Press Releases

March 19, 2018

Wyden Questions Facebook on Misuse of Users’ Private Information

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked Facebook to detail the extent of misuse of its users' private information, in a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent today. His letter follows reporting by the New York Times and Facebook's own admission that about 50 million users' data was downloaded and subsequently used by Cambridge Analytica, a political advertising firm, without the affirmative knowledge or consent of those users. "The troubling reporting on the ease with which Cambridge … Continue Reading

March 15, 2018

Wyden, Paul Ask DOJ to Clarify Protection of Email Communications under Fourth Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., this week asked the Department of Justice to clarify whether they believe that an individual's emails are protected from warrantless government searches under the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against warrantless search and seizure by the government. The Department of Justice has long taken the position that these protections do not extend to electronic communications stored in the cloud, … Continue Reading

March 15, 2018

Wyden, Colleagues Call on Key Senate Committee to Take Action on Legislation to Fund Gun Violence Research at CDC

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and 25 other senators today called on leaders of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to immediately act on legislation to fund gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Wyden and his colleagues introduced legislation last year (S. 834) to provide $60 million for the CDC to conduct or support research on firearms safety and gun violence prevention. In today's letter, the … Continue Reading

March 15, 2018

Wyden, Merkley, Tester, Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Push Back Against Nationwide Internet Sales Tax

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) are taking a stand against a nationwide online sales tax. The senators representing states without a sales tax introduced a resolution opposing a bill that would require businesses selling products or services over the internet to collect sales tax, even if the seller is located in a state without a sales tax. "Passage of the Marketplace Fairness … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Wyden Votes Against Anti-Consumer Senate Banking Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today voted against legislation that would cut protections for consumers Congress put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. The Senate banking bill weakens regulatory protections enacted after the 2008 financial crisis by substantially relaxing consumer protections and reducing the number of banks subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. "After the Equifax security breach and Wells Fargo customer abuses, it's clear there's more work to be … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Wyden Co-sponsors Legislation to Fully Fund Special Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is co-sponsoring a bill that would finally ensure Congress' commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), decades-old legislation to ensure every child with a disability has access to educational opportunity. Wyden said the IDEA Full Funding Act introduced by Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., would fix Congress' failure to provide funding promised by the historic IDEA when it … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Wyden Response to Klamath Basin Drought Declaration

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement in response to today's drought declaration by Gov. Kate Brown for the Klamath Basin: "Ahead of what looks to be another devastating drought year facing the Klamath Basin, I heard one thing clearly last weekend at my Klamath Falls town hall and throughout Klamath County: everybody is hurting - the tribes, ranchers, farmers, small businesses, fishing families, conservationists, and we're going to have to work together … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Wyden Slams Zinke over Efforts to Gut the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today slammed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the Trump administration's budget that would gut funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). During today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Wyden noted that Zinke said nine times during his Senate confirmation hearing last year that he considered himself a Teddy Roosevelt Republican - one committed to preserving our country's national treasures. Wyden said Zinke's record in … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Wyden Opposes Nominations of Pompeo and Haspel

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement opposing the nominations of Mike Pompeo to serve as secretary of state, and Gina Haspel to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency "I oppose the nominations of both Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state and Gina Haspel to be CIA director. Before and after his confirmation as CIA director, Mike Pompeo has demonstrated a casual relationship to truth and … Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Wyden, Hatch Introduce Legislation to Increase Access to Retirement Savings

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018 (RESA), which aims to increase voluntary retirement savings and includes a provision to establish more flexible multiple employer plans. "Working Americans are struggling to set money aside for retirement," Wyden said. "This bipartisan bill gives employers incentives to make it easier for their employees to save. … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Wyden, Hood River Student Call on Congress to Act on Gun Safety

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today said at a hearing with Senate Democratic leadership that Congress can no longer do nothing in the face of gun violence ripping through schools and communities across America. Testifying at the hearing was 16-year-old Eva Jones, a sophomore at Hood River Valley High School, who Wyden invited to share her experience as a student working to prevent gun violence. "Mass shootings and school massacres have become disturbingly common in our country. … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Wyden Works to Boost Opportunities for Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses in Senate Banking Bill

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a measure to expand access to business opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses. Wyden filed an amendment to legislation the Senate is considering this week would address the existing lending gap for women- and minority-owned businesses and encourage more lending to women and minorities trying to start or help grow their small business. It would require the enforcement of a rule created under the Dodd-Frank Act that … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Wyden, Merkley, Walden: Klamath Water Agreement is “Attainable”

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Greg Walden said today that a long-term water agreement in the Klamath Basin can be achieved with the continued help of the Interior Department. The three Oregon lawmakers said in their letter to Deputy Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, that they appreciated the assistance provided by the Interior Department. And they told Mikkelsen they stand ready to work with him and all … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Wyden, Bonamici Push for Lifeline Funding for Rural Counties in Must-Pass Government Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., along with a bipartisan group of members of Congress and county commissioners from across the country, today urged Congress to provide long-term, lifeline funding for rural counties in upcoming must-pass legislation. In a news conference next to the U.S. Capitol steps, Wyden, Bonamici and county commissioners including Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith called on Congress to reauthorize the Secure Rural … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Wyden Questions Voting Machine Manufacturer on Security Weakness Posed By Remote Access

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked the nation's largest voting machine manufacturer, ES&S, to explain whether it sells voting machines or other products with remote-access software, which could be exploited by hackers to compromise the machines. The New York Times Magazine reported last month that ES&S sold voting machines and other election-management products with pre-installed remote-access software. Allowing remote access significantly weakens the security of … Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Wyden Sends Additional Questions to NRA Regarding Alexander Torshin and Foreign Funding

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today sent a series of additional questions to the National Rifle Association about whether it receives funding from foreign sources, including Russia. The letter follows on questions Sen. Wyden sent on Feb. 2, regarding reported financial ties between the NRA and Russia, which the NRA did not address in a response sent last month. Meanwhile, media reports have indicated close ties between the NRA and Russian oligarch Alexander Torshin. "I remain … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Wyden Hosts Three Town Halls Next Week

Portland - Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls next week in Jefferson, Deschutes and Klamath counties. These upcoming three town halls will increase to 879 the number of town halls Wyden has held since promising when first elected to hold annual town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties. "These open-to-all town halls represent the best of our state's proven tradition of participatory democracy, which depends on all Oregonians having the opportunity to ask any question of the people they … Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Wyden Renews Call for Klamath River Basin Solution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today renewed the call for a long-term, collaborative solution in the Klamath River Basin, in a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power. On the brink of another drought year, Wyden stressed the urgent need to come together and find a workable way forward for tribes, irrigators, and wildlife habitat protection in the Klamath Basin. Wyden asked Alan Mikkelsen, senior adviser to the Interior secretary for … Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Wyden Formally Requests Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on Follow-the-Money Issues

Washington, D.C. -In light of extensive public reports about financial connections between Donald Trump, Trump associates and Russia, including indictments of top Trump campaign officials for financial crimes, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked Senate Intelligence Committee leaders to hold public hearings on follow-the-money issues. "Following the money is a critical component of any counterintelligence investigation, particularly when there are this many indicators of extensive, … Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Wyden Statement on FOSTA-SESTA Passing House

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the House passage of FOSTA-SESTA. "History shows that politicians have been remarkably bad at solving technological problems. I have written laws in the past, including Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the Internet Tax Freedom Act, that have kept politicians and special interests from sinking the internet. This bill will only prop up the entrenched players who are rapidly losing the public's trust. … Continue Reading

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