Press Releases

February 11, 2021

Wyden To Senate Leadership: We Must Fund Summer Enrichment Opportunities For Low-Income Children In Next Covid-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is urging Senate leadership to include funding for summer enrichment opportunities for low-income children in the next COVID-19 relief package. "Due to COVID-19, millions of students have been learning remotely and missing out on extracurricular activities, sports, and summer camp in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines necessary to stem the spread of COVID-19. This interruption will result in academic achievement loss and … Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Join Colleagues to Reintroduce COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are joining colleagues to reintroduce the COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act, legislation that would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and state governments to collect and publicly report detailed statistics about COVID-19 in federal, state, and local correctional facilities. "Nearly a year after lockdowns started to be implemented across America … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Wyden, Rubio Urge Biden Administration to Press Turkey on Its Troubling Human Rights Record

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today urged the new Biden administration to press the Turkish government to improve its human rights record, which includes an increasingly authoritarian crackdown on dissent both domestically and abroad. The bipartisan letter signed by more than 50 other senators cited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for marginalizing domestic opposition, silencing or coopting critical media outlets, purging independent judges … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1 Million in Federal Funding to Repair Detroit Water System Destroyed by Wildfire

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the City of Detroit is receiving a $1 million grant to support the rebuilding of the city's water system, which was destroyed by the Lionshead Fire in September 2020, during the state's unprecedented wildfire season. "When I went to Detroit to see up close the damage of the Lionshead fire and meet with affected Oregonians, I saw an unfathomable amount of destruction and heard heartbreaking stories of … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Wyden Joins Colleagues to Introduce Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and Emergency (SECURE) Act to Allow Qualifying Recipients to Apply for Permanent Residency

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is co-sponsoring the SECURE Act, which will allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "Families facing threats in their native land deserve a path to citizenship, especially considering the danger and volatility they fled in their home countries," Wyden said. "I can't help but be reminded of how my Jewish parents lived in fear for … Continue Reading

February 08, 2021

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Urge Amazon to Recognize Workers Seeking Union Representation Ahead of Key NLRB Vote

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are urging Amazon to do right by its workers and support their efforts to freely exercise their right to organize a union. "Amazon's profits have soared by 70 percent over the last year because of the hard work of your employees," Wyden and Merkley wrote in a Feb. 5 letter along with 11 Senate colleagues. "They have put in long hours and risked their own health during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet increased demand, and they … Continue Reading

February 08, 2021

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Bring Transparency to Presidential Pardons

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley led three of his colleagues-including Senator Ron Wyden-today in introducing the Presidential Pardon Transparency Act of 2021, legislation that would require all current and future presidents to provide the American people with critical information about any and all pardons they issue. The legislation was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) in January. "Our founding fathers … Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Sponsor Bill to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize and Make our Economy Work for Everyone

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues to introduce the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, comprehensive legislation to protect workers' rights to stand together and bargain for fairer wages, better benefits and safer workplaces. "Some of our most vital rights and protections - child labor laws, sick leave, and even weekends - exist due to the tireless efforts of unions in Oregon and all over this country," Wyden said. "With wages … Continue Reading

February 04, 2021

Wyden Pushes to Ensure Stimulus Payments Reach Americans Experiencing Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today joined his Senate Democratic colleagues in calling on the Department of the Treasury to ensure Americans receive the relief they are entitled to, including those who are experiencing homelessness. The bipartisan COVID-19 relief package enacted into law on December 27 of last year provided a round of direct payments worth up to $600 per adult, and efforts are currently underway to provide additional direct payments in future relief … Continue Reading

February 04, 2021

Wyden, Gillibrand, Brown, Hirono and Eshoo Reintroduce Invest in Child Safety Act to Protect Children from Online Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., today reintroduced legislation to confront online child exploitation and reverse a decade of underfunding key enforcement and prevention efforts. The Invest in Child Safety Act would direct $5 billion in mandatory funding to investigate and target the predators and abusers who create and share child sexual abuse material … Continue Reading

February 04, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: President Biden Can and Should Cancel up to $50,000 in Federal Student Loan Debt Immediately

