Press Releases

June 28, 2019

Wyden, Merkley and Colleagues: Census Should Stay on Schedule, Omit Citizenship Question

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined colleagues in calling for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to meet the administration’s previously set deadline of July 1 to begin printing materials for the 2020 Census and move forward without adding a politically-motivated question about citizenship. Their call comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s rationale for adding the question “appears to have been contrived.” Donald … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Bill to Nullify Fraudulent Tribal Treaty Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the 1865 Treaty Nullification Act, to formally and finally nullify a fraudulent treaty with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, has passed the U.S. Senate. The next step is to go to the U.S. House of Representatives, where Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR 2) supports the legislation. The bill would nullify a fraudulent treaty and clearly validate an 1855 treaty that establishes … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Wyden, Castro, Van Hollen, Sanders Reintroduce Measure to Restore Oversight of Federal Facilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, this week were joined by Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to reintroduce legislation to allow members of Congress immediate access to federal facilities, including those under contract or lease, and to give members of Congress an avenue to report their findings. This legislation follows reports detailing horrific conditions for migrant children and families in government care. "Trump and … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Outraged by Trump Administration’s Inhumane Treatment of Children and Families at the Border, Senators Wyden and Murray Demand Accountability

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee , and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to President Trump expressing their alarm and outrage over the recent reports of neglect and mistreatment of children in government custody at the border. The senators' letter cited numerous recent reports about the alarmingly poor conditions at the Trump … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Reintroduce Legislation to Restore Honor to Service Members Discharged Due to Sexual Orientation

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week reintroduced legislation that would correct the military records of service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. "Don't Ask Don't Tell may be a thing of the past, but far too many Americans are still fighting to correct their military records and receive the benefits they've earned," Wyden said. "Our bill would help correct … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Merkley, Murray, Wyden, Cantwell Announce Passage of Bill to Improve Safety and Sanitation at Columbia River Tribal Fishing Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today announced that, with unanimous support, the U.S. Senate has passed the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act. The legislation would enable the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make important safety and sanitation improvements at the tribal treaty fishing access sites along the Columbia River, which are on lands held by the United States … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Wyden Votes No on Defense Authorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement, after voting ‘no’ on the National Defense Authorization Act:“While there were provisions of this defense policy bill I supported—like a pay raise for our men and women in uniform and provisions to improve cybersecurity and protect whistleblowers in the intelligence community—I simply could not rubberstamp a bill to authorize more than $700 billion in military spending, which is precisely what the … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Wyden, Blumenauer Introduce Legislation to Protect State Cannabis Programs from Federal Interference, Allow for Interstate Commerce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer today introduced the State Cannabis Commerce Act to permanently protect all state cannabis programs from federal interference and allow for interstate cannabis commerce between states like Oregon with legal cannabis programs. Since 2014, federal law has prohibited the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using taxpayer funds to prevent states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Wyden Statement on Supreme Court’s Pro-Gerrymandering Ruling

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's pro-gerrymandering ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause: "Today the Roberts Court continued its unremitting bloodletting of American democracy. The precedent set in Rucho is appalling: If you don't support Republicans in power, they can effectively take away your vote. This court has demonstrated once again that it will not protect fundamental constitutional principles or the very idea of … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Wyden Statement on Border Supplemental Votes

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement after voting against the Senate version of legislation providing additional funding to the Trump administration for activities at the southern border: "The Trump administration is committing human rights abuses at our border against families and children fleeing to the United States for safety, greeting them with terror and jail cells. "Congress has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Wildfire Smoke Relief Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced legislation that would provide federal emergency assistance to at-risk individuals in Oregon and nationwide suffering from unhealthy air quality caused by wildfire smoke. The Oregon senators said their Wildfire Smoke Relief Act of 2019 would help people most vulnerable to the health damages from wildfire smoke -- children, elderly people, pregnant women, low-income families that may lack filtration protections at home, … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Wyden Introduces Bill to Expand Disaster Relief to Fisheries Harmed by Tariffs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., today introduced legislation to expand disaster relief to fisheries harmed by tariffs. Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) guidelines used to identify the causes of fishery disasters does not explicitly include tariffs. Wyden's bill would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Act to require NOAA to evaluate the impacts of duties imposed on American seafood, ensuring the Department … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Senators Wyden and Markey Lead Colleagues in New Legislation to Protect Rail Safety

Washington (June 26, 2019) - Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the Safe Freight Act, legislation that would promote rail safety by mandating at least two-person crews on all freight trains in the United States. The bill is designed to correct the Federal Railroad Administration's recent rollback of a proposed rule that would have established these necessary safety standards. The Safe Freight Act will specifically require that all freight trains have … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Wyden, Ernst, Bishop, Dingell Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., today reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and boost rural economies across the country. Their bipartisan Recreation Not Red Tape (RNR) Act would promote access to outdoor recreation opportunities and allow more visitors to get outdoors. The RNR Act would … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Wyden Presses FDA to End the Uncertainty, Promptly Update Regulations on CBD, Other Hemp-based Derivatives

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promptly issue guidance that ensures the regulatory pathway Congress intended for the lawful use of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) as a food additive and as a dietary ingredient in dietary supplements. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, Wyden urged the FDA to issue its formal enforcement discretion policy … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $7.2 Million Investment in Oregon Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $7.2 million in federal grants that will help Oregon airports fund critical rehabilitation, reconstruction, and installation projects. "Oregon's airports connect our state to economic opportunity and vital resources," Merkley said. "This investment in our airport infrastructure will improve safety for Oregon's airports, and I will continue to use my seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fight … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Join Senators to Press FDA for Stronger Response to Teen Tobacco Use

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recognize the tenth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act with action that protects children from dangerous new tobacco products. In the letter addressed to Dr. Norman E. Sharpless, Acting FDA Commissioner, the senators urge the FDA to act quickly and do more to protect children from dangerous tobacco products, citing alarming statistics in a … Continue Reading


June 24, 2019

Wyden: If the Intelligence Community Won’t Release Report on Murder of U.S.-Based Journalist, Congress Must Release It

Washington, D.C.-If the Intelligence Community refuses to publicly release information about which Saudi officials are responsible for ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today vowed to invoke a special Senate procedure to force the release of that information. In a speech on the Senate floor, Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned that the administration's inaction in response to the murder of a U.S.-based journalist puts reporters … Continue Reading


June 21, 2019

Wyden, Cortez Masto Introduce Geothermal Energy Opportunities Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) this week introduced legislation that would promote the growth of geothermal energy. Wyden and Cortez Masto said their Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act would develop stronger public-private geothermal partnerships, reduce barriers to leasing public land for geothermal energy use where certain energy extraction activities are already permitted, and promote the direct development and deployment of … Continue Reading


June 21, 2019

Wyden Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Guarantee Dreamers Access to Home Loans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., this week joined 11 of his colleagues in introducing a bill to guarantee Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients access to federally-backed home loans. The Homeownership for Dreamers Act clarifies DACA beneficiaries - also known as Dreamers - cannot be denied federally-backed mortgage loans solely because of their immigration status. "To deny individuals the opportunity to own a home based on their immigration status alone … Continue Reading

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