Press Releases

September 09, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $8.7 Million in Funding for Energy Efficiency Upgrades on Oregon’s Farms and Ranches

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that $8.7 million is headed to Oregon to help 27 farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses adopt renewable energy technologies, conduct critical energy audits, and make pollution and cost-cutting energy efficiency improvements. "As the coronavirus continues to cost our agricultural industry their lives and livelihoods, we must do everything we can to pave a path forward toward a healthier and more … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Announce $1.46 Million Federal Grant for Hermiston Industrial Park

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today's announcement of a $1.46 million federal grant for industrial park construction in Hermiston will help create jobs and build a stronger economy in Umatilla County. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for development of the South Hermiston Industrial Park had been sought by Wyden and Merkley in an August 2019 support letter that noted the city's hard work to recover from the Hermiston Foods plant closure and … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Leading Senate Democrats Demand Immediate U.S. Sanctions for Russian Interference in 2020 Elections

Washington, D.C. - Leading Senate Democrats urged the U.S. Treasury Department to sanction Russian individuals and government actors for their interference in the 2020 election. Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Mark Warner, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, Foreign … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Wyden Statement on DHS Withholding Information on Russian Interference in U.S. Presidential Campaign

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior Senate Intelligence Committee member, today released the following statement after reports revealed the Department of Homeland Security withheld information regarding Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election: "Every official responsible for withholding critical facts about Russian interference is complicit in covering up an attack on our country by a foreign adversary and must be held accountable. Just four days ago, the director of … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Wyden, Booker, Clarke and Waters Demand Answers From NFL on its Use of Race-Based Formula To Deny Payments to Black Ex-Players

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., questioned the National Football League's use of a race-based formula to deny concussion settlement payments to Black former players. In a letter sent today to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the members asked for an explanation of how the league's race-based formula has been developed and used, after it was disclosed in a New York Times report. "If these … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Wyden Calls for Action on Testing Supply Shortages in Rural Oregon

Wyden Calls for Robust Use of Defense Production Act by Trump Administration to Get Needed Supplies to Health Care Providers Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on the Trump administration to mobilize the resources of the federal government to ensure health care providers in Oregon and across the country have the supplies they need to conduct COVID-19 tests at capacity. "Despite warnings of the hardships rural medical providers would face, frontline hospitals, clinics … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Blast Trump Administration’s Constant, Dangerous Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and 30 of their Democratic Senate colleagues wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar criticizing the Trump administration for their continued political interference in the COVID-19 response. The Senators warned that decisions to pressure and overrule public health experts will erode public trust and hamper efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. "The timing of this interference is particularly troubling, … Continue Reading


August 29, 2020

Wyden Statement on DNI Denying Election Security Briefings to SSCI

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement regarding Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe's decision to deny election security briefings to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: "Russia is once again interfering in our elections to get Donald Trump elected and, rather than defend American democracy, Trump and his partisan intelligence leadership are trying to keep the facts from Congress. This is part of an escalating pattern of law breaking and … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Wyden, Casey, Warren: Reports Reveal Nursing Homes Gave Residents Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Without Consent or State Approval

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are requesting information from federal health agencies regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Following official state reports showing the inappropriate use of hydroxychloroquine in nursing homes, the senators sent letters to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Call on FCC to Bolster Program That Keeps Students Connected

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to boost its Lifeline program to keep students connected as millions of children return to school both virtually and in person. Since 1985, the FCC's Lifeline program has made basic internet and telephone service more affordable for low-income Americans and has had bipartisan support. "As millions of American families face unprecedented financial pressures and educational … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Join Legal Brief Against Donald Trump’s Illegal Asylum Ban

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined a legal brief seeking to preserve the D.C. District Court of Appeals' decision to strike down Donald Trump's plainly illegal ban on all asylum claims outside of ports of entry. A previous amicus brief Wyden and Merkley also joined helped the plaintiff asylum seekers convince the lower court in the case - O.A. v. Trump - to strike down Trump's illegal ban. "My parents fled Nazi Germany for the … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Wyden, Merkley Join Legal Brief to End Discrimination in Foster Care and Adoption

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they have joined a legal brief in an impending Supreme Court case focused on anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in the foster care and adoption system. "Religion must not be misconstrued as a license to discriminate, plain and simple," Wyden said. "To deny prospective and well-qualified foster and adoptive parents simply based on who they love or how they identify hurts our children in the foster care system by unjustly … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

As DeJoy Testifies Before Congress, Merkley, Wyden Demand End to Policies Disenfranchising Servicemembers Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined 28 colleagues in writing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to raise concerns over the heightened impact of harmful United States Postal Service (USPS) policy and operational changes to servicemembers and their families. DeJoy is testifying before a Senate committee today and a House committee on Monday about the severe mail delays that are jeopardizing access to medicines, essential goods, voting, correspondence, and … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Request Analysis from Social Security Administration on the Impact of Eliminating the Payroll Tax

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined colleagues in asking the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide an analysis of the impact of eliminating the payroll tax that funds Social Security's Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. In a letter to SSA Chief Actuary Stephen Goss, the senators wrote, "Specifically, what would be the implications of such legislation for revenue coming into the OASI and DI trust … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Press for Accurate 2020 Census Count for Native Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 17 of their Senate colleagues, are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau to honor their previously announced 2020 census completion date to ensure an accurate count for Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian community. On April 13, 2020, the Commerce Department and Census Bureau announced a modified timeline for 2020 census operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which extended the … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Demand Postal Service Address Delivery Delays of Veterans’ Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are demanding immediate action following reports of significant delays in veterans' prescription medications through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Merkley and Wyden joined 29 Senate colleagues in urging USPS to correct operational changes that are needlessly delaying veterans' access to life-saving prescriptions. "Veterans and the VA should … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce $3.6 Million in Federal Funding to Support Oregon Businesses as Coronavirus Impacts Worsen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that $3.6 million in federal funding is headed to Oregon to support nine Economic Development Districts as they update economic development plans and strengthen support services amid the deepening coronavirus crisis. The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed in March. "Creativity and resourcefulness have long been critical ingredients … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Federal Health Agencies to Offer COVID-19 Guidance to Child Care Providers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is asking federal health agencies for more detailed public health guidance to support the child care sector during and following the COVID-19 public health emergency. In an Aug. 14 letter to the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wyden and other legislators wrote, "The child care industry is at risk of collapse. A Bipartisan Policy Center … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Wyden Joins Colleagues to Call on Postal Board of Governors to Immediately Reverse Changes Made by Trump Megadonor Turned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy That Have Degraded and Delayed Postal Service Operations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined colleagues in sending a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors calling on it to immediately use its authority under the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 to reverse changes to postal service operations and mail service delays put in place by Trump megadonor turned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. In addition to Wyden, the letter is signed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Democratic Leader … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Schrader Demand Postmaster General End Deliberate Slowdown of Mail Delivery

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader today demanded that U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy rescind his orders that have unacceptably slowed mail delivery across Oregon and the nation. In their letter to DeJoy, the Oregon lawmakers noted their concerns are heightened by the raging pandemic and the Nov. 3 election just weeks away. They wrote that DeJoy's actions at Donald Trump's behest … Continue Reading

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