Press Releases

June 03, 2019

Wyden Calls for Investigations into Trump Administration Efforts to Undercount Minority Communities, Politicize 2020 Census

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined a group of 13 senators in calling for federal investigations after new evidence came to light last week, revealing deeply partisan and undemocratic motives behind the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In a letter to the inspectors general of the departments of Justice and Commerce, the senators raised concerns that government officials concealed the role of a partisan political operative who pushed the Trump … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Wyden Statement on the Use of the Espionage Act in Indictment of Julian Assange, Potential Threats to First Amendment

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement in response to the use of the Espionage Act in indicting Julian Assange and its potential threats to the First Amendment: "This is not about Julian Assange. This is about the use of the Espionage Act to charge a recipient and publisher of classified information. I am extremely concerned about the precedent this may set and potential dangers to the work of journalists and the First Amendment." … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Wyden, Crapo, Merkley, Risch Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Long-term Stability for Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, today reintroduced legislation to provide much-needed financial certainty for rural counties to ensure they have the long-term funding needed for schools, road maintenance, law enforcement and other essential services. The bipartisan Forest Management for Rural Stability Act, which the senators first introduced in December 2018, makes the Secure Rural Schools program-which … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Announce Relief for Oregon in Bipartisan Disaster Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the $19.1 billion bipartisan disaster package passed by the Senate includes relief for Oregon agriculture affected by severe wildfires and storms, as well as a provision to require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to make crop insurance available to hemp farmers, and $720 million to address fire borrowing. "One of the reasons I wanted to be on the Senate Appropriations Committee was to make sure … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, Walden Urge Feds to Keep Letting Local Firefighters Battle Blazes on Federal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden urged federal officials today to restore a proven practice that lets the federal government keep using local fire departments as partners to fight wildfires. The three Oregon lawmakers wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt about their agencies' recent suspension of a practice dating back to 1955 that authorizes local fire departments in Oregon to participate and support … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Press Union Pacific on Layoffs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today demanded Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) answer questions about its proposed layoffs of nearly 200 people in Hermiston and the damage those job cuts would do to worker safety, transportation and the regional economy. "These UPRR decisions to reduce jobs at Hinkle Yard, and close the Hinkle Supply Warehouse and Mechanical Locomotive Shop in Hermiston, Oregon will devastate this rural community by hamstringing the economic … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Honor Keanon Lowe in Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week honored Keanon Lowe with Congressional Record statements praising the Parkrose High School coach and security guard for his heroism last week during a gun scare at the northeast Portland school. The senators noted that Lowe, a former University of Oregon football player, likely saved lives of students, teachers and administrators when he spotted an armed student in a classroom, tackled the student, wrestled away the gun, and … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Cleaner Transportation Fuel, Healthier Forests

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the use of biomass from certain federal lands needing ecological restoration in the making of renewable fuels to promote healthier forests, more carbon sequestration, cleaner transportation fuels and strong protections for old growth forests. Current law does not allow the use of federal biomass in the making of renewable fuels as defined by the Renewable Fuel Standard. Wyden and … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Wyden, Paul Bill Requires Warrants to Search Americans’ Digital Devices at the Border

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., today introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act to stop the government from forcing Americans to face indiscriminate and suspicionless searches of their phones, laptops and other digital devices just to cross the border. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are lead co-sponsors and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is introducing the House companion bill. The bipartisan bill prevents law enforcement … Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Wyden Says No to Republican Control of Women’s Bodies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor against the recent passage of some of the nation's strictest abortion bans in U.S. history: Mr. President, right now in state capitals across the country, Republican lawmakers are passing extreme bills that throw 45 years of settled law on reproductive rights out the window. This is an open, coordinated attack on Roe and a woman's right to choose the healthcare she needs. These … Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Wyden Introduces Bill to Protect Campaigns, State Parties From Foreign Hackers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill to defend campaigns and state parties against foreign hackers. The Federal Campaign Cybersecurity Assistance Act is the third bill Wyden has introduced this year to guard American democracy against cyberattacks, following legislation to protect election infrastructure and Senate cybersecurity. This bill would allow national party committees to provide cybersecurity assistance to state parties, individuals running for … Continue Reading

May 20, 2019

Merkley, Wyden, Bipartisan Senators to Trump Administration: Selling Off BPA Assets Would Increase Rates for Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have joined their bipartisan colleagues in opposing a provision in President Trump's Fiscal Year 2020 budget that would auction off the transmission assets of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and other Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) through the Department of Energy. In a letter to Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney, the senators wrote: "We write to oppose the proposal in the … Continue Reading

May 17, 2019

Oregon Delegation Announces Portland Wins a Flight Slot at Tokyo Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Congresspeople Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden, today announced that, following their appeal to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the agency has selected Portland International Airport to receive one of 12 newly opened flight slots at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport. "Portland direct flight to Tokyo has, for 35 years, helped build significant … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Wyden Blasts White House Campaign to Pressure Websites Over Fake Bias Claims

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today blasted the White House’s move to pressure websites over unfounded claims of anti-conservative bias. In fact, online platforms have moved far too slowly to target hateful and vile content online, as multiple reports have demonstrated, and have allowed Donald Trump to promote white nationalists on Twitter. “Platforms have a lot to answer for, but taking down white supremacist content and this bad-faith charge of bias isn’t one of them,” … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Wyden, Merkley Welcome Restoration of Full SRS Payments for Counties and Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today welcomed the U.S. Agriculture Department decision to restore full Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program payments for counties and schools. The decision follows Wyden and Merkley's call for the agency to release the more than $14 million in payments after reports that the agency wrongly withheld 6.2 percent of the resources intended for distribution under SRS to Oregon and other states. "When it comes to making sure our roads and … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Reduce Bullying and Harassment at Colleges

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden on Wednesday joined 23 colleagues in introducing legislation aimed at reducing bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying, at colleges and universities around the country. "Cyberbullying has escalated harassment to disturbing new heights, and we must act to decisively say that this behavior is not acceptable," Merkley said. "I authored the Equality Act to protect the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans, and now we … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici: Portland an Ideal “Pilot City “for New Eco-Packaging Effort

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici this week urged UPS and TerraCycle to consider Portland as a pilot city for its eco-friendly Loop system that reduces consumer reliance on single-use packaging. The four Oregon lawmakers wrote top UPS and TerraCycle officials that Portland's proven commitment to sustainability makes it an ideal candidate for a test market as their companies move toward full implementation of the … Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Wyden and Bicameral Coalition Introduce Bill to Require States to Secure Elections

Washington, D.C. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and 14 Senate co-sponsors today introduced an expanded version of his bill to protect American elections from foreign interference by mandating hand-marked paper ballots and setting new cybersecurity standards for all federal elections. The bill provides the strongest protection for American elections of any proposal currently before Congress. The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2019 is co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., … Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Wyden Continues the Fight to Boost Recreation and Preserve Wildfire Prevention Work in Southwestern Oregon and near Molalla River

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., yesterday highlighted the importance of protecting and enhancing iconic recreation destinations in Southwestern Oregon and on the Molalla River in Clackamas County during a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining hearing on Wyden's Oregon Recreation Enhancement (ORE) Act. Earlier this month, Wyden, who is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, together, introduced … Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Wyden Secures Key Provisions in 2018, 2019 and 2020 Intelligence Authorization Acts

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, secured 15 key provisions in the Intelligence Authorization Acts for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 fiscal years. The bill passed the Intelligence Committee this afternoon. "This bill is an important step forward in supporting Intelligence Community whistleblowers, protecting our communications and pushing for transparency and accountability for the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi. These provisions and … Continue Reading

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