Press Releases

January 30, 2018

Wyden Response to the State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., tonight issued the following statement after the State of the Union address: "Trump has spent the past two years making grandiose promises to put workers and families first, but he and congressional Republicans are frantically working to reward corporations and the politically powerful," Wyden said. "No amount of rhetoric can mask the reality that Trump's agenda is all about giving more power and influence to special interests by making life … Continue Reading

January 30, 2018

Wyden Pushes Trump Administration to Fund Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden today pushed the Trump administration to fully fund essential preparedness functions that could save thousands of lives if a major earthquake or tsunami struck Oregon. In a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Wyden urged U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Deputy Director David Applegate to not repeat the Trump administration’s misguided approach from last year that proposed to eliminate funding for the USGS’s West Coast earthquake … Continue Reading

January 29, 2018

Wyden Announces Oregon DREAMer as State of the Union Guest

Washington - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced that Esli Becerra will be his guest at the Jan. 30 State of the Union speech. Becerra, a 26-year-old visual effects artist in Portland, will be accompanied to Washington, D.C. by his 24-year-old brother Kevin Becerra-Segura. The brothers’ parents brought Esli to the United States from Mexico when he was 8 months old. Kevin was born in Springfield, Oregon and the brothers grew up in Eugene. Kevin worked to help his brother graduate from Lane … Continue Reading

January 25, 2018

Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, DeFazio, Bonamici Urge Action to Protect State Marijuana Laws in Bipartisan Letter to Trump

Washington, DC - Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici and 49 of their Senate and House colleagues sent a bipartisan letter today to Trump requesting he urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the Cole Memorandum. Doing so would create a pathway to a more comprehensive marijuana policy that respects state interests. On January 4, 2018, Sessions rescinded the Cole Memorandum - putting jobs, small businesses, state … Continue Reading

January 25, 2018

Wyden Statement on Oregon Graduation Rates

Wyden Statement on Oregon Graduation Rates Washington - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today issued the following statement in response to the latest graduation rate numbers for Oregon high school students. "When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act two years ago to ensure local educators got more of a leadership role in the classroom, I worked to get more students across the stage on graduation day and to track for the first time the graduation rates of students experiencing homelessness or … Continue Reading

January 25, 2018

Wyden to FBI Director Wray: Stop Misleading Americans About Encryption

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to explain his recent comments calling for government backdoors into Americans' encrypted personal phones, computers and other electronic devices, in a letter sent today. While Wray said he was "not looking for a 'back door'", while speaking at Fordham University earlier this month, he advocated for weakening encryption to allow special government access to personal devices - the definition of a back door. "Your … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Wyden Announces ‘No’ Vote on House Spending Bill that Falls Short on Protecting Children at Every Turn, Ignores Bipartisan Solutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced he will vote against another short-term spending bill that fails to extend DACA protections for more than 11,000 Oregon Dreamers and hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth across the country. The bill also fails to extend Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding for the long-term, which would save taxpayers $6 billion. "In the face of a cruel and arbitrary deadline forced by the Trump administration, Dreamers in … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Paul, Wyden, Polis, and Massie defend hemp

Washington: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; and Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky.; defended hemp farmers and businesses, authoring an amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Hemp Industries Assn, et. al. v. D.E.A. case. Hemp farmers and businesses filed the case after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) instituted a rule that classifies parts of hemp and its extracts as a Schedule I drug. Labeling hemp as a Schedule I drug directly … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Press Trump Administration on Forest Restoration Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are urging federal officials to include full funding for proven forest restoration programs in the Department of Agriculture's FY2019 budget. "Without adequate funding for these programs, rural communities will continue to sink into further economic and ecological distress due to the many overstocked and unhealthy tree stands within some of our national forests," the Oregon senators wrote in their Jan. 16 letter to Agriculture Secretary … Continue Reading

January 11, 2018

After Interior Exempts Florida from Controversial Offshore Drilling Plan, Merkley and Wyden Call on Trump Administration to Ban Drilling Off Oregon Coast, Too

