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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.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that sets the stage for sweeping changes in the management of 2.1 million acres of federal forest in Western Oregon.
Host Geoff Norcross talks with OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes, Political Analyst Bill Lunch, and News Director Anna Griffin. We explore the politics of oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge and discuss what to expect from the fall debates between the major candidates for Oregon Governor. And our "That's So Oregon" segment includes coffee delivered by drone, a Ron Wyden character in an off-Broadway play, and Oregon’s representative at a “healthy kids” state dinner (which involves kale, of course).
Lawmakers from the Pacific Northwest have traditionally been strong supporters of trade agreements. But Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have changed the politics of trade.
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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.
We haven't seen too many bipartisan efforts in the last few months in the rancorous world of national politics — especially for an issue as polarizing as healthcare. But then, on Wednesday, here come Oregon senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, a Republican, with a plan to overhaul Medicare. The proposal is based on an idea called "premium support," which basically means that Medicare money would subsidize premiums being paid to private insurers. (Seniors would also be able to stick with the traditional fee-for-service model.) The other big part of the plan: the growth of Medicare would be capped, and would have to grow at about the same rate as the economy.
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Ron Wyden (D-OR) is one of the Senate's most vocal watchdogs on the issue of data collection by intelligence agencies.
Reactions to Clinton Nomination | Ron Wyden At The DNC | Philadelphia Uber Driver | Salmon ReintroductionJuly 26, 2016 3:59 p.m.
We hear from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) from the Democratic National Convention and talk to an Uber driver in Philadelphia. We'll also discuss an effort to reintroduce salmon to the upper Malheur River.