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues in reintroducing a resolution outlining a bold plan for President Biden to tackle the student loan debt crisis by using his authority to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for Federal student loan borrowers. The resolution calls on the President to use executive authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel student loan debt and ensure there is no tax liability for Federal student loan … Continue Reading

February 04, 2021

Wyden Supports $5 Billion Library Modernization and Investment Plan to Connect More Americans to Opportunities for Advancement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced his support for legislation to invest $5 billion nationwide to build and modernize public libraries to better serve local communities, boost economic development and connect more families to opportunities for advancement in Oregon and across the country. Wyden was joined by U.S. Senators Jack Reed, D-R.I., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., in introducing the Build America's Libraries Act. This legislation … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Wyden Asks President to Remove Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today requested that President Joe Biden remove Dr. Robert Marbut from his post as the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). Wyden wrote that Dr. Marbut -- a holdover appointee from the Trump administration -- has repeatedly stonewalled the progression of permanent housing solutions for Americans and has failed to work with local leaders and service providers, allowing important partnerships to decay. And … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Unveil Groundbreaking Legislation to Boost Sustainability Among America’s Ports

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is leading five of his Senate colleagues-including U.S. Senator Ron Wyden-in introducing the Climate Smart Ports Act-legislation that would create a $1 billion per year federal program dedicated to improving sustainability measures at America's ports. The legislation was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan. Greenhouse gas pollution from mobile sources at ports is on the rise. The … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Urge Biden Administration to Hold Saudi Arabian Government Accountable for Lawless Actions

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the Biden administration to hold the Saudi Arabian government accountable for helping Saudi nationals accused of crimes flee the United States to avoid trial. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the senators wrote, "We urge you to do what the Trump administration would not: impose consequences on the Saudis for their indefensible behavior. We also urge you to seek a waiver of any relevant immunity … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Wyden and Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect 4,700 Miles of Oregon Rivers Nominated by Nearly 2,500 Oregonians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced the River Democracy Act to add nearly 4,700 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system - the largest Wild and Scenic Rivers effort in our nation's history. Those named rivers and streams were among more than 15,000 nominations submitted by 2,500 Oregonians as part of Wyden's statewide public effort to protect more of Oregon's waterways and reduce catastrophic wildfire risks, … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Wyden Asks Feds to Answer Health Questions Raised Under Trump Administration About Use of Tear Gas, Chemical Agents in Portland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has asked the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) head about health questions left unanswered for months by the federal agency under the Trump administration that deal with the department's sustained use of tear gas and chemical agents during protests in Portland. In his letter Feb. 2 to newly confirmed DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Wyden noted that the questions he raised last summer to Trump's DHS now take on renewed importance in the wake of … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

Western Democrats Call for Investigation into Potential Scientific Meddling by Trump Administration in its Rule Threatening Spotted Owl

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today led a group of Western Democrats requesting federal investigators determine whether former Secretary David Bernhardt overruled guidance by career officials to push the Trump administration's destructive rule to remove critical habitat protections for the Northern Spotted Owl on 3.4 million acres of federal lands in the Pacific Northwest. Joining Wyden in the request for the U.S. Department of Interior Inspector General to review the U.S. … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

Amid Pandemic and Plunging Temperatures, Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Work to Help Low-Income Americans Pay Heating Bills

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden teamed up with 42 of their Senate colleagues in pushing for a significant funding boost for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the next pandemic relief package. LIHEAP is a bipartisan, federally funded program that has a proven track record of helping low-income households pay their home energy bills. The program gave $33.8 million in assistance to Oregonians in 2020. "The LIHEAP program is … Continue Reading

January 29, 2021

Wyden and Booker Question NSA Response Following Supply Chain Hacks of SolarWinds And Juniper Networks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and eight U.S. House members today asked the National Security Agency to explain the NSA's actions to protect the government from supply chain attacks, like the recent SolarWinds hack, in which malicious code is snuck into commercial software used by the government. The recent SolarWinds hack has brought attention to the vulnerability of the government to supply chain attacks. However, five years ago another vendor … Continue Reading

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