Press Releases

November 30, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce More Than $450,000 For Oregon Zoo Endangered Species Programs

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Oregon Zoo is receiving $459,655 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to support the care of the many animals and endangered species at the zoo.“The Oregon Zoo is a critical local resource, doing research and education on local species, and leading important conservation efforts for endangered species like the California condor,” Merkley said. “The … Continue Reading

November 29, 2022

Wyden Applauds Senate Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today voted in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to protect the rights of all Americans to marry who they choose. The Senate passed the bill, and it now advances to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. Senator Wyden released the following statement: "By passing the Respect for Marriage Act, the Senate has reaffirmed the right for all Americans to marry the person they love. At the heart of marriage … Continue Reading

November 29, 2022

Wyden Questions Crypto Exchanges on Consumer Protections Following Failure of FTX

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sought answers from the six largest cryptocurrency exchanges on the risks consumers face when investing on their platforms, including whether the exchanges provide any protections for customers if the company fails. Wyden's inquiry comes after the bankruptcy of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange and news reports indicating widespread mismanagement and misuse of customers' funds held by the company. Americans who place money at banks or … Continue Reading

November 29, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Invite Public to Comment on Plan to Conserve Key Habitats In Willamette Valley

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden invite Oregonians to participate and comment on a plan to protect key conservation areas in the middle and southern sections of the Willamette Valley. The plan, implemented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), encompasses habitats for the iconic Western monarch butterfly, the Fender’s blue butterfly, and the Oregon white oak.“We've all experienced the moment of childhood joy and excitement when we spot a butterfly … Continue Reading

November 28, 2022

Wyden Calls for Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

As prepared for delivery M. President, a little later on today the Senate is going to vote on the Respect for Marriage Act. This vote is an affirmation that the United States Senate will stand up and protect the right of all Americans to marry the person they love. Although this is about codifying rights that same-sex couples already enjoy, this is still an important step in a long-running struggle for equality. During my 1996 campaign for the Senate, I ran on the proposition that there … Continue Reading

November 21, 2022

Wyden Statement on Clemency for Oregon Marijuana Offenses

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on today’s announcement that Governor Brown will pardon Oregonians convicted of simple possession of marijuana: "Pardoning simple possession in Oregon is absolutely necessary to repair the damage done by the failed War on Drugs. It is the proper use of a governor’s clemency powers and I hope that every governor and state legislature will follow suit. The American people have consistently shown overwhelming support for … Continue Reading

November 21, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $800,000 for Rural Emergency Health Care Services in Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that Oregon will receive $801,300 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emergency Rural Health Care Grant program to support organizations and facilities across Oregon provide vital emergency rural health care and food assistance to rural communities. “These grants awarded to Oregon will help provide crucial support in ensuring Oregon’s rural families have access to the health care and food … Continue Reading

November 21, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1.49 Million Coming to Oregon for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announce the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding a total of $1,493,897 to support education and land access programs for beginning farmers and ranchers in Oregon, providing them the tools and resources to succeed. “Agriculture is deeply ingrained in Oregon’s economy,” said Senator Merkley. “These awards to OSU and Rogue Farm Corps will ensure that Oregon’s new farmers and ranchers are able to thrive … Continue Reading

November 18, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $145,000 to Fort George Brewery for Solar Panel Project to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Fort George Brewery in Astoria will receive a $144,460 federal rural development grant to install a large roof-mounted solar panel that will cut its energy use by more than two-thirds. “I am proud to see Oregon businesses like Fort George set their sights on fighting the climate crisis as they continue to produce iconic Oregon products,” Wyden said. “Cheers to Fort George for earning this federal … Continue Reading

November 18, 2022

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Fix American Opportunity Tax Credit Inequity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined Senate colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that would address systematic injustices within the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). “A fair tax code means providing Americans who have served their time a chance to pursue higher education and a promising career path,” Wyden said. “The bipartisan ED ACCESS Act of 2022 will repeal the prohibition on students with prior felony drug convictions from … Continue Reading

November 18, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Encourage FDA to Protect and Expand Access to Medication Abortion

