Press Releases

August 15, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $1.4 Million Headed to Oregon to Help All Students Succeed in Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $1,471,869 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education headed to four Oregon education institutions. These awards are intended to support disadvantaged students transition from high school to college and help current undergrads transition towards a graduate degree. “As the first in my family to graduate from college, I know how challenging it can be to make the leap to higher … Continue Reading

August 15, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Support Proposed Rules on Student Debt Relief Programs, Encourage Biden Administration to Further Strengthen Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and colleagues in commenting on the Department of Education’s proposed rules to expand and improve student debt relief programs. In a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, the senators applauded the Department’s efforts to provide and expand relief to borrowers whose schools closed or defrauded them, borrowers working in public service, and borrowers who are totally and … Continue Reading

August 12, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Renew Request for FDA to Address Concerns about Dangerous Pulse Oximeter Inaccuracies Affecting Communities of Color

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week with colleagues Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., implored the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a post market study of pulse oximeters to ensure they are effective across racially diverse patients and consumers. Recent studies have shown that inaccurate results from pulse oximeters are more likely when used to monitor people of color, … Continue Reading

August 07, 2022

Wyden Clean Energy, Prescription Drug Pricing Legislation Passes Senate as Part of Inflation Reduction Act

Washington, D.C. -  Legislation authored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today passed the Senate as part of the historic Inflation Reduction Act. The linchpin of the Inflation Reduction Act’s clean energy package is Wyden’s Clean Energy for America Act, first introduced in 2015, which reforms the energy tax code to incentivize emissions reductions rather than specific technologies.  The Clean Energy for America Act would reduce carbon emissions in the power … Continue Reading

August 07, 2022

Wyden Statement on Attack on Israel by Iran-backed Terrorist Organization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today issued the following statement in response to attacks on Israel by Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad: "I fully support Israel's inherent right to defend herself in the face of attacks on its people by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed terrorist organization that targets civilians. The Iron Dome remains critical to the defense of the Israeli homeland, and the United States must stand with our ally Israel against these terrorist … Continue Reading

August 04, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: $850,000 Federal Grant to Salem Airport to Support Regional Air Service Effort

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the City of Salem will receive a $850,000 federal grant to initiate regional commercial air service at the Salem Airport. "Regional air service through small airports just like this one in Oregon's capital city are crucial to our state's economy," Wyden said. "I am gratified to see these dollars go toward expanding regional air service in Salem to have a more accessible option for travel in and out of the … Continue Reading

August 04, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Vote for Natalie Wight to be U.S. Attorney for Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley issued the following joint statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee's voice vote today to send President Biden's U.S. Attorney for Oregon nomination of Natalie Wight to the full Senate for consideration: "We're glad the Judiciary Committee has forwarded Natalie Wight to the full Senate, and we're committed to securing a full Senate vote for her as soon as possible. Natalie Wight has everything it takes to succeed in the … Continue Reading

August 04, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Nearly $200,000 to Klamath Community College for Commercial Driving Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Klamath Community College will receive more than $194,000 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to enroll qualified students in the college's Commercial Driver's License program. "I've heard from hardworking truck drivers all over Oregon how serious the need is for more colleagues to drive and deliver goods all over the state," Wyden said. "I'm gratified to see these federal dollars go toward the … Continue Reading

August 04, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $1.5 Million from the FAA to Medford Airport for Crucial Updates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport will receive more than $1.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for crucial security and health updates. "The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport provides essential air service for Southern Oregonians and is a crucial part of our entire state's economy," Wyden said. "As a frequent passenger in and out of the Medford Airport, I hear firsthand … Continue Reading

August 04, 2022

Wyden, Booker, Blumenthal, Schatz, Padilla Introduce College Athletes Bill of Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) this week introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights, comprehensive legislation that would change the landscape of college sports and protect and expand the rights of college athletes. "For decades, college athletes have been exploited and denied basic rights while the NCAA rakes in billions of dollars year after year off their backs," Wyden said. … Continue Reading

August 03, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Introduction of Bill to Protect Doctors from Republicans’ Anti-Abortion Attacks

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in the introduction of the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act-a bill to protect health care providers from Republicans' attacks on reproductive freedoms and ensure they can safely provide abortion care in … Continue Reading

August 03, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over a Million Dollars Headed to Oregon for Firefighting Pre-Planning and Response

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total of $1,031,417 in federal funding heading to the Western Fire Chiefs Association Inc. to support a project to use technology to enable firefighters to respond more quickly and safely when responding to fires. "Oregon's firefighters answer the call when disaster strikes, and the federal government must do everything it can to support their efforts," said Merkley. "This funding will help fill a critical … Continue Reading

August 02, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Copays for Veterans Seeking Contraception

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today joined Senate colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that would eliminate copays for veterans in Oregon and nationwide seeking contraception. "For too long, countless veterans have been unable to have access to contraception without burdensome out-of-pocket costs," Wyden said. "At a time when reproductive healthcare is under attack across the country, removing barriers to essential reproductive health care like contraception is more … Continue Reading

August 02, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Another $93 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds Heading to Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that a total of $93,862,114 in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds are headed to Oregon to meet the rising challenges of climate chaos. Funds are intended to address the growing costs of extreme weather events adversely impacting communities and fund resilient infrastructure projects benefiting every corner of the state. The funds, along with new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation's … Continue Reading

August 01, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: $2.6 Million to Rural Airports for Crucial Safety Updates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon airports in John Day, Klamath Falls, Aurora, Newport, Florence, Hood River, Creswell and Eugene will receive a combined $2.6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Grant (AIG) and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) programs for crucial safety improvements to runways, weather reporting, snow removal and more. "Oregonians and small businesses in rural parts of the state … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Fight Discrimination from Financial Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined colleagues to reintroduce legislation that prohibits banks and other financial institutions from discriminating in Oregon and nationwide on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. "It's appalling that in the 21st century, Americans still experience discrimination while opening a bank account, applying for a mortgage, or simply setting foot inside a bank," Wyden … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Extend Pause on Student Loan Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, ahead of the federal student loan payment pause set to expire at the end of next month, joined a bicameral letter led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), alongside Representatives Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.-14), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.-29), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.-07), in urging the Biden administration to extend the student loan payment pause … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Champion Critical Projects for Oregon Communities in Federal Funding Bills

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden?today announced they secured funding for essential community projects across Oregon in the Fiscal Year 2023 Senate Appropriations bills. A total of?111 Oregon?community-initiated projects were included in the FY23 federal funding bills that will help meet critical needs in every corner of the state, including investing in wildfire and drought resiliency, affordable housing, health care, education, and much more, while … Continue Reading

July 28, 2022

Wyden, Merkley Welcome Federal Approval of Oregon’s State Meat Inspection Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today welcomed approval by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of Oregon's rules and regulations for a state meat inspection program that meets USDA standards. The USDA approval follows a letter from Wyden and Merkley to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, as well as months of follow-up and discussion, pressing for a review of the state meat inspection program. The Oregon senators noted in their letter that large meat … Continue Reading

July 28, 2022

Senate Passes Water Infrastructure Bill, Critical Step towards Modernizing Oregon’s Waterways and Ports

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced Senate passage of critical priorities for Oregon that were included in the Water Resources Development Act?(WRDA) of 2022. "For much of Oregon, our coast and our rivers are the beating heart of our communities, and whether the ports, levees, dams, and other water infrastructure are up to snuff can dictate whether families and business thrive or are at risk from extreme weather events. That's why I fought so … Continue Reading

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