Press Releases

March 13, 2017

Wyden Urges Education Secretary to Spell Out Trump Plans to Increase Graduation Rates at Public High Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to spell out the Trump Administration's plans to help public high schools increase graduation rates in Oregon and across the country. In a letter today, Wyden specifically asked DeVos how she would implement a Wyden priority to increase graduation rates that was included in the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. Congress passed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015 to … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Wyden Renews Request for Number of Americans Caught in Foreign Intelligence Dragnet

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked the executive branch and the nominee to serve as Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, to provide the number of Americans whose calls, emails and other communications have been collected without warrants under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Wyden asked for this information before a full Senate vote on the confirmation of Senator Coats, who has stated that the reauthorization of Section 702 is his "top … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Wyden, Merkley, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Authorize, Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, as well as 20 other senators introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which conserves and promotes access to America's national parks, forests and public lands. After expiring for the first time in 50 years, Congress voted in December 2015 to extend the program's authorization for only three years. "The Land and Water Conservation Fund has proven to … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Low-income Housing Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill that would target the affordable housing crisis by strengthening and expanding the federal low-income housing tax credit. "This legislation provides a solid foundation for the major remodel that America's housing policy needs in response to the lack of affordable housing for people of all ages," said Wyden, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. "Building on the proven … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Wyden: Shrinking Federal Timber Payments to Oregon Counties Highlight Need to Renew Secure Rural Schools Funding

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today's announcement of reduced Forest Service payments to Oregon spotlight the need for Congress to act quickly to reauthorize Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding. Congressional failure to reauthorize SRS funding that's brought almost $4 billion since 2000 to Oregon's timber counties and schools means the Forest Service must revert to making payments that provide just 25 percent of the federal timber sale revenue from national forestlands generated in … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Wyden, McCaskill, Markey Call on Energy Secretary Perry to Hold Contractors Accountable for Whistleblower Retaliation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., today called on the Department of Energy's new secretary, Rick Perry, to immediately reinstate rules to hold contractors accountable for retaliating against whistleblowers who report nuclear safety violations. In a letter to Perry today, the senators noted the Department of Energy's (DOE) "long history" of failing to protect against a culture of retaliation and intimidation against … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Wyden Statement on New Ban on Refugees and Immigrants from Six Majority Muslim Nations

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on a new executive order blocking refugees and immigrants from six majority Muslim nations. "Today's order is little more than a warmed-over rehash of the original. It remains a barely disguised religious ban that will do absolutely nothing to protect our country. If there was any doubt this was about satisfying a far-right wing fantasy, not security, the month-long delay in reissuing the ban is concrete proof," Wyden … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Wyden Calls on Trump to Release White House Visitor Logs

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the White House and the Secret Service to continue the previous administration's policy of releasing White House complex visitor logs so the American people can know who is influencing their government. Wyden was joined in making that request in two letters to the president and the Secret Service by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Tom Carper, D-Del., Tom Udall, D-N.M., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Richard … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Wyden, Menendez, Blumenauer Unveil Legislation to Restore Transparency and Hold Puppy Mill Operators, Other Animal Abusers Accountable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., introduced legislation this week to restore public information on animal cruelty that was erased from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website under the Trump Administration. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and a large group of House members are expected to introduce the House version next week. The Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act would … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Wyden Votes ‘No’ on Perry to Lead Energy Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement on his vote against confirming former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the U.S. Department of Energy: "The Energy Department can set the temperature for a boom in good-paying American jobs in clean energy technologies like wind, solar and hydropower. But as Trump is threatening to slash DOE's budget, Gov. Perry hasn't convinced me he's up to the task of creating those jobs and putting points on the board in … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio Introduce Bill to Honor Frank and Jeanne Moore with Steelhead Special Management Area

Washington, DC - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio today introduced legislation that would honor an Oregon couple's distinguished legacy of conservation and habitat preservation by designating nearly 100,000 acres of public lands in Oregon as the "Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area." The bill designating 99,653 acres of Forest Service land north of the North Umpqua River around Steamboat Creek in Douglas County would ensure the river, its … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Wyden Statement on Voting in Favor of Ryan Zinke to be the Next Secretary of the Interior

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted today in favor of confirming Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior after two previous "present" votes. "After several discussions, I received an assurance that as secretary of the Interior, Rep. Zinke will focus on doing his job, which includes protecting our special places and managing the forests already within the Interior Department's control, instead of engaging in senseless … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Wyden Statement on President’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the president's first address to a joint session of Congress: "At town halls all across Oregon last week, I heard from thousands of people who are hungry for real solutions. They believe in the Oregon Way, where it doesn't matter what your party is, it matters that you have good ideas, and the willingness to fight for them. Unfortunately, the president has not kept the promises he made to millions of … Continue Reading


February 27, 2017

Wyden Votes “Present” on Zinke Procedural Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after voting "present" on a Senate procedural vote tonight that begins debate on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke to be the next secretary of the Department of the Interior. "Congressman Zinke and I have had several discussions about forestry - especially about how to get the harvest up in a sustainable way, create jobs in rural America and protect our special places," Wyden said. "Yet so far, it has proven … Continue Reading


February 27, 2017

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici Invite Outdoor Retailers to “See all that Oregon has to Offer”

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today touted Oregon's flourishing outdoor recreation industry and wide array of recreation opportunities to pitch outdoor retailers on moving their semiannual convention to the state. In a letter today to the Outdoor Retailer trade show, Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, and Bonamici called Oregon "the ideal showcase location for travelers from across the country and across the … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Wyden: Claims by White House Chief of Staff Require More Transparency from FBI

Washington, D.C. - Following recent claims made by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today demanded more transparency from Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey about any investigations into Trump associates' ties to Russia. "Politicized assertions by White House Chief of Staff Priebus about what may or may not be the findings of an FBI investigation are exactly the wrong way for the public to hear about an issue that is of grave … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Wyden Statement on White House Comments Against Legal Marijuana

Medford, Ore. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today made comments disparaging the decisions American voters have made to legalize recreational marijuana in eight states and Washington, D.C. "The federal government needs to respect the decisions of Oregon voters. Instead, the Trump Administration is threatening states' rights, including the rights of one in five Americans who live in a state where marijuana is legal," … Continue Reading


February 20, 2017

Wyden Questions Misguided Digital Border Searches

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain reports of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents demanding access to Americans' locked phones and other digital devices when crossing the U.S. border. Wyden also asked about the department's plans to require visitors to the United States to turn over their private social medial passwords as a condition of entry. "These digital dragnet border search practices weaken our national and … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Wyden to Keep Pushing for Transparency to Protect Animals from Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today pledged to keep fighting to ensure transparency in animal welfare violations after the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to restore a small portion of public information to its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. Earlier this week, Wyden and 17 of his Democratic Senate colleagues called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to again make publically available animal welfare inspection reports for regulated … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Wyden, Bonamici Lead Oregon Lawmakers, 76 Members of Congress in Push to Restore Critical Funding for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to include adequate funding for the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program in the president's budget for fiscal year 2018. Wyden and Bonamici were joined by Oregon lawmakers Sen. Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Peter DeFazio, along with 76 other members of Congress in a letter … Continue Reading

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