Press Releases

March 19, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: OSU Earns Federal Grant to Study Feeding Spent Hemp Biomass to Cattle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that Oregon State University has earned a $299,950 federal Agriculture Department grant to study feeding spent hemp biomass to cattle. "OSU's world-renowned hemp research plus the crop's ongoing growth possibilities add up to a potential big win for farmers and ranchers in our state and nationwide to feed their cattle with this biomass byproduct," said Wyden, who led the successful fight to ensure farmers and ranchers could … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Wyden and Leading Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Expand Emergency Broadband Benefit Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with 15 leading democrats introduced new legislation building on the Emergency Broadband Connections Act to ensure working families can stay online through the current economic and health crisis. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Edward Markey, D-Mass, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Send Bipartisan Letter to President Biden Urging Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs to Combat Climate Change & Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today signed a bipartisan letter to President Biden urging him to prioritize robust investments in programs that promote energy efficiency in his upcoming budget proposal to Congress. In the letter, Wyden and the senators noted these investments would combat climate change by reducing harmful emissions and pollution and stimulate our economy by creating sustainable jobs and reducing energy costs for consumers. "We applaud your commitment to restoring our … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Wyden Co-sponsors Legislation Closing Loophole to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is co-sponsoring legislation that would protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. "Back in 2018, Oregon closed the 'boyfriend loophole,' protecting domestic abuse survivors from gun violence at the hands of their abusers. Domestic abuse survivors in every single state deserve the same level of protection as Oregonians," Wyden said. "Congress must swiftly pass this needed public safety measure to help keep our most vulnerable … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Wyden Co-sponsors Bill to Tackle Homework Gap, Provide Wi-Fi on School Buses

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is co-sponsoring legislation that would provide E-Rate support for school bus wi-fi to help close the homework gap while students travel on their daily school bus routes in Oregon and nationwide. "Oregon students in rural and Tribal communities taking long bus rides to and from school need wi-fi during those long stretches to keep up with daily assignments and tackle homework," Wyden said. "All students regardless of their zip code should … Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Wyden, Merkley: Nine Oregon Health Centers to Join Federal Vaccine Program

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that clinics in Portland, Oregon City, Grants Pass, Eugene, Tillamook, Prineville and Medford will be invited to join the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program over the next six weeks. The nine clinics join Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, the Neighborhood Health Center in Portland, Multnomah, and Lane counties in the program. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable High-Speed Internet

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today introduced comprehensive broadband infrastructure legislation that would expand access to affordable high-speed internet for all Americans. "In my town halls across Oregon, I've seen first-hand how reliable broadband can lift up rural towns. And I've seen how rural and lower-income communities without first-class infrastructure are being left behind," Wyden said. "Senator Klobuchar and Congressman Clyburn's legislation is a strong … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Wyden Speaks on Senate Floor in Support of the Nomination of Deb Haaland to be Interior Secretary

Mr. President, on Monday the Senate will vote on the nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior. This is truly an historic moment. I've voted on a lot of nominations over the years. I've never felt more proud to support a nominee than I do right now supporting Congresswoman Haaland. I could be here all weekend talking about what she represents and the opportunities that lie ahead for the Interior Department, public lands and rural communities. But I'll … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Ensure More Disaster Resilient Power Grid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today introduced legislation that would provide incentives to utility companies to do more to protect against power outages and wildfires as the climate emergency hits communities in Oregon and nationwide with extreme weather events. Wyden and Merkley's Disaster Safe Power Grid Act would ensure that power companies do their part to reduce the risks of power blackouts and wildland fires through power system upgrades, … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Address Long-Term Student Needs Related to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today introduced legislation that would help accelerate academic progress and address students' social, emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical health needs related to COVID-19. "Before this pandemic even began, students in Oregon and around the country were rightly demanding more support for their emotional, mental and physical health. This crisis has only made these needs even more acute, especially for marginalized communities that … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Merkley, Wyden Announce $40 Million in Federal Funding to Help Maintain Healthy Pacific Northwest Forests and Support Local Recreation Economies

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service will invest up to $40 million in projects that will maintain healthy national forests in the Pacific Northwest Region. The funding will also support projects to improve transportation and recreation infrastructure in the forests, which will boost accessibility and help support local economies. The funding announced today is part of a $285 million … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Permanent Daylight Saving Time Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today reintroduced legislation that would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country. "The Sunshine Protection Act takes a common-sense step to provide some much-needed stability for families in Oregon and across the nation," Wyden said. "Springing forward and falling back year after year only creates unnecessary confusion while harming Americans' health and our economy. Making Daylight Saving permanent would give folks an … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Reintroduce Legislation to Defend Property Owners’ Rights from Eminent Domain Claims for Natural Gas Pipelines

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today reintroduced their legislation that would strengthen the rights of landowners facing eminent domain claims from private companies exploiting public interest provisions to confiscate property in Oregon and nationwide for natural gas pipeline development. The bills, which Wyden and Merkley first introduced last fall, come in response to the natural gas industry's increased use of eminent domain for pipeline development … Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

Wyden Will Hold Online Clatsop County Town Hall on March 13

Portland - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have a live on-line town hall for Clatsop County residents beginning at noon on Saturday, March 13 hosted by People's Town Hall. Wyden has held 970 in-person town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon's 36 counties. Wyden has postponed in-person town halls until there are clear-cut public health guidelines that a large open-to-all public meeting poses no unusual health risk … Continue Reading


March 05, 2021

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce “No Check, No Sale” Bill to Close Charleston Loophole

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a bill that would close a loophole allowing gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the gun buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun. The gap in existing law has allowed thousands of gun sales to prohibited buyers, including the sale of the firearm used by the shooter in the deadly 2015 attack at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church. "Firearm buyers should be able to clear a background check … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

DOE Deputy Secretary Nominee Commits to Wyden to Improve Power Grid Resiliency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today asked Deputy Secretary of Energy nominee David Turk about his commitment to improve power grid resiliency following recent extreme weather events leaving hundreds of thousands of Oregonians without power. "Last year, Mr. Turk, wildfires hit Oregon like a wrecking ball, and just last month a winter storm left thousands of Oregonians with no power," Wyden said during Turk's nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Urge Biden Administration to Use Live Event Venues as Vaccine Sites

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are joining with a dozen other colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the Biden administration to use live event venues as vaccination administration sites. In a letter to White House Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator Jeff Zients, the lawmakers said leveraging live venue facilities could further assist the federal pandemic response by helping expand the availability of vaccination centers as the … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Wyden, Merkley Reintroduce Bill to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are joining with 43 senators in reintroducing legislation that would expand federal background checks to all gun sales. "Our country needs airtight background checks without any loopholes," Wyden said. "'Thoughts and prayers' won't stop unlicensed sellers from selling firearms online or at gun shows to people whose actions demonstrate they should not own a gun. Congress must take common-sense action to reduce the chances for … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Wyden, Murray, Booker Re-Introduce Resolution Recognizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls Globally

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have re-introduced a resolution recognizing the disproportionate impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on women and girls globally. The resolution introduced this week urges Congress and the executive branch to protect the rights of women and girls in the United States and abroad, provide robust humanitarian aid that supports women and girls, and ensure the needs of women and girls are part of … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

Wyden Urges Investigation of Potential Violations by Ocean Carriers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today he is urging the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to continue investigating reports of unreasonable practices by ocean carriers, including refusal to carry certain agriculture products from U.S. ports back to Asia. In a bipartisan letter from Wyden and 23 other senators, the lawmakers expressed support of the FMC's current fact-finding efforts and asked that it take appropriate action against vessel-operating common carriers (VOCCs). "As you … Continue Reading

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