Press Releases

January 17, 2024

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Urge FERC to Strengthen and Finalize Transmission Planning Rule

Washington, D.C. - Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined senate colleagues in sending a bicameral letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Willie Phillips urging the agency to strengthen and finalize its proposed transmission planning and cost allocation rule in order to address the growing need for reliability, affordability, and clean electricity. “In recent years, we have witnessed numerous examples of grid resilience issues, which have highlighted … Continue Reading

January 17, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Recognized for Effective Oversight of the U.S. Organ Transplant System

Washington, D.C. - Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden was recognized along with a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues by The Carl Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy for their work to enhance competition in the U.S. organ transplant system and increase access to necessary care for patients.  “Government services shouldn’t prioritize industry insiders over patient care, especially when lives are on the line,” said the Senators. “We’re honored to be recognized for this unified effort to shine … Continue Reading

January 16, 2024

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues’ Bipartisan Call to Address Long-Term Drought in Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) in a bipartisan effort calling on the Senate Agriculture Committee to address long-term drought in the upcoming farm bill. “Agriculture is the economic backbone for rural communities in our states. However, severe, long-term drought is devastating these rural areas. During periods of droughts, our farmers and ranchers face diminishing crop and livestock … Continue Reading

January 12, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Call for a Review of Navy Federal After Reported Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, along with his colleagues Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Jack Reed (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Raphael Warnock (D-GA); Tina Smith (D-MN); John Fetterman (D-PA); Tim Kaine (D-VA); Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV); and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) called on the Department of Housing and Urban … Continue Reading

January 12, 2024

Wyden, Colleagues Sound Bipartisan Alarm on JBS Request to Trade Shares on NYSE, Citing Threat to U.S. Markets

Washington, D.C. -  U.S. Senator Ron Wyden joined Senate Colleagues in urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler to consider the risk JBS S.A. (JBS) poses to the integrity of U.S. capital markets and the legal rights of U.S. investors as they consider the company’s proposal to list on the New York Stock Exchange.  “As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) considers this proposal, we urge the SEC to protect the integrity of U.S. capital markets and the … Continue Reading

January 12, 2024

Wyden, Lummis Urge Investigation into Hack of SEC Social Media Account

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., urged the Inspector General of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to open an investigation into the recent hack of the SEC’s social media account and the SEC’s apparent failure to follow cybersecurity best practices, in a letter released today.  On January 9, 2024, the SEC revealed that an unknown party had hacked its official account on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. Later … Continue Reading

January 11, 2024

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Demand Amazon Improve its Treatment of its Delivery Drivers

Washington, D.C. - Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy requesting information about the company’s Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program and its efforts to avoid legal liability for the persistent mistreatment of DSP drivers. The senators are also seeking information regarding Amazon’s justification for refusing to bargain with union representatives of DSP employees and requiring … Continue Reading

January 10, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce $1 Million for OSU to Support Multicultural Students, Forestry Workforce and Agricultural Sciences

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced more than $1 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for Oregon State University (OSU).  “In my meetings throughout the state with Oregon’s agricultural sector, I’m always asking how I can support them do what they do best: grow things, add value and ship their products around the world,” Wyden said. “One thing I’m hearing is the need for … Continue Reading

January 09, 2024

Wyden Statement on FTC Holding Location Data Broker Accountable

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden released the following statement on the FTC holding X-Mode Social/Outlogic accountable for selling Americans’ location data:   "I commend the FTC for taking tough action to hold this shady location data broker responsible for its sale of Americans' location data. In 2020, I discovered that the company had sold Americans' location data to U.S. military customers through defense contractors. While the FTC's action is encouraging, the agency should not … Continue Reading

January 08, 2024

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Warn Non-Unionized Automakers Not to Interfere in UAW Unionization Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Senate colleagues in a letter to 13 non-unionized automakers urging them to allow  United Auto Workers’ (UAW) legally protected unionization efforts at their manufacturing plants. After the ratification of historic agreements between UAW and the Big Three automakers in Detroit, thousands of non-union autoworkers are publicly organizing to join the UAW. “We are concerned by reporting at numerous automakers that management has … Continue Reading

