Wyden Prevails on Secret Holds, Merkley Doesn't On Filibusters

Ron Wyden

We've written a bit about efforts by Oregon's two Democratic senators to make major procedural reforms in the U.S. Senate.Today, both Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley learned the fate of their efforts. Wyden prevailed in his effort to ban secret holds, the practice that allowed any senator to hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination without any disclosure of who that senator is. Merkley, ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 HANK STERN

Portland Woman Takes Her Congo Campaign to State Department Steps

Lisa Shannon is taking her campaign for Congo to the streets of Washington, DC this week. Founder of the grassroots nonprofit Run for Congo Women and author of A Thousand Sisters, Shannon is continuing her advocacy for the Republic of Congo, its women and children with her new campaign Outcry for Congo. This morning, Shannon started her five-day demonstration outside the State Department ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

Wyden Announces He Has Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced this afternoon that he will have surgery next week for early stage prostate cancer. The 61-year-old senator, who won re-election last month to another six-year term, said he got the diagnosis after a physical in late November and that he expects a "full and speedy recovery" after his surgery Dec. 20. Wyden expects to return to work when the Senate re-convenes ...   More
Thursday, December 16, 2010 HANK STERN

Senate to Consider DREAM Act and DADT on Saturday

Saturday won't be a leisurely day on Capitol Hill. After years of false starts and dead ends, the DREAM Act comes up for a vote again Saturday, Dec. 18 in the U.S. Senate, where advocates think the immigration bill finally stands a chance of passage. Also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the bill (first crafted in 2001) would give undocumented young people who ...   More
Friday, December 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

How Ron Wyden's Colleagues Showed They Cared (UPDATED with surgery results)

The New York Times had a piece over the weekend reporting how members of the U.S. Senate demonstrated their respect for an Oregon colleague. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was on the Senate floor Saturday a couple days before his surgery today for early-stage prostate cancer. The Times quotes Wyden saying, “Senators, let me thank all of you for your many kindnesses over the last 48 hours. ...   More
Monday, December 20, 2010 HANK STERN

The New "Odd" Object of Ron Wyden's Political Affection

The Washington Post has a worthwhile read on Oregon's senior senator, Ron Wyden, in which the paper is calling the Democrat's political pairing with Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown an "odd duo." The cause of the senators' wonkish bromance is their bill that would let states opt out of health care reform three years sooner than 2017, as long as the state meets minimum coverage benchmarks. As ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 HANK STERN

This Week: Lecture and Rally Against Korea Free Trade Agreement

A Korean trade unionist is giving a talk in Portland on Tuesday and activists are planning a rally at the office of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Wednesday to oppose a free-trade agreement with South Korea. Kim Kyung-Ran of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is set to speak against the agreement President Obama is expected to put before Congress soon. Her talk is scheduled for 6:30 pm Tuesday ...   More
Monday, January 10, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Senate Reform: Wyden Takes up Merkley's Fight, Targets Secret Holds

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has put forth a resolution in the newly convened Congress seeking to help reform one of the most stagnant and counterproductive institutions in U.S. politics—Wyden's very own U.S. Senate. Wyden is targeting secret holds—a rule whereby a single senator, acting in secret, can hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination. Critics maintain that secret ...   More
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The New “Odd” Object of Ron Wyden’s Political Affection

 The Washington Post has a worthwhile read on Oregon’s senior senator,Ron Wyden, in which the paper is calling the Democrat’s political pairing with Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown an “odd duo.”The cause of the senators’ wonkish bromance is their bill that would let states opt out of health care reform three years sooner than 2017, ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 Hank Stern, Mark Zusman


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