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Sen. Ron Wyden sat down for wide-ranging conversation, touching on tax reform, Edward Snowden and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, among other topics.
Senior officials at the CIA are "embedded in a culture of misinformation," according to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden.
U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley call on railroad company executives to address mounting concerns about oil train safety along the Columbia River.
If Sen. Ron Wyden was hoping for political capital for Christmas, he must have been a good boy this year.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden's Eastside Forest Plan is now one step closer to passage. The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thursday.
At a Senate committee hearing, Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon challenged critics of his Western Oregon logging bill to move toward compromise.
Of all the things U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden hopes to accomplish as chairman, arguably the most ambitious is his plan to overhaul the tax code.
This week, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is expected to be named as the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. The job became available last week with the confirmation of Montana Senator Max Baucus as the new Ambassador to China.
After 32 years in Congress — first as a representative, then a senator — Ron Wyden is enjoying the highest public profile he's probably ever had. His rise to chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year was already a boost in stature, but his prominence ballooned even further when Edward Snowden disclosed NSA surveillance practices. As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Wyden had been warning of the surveillance tactics of the U.S. government for years, but the issue wasn't as important to Congress and Americans until the Snowden leaks. Wyden has continued to express skepticism and concern over the Obama administration's statements regarding the NSA disclosures. In his role at the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, he has focused on waste cleanup facilities at Hanford, small hydropower projects, wildfire prevention, and Klamath Basin water issues. His plan for how to manage the O&C timber counties is expected to be announced in the fall, when work will begin to reconcile it with the House plan, introduced by Representatives DeFazio, Schrader, and Walden.
In the days before President Obama's pick to lead the CIA began Senate confirmation hearings, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden joined ten other lawmakers in demanding more information on the administration's use of drones. Obama's nominee, John Brennan, is a White House counterterrorism advisor who helped devise the drone program. Some argue targeted drone strikes against American citizens abroad have been unconstitutional. Obama partially gave in to the senators' demands, though Wyden, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, wants to see more on the legal justification for killing American citizens with drones. Wyden pressured Brennan during Thursday's confirmation hearings to be more forthcoming with the rationale behind the drone attack.
Ron Wyden (D-OR) is one of the Senate's most vocal watchdogs on the issue of data collection by intelligence agencies.