Press Releases

July 14, 2011

Pair of Wyden, Merkley Land Management Bills Pass Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. - With tourism in eastern Oregon being a promising way to boost the economy of local communities, legislation to transfer federal land to the cities of La Pine and Wallowa passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. Introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the pair of bills benefitting La Pine and Wallowa as well as Deschutes County will give these localities access to hundreds of acres of federal land for community … Continue Reading


July 14, 2011

Wyden, Stabenow Bill To Promote Alternative Fuels Passes Energy Committee

Washington, D.C. - In a victory for Americans hurt by the price of gasoline this summer, legislation to promote the implementation of viable alternatives to oil to meet transportation needs passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. Introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Debbie Stabenow (D- Mich.), the Alternative Fuels Vehicles Competitiveness and Security Act will increase energy security and reduce dependence on foreign oil by supporting the manufacturers of … Continue Reading


July 13, 2011

Brown, Wyden, McCain Introduce Affordable Medicines Utilization Act Of 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to increase consumer flexibility and save taxpayer dollars, U.S. Senators Scott Brown (R-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation today that will encourage states to take advantage of cost-saving generic drugs. According to a recent study, states waste more than $300 million a year just by not taking advantage of generic drug options. The Affordable Medicines Utilization Act of 2011 offers states incentives to use generic … Continue Reading


July 08, 2011

Wyden and Portman Call for US Leadership on Fixing Fisheries Subsidies at WTO Negotiations

Washington, D.C. - In advance of the final World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rob Portman (R-OH) sounded an alarm over the exploitation of fisheries and the global economic impact of fisheries subsidies in a letter to Ambassador Ron Kirk, the United States Trade Representative. Currently, more than 85 percent of the world's fisheries face exploitation, a 10 percent increase in the last four years according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization … Continue Reading


July 07, 2011

Signs Point to Comprehensive Tax Reform – Time to Gear Up?

MEMORANDUM TO: Reporters and Editors FROM: Jennifer Hoelzer (Wyden) and Tara Dijulio (Coats) RE: Signs Point to Comprehensive Tax Reform - Time to Gear Up? DATE: Thursday, July 07, 2011 If you love tax reform as much as we do, the last 24 hours have been very exciting! Speaking at a Bloomberg breakfast this morning, White House Senior Advisor, David Plouffe said this debate was a "moment of opportunity" to "do something on tax reform of a significant nature," and at a news … Continue Reading


July 06, 2011

Wyden, Coats Ask President and Debt Limit Negotiators to Include Tax Reform in a Debt Reduction Plan

Washington, D.C. - This afternoon, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders participating in tomorrow's debt ceiling negotiations outlining how comprehensive tax reform would make it possible for both parties to move past the current partisan stalemate. Recognizing that there is not enough time to restructure the tax code by August 2, the senators call on the president and congressional leadership to include a timeline … Continue Reading


June 30, 2011

Wyden Sex Trafficking Legislation Included in Leahy-Brown Trafficking Victims Bill

Washington, D.C. - After leading the campaign to put domestic sex trafficking of children on the national agenda, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), worked with Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy to include key provisions of his legislation into the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2011. The Wyden-authored provision will help put an end to this modern-day sexual slavery. Similar to the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act that … Continue Reading


June 29, 2011

13 Senators team up to assure LGBT youth that “It Gets Better”

Cosponsors of Defense of Marriage Act repeal produce video for "It Gets Better Project" WASHINGTON - Thirteen United States Senators have teamed up to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people not to give up, reassuring them in a video released Wednesday that they are working hard in the Senate to fulfill the promise of equality for all. The video is part of the It Gets Better Project (http://itgetsbetter.org), which was founded last year after a series of tragic suicides … Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Wyden, Merkley, Walden Urge Secretary of Defense to Close Umatilla Chemical Depot under BRAC, end Federal Ownership of the Facility

Washington, D.C. - Arguing that the Department of Defense's 11th-hour attempt to keep the Umatilla Chemical Depot under federal ownership is "wasteful and counterproductive," Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today urged the Secretary of Defense to close the facility under the Base Realignment and Closure authority, as required by law. Despite spending $1 million in federal funds to finance 20 years of local planning on what to do with … Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

Wyden Statement on President Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has issued the following statement on President Obama's speech on Afghanistan. "While I am pleased that the President is starting to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, as I have long been saying, I would like to see our forces transition from a broad counterinsurgency strategy to a more focused - and more sustainable - counterterrorism strategy. By that I mean that American troops should continue conducting operations against al-Qaida - which still … Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Wyden Statement on Confirmation of Judge Simon to U.S. District Court