January 04, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce $72 Million Federal Investment for Expansion of Microchip’s Gresham Facility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce is awarding $72 million in direct funding to Microchip for its Gresham expansion, as part of the CHIPS and Science Act passed by Congress in 2022.  “Oregon is the beating heart of our nation’s semiconductor industry,” said Wyden. “When I brought Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to Oregon last year, I was confident that she would see the Silicon Forest for what it is: a world class … Continue Reading

December 28, 2023

Wyden and Merkley Announce Federal Investment of More Than $1 Million in Habitat for Humanity in Tillamook County

Washington D.C.— U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced a federal  investment of more than $1.1 million for Habitat for Humanity in Tillamook to secure space for  its retail operations and administrative offices.  “In my town halls in Tillamook County and throughout the state, I hear from Oregon families and businesses that housing poses a huge challenge,” Wyden said. “Housing is a human right, and Habitat for Humanity has been on the frontline providing much-needed homes … Continue Reading

December 21, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Announce $2.2 Million for Rural School Hybrid Program

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced a $2.2 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development Program for Chemeketa Community College. “Students of all backgrounds deserve a fair shot at a solid education,” Wyden said. “This funding is the perfect example of how to expand opportunities for folks in rural Oregon and across the nation, and I applaud Chemeketa Community College for receiving this … Continue Reading

December 20, 2023

Wyden, Crapo Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho today applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation designating U.S. Highway 20 between Newport, Ore. and New England as the “National Medal of Honor Highway.” "It's an honor to have worked closely with veterans in Oregon and nationwide in the grassroots movement to designate our country's longest continuous highway, stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic, as the ‘National Medal of Honor Highway,’” … Continue Reading

December 20, 2023

Wyden, Merkley, Bonamici, Salinas, Colleagues call for Expanded Funding for Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Andrea Salinas, joined bipartisan colleagues today to urge the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide more access to federal resources for community healthcare centers. Currently, there are 136  Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alikes in Oregon and across the nation that provide services to over 1 million patients, but still don’t … Continue Reading

December 19, 2023

Wyden Urges Federal Trade Commission to Block Kroger-Albertsons Merger

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block the proposed Kroger and Albertsons merger due to potential negative effects on consumers in Oregon and nationwide. “Specifically, I am concerned that the proposed merger, if approved, will result in fewer pharmacy options for Oregonians, fewer economic opportunities for Oregon’s small farmers, and harm to Oregon’s workers and consumers,” Wyden wrote in the letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan. “The … Continue Reading

December 18, 2023

Wyden Begins 2024 With Seven Town Halls in Central & Eastern Oregon

Portland -  U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced he will begin his 2024 town hall schedule with seven in-person town halls the first week of January in Jefferson, Sherman, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Baker and Malheur counties. Heading into these initial town halls of the new year, Wyden has held a total of 1,065 town halls throughout Oregon in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.  “I’m very much looking forward to starting 2024 … Continue Reading

December 15, 2023

Oregon Officials’ Statements on $600 Million Federal Award for Interstate Bridge Replacement Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Gov. Tina Kotek, U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici as well as the Oregon Department of Transportation issued the following statements about today’s $600 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Interstate-5 Bridge replacement project. “Today’s $600 million down payment on the federal investment needed for the Interstate Bridge is good news for freight traffic in Oregon and throughout the Northwest … Continue Reading

December 14, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Two Wyden Bills Key to Oregon’s Future

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement applauding the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for advancing his Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act (CEO Act) and his Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2023: “The ENR Committee has advanced two of my bills key to Oregon’s future. “The Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act preserves both a treasured way of life and a treasured landscape.  The bill helps … Continue Reading

December 14, 2023

Wyden and Merkley Introduce Legislation to End Voter Suppression by Unreasonably Long Lines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today introduced legislation that would end hours-long lines at polling places that suppress hundreds of thousands of votes, and restore Americans’ constitutional rights to vote in free and fair elections. “Oregonians are fortunate to have the option to vote at home, but many other voters nationwide lack that opportunity and shouldn’t be effectively cut off from the ballot box by lines that leave them on their feet … Continue Reading

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