Press Releases

May 12, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Urge Treasury to Swiftly Implement Corporate Transparency Act to Support Russian Sanctions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues from both parties are calling on the Treasury Department to swiftly implement the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and provide a timeline for doing so. Implementation of the CTA would upgrade the country's anti-money laundering laws and help the federal government fully impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs. "The Treasury Department has yet to finalize the implementation of the CTA-or even set a timetable for its … Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Wyden Introduces Bill to Securely Share Research Data Between Government Agencies; Data Could Unlock New Insights to Improve Americans’ Lives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced legislation to improve government services and unlock new research by securely sharing data between federal agencies - without sacrificing security or privacy. The Secure Research Data Network Act would create a free open-source software data platform to provide approved government researchers with secure access to without compromising Americans' privacy. "Sharing government data with approved researchers and protecting … Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Wyden Secures VA Commitment to Town Hall Meetings for Veterans in Eastern Oregon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has secured commitments from top Veterans Administration (VA) officials for multiple town hall meetings with Eastern Oregon veterans concerned about agency proposals to reduce physical and mental health services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Walla Walla. That commitment for three town hall meetings follows a letter Wyden wrote the VA this week about its "hasty and dangerous" proposals to reduce care in Eastern … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Wyden Delivers Floor Speech After Republicans Block the Women’s Health Protection Act

Mr. President, earlier today the Senate took one the most significant votes I have been a part of in all my time in public service. While the Women's Health Protection Act did not pass today, this vote made it very clear on which side every senator stands. The Republicans unanimously voted for criminalized abortion in more than half the states in just a few weeks. Democrats voted to stop the Alito Court from turning the clock back on women's health by a century. Let's be one-hundred … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Wyden Statement on Senate Republicans Blocking Legislation to Codify Roe into Law

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the Women's Health Protection Act, legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into law: "In a free society, everyone ought to have control over their own bodies. Yet Republicans on the Supreme Court and Republicans in the Senate have made it crystal clear that stripping women of their Constitutional freedoms and endangering lives is at the top of the right-wing agenda. I voted to … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Seek Better Pay for Federal Wildland Firefighters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week joined colleagues from both parties in urging federal officials to establish a special pay rate for federal wildland firefighters in Oregon and nationwide that would address urgent staffing shortages in the wildland firefighting workforce. "As the 2022 fire season begins, we urge you to take necessary steps to avert critical staffing shortages in the wildland firefighting workforce," the lawmakers wrote in their letter to Agriculture … Continue Reading


May 06, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $82 Million in Secure Rural Schools Funds to go to Oregon Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Oregon counties will receive more than $82 million in payments under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) for school and road maintenance, youth job training, wildfire prevention, watershed restoration and habitat conservation. "For the better part of two decades, SRS payments have maintained an economic lifeline for Oregonians counting on quality schools, dependable … Continue Reading


May 05, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest to Receive More than $295,000 for Health Services

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA) will receive $295,112 from the Indian Health Service (IHS) for providing crucial mental, physical and behavioral health services for Native Americans in Portland. "It is critical that Native American communities have access to quality, culturally appropriate healthcare whether living in a city, rural community or on a reservation," Wyden said. … Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce Critical Step Forward to Modernize Oregon’s Waterways and Ports for Those Who Rely on Them

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a raft of critical projects and policy initiatives for Oregon that have been written into the Water Resources Development Act?(WRDA) of 2022 which passed out of a key Senate committee today. The bill will next head to the Senate floor for a full vote. "Every one of us wants to know that we can rely on safe water coming from our taps and that other key water infrastructure will be there to keep us and our … Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

Wyden Votes For Non-Binding Resolution on Iran Policy

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted in favor of a non-binding Motion to Instruct, urging the executive branch not to disregard Iran's nuclear weapons program or human rights violations when negotiating an new agreement with Iran. Wyden, who voted in favor of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, and opposed Donald Trump's withdrawal from the deal, issued the following statement today: "Today, I joined a bipartisan group of senators to vote for a non-binding … Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