Washington, D.C. - U.S Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues this week sent a letter encouraging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to defend Americans’ reproductive rights, and to consider steps to protect and expand access to medication abortion. “As states implement new restrictions, it is more important than ever that you take immediate steps to expand access to medication abortion,” Wyden and colleagues wrote to FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf. “We encourage and … Continue Reading

November 18, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $700,000 Coming to Oregon for Sagebrush Conservation

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be awarding Oregon a total of $695,097 for sagebrush conservation efforts across the state. This funding will help support collaborative efforts by ranchers, growers, and agencies to improve habitat. “Restoring and conserving Oregon’s sagebrush ecosystems can help to address the damage and dangers invasive species bring to important rangelands and habitat to promote a … Continue Reading

November 17, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Applaud Critical Approval to Begin Klamath Dams Removal

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden issued the following statement today after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the surrender and decommissioning of four dams along the Klamath River, marking a major milestone in the ongoing efforts to restore the health of the Klamath River: “We view the vote by FERC to greenlight the largest dam removal project in American history as a historic milestone in a decades long effort led by the … Continue Reading

November 16, 2022

Wyden, Klobuchar Announce Legislation to Combat Rising Catalytic Converter Theft

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said this week they have introduced legislation that would combat the rise in catalytic converter thefts. The Preventing Auto Recycling Theft (PART) Act would ensure that law enforcement can more effectively address these thefts by marking each converter with a traceable identification number and establishing converter thefts as a criminal offense. “The theft of catalytic converters hurts the … Continue Reading

November 16, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $5 Million to Northwest Tribes to Restore Sockeye Salmon Habitat Connectivity at the Wallowa Lake Dam

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announce a total of $ 5,041,495 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will be awarded to the Nez Perce Tribe, in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and other partners, to restore sockeye salmon habitat connectivity at the Wallowa Lake Dam.   “Sockeye salmon are important not just to the culture of the CTUIR and Nez Perce Tribe but to the entire … Continue Reading

November 15, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bill That Would Safeguard Veterans Filing Benefit Claims

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined colleagues from both parties to introduce legislation that would hold unaccredited entities targeting veterans accountable for their predatory practices. “Veterans deserve easy and safe access to the benefits they’ve earned.” Wyden said. “The GUARD VA Benefits Act would protect veterans against middlemen profiting off their service by reinstating criminal penalties to scamsters charging unauthorized fees. I’ll continue … Continue Reading

November 15, 2022

Wyden, Smith Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Mental Health Care Coverage, Hold Insurance Companies Accountable

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today introduced legislation to improve mental health coverage. Specifically, the bill would crack down on inaccurate health care provider listings or “ghost networks,” and create stronger enforcement standards to protect those seeking mental health care. “Too often, Americans who need affordable mental health care hit a dead end when they try to find a provider that’s covered by their insurance,” … Continue Reading

November 04, 2022

Wyden, Merkley and Colleagues Urge Biden to Bolster Climate, Finance Commitments at COP27

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging the Administration to strengthen the position of the United States as a global leader in combatting the climate crisis. In the letter -- which was sent ahead of the 27th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt -- the senators call for President Biden to bolster climate and … Continue Reading

November 04, 2022

Wyden: State Department Must Protect Americans’ Passport Data, Limit Unfettered Access to 145 Million Americans Records

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on the State Department to create new protections for Americans' passport application records, after learning that 25 federal agencies have unfettered access to a database containing 145 million Americans' personal information. "While there is a legitimate role for the use of this information by law enforcement, the current unregulated system of interagency access to millions of Americans' records goes far beyond what a … Continue Reading

November 04, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Private Equity Firm to Pause $4 Billion Dividend Tied to Kroger-Albertsons Merger

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined with five colleagues to urge the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, to pause the payment of the $4 billion Albertsons dividend scheduled for Monday and to provide answers about the impact of the dividend on the Kroger-Albertsons merger. In the letter to Cerberus Capital Management co-CEOs Stephen Feinberg and Frank Bruno, the lawmakers criticized Cerberus and other big Albertsons shareholders that are … Continue Reading

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