Press Releases

January 30, 2012

ADVISORY: Former CBO Director Holtz-Eakin to Join Bipartisan Coalition at Press Conference Calling for New Ways to Fund Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. - With the Congressional Budget Office's expected announcement tomorrow that the National Highway Trust Fund's deficit will continue to grow, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), former-CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of lawmakers will hold a press conference tomorrow at 2:15 p.m. to discuss how Transportation Regional Infrastructure Project bonds (TRIPs) can be a viable way to fund much-needed transportation projects. By utilizing tax credit … Continue Reading


January 27, 2012

Wyden Schedules Annual Polk, Yamhill, Columbia County Town Halls

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town halls in Polk and Yamhill counties on Saturday, February 4th, and in Columbia County on Sunday, February 5th. The meetings will be held in Independence, Newberg and Scappoose. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year since 1996. Polk County Town Hall Meeting Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012 Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Civic Center 555 South Main … Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

Wyden Statement on USDA Announcement of a New Forest Planning Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to the Forest Service's announcement that the Department of Agriculture will issue a new planning rule to govern how the Forest Service develops its forest plans: "I am pleased that the Forest Service is moving forward with the long-awaited planning rule that will provide much-needed certainty to get new forest plans in place. I am particularly happy to see the strong emphasis on collaboration and … Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

Wyden Cosponsors Constitutional Amendment To “safeguard against the influence of big money” in U.S. Elections

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizen's United v. FEC giving corporations and special interests the same free speech rights as individuals, hundreds of independent groups known as "Super PACs" have already collected and spent millions of dollars and can raise and spend unlimited funds to influence elections while completely shielding their identities. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) - continuing his decades-long effort to inject more transparency into … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Wyden Response to the President’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address: "President Obama laid out his plan to help hard working Americans get back on their feet and rebuild an economy devastated by the financial collapse of 2008. One of the most encouraging things I heard from the President tonight was his interest in ending the perverse incentives that the broken tax code gives to American businesses to ship jobs … Continue Reading


January 23, 2012

Wyden Statement on Supreme Court's Ruling Requiring a Warrant to Track Suspects Using a GPS Device

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to today's Supreme Court ruling that the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before installing a GPS tracking device on an individual's car and using it to track that person's movements: "Today's ruling confirms that constitutional protections of civil liberties extend to 21st century technology. However, while this ruling settles the question of whether law enforcement … Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

Wyden and Moran Respond to the Postponing of Protect IP Vote in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - Following the announcement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the vote on the Protect IP Act scheduled for Tuesday will be postponed, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jerry Moran (R- Kan.) released the following statements. Wyden and Moran are the lead Senate co-sponsors of The OPEN Act, an alternative to Protect IP. Senator Wyden's Statement: "Senator Reid's decision to pull PIPA from the floor is the right one. Legislation impacting the future of the … Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Wyden Statement on the Administration’s Disapproval of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's decision not to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline: "The Keystone Pipeline is an environmentally risky and economically dubious project that would have boosted the balance sheets of oil producers at the expense of American families. If the pipeline had been approved and Canadian tar sands oil producers had been able to sell their oil to customers throughout the world … Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Wyden Cancels Town Halls in Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes, Klamath and Lake Counties Due to Weather

Portland, OR - Rather than ask people to risk traveling during bad weather, Senator Ron Wyden today cancelled five town hall meetings in five Central Oregon counties. Town halls were scheduled in Prineville and Madras tomorrow (January 19th), Bend and Klamath Falls on Friday and Lakeview on Saturday. "In order to give people the opportunity to attend a town hall without having to drive in difficult winter weather conditions, we felt it was better to cancel these meetings and reschedule them … Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

Wyden Statement on the Letter to Senator Reid Calling for More Time to Consider PIPA and Dropping of DNS Provision in SOPA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to a letter sent from six members of the Senate Judiciary Committee including Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa) asking Majority Leader Harry Reid(D- Nev.) to delay consideration of the Protect IP Act (PIPA), citing concerns that substantive issues in the legislation have not been addressed. Wyden also responds to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) proposed removal of … Continue Reading


