Press Releases

June 28, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Join Colleagues in Introducing Senate Resolution Recognizing June as Pride Month

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined their colleagues today in introducing the Senate's first resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution notes major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. Today, June 28, marks the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. "This resolution is an important milestone in recognizing the courage and … Continue Reading

June 27, 2017

Wyden Criticizes Trump Administration for Covering Up Surveillance Report

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today slammed the Trump Administration for denying his request to publicly release a federal report on surveillance policies. On February 15, 2017, Wyden asked the then-Acting Director of National Intelligence to release to the public a report on Presidential Policy Director (PPD) 28, which establishes policies and procedures for safeguarding personal information collected from government surveillance. The report was written by the Privacy and Civil … Continue Reading

June 21, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Push FERC for More Public Engagement on Jordan Cove

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today pressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to hold more public meetings and extend the public comment period as the agency considers the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. In a letter to FERC Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur, Wyden and Merkley requested the agency extend the public comment period from 30 days to 90 days-the typical length of public review for a project of this … Continue Reading

June 15, 2017

Wyden Emphasizes Costs of Congressional Inaction on Wildfire Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today emphasized the costs of congressional inaction when it comes to fixing the broken system of wildfire funding, in a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning. Wyden, together with Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch, both R-Idaho, has been working on a long-term solution since 2013 to fix the way the federal government funds wildfire suppression, in order to free up more funding for fire prevention and … Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Wyden Introduces Bill to Encourage Charitable Giving

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore,. today introduced the Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year (CHARITY) Act, a bipartisan bill that would encourage charitable giving and make it easier for foundations and other tax-exempt organizations to conduct their charitable mission in Oregon and nationwide. Joined by Sens. John Thune, R-SD, Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., this legislation (S. 1343) builds on several significant charitable tax provisions that … Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Wyden: Sessions’ Attacks on Medical Marijuana Again Show He only Values States’ Rights When He Thinks States Are Right

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after news reports that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested that Congressional leaders reverse protections provided to legal marijuana states, which would allow the Justice Department to prosecute legal medical marijuana users. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 90 percent of states allow for legal medical marijuana use in some form. "Jeff Sessions is again showing … Continue Reading

June 12, 2017

Wyden Statement on Puerto Rico’s Vote for Statehood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement on Puerto Rico's statehood referendum vote on June 11: "Those who stand to gain financially from a continuation of the status quo will seek to delegitimize the results of this federally authorized plebiscite. I wrote the law making this plebiscite possible so Congress could get a clear understanding of the wishes of the American citizens of Puerto Rico," Wyden said. "They have now sent a clear and … Continue Reading

June 09, 2017

Wyden, Harris, Merkley, Feinstein Call for Disaster Aid for Oregon and California Fisheries

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's and California's senators in a letter today to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called for a federal salmon fishery disaster declaration for both states to support economic recovery for coastal communities. The letter from Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein follows a request from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown for the federal government to issue a fisheries disaster declaration to … Continue Reading

June 09, 2017

Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Designates Hemp History Week

Washington, D.C. - To highlight the vast economic potential of industrial hemp for America's agricultural industry, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution designating June 5-11, "Hemp History Week." Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced the bipartisan resolution Wednesday. The Hemp History Week resolution passed the Senate unanimously last night. The United States is the world's largest consumer of industrial hemp, but … Continue Reading

June 08, 2017

Wyden, Merkley Resolution Honoring MAX Attack Heroes Passes Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley praised the Senate's passage today of their joint resolution to honor Oregon heroes Rick Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher. Best and Namkai-Meche were fatally stabbed on May 26 defending two young women targeted by threatening anti-Muslim hate speech on the MAX train in Portland. Fletcher was seriously wounded in the attack. "These three Oregonians stood up courageously against terrorism -- and for … Continue Reading

June 08, 2017

Wyden Blasts Interior Department’s Attempt to Undo Federal Sage Grouse Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today blasted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's announcement that the department would review federal land management plans for the Greater Sage-grouse for their potential to impede oil and gas development on public lands. The review, issued in the form of a secretarial order, could undo federal sage grouse habitat management plans, which farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, and industry stakeholders spent years establishing to prevent an … Continue Reading

June 07, 2017

Wyden Marks National Hemp History Week

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today pressed his colleagues in Congress to support a bipartisan effort to lift the federal ban on growing industrial hemp in the United States. Industrial hemp farming holds vast potential for job creation and economic benefits in Oregon and nationwide. Sales of hemp-based products in the U.S. total almost $600 million each year, but current federal law bans farmers from growing hemp in the U.S. Wyden said the federal prohibition on growing hemp is … Continue Reading

June 07, 2017

Wyden Blasts Trump Administration for Refusal to Disclose Number of Americans Swept Up Under FISA 702, Covering up The True Impact on Innocent Americans

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., blasted Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats today for announcing that the Trump administration will not provide an estimate of how many Americans' emails, calls and other communications are swept up under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, despite the fact Congress has sought this number since 2011. View Wyden's questions here. "What the director said today is in my view a 180-degree retreat from what he said … Continue Reading

June 06, 2017

Wyden on Energy Department Nominee: Selling off Bonneville Power is a Nonstarter

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today voted against four Trump administration nominees that would have sweeping control over energy costs, future energy infrastructure projects and public lands, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee business meeting. Wyden said he voted against the nominee to be the deputy secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, because Brouillette did not commit to working to keep Bonneville Power Administration in public ownership, in a written … Continue Reading

June 05, 2017

Wyden to Vote “No” on FERC Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced he will vote against two nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), after they failed to commit to avoiding political interference from the White House or to protecting the interests of local residents in making decisions about future energy projects. In written responses to questions from Wyden, the two FERC nominees, Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, did not commit to remaining independent from White House … Continue Reading

June 02, 2017

Oregon Delegation Honors Heroes of Portland Terrorist Attack

Portland, Ore. - Representative Earl Blumenauer, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, and Greg Walden today announced that they will introduce a joint resolution to honor the heroism of Rick Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher. On Friday, May 26, these brave individuals were brutally stabbed on local transit in Portland, OR as they protected two young women who were the targets of threatening … Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Wyden Joins Shaheen, Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Boost Public Participation at FERC

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and their colleagues to reintroduce legislation to create an Office of Public Participation and Consumer Advocacy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As one of the lead agencies responsible for developing energy infrastructure and ensuring reliability of the electric grid, FERC has sweeping authority over the wholesale power markets and ultimate jurisdiction in the federal siting and … Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Wyden, Blumenauer Introduce Vote-by-Mail Bill to Fight Growing Tide of Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrats, today introduced their bill to expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationwide and knock down the mounting obstacles that voters across the country are facing, just to cast their ballots. "This administration is fixated with making it harder for Americans to vote," Wyden said. "And when regular Americans can't vote, lobbyists, special interests everyone else who wants to profit off of the government win. … Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

West Coast Senators Push Administration to Restore Support for Salmon Recovery Fund

Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, West Coast senators today pushed the Trump administration to continue funding for salmon fishery recovery efforts that support good-paying jobs in coastal communities. In a letter to the Trump administration today, Wyden and Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called on the administration to reverse its proposal to cut all federal funding for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery … Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

Wyden, Walden, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call on GAO to Review Infrastructure Safety, Unfinished Work at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Washington, D.C. - Following this month's tunnel collapse at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State, a bipartisan group of Pacific Northwest lawmakers today called for a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of the nuclear waste cleanup and environmental remediation work at Hanford. In their letter today, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., along with Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Reps. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Dan … Continue Reading

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