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US Should Suspend Military Sales to Bahrain - Congressman

The US Department of State should suspend some weapons sales to Bahrain until the government in Manama ends its oppression of peaceful protesters, Congressman Ron Wyden said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday.

Congress Could Strip Samuel Adams Of Its Craft Beer Crown

Congress is ready to get into the craft beer business, which could mean bad news for big batch craft brewers like Sam Adams. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, proposed the new Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act that would give the U.S. government the right to define who is and isn’t a…

Sen. Wyden Throws Alcohol Bill Into The Mix

This post originally appeared as an op-ed on Forbes here. Last week, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden appealed to beer and wine lovers everywhere by introducing a bill to reform the taxation and regulation of alcoholic beverages. The “CraftShow More Summary

TPP: Will Voters Re-elect Laughing Stocks to the Senate?

Fast Track authority, whose passage is tantamount to passing the TPP, the TTIP, and TISA, goes back to the Senate. Please call your Senators ASAP, particularly Patty Murray (D-WA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

House passes fast-track legislation again with 218-208 vote. Next stop: the Senate

Teamsters join other foes of fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty in presenting a petition to Sen. Ron Wyden, who is a key backer of TPP. As expected, the House of Representatives again passed fast-track trade legislation known formally as Trade Promotion Authority Thursday morning. Show More Summary

Will Democrats Use Their Leverage on Trade?

When Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was first being prepared for a vote in the Senate, Ron Wyden negotiated some changes that lined up with Democratic priorities. They included: 1. Any...

Wyden: Get A Warrant To Snoop From The Air

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) doesn’t think the National Security Agency should be allowed to page through your call data without a warrant. He doesn’t think the FBI should be allowed to snoop through your email. And now, inShow More Summary

Senator Ron Wyden Fights For Hemp Rights, Says It's Not Marijuana

3 weeks agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

The senior senator from Oregon compared U.S. policy on hemp to banning Portobello mushrooms.

Education Department 'Concerned' About Loophole In Federal Privacy Law For Students

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

The U.S. Department of Education confirmed in letters to Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, both Democrats of Oregon, a university is allowed to access a student's therapy or medical records if that student files a lawsuit against...Show More Summary

Does It Matter That E-Cigarettes Are Imported From China?

Senator Ron Wyden wants the government to track imports of e-cigarettes more closely.  Specifically, he has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to create a specific reporting category for e-cigarette imports, which are notShow More Summary

HUFFPOST HILL - Marco Rubio Worse Driver Than Eleanor Holmes Norton

last monthNews : Huffington Post

The net neutrality fight is coming back, giving you yet another opportunity to not understand it. Ron Wyden introduced legislation to reunite retired war dogs with their handlers, titled the BuzzFeed Tearjerking Viral Video Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Show More Summary

Senator: U.S. Ban On Hemp Makes About As Much Sense As 'A Ban On Portobello Mushrooms'

last monthNews : Huffington Post

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Thursday called for ending the federal ban on hemp production in recognition of Hemp History Week. “In my view, keeping the ban on growing hemp makes about as much sense as instituting a ban on portobello mushrooms," Wyden, who introduced a hemp legalization bill earlier this year, said on the Senate floor. Show More Summary

Ron Wyden: Freedom Act Marks Beginning of Future Intelligence Reforms

Senate Intelligence Committee member Ron Wyden says that the passage of the USA Freedom Act to reform the NSA’s surveillance program is the beginning of other intelligence reforms the US Senate Intelligence Committee will take up in the future.

How Much Corporations Paid Senators to Fast-Track TPP

Two days before the fast-track vote, President Barack Obama was a few votes shy of having the filibuster-proof majority he needed, The Guardian reports. Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on May 12, distinguishing themselves from the Senate's 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway. Show More Summary

Rand Paul Calls for Release of 9/11 Report's 28 Pages

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Kentucky) office confirmed that it had secured Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) as a co-sponsor of the Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims Act. Paul and Ron Wyden are teaming up to call for the public release of 28 classified pages from a 2002 intelligence report on the 9/11 attacks -- pages that reportedly show that the U.S. Show More Summary

Shock: Congress Plots to Pay for Reviled TPP Deal by Raiding Medicare

It's a move that will result in deaths. It just doesn't get more cynical than this. Note that we're talking about a bipartisan trade deal, thanks to 14 Democratic senators led by Ron Wyden and Chuck Schumer. If Democrats fail to regain...Show More Summary

S. 1448: A bill to designate the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary in the State of Oregon

last monthHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced a bill to designate more than 100,000 acres of public lands in Oregon as the “Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.” The Oregon senators named their legislation in honor of Frank Moore because...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Strikes Again, Legality Of Government Surveillance On The Line

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul last night helped scupper hopes that provisions of the Patriot Act would be extended beyond their June 1 expiration date. Paul, together with democrats Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich, argued against any extensions,...Show More Summary

Ron Wyden and Rand Paul kill the Patriot Act (ish)

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

After an all-night session, Rand Paul [R-KY] and Ron Wyden [D-OR] tag-teamed majority leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY] and beat him to the mat -- he has abandoned the current legislative effort to extend section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes mass surveillance and is set to expire on June 1. Read the rest

Ron Wyden Calls NAFTA Insufficient Now; In 1993, He Called It a “Vote For Less Pollution”

One of the common rhetorical tropes supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have used to sell it is to declaim all prior trade agreements as inferior, relative to this bright, shiny and new deal. Ron Wyden, the Democrat in Congress most responsible for moving TPP through, gave a particularly juicy example of this yesterday.

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