Press Releases

February 12, 2010

Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Morrow and Umatilla Counties on February 21

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Morrow and Umatilla county town halls on Sunday, February 21, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Morrow County Town Hall Meeting Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010 Time: 1 p.m. (Doors open one hour early)Location: Port of Morrow 2 Marine … Continue Reading


February 04, 2010

Wyden Responds to Launch of National Export Initiative

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, released the following statement today in response to Commerce Secretary Locke's speech announcing the launch of the National Export Initiative:"I applaud Secretary Locke's remarks, which demonstrate that the Obama Administration is serious about establishing a long-term, coherent export expansion strategy. The President's National Export Initiative is an effort … Continue Reading


February 02, 2010

Wyden, Nelson Introduce Legislation to Ensure Haiti's Economic Future

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to give Haiti a badly needed economic boostin the wake of last month's devastating earthquake, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced legislation today to rebuild the country's apparel industry, which prior to the quake accounted for three-quarters of the nation's exports and employed more than 25,000 Haitians. Since the Jan. 12 earthquake, Haiti's apparel industry has experienced a nearly 50 percent reduction in capacity. At … Continue Reading


January 29, 2010

Wyden, Merkley, and Schrader Statement on NOAA Review of Newport Siting

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representative Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), issued the following statement on NOAA's response to the GAO decision sustaining the protest against NOAA's decision to move their Pacific fleet to Newport, Oregon: "After reviewing NOAA's letter and speaking with Secretary Locke this afternoon, we are confident that today's announcement brings us one step closer to establishing the NOAA fleet in Newport. Work already underway … Continue Reading


January 28, 2010

Wyden Statement on Confirmation of Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement after voting to confirm Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve: "Over the last year and a half, I have voted against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout three times, and while I remain frustrated with Mr. Bernanke's role in crafting this policy, I am also mindful that his steady hand helped the nation avoid an economic depression. Moreover, I believe that at a time when the country is only just … Continue Reading


January 28, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Land Swap Bill Will Preserve More Than 16,000 Acres as Wilderness

Washington, D.C. - Building on last year's successful efforts to preserve more than 200,000 acres of Oregon lands as wilderness, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation to preserve another 16,000 acres near Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven by swapping land with private landholders, including Christian-based summer camp, Young Life, which has rights to land once occupied by the followers of Baghwan Shree Rajneesh. "Oregonians have a deep connection … Continue Reading


January 21, 2010

Wyden Welcomes Facebook to Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to today's announcement that Facebook will build a data center in Prineville, Oregon: "The more than 200 construction jobs and 35 full-time positions that this project will bring to Prineville could not come at a better time, but the technology and training that comes from partnering with a pioneer like Facebook positions Oregon firmly on the cutting edge. While it is never hard to convince anyone that … Continue Reading


January 21, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Announce $5.4 million To Help Oregon Families Pay Utility Bills

Washington, D.C. - Continuing efforts to help low-income residents pay their utility bills, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced today that in response to a letter signed by both senators, the Department of Health and Human Services will release more than $5.4 million to Oregon in contingency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The funding will directly help low-income households pay their utility bills."This funding will … Continue Reading


January 15, 2010

Wyden Legislation Would Take Oregon Anti-Meth Legislation Nationwide, Require Doctor's Prescription for Pseudoephedrine

Portland, OR - Joined by police, prosecutors and pharmacists, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today announced legislation that would take Oregon's successful anti-methamphetamine law nationwide by requiring a doctor's prescription for pseudoephedrine products. "Meth manufacturing is a scourge that has been all but eliminated in Oregon thanks to a groundbreaking law that has shut down meth labs and put smurfers out of business," Wyden said. "Now is the time to take Oregon's success in the war against … Continue Reading


January 14, 2010

Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Wasco, Hood River Counties on Sunday

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Wasco and Hood River town halls in The Dalles and the City of Hood River on Sunday, January 17, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Wasco County Town Hall Meeting Date: Sunday, January 17, 2010 Time: 1 p.m. (Doors open one hour early)Location: Mid-Columbia Senior Center1112 W. 9th StreetThe Dalles Hood River County Town … Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

Wyden, Merkley Announce $4 Million for Renewable Energy Job Training

Washington, D.C. - In keeping with efforts to boost employment and to position Oregon as a renewable energy industry leader, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D- Ore.) announced today that Oregon will receive $4 million in grants to provide renewable energy job training for the unemployed living at or below the poverty level. The Pathway Out of Poverty grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will give many workers the new skills and training and provide … Continue Reading


January 12, 2010

Wyden Asks for Review of Ugandan Trade Status

Washington, D.C.-. After reviewing legislation being considered by the Ugandan Parliament that would imprison citizens for being Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness indicated that if Uganda passes such a law, it will be in violation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which requires that beneficiaries not engage in "gross violations of … Continue Reading


January 11, 2010

Wyden Calls For Suspension of Reductions at Roseburg VA Hospital

Washington, D.C.- In reacting to the news that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is considering the elimination of emergency and inpatient services at the Roseburg VA Medical Center, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, urging the department to suspend planned reductions pending a written plan for providing affected veterans services the facility previously provided. "I am especially disturbed that this loss of health care … Continue Reading


January 08, 2010

Wyden to Hold Annual Deschutes County Town Hall on January 12

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Deschutes County town hall meeting in Bend on January 12, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Deschutes County Town Hall Meeting Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Time: 9:30 a.m. (Doors open one hour early)Location: Mountain View High School Auditorium 2755 Northeast 27th Street … Continue Reading


January 08, 2010

Wyden to Hold Annual Clatsop County Town Hall on January 13

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Clatsop County town hall meeting in Astoria on January 13, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Clatsop County Town Hall Meeting Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Time: 9:30 am (Doors open one hour early)Location: Astoria High School auditorium 1001 West Marine Dr. … Continue Reading


January 08, 2010

Wyden to Hold Annual Columbia County Town Hall on January 13

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Columbia County town hall meeting in Vernonia on January 13, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Columbia County Town Hall Meeting Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Time: 1 pm (Doors open one hour early)Location: Vernonia High School Gymnasium 299 Bridge … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Wyden to Hold Annual Jefferson County Town Hall on January 11

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Jefferson County town hall meeting in Madras on January 11, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Jefferson County Town Hall Meeting Date: Monday, January 11, 2010 Time: 10 a.m. (Doors open one hour early)Location: Jefferson County Senior Center 860 SW Madison St. … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Merkley, Wyden Announce Oregon Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington D.C.-Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that Loren Jessen of Springfield and Karli Olsen of McMinnville have been selected as delegates to represent Oregon in the United States Senate Youth Program. The students were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program's 48th Annual Washington Week. "It's important that we increase youth involvement in public service not only because they have a … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Wyden to Hold Annual Crook County Town Hall on January 11

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Crook County town hall meeting in Prineville on January 11, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Crook County Town Hall Meeting Date: Monday, January 11, 2010 Time: 1:15 p.m. (Doors open one hour early)Location: Crook County High School auditorium 1100 Southeast Lynn … Continue Reading


January 06, 2010

Wyden to Hold Annual Linn County Town Hall on January 10

Portland, OR - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host his annual Linn County town hall meeting in Albany on January 10, 2010. Senator Wyden has been holding town halls in each Oregon county every year since 1996. Linn County Town Hall Meeting Date: Sunday, January 10, 2010 Time: 3:30 p.m. (Doors open one hour early)Location: West Albany High School Cafeteria1130 Queen Avenue … Continue Reading

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