden Statement Mark Zuckerberg’s Proposal to Roll Back Section 230

Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony calling for changes to Section 230: "Mark Zuckerberg knows that rolling back Section 230 will cement Facebook's position as the dominant social media company and make it vastly harder for new startups to challenge his cash cow. Everyone working to address real issues online should be deeply wary about Mark Zuckerberg's proposals for new regulations. Facebook endorsed SESTA-FOSTA, … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $5 Million in Federal Funding for Crucial Conservation Projects in the Siuslaw, Ochoco, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that over $5 million in federal funding is being distributed among conservation projects in the Siuslaw, Ochoco, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. Today's funding is being allocated by the U.S. Forest Service's portion of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and was made possible by the Great American Outdoors Act-legislation introduced and championed by Merkley and Wyden. "Oregon's forests and waters … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

Wyden and Merkley Bill to Improve Water Quality and Services for Tribes Passes Committee Vote

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today passed the Western Tribal Water Infrastructure Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to improve water quality and services for tribal communities in Oregon and nationwide. "Clean drinking water is the lifeblood of communities; it's a human right. The water crises faced by The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Native American Tribes nationwide demand swift federal action to fix a … Continue Reading

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