January 12, 2012

Wyden Statement on Potential Modifications to Protect IP Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to Chairman Leahy's announcement that the DNS provision of the Protect IP Act may be modified: "It is welcome news that proponents of PIPA are finally accepting that it contains major flaws. Unfortunately, this announcement to study the DNS provision does not eliminate the clearly identified threat to net security contained within this bill. Beyond the DNS provisions, the bill still establishes a … Continue Reading


January 12, 2012

Wyden: Tsunami Debris is a Potential Threat to the Oregon Coast

Portland, OR - Concerned about the impact of debris from the Japanese tsunami on Oregon's fishing, crabbing, shipping and tourism industries, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said today it is time for federal, state and local agencies to develop a response plan and start communicating with the public. "I take any threat to the Oregon coast seriously and millions of tons of debris headed our way sounds serious to me," Wyden said. "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is tracking the … Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes, Klamath and Lake Counties

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will his annual town halls in Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes, Klamath and Lake counties on January 19th, 20th, and 21st. The meetings will be held in Prineville, Madras, Bend, Klamath Falls and Lakeview. Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year beginning in 1996. He held his 600th town hall last August in Wheeler County. Crook County Town Hall Meeting Date: January 19, 2012 Time: 1:30 … Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

Wyden Will Attend Salem Demobilization Ceremony on Saturday for Oregon Army National Guard's 1249th Engineer Battalion

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will participate in the demobilization ceremony for the 175 members of the Oregon Army National Guard's 1249th Engineer Battalion just returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. WHO: Senator Ron Wyden WHAT: Demobilization of the Oregon Army National Guard's 1249th Engineering Battalion WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012 WHERE: Oregon State Fairgrounds 2330 17th Street NE Salem, Ore. … Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

Wyden Schedules Annual Josephine County Town Hall

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Josephine County town halls on January 9thh. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year since 1996. Josephine County Town Hall Meeting Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Rogue Community College Rogue Building 3345 Redwood Highway Grants … Continue Reading


December 29, 2011

Wyden Schedules Annual Lane, Douglas, Coos County Town Halls on the Oregon Coast

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town halls in Lane, Douglas and Coos counties on January 8th and 9th. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year since 1996. Lane County Town Hall Meeting Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue 2625 Highway 101 Florence Douglas County Town Hall Meeting Date: Sunday, January 8, … Continue Reading


December 29, 2011

Wyden Schedules Town Halls in Tillamook and Lincoln Counties on January 7th

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town halls in Tillamook and Lincoln counties on January 7th. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in every Oregon county every year since 1996. Tillamook County Town Hall Meeting Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Tillamook County Library 1716 3rd Street Tillamook Lincoln County Town Hall Meeting Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012 Time: 5 … Continue Reading


December 29, 2011

Wyden Kicks Off 17th Year of Town Halls with Meetings in Linn and Marion Counties

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will kick off his 17th year of holding town hall meetings in every county every year in Linn and Marion Yamhill counties on January 6th. The meetings will be held in Lebanon and Stayton. Linn County Town Hall Meeting Date: Friday, January 6, 2012 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Lebanon Senior Center 80 Tangent Street Lebanon Marion County Town Hall Meeting Date: Friday, January 6, … Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech on the Motion to Proceed to Protect IP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate after cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to the Protect IP legislation when the Senate returns from recess. Protect IP will do serious damage to the free and open Internet in order to combat infringement of intellectual property. Wyden has been a staunch opponent of the legislation and has offered an alternative - the OPEN Act - which will combat IP infringement without … Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

Wyden, Moran, Cantwell Introduce IP Protection Bill that Will Not Break the Net

Washington, D.C. - As the House Judiciary Committee considers a bill that sacrifices innovation and an open and secure Internet, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and a bipartisan coalition of Senators including Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced legislation to use import trade laws to protect intellectual property without catastrophic effects to the Internet. The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) will build on the existing legal … Continue Reading

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