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11.02.18

Wyden Finds Nursing Homes Unprepared for Natural Disasters

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today unveiled a report examining critical safety failures at nursing homes in Texas and Florida during and after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The report found that these incidents, which in Florida resulted in the deaths of 12 seniors, were not chance accidents but preventable tragedies that resulted from inadequate regulation and oversight, ineffective planning and communications protocols, and questionable decision-m… Continue Reading


10.25.18

Wyden Statement on Trump Administration Drug Announcements

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued a statement following remarks by the president and HHS Secretary Alex Azar about efforts to combat high drug prices: "Once again, the Trump administration has concocted a dog-and-pony show to trick the American people into thinking they are taking real action to lower drug prices - they are not," Wyden said. "Today's announcement was hardly the bold and swift action the president promised - it was an 'advanced notice of pro… Continue Reading


10.22.18

Wyden Slams Trump Perversion of 1332 Waivers

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued a statement after the Trump administration issued new guidance on Section 1332 waivers that would encourage junk health plans and threaten American families' health care. "After spending weeks pretending to support pre-existing condition protections, Trump and Republicans are showing their true colors. Today's changes will let states run by conservative ideologues unilaterally push junk plans onto unsuspe… Continue Reading


10.22.18

Wyden: Trump Tax Fraud a Blueprint for Trump's Tax Law

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released a report outlining the many ways Trump's tax law encourages the wealthy to dodge taxes at the expense of middle-class families. A recent media investigation alleges that Donald Trump and his family spent decades defrauding taxpayers. "While state authorities investigate Trump and his family's alleged crimes, it has become even more obvious than ever that Trump's tax law is a blueprint to enrich the fort… Continue Reading


10.22.18

Wyden: Knives are Out for Social Security and Medicare

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today raised alarms about comments by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell calling for harmful changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and protections for pre-existing conditions. "What Republicans are doing is the most brazen attempt to dupe the public that I've ever witnessed," Wyden said. "First they passed a tax bill that gave a huge windfall to corporations and the wealthy, despite warnings from no… Continue Reading


10.16.18

Wyden Statement on Trade Negotiations Announcement

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the U.S. Trade Representative's office announcement today that it intends to open trade negotiations with the European Union, Japan and United Kingdom. "I welcome the administration's shift to focus on additional markets where there are barriers to U.S. exports and opportunities for made-in-America manufactured goods, agricultural products and services," Wyden said. "However, the administration mus… Continue Reading


10.15.18

New Report Shows Expanding Medicaid Improves Access to Care

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today highlighted a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that showed people have improved access to health care in states that have expanded Medicaid compared to states that have not expanded. "The past two years have made it clear that affordable health care is a top priority for Americans," Wyden said. "States around the country have an opportunity to expand Medicaid to more people - these findings h… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Wyden Statement on 2019 Social Security COLA

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued a statement following the announcement that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits would increase by 2.8 percent in 2019: "Today's increase in Social Security will provide some relief for seniors who count on these earned benefits, but it still isn't enough to help Americans keep up with skyrocketing health care costs, prescription drug prices, and other basic necessities," Wyden said. "Working Amer… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Wyden, Senate Democrats Stand Against Junk Plans

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., offered his support for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would roll back the Trump administration's junk insurance plans. "These junk insurance plans the Trump administration has revived represent all the worst industry tricks and abuses. They punish Americans when they're actually in need of health care," Wyden said. "Junk plans are a scam on people with pre-existing conditions like heart disease, cancer, or m… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Wyden Calls for IRS to Investigate Allegations of Trump Family Tax Fraud

Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig asking the IRS to fully investigate allegations of potentially illegal tax fraud committed by the Trump family. The letter follows detailed reporting of tactics used by Trump and his father to avoid paying gift and estate taxes. "These allegations, first reported in the New York Times, indicate that in 1992 the Trump family established a sham company, All County … Continue Reading


10.03.18

Wyden Statement on Trump’s Tax Returns

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement regarding Trump's tax returns: "Over a year and a half ago I asked Chairman Hatch to allow the Finance Committee to review Trump's tax returns. I'm going to make the same request next Congress whether Senate Democrats are in the majority or the minority. A decision on what to do with those documents will be made when the Committee has reviewed them." In March 2017 Wyden and Senate Finance Committee… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Wyden Statement at Finance Committee Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Andrew Saul to be Commissioner of Social Security

The Finance Committee meets this morning to consider the nomination of Andrew Saul to serve as commissioner of the Social Security Administration. It goes without saying that this position is one of the most important posts in the federal government. It's responsible for administering benefits to over 69 million seniors, people with disabilities, and other Americans who earned their Social Security after working for years and paying into the program with each paycheck. Mr. Saul's nomination com… Continue Reading


10.01.18

Wyden Statement on NAFTA Agreement

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the announcement of updated NAFTA. "As I've said many times, NAFTA has long needed a serious overhaul. The crucial test for a new NAFTA, or any new trade agreement, is whether it is enforceable, particularly with respect to promises to protect worker rights and the environment. Americans are sick of hearing speeches about the benefits of new trade agreements when the agreements in place aren't even… Continue Reading


09.27.18

Wyden Statement at Finance Committee Hearing to Consider Social Security Administration and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Nominations

The Finance Committee meets this morning to consider two nominations: Gail Ennis to serve as Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, and Gordon Hartogensis to serve as the Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Let me start my remarks with Ms. Ennis' nomination. Here's the bottom line on why Social Security's Inspector General is such an important role: it is absolutely essential that the federal government wring value out of every last dollar that goes into Soci… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Wyden Statement at Finance Committee Hearing on the Impact of Tariffs on the U.S. Automotive Industry

The president has made it a practice to get up in front of cameras, tout new trade deals, and reap splashy headlines, but those announcements are consistently hollow and the results underwhelming. I'll start with this week's announcement about the US-Korea trade agreement. The administration touts it as a massive overhaul of a trade deal that they claim had previously cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs. But if you search for the significant changes -- concrete wins that will deliver re… Continue Reading

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