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today joined a group of U.S. Senators representing coastal states to tell the Trump administration that they don't want oil and gas drilling off their coasts, and are demanding the same respect for their states that was recently given to Florida, which was granted a special exemption by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. In a letter sent to Secretary Zinke today, Merkley and Wyden, along with 20 of their colleagues, requested that … Continue Reading

January 11, 2018

Wyden Statement on Investigation of VA Roseburg

Washington - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today issued the following statement after meeting with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials about the ongoing investigation into the VA's Roseburg healthcare system: "Our country's commitment to the veterans who have served so proudly demands they receive the best possible health care when they return home. And that objective in turn depends on hardworking VA staff who provide that care getting the top-notch support they need for their … Continue Reading

January 11, 2018

Wyden, Merkley Demand Critical Disaster Funding for Coastal Communities Hurt by Fishery Disasters

Washington, D.C. - Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on their colleagues to include funding for coastal communities damaged by fisheries disasters as part of any disaster relief package that moves through Congress. In the letter, the senators noted that as of this month, Congress has yet to address nine fisheries disasters, with several other disasters pending official declaration. The senators urged swift action to provide emergency funding to communities that depend on … Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

Wyden Calls for Investigation into Interior Department’s Misuse of Wildfire Preparedness Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called for an investigation into the Interior Department's misuse of federal wildfire preparedness funding to pay for Secretary Ryan Zinke's unrelated travel. News reports from recent weeks indicated the Interior Department used funds intended to go to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, for a Zinke helicopter trip around Nevada. The National Interagency Fire Center coordinates federal, state and private fire … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Merkley, Wyden Shred Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Reversal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with more than 30 of their colleagues, today sharply criticized the Trump administration's decision to reopen offshore drilling leases three years ahead of schedule. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline in the Arctic and along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts at risk, including in Oregon. "This draft proposal is an ill-advised effort to circumvent public and scientific input, and we object to sacrificing public … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Wyden, Colleagues Call on Justice Department to Maintain Critical Funding for Local Law Enforcement, Violence Prevention Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has joined a group of Senate and House lawmakers in filing a congressional amicus brief in support of preventing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from blocking critical violence prevention funds from American cities in order to boost the Trump administration's extreme immigration agenda. In July, DOJ attempted to place new and onerous conditions on local law enforcement's access to federal funding … Continue Reading

January 05, 2018

Wyden Statement on New Border Search Guidelines

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today said new restrictions on searches by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers of Americans' phones, laptops and other personal devices at the border are an improvement, but still allow far too many indiscriminate searches of innocent Americans. The new guidelines require "reasonable suspicion" for Customs agents to conduct a deep, forensic examination of Americans' devices at the border. CBP agents will continue to be able to … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Wyden Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Allow West Coast Drilling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced plans to allow oil and gas exploration off the Pacific Coast. The move reverses a decades-long ban that protected the West Coast from oil and gas drilling. "Just a week after the Trump administration proposed to eliminate critical offshore drilling safety and environmental protections, Zinke now wants to open nearly the entire United States' coast to drilling. With … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Wyden Unveils Bill to Repair, Replace Bridges Across America, Promote U.S. Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today unveiled new legislation to repair and replace outdated bridges, and require all bridge projects funded by the bill to use American-made steel and iron. "Reliable bridges are critical to Oregonians' safety and for local Oregon businesses to successfully transport world-renowned agriculture products, athletic apparel, manufactured goods and so much more, " Wyden said. "Over half of the bridges in our state were built more than half a … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Wyden Statement on Reports of AG Sessions Rescinding Cole Memo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind the Cole Memo, which prevents the federal government from interfering with state-legal marijuana businesses. "Trump promised to let states set their own marijuana policies. Now he's breaking that promise so Jeff Sessions can pursue his extremist anti-marijuana crusade. Once again the Trump administration is doubling down on protecting states' rights … Continue Reading

December 22, 2017

Western Oregon Tribal Restoration Bill Passes Senate, Goes to President’s Desk to Become Law

Washington, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Representatives Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., to address western Oregon tribal priorities passed the Senate unanimously last night. The bill now goes to the president to be signed into law. The Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act would place 17,519 acres of federal land currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) into trust for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua … Continue Reading

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