Press Releases

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


December 16, 2011

Kirk, Wyden Request Probe of FBI Usage of Wireless Tracking Software

WASHINGTON - Following reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may be using mobile tracking software to monitor Americans' cell phones and mobile devices without their knowledge, United States Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today sent a letter to the Acting Inspector General of the Department of Justice requesting an investigation of the alleged secret surveillance. The software, developed by Carrier IQ, has reportedly been pre-installed on nearly 150 million … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Wyden Introduces FRESH Act to Help Farmers and Improve Access to Healthier Foods

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing the need to improve programs that support farming and access to health food, Senator Ron Wyden today introduced the Fresh Regional Eating for Schools and Health Act (FRESH) to ensure that federal nutrition spending helps promote healthier eating and increases consumption of fruits and vegetables while helping local agriculture. "As Congress prepares to write a new Farm Bill, I believe it is important that it provide healthier choices for recipients of federal … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

Congress Passes, Sends to President, Wyden-Merkley Amendment to Close Umatilla Chemical Depot Under BRAC Process

Washington, D.C. - The Congress today sent President Obama a Defensive Authorization Bill that includes an amendment by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley that guarantees closure of the Umatilla Army Chemical Depot under the previously agreed upon base-closure process. If signed by the President, the bill will short circuit an 11th-hour Pentagon attempt to ignore the Base Realignment and Closure Authority and keep the Depot in federal ownership. "The Senate's action on the amendment … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

Wyden Spokesperson Responds to Criticism of Wyden-Ryan Plan

Washington, D.C. - In response to criticism from the White House and others that Wyden-Ryan would "end Medicare as we know it" Jennifer Hoelzer, Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), issued the following statement: "It would appear that our critics did not read the Wyden-Ryan white paper before choosing to attack it. The White Paper that Senator Wyden authored with Representative Ryan makes it very clear that seniors will always be able to get … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

Wyden and Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect 60K acres around Rogue River

Washington, D.C. - Continuing their efforts to preserve and protect Oregon's most wild and environmentally important areas, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation that will add 60,000 acres of new wilderness to the existing Wild Rogue Wilderness area and protect an additional 143 miles of tributaries that feed into the iconic Rogue River. Representative DeFazio (D-Ore.) has introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

Wyden Statement on Passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the recent passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act: "I'm pleased that the final version of the 2012 Intelligence Authorization Act does not include the multi-year extension of the FISA Amendments Act that was included in the Senate version of the bill. I opposed the Senate version of the bill, and I announced a public hold on it, … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

Wyden & Ryan Advance Bipartisan Plan to Strengthen Medicare and Expand Health Care Choices for All

WASHINGTON - This morning, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced a new proposal that represents a major advance in the effort to build a more secure future for the millions of seniors who rely on Medicare. The new report from Sen. Wyden and Rep. Ryan, titled "Guaranteed Choices to Strengthen Medicare and Health Security for All: Bipartisan Options for the Future," outlines a bipartisan path forward on expanding health care choices for seniors while … Continue Reading

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