Press Releases

May 24, 2010

Senators Call on AG DOJ to Investigate Transocean Ltd. Money Transfers

Washington, D.C. - After reports that Transocean Ltd., the owner of the destroyed oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, intends to distribute $1 billion to private shareholders, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wrote a letter with 17 of his Senate colleagues to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice look into the corporation's financial transactions. The announcement came only hours after a closed-door meeting of company executives and weeks after the Transocean-owned … Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Wyden Report Finds Green Goods Trade Vastly Overestimated

Washington, D.C. - Continuing his drive to make exports of environmentally friendly goods a spark that will ignite America's economic recovery, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released a follow-up report to his December 2009 trade report entitled, "Major Opportunities and Challenges to U.S. Exports of Environmental Goods," which looked at the benefits of lowering overseas tariffs to green products produced by American companies. Today's follow-up report is the first of its kind, offering … Continue Reading


May 17, 2010

Wyden, Schrader Ask DOD/GAO to Investigate “Institutionalized discrimination against Guard and Reserve Forces”

Washington, D.C. - Responding to concerns that National Guard soldiers are not receiving proper medical care and are being released from active duty too early, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (D- Ore.) are calling for an investigation into the Army's programs for providing medical treatment to National Guard troops prior to and after combat deployment Iraq. Their request to the Department of Defense Inspector General and the Government Accountability … Continue Reading


May 04, 2010

Senators Introduce Legislation To Expand Vote By Mail, Save Money and Increase Voter Participation

Washington, D.C. - Looking for ways to expand voter participation and reduce the growing cost of elections, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a package of bills today that would make it easier for states to institute the same vote-by-mail process currently used in Oregon. Wyden - who is the first federal official to be elected entirely by mail - also introduced … Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

"Shepherds Flat Wind Farm Will Move Forward"

Washington, D.C. - A months-long stand-off came to a close today after the Deputy Secretary of Defense informed U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) that the Pentagon would no longer block construction of the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon's Gilliam and Morrow counties and would instead upgrade a nearby radar system which had until now put the project's future in doubt. The announcement would also eliminate the threat to other … Continue Reading


April 29, 2010

SENATE DEMOCRATS UNVEIL LEGISLATION TO LIMIT FALLOUT FROM SUPREME COURT RULING THAT ALLOWS UNLIMITED SPECIAL-INTEREST SPENDING ON ELECTIONS—ANNOUNCE PLAN FOR SENATE PASSAGE BY JULY 4

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Al Franken (D-MN) announced new legislation Thursday to blunt the harmful impacts from the Supreme Court's decision allowing corporations and other special interests to spend unlimited sums to influence elections. The lawmakers said their goal is for the Senate to pass the new measure by July 4 so the law can take effect in time for the 2010 midterm elections. The legislation … Continue Reading


April 28, 2010

Wyden, Murkowski Bill Would Lift Restrictions on Fishermen's Use of Capital Construction Accounts

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing changes in the commercial fishing industry and the need to create new jobs and prevent overfishing, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation today that will give America's fishermen greater flexibility in how they can use money set aside in special capital construction funds. "The Capital Construction Fund program was created in 1976 to help modernize the American fishing industry so it could compete with highly efficient … Continue Reading


April 28, 2010

Wyden Files Amendment to Force Financial Firms To Disclose Bets Made Against Their Clients

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to promote greater transparency between buyers and sellers, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) filed an amendment to the financial reform legislation today that intends to force financial institutions to clearly state any financial stake they have in seeing their product lose value. Wyden argued that transparency and accountability are essential to a functioning market and that this amendment will bring those attributes to an area of finance that has … Continue Reading


April 27, 2010

Wyden/Grassley Lead Bipartisan Effort to End Senate Secret Holds

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate's leading bipartisan voices for ending secret holds introduced legislation today that would make it even harder for individual senators to secretly obstruct the legislative process. For more than a decade, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley have fought to eliminate secret holds and in 2007 a modified version of their proposal was included in the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act. In introducing the "Secret Holds Elimination Act" … Continue Reading


April 22, 2010

Wyden and Thune Bill Helps Native American Vets with Disabilities Receive Housing Assistance