Wyden, Murray, Casey, Hassan Demand Answers From Top Companies Illegally Delaying or Denying Patients Insurance Coverage for Birth Control

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week pressed the nation's largest pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) to answer deeply troubling reports that they are breaking the law by illegally delaying or denying patient insurance coverage for birth control. "We have heard numerous accounts of PBMs requiring prior authorization, denying claims, or asking patients to try multiple forms of contraceptives before approving … Continue Reading


May 03, 2022

ENR Committee Passes Wyden’s Recreation Not Red Tape Act

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today passed a bipartisan recreation bill that included key components of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's Recreation Not Red Tape Act to remove barriers to outdoor recreation, increase equitable access to public lands, and boost rural economies and jobs. "No matter who you are or where you're from, everyone should be able to have equitable access to enjoy our public lands," Wyden said. "Breaking down the burdensome … Continue Reading


May 03, 2022

Wyden statement on reported draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade: "The Republican party has set the stage for a total erosion of Americans' constitutional rights. They have made clear they won't stop at gutting the right for a woman to make decisions about her own body. Republicans know that the majority of Americans don't support eroding fundamental rights like privacy, so instead, they packed the … Continue Reading


April 29, 2022

Wyden: “Surveillance Transparency Report” Fails To Explain How Many Americans’ Communications Are Searched By the FBI

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called on the FBI to explain the increase in the number of searches of Americans' communications, and to stop providing essentially meaningless statistics to the American people. "For anyone outside the U.S. government, the astronomical number of FBI searches of Americans' communications is either highly alarming or entirely meaningless," Wyden said. "Somewhere in all that over-counting are real … Continue Reading


April 29, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Recognizing the Importance of Local News

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden joined colleagues this week in introducing a resolution to support the designation of April 2022 as "Preserving Local News Month." The resolution recognizes local news as a public good that serves an essential function in the democracy of the United States. "As the son of a journalist, I am proud to introduce legislation recognizing the importance of local news in our democracy," said Wyden, who also has introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability … Continue Reading


April 29, 2022

Wyden, Cornyn Bill to Exempt Trafficking Survivors’ Restitution from Taxes Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, released the following statements after the Senate this week unanimously passed their bipartisan Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act, which would exempt civil damages, restitution, and other monetary awards given to human trafficking survivors from federal income taxes as well as codify Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance that makes restitution payments to survivors in criminal cases free from federal … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Wyden to FTC: Publicize Fraud Hotline so Consumers Can Report Price Gouging and Fight Back Against Corporate Greed

Washington, D.C. - Amid numerous allegations of corporations padding their profits by raising prices to gouge consumers, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ensure Americans are aware they can report suspected price gouging to the FTC, either at ReportFraud.FTC.gov or the fraud telephone hotline at 877-382-4358, or via traditional mail. "I write to express my concern that large corporations, particularly those in consolidated industries, appear … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Lead Colleagues in Push to Extend Federal Purchasing of West Coast Seafood

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today led colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the Department to continue purchasing seafood from the West Coast. Senator Merkley and Wyden were joined by Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $1 Million to Oregon for Conservation Efforts and to Protect Vulnerable Wildlife

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced Oregon has earned more than $1 million for conservation and protection of vulnerable wildlife from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "From preserving the habitats of the Western pond turtle to mapping wildlife connectivity corridors, I am gratified to see more federal dollars go toward the conservation of some of the animals, plants and insects that inhabit Oregon's world-renowned natural treasures," Wyden said. … Continue Reading


April 27, 2022

Wyden, Colleagues Support Biden Proposal to Reverse Harmful Trump Immigration Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the Biden administration's proposal to better support immigrants by updating the "public charge" regulation. The Biden administration's proposed regulation would replace the public charge rule enacted by the Trump administration in 2019, which made it significantly more difficult for many immigrants to become lawful permanent residents by lowering … Continue Reading

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