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Wyden Introduces Bill To Fund Wildfire Control

Jan. 22, 2015 10:58 p.m.

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden reintroduced legislation Thursday that would boost federal funding to fight wildfires.

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Wyden Backs President On Net Neutrality

Nov. 11, 2014 1:05 a.m.

Oregon's senior senator Ron Wyden, backed President Obama's call, Monday, for the Federal Communications Commission to treat the internet as a public utility.


Senator Wyden Says Insurance Companies Could Help Reduce Wildland Firefighting Costs

July 26, 2014 11:25 p.m.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden receives a briefing on the fire season from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center and talks about how to bring down the  cost of fighting wildfires.

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Wyden: Brennan's Claims Not True

July 31, 2014 8:54 p.m.

Today, an internal investigation found that CIA staff conducted an unauthorized search of a computer network used by Senate Intelligence staff looking into those practices.

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Sen. Wyden Calls For Apology From CIA Director

July 31, 2014 6:14 p.m.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is calling for a public apology from CIA Director John Brennan, following revelations the agency improperly searched a Senate computer.

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Senator Wyden Speaks On Senate Floor About CIA Report

Dec. 9, 2014 11:53 p.m.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon about the Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9-11 tactics.


Senator Wyden Ends Portland Town Hall After Protesters Take Over

Jan. 4, 2015 2:17 a.m.

Protesters with the group Don’t Shoot Portland forced Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to cancel a town hall meeting on Saturday after the first 30 minutes.

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Ron Wyden Optimistic That Republican-Led Senate Can Tackle Tax Reform

Nov. 15, 2014 12:10 a.m.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he's optimistic that the new Republican-led Congress can tackle broad tax changes.

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Q&A: Ron Wyden On Whether He Can Pass Logging, Water Bills

Nov. 14, 2014 11:52 p.m.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke today with Think Out Loud's Dave Miller about whether he can pass two major bills during the short lame duck legislative session.

Wyden’s O&C Timber Bill Clears Senate Committee

Nov. 14, 2014 4:59 p.m.

On Thursday the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a new version of Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s bill to boost logging on public forests. 

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Senator Ron Wyden Attacks Warrantless Searches

July 1, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Senator Wyden is unhappy with the new information the Office of the Director of National Intelligence provided about warrantless searches.

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Sen. Wyden Pushes Two Key Bills Through Committee

Nov. 14, 2014 8:06 p.m.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is hoping to pass legislation to increase logging in public forests and manage water in the Klamath Basin before the end of the year.

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Wyden, Blumenauer Defend TPP

April 29, 2015 9:36 p.m.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has split Oregon's congressional delegation. We'll talk with Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer about why they believe in the controversial international trade agreement.

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Blonde Poison And The Wyden Family Story

Feb. 27, 2015 9:09 p.m.

The story behind Verona Studio's new production of Blonde Poison — including Senator Ron Wyden's connection to the notorious Gestapo informant Stella Kubler-Isaacson.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Reacts To FCC Vote

Feb. 27, 2015 8:06 p.m.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve new rules governing internet service providers, something Sen. Wyden (D-OR) has championed.

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Senator Wyden Releases His Plan For Oregon's Timber Counties

Nov. 26, 2013 8:06 p.m.

Today, Senator Ron Wyden released his long-awaited plan for Oregon's O&C counties.

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Sen. Ron Wyden Takes Your Questions

April 14, 2014 7:06 p.m.

This February, Sen. Ron Wyden took over as chair of the Senate Finance Committee. We'll hear about the new role, and take your questions.

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Sen. Wyden On The Tensions Between Liberty And Security

March 19, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Ron Wyden (D-OR) is one of the Senate's most vocal watchdogs on the issue of data collection by intelligence agencies.

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Summer Recess Conversation: Ron Wyden

Aug. 22, 2013 7:06 p.m.

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.

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Summer Recess: Ron Wyden

Aug. 11, 2011 4:30 p.m.

Ron Wyden has been an Oregon senator for 15 years. Before that, he served 15 years in the House of Representatives. Healthcare has long been one of his top issues but last year he set aside his Healthy Americans Act in favor of President Obama's plans for a healthcare overhaul. Wyden made waves this year with his strong opposition to a surveillance law. He says there hasn't been enough transparency about how extending once-contested amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would affect Americans. Wyden's objections to an Internet piracy bill have also made news lately. In this case, Wyden put a hold on the bill because of his concerns that it could inhibit freedom of expression online. Opposing these two pieces of legislation has made Wyden popular among civil liberties and Internet freedom activists. His support of two other bills has disappointed environmentalists who normally find themselves allied with the senator.  Of course, all of this has been largely overshadowed by the debt ceiling debate and the financial consequences that have followed. Oregon's senators, both democrats, found themselves on opposite sides of the vote to approve the debt ceiling deal. Wyden voted for it, saying in a statement,

"This is not the deal that I would have constructed nor should it be held up as a shining example of bipartisanship...we must find better ways to save money than cutting education, job training, infrastructure and research efforts that are essential to this country’s economic future.
Wyden serves on the Senate Finance Committee and before the August recess, he introduced legislation to fund infrastructure projects in a new way.

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