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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden reintroduced legislation Thursday that would boost federal funding to fight wildfires.
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.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon about the Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9-11 tactics.
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.
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he's optimistic that the new Republican-led Congress can tackle broad tax changes.
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.
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.
Today, Senator Ron Wyden released his long-awaited plan for Oregon's O&C counties.
Ron Wyden (D-OR) is one of the Senate's most vocal watchdogs on the issue of data collection by intelligence agencies.
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.
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.