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Sen. Wyden holds a year end conference

The conference focused on the concerns of rural Oregonians across the state.

Posted: Dec 21, 2020 2:19 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2020 5:24 PM

OREGON – On December 21 U.S. Senator Ron Wyden held a year end phone conference. The senator used that time to address pressing issues for Oregonians especially those in rural parts of the state.


Sen. Ron Wyden:
“Here are some of the key issues, and this is kind of a combination of what we're working on, what we've heard, and a little bit on what we're going to be voting on.”


“Well obviously a better smarter fire policy is needed, particularly given what happened in Oregon this last fall…”


“I ended firing borrowing so that we deal with a big fire like disaster and focus on prevention. But obviously so much more is left to do in terms of trying to help communities rebuild just in the last week, I've had sessions with the communities over zoom. We obviously are working closely with FEMA, got housing issues, got non-profits that need help... and in Southern Oregon, they were pretty blunt. They said they think they're making more progress at a faster pace than they thought they would.”


“There was a hearing on my prescribed burn bill, which I think is going to be the wave of the future. You can burn a little bit when the weather is cooler, you can avoid some of the bigger, hotter fires when it gets windy and dry in the summer…we're focused on getting additional help to clean up hazardous fuels, proposed a 21st century civilian conservation Corps and secure rural school bill that I wrote …this brought Oregon more than $3 billion.”


“I'm getting ready to introduce an additional wild and scenic rivers bill, because recreation is just a big, big engine for the state.”


“A little bit of good progress on broadband… half my bill provides an additional $50 a month to low-income families to get internet access and vital platform work important for folks who are working remotely… part of the $7 billion package to also focus on expanding broadband.”


“I got the changes in the tele-health rules. Medicare, they were temporary. Now they're being made a permanent bill… we also have gotten expansion of telehealth or mental health because… Mental health needs are off the charts, particularly, in rural areas.”


“Late last night, the administration accepted the bill that I wrote with Charles Grassley, Republican chair of the finance committee.”


“In rural Oregon, 99% of the businesses are small. They're going to get deductibility in their taxes and this is hugely important to them. And then, in terms of the package, as it relates to farmers, there are some very important additions in terms of farm aid, particularly as it relates to the hunger programs, the plastic coalition of farmers and, consumers are $13 billion for direct payments.”

“The farmers will be able to buy food and feed, ranchers who suffered losses during the pandemic. Funds to support the food supply chain for purchased food, extra help for snap. So, the AG provisions I think, are very important.”


“On meat inspection. I spoke directly on this with, Trump USDA, secretary about making this a priority opening one in the first thing that I urge incoming secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack to do... beef and livestock are so important in our state. No AG producer has to worry about a rental with all the bureaucratic issues relating to affection, they shouldn't have to worry about how to feed their families or losing the business.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60720847
Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5107717

Reported Deaths: 74800
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153472027244
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
Sierra2190
Unassigned1560
Alpine1080
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