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement congratulating Judge Michael Simon on his confirmation as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Oregon. Simon was confirmed by the Senate this afternoon by a vote of 64 to 35: "It was my pleasure to propose Judge Simon for the District Court seat he will now hold and I am grateful that the U.S. Senate agreed with my assessment of Judge Simon's impeccable attributes. Over the years, Judge Simon has … Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

Wyden, Murkowski Introduce Bill To Reform CCF for Fishermen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced a bill that gives commercial fishermen - in Alaska, Oregon and nationwide - added flexibility when it comes to funds they've set aside for renovations or new construction of their fishing boats. "There was a time when CCF accounts were an integral part of building the modern and efficient fleet of fishing vessels the U.S. needed to compete with foreign fishing outfits," Wyden said. "But the … Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

Wyden, Chaffetz Introduce GPS Act

Washington, D.C. - New technologies - like cell phones, smart phones, laptops and navigation devices - are making it increasingly easy to track and log the location of individual Americans, yet federal laws have not kept pace with the technology. The lack of legal clarity surrounding the use of electronically-obtained location data, also known as geolocation information, means that there are no clear rules for how this data can be used, accessed or sold by law enforcement, commercial entities … Continue Reading


June 10, 2011

Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio Applaud FEMA Grant for Brookings

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Peter DeFazio and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced the Port of Brookings Harbor will receive $1.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replace docks destroyed by the March 11th tsunami. "Brookings-Harbor Port Director Ted Fitzgerald and his team have done an incredible job of getting the Port cleaned up after the disaster in March," said Wyden, who visited the Port in April and toured the damage facilities. "The channel is … Continue Reading


June 08, 2011

Geothermal Energy Bill To Help Legitimate Producers Develop Geothermal “Hot Spots” More Efficiently

Washington, D.C. - With one of the biggest barriers to geothermal energy production being the risky and inefficient process of searching for "hot spots" capable of producing recoverable energy, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to make it easier for developers to lease federal land adjacent to proven geothermal "hot spots." Geothermal energy is a sustainable energy resource that captures natural heat from the Earth to create electricity. Sponsored by U.S. … Continue Reading


June 07, 2011

Bipartisan Senate Group Introduces Legislation to Help U.S. Soda Ash Producers Compete with Foreign Suppliers

Washington, D.C. - As foreign governments continue to provide unfair subsidies and benefits to give a leg up to their domestic producers of soda ash - a key industrial material in the manufacturing of glass and other products and one of the largest exports out of the Port of Portland - a bipartisan group of Senators have introduced legislation to maintain low Federal royalties on the mineral so that U.S. manufacturers can compete. The Soda Ash Competition Act - introduced by Senators Ron Wyden … Continue Reading


May 27, 2011

Wyden, Chief Reese Visit Anti-Gang G.R.E.A.T. Program Graduates at Parkrose Middle School on Wednesday, June 1

Who: Senator Ron Wyden; Portland Police Chief Michael Reese; Parkrose School Superintendent Dr. Karen Fischer Gray; City of Portland officials What: Meet with 270 6th graders who graduated from the G.R.E.A.T program When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Where: Parkrose Middle School 11800 NE Shaver Portland Portland, OR - The Gangs … Continue Reading


May 27, 2011

Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Bill to Give Customs the Discipline to Combat Trade Cheats

Washington, D.C. -As evidence mounts about the extent to which foreign exporters have been eager and willing to circumvent U.S. trade laws continues, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to create the discipline necessary at Customs and Border Protection to combat trade cheats and provide a fair playing field for U.S. manufacturers. The bill has been introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) the chair of the Senate Finance Committee's subcommittee on Trade, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

In Speech, Wyden Says Official Interpretations of Patriot Act Must be Made Public

Washington, D.C. - Speaking on the floor of the U.S Senate during the truncated debate on the reauthorization of the PATRIOT ACT for another four years, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) - a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence -- warned his colleagues that a vote to extend the bill without amendments that would ban any Administration's ability to keep internal interpretations of the Patriot Act classified will eventually cause public outrage. Known as Secret Law, the official … Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Wyden Will Visit Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles on June 3

Portland, OR - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will tour the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles on Friday June 3. Ground was broken last fall for a 9,000-square-foot community center, named for Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Stan Adams and his wife, Jean. The community center should be finished this summer. Who: Senator Ron Wyden What: Tour of Oregon Veterans Home … Continue Reading

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