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to make sure all of America's veterans are taken care of when they return from combat U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R- SD) introduced legislation that will correct a flaw in current law that excludes some disabled Native American Veterans from housing assistance programs. The Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act of 2010 will discontinue the counting of disability compensation as income, a practice that often pushes disabled … Continue Reading


April 22, 2010

Wyden Statement on the Release of ACTA Negotiation Text

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness released the following statement today regarding the decision made by United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk to release the ACTA negotiating text: "The decision by Ambassador Kirk to release the ACTA negotiating text is a step toward greater transparency in an increasingly important area of trade. This move … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

OR TREASURY DEPT: Major "Build America Bond" sale will create thousands of Oregon jobs, improve highways, and save $56 million thanks to lower loan costs

SALEM - Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden announced today the completion of the State of Oregon's successful first sale of Build America Bonds, which will pay to improve roads and bridges across the state while also saving Oregonians $56 million in financing costs. Now, they said, it's time to get Oregonians to work. The $580 million sale, with 93 percent of the total in Build America Bonds and 7 percent in tax-exempt bonds, will allow the Oregon Department of … Continue Reading


April 08, 2010

Senators Wyden and Gregg To Discuss Simplifying the U.S. Tax System On the Day Before Tax Day

Washington, D.C. - The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will host a panel discussion, "Reforming Our Tax Code: A Bipartisan Solution," with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) next Wednesday, April 14, 2010, the day before tax day. Senators Wyden and Gregg will discuss their recently introduced legislation, "The Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2010." The discussion will be moderated by BPC Advisory Board Member and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle … Continue Reading


April 08, 2010

Economists agree, Wyden-Gregg "Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2010" is a positive step for U.S.

Washington, D.C. - With less than 9 months remaining until the tax relief provisions of 2001 and 2003 expire, a bipartisan proposal to reform the tax code has turned the heads of economists and academics across the country. Introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), the "Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2010" takes a comprehensive approach to reforming the tangled web of exemptions, deductions, credits and other preferences that currently … Continue Reading


March 22, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Win Singular Protection for Crater Lake from Air Tour Flyovers

Washington, D.C. - In order to preserve the unique quiet and solitude of Oregon's sole National Park, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today won greater authority for the National Park Service to ban air tour flyovers in Crater Lake. Their amendment, which was passed in the Senate as part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, allows the Park Service the ability to deny air tours over the park without first having to prepare an air tour management plan, … Continue Reading


March 17, 2010

Wyden Successful in Efforts to Maintain Current Discount Levels for Seniors and Disabled Campers

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) welcomed a decision from Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, to abandon a proposal to severely reduce discounts for seniors and persons with disabilities staying at privately run Forest Service campgrounds. Wyden sent a letter in February urging the Forest Service to honor their commitment and maintain the current discount level. "Increasing the profits of private companies by taking money from the pockets of persons with … Continue Reading


March 16, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Amendment Gives National Park Service Greater Authority to Regulate Air Tour Flyovers

Washington, D.C. - Continuing the fight to protect the solitude and unique character of America's national parks, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley took steps today to give the National Park Service greater authority to regulate air tour flyovers over most national parks, including Oregon's Crater Lake. Wyden and Merkley introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill that clarifies the role of the National Park Service in determining the … Continue Reading


March 16, 2010

Wyden, Stabenow and Brown Tapped For Seats on President's Export Council

WASHINGTON, DC - Seeking the Senate's leading voices for lifting U.S. exports to create 2 million jobs as part of an economic recovery strategy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appointed U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to seats on the President's Export Council. Senators Wyden and Stabenow currently influence international trade policy from their positions on the Senate Committee on Finance Committee and its Subcommittee on … Continue Reading


March 15, 2010

Wyden and Snowe Introduce Bill to Train Nanotech Workers

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers leading innovation in nanotechnology, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the Promote Nanotechnology in Schools Act to help schools such as community colleges, universities, and even high schools purchase the advanced equipment needed to educate students and train workers in this emerging field. "Few if any fields hold as much growth potential as … Continue Reading


March 10, 2010

BLM Contract Extension Passes U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed the Tax Extenders Act of 2009, which incorporated the Forest Harvest Opportunity Act by amendment. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced the Forest Harvest Opportunity Act in November 2009 to help timber companies remain competitive and sustain economic growth. The Forest Harvest Opportunity Act will extend already-existing contracts between timber companies and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so the companies can harvest … Continue Reading

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