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Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden
United States Senator
from Oregon
Assumed office
February 6, 1996
Serving with Jeff Merkley
Preceded by Bob Packwood
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
In office
February 12, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Max Baucus
Succeeded by Orrin Hatch
Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee
In office
January 3, 2013 – February 12, 2014
Preceded by Jeff Bingaman
Succeeded by Mary Landrieu
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1981 – February 5, 1996
Preceded by Robert Duncan
Succeeded by Earl Blumenauer
Personal details
Born Ronald Lee Wyden
(1949-05-03) May 3, 1949
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Laurie Oseran (Divorced)
Nancy Bass
Children Adam
Lilly
William Peter
Ava Rose
Scarlett Willa
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Stanford University
University of Oregon
Religion Judaism
Website Senate website

Ronald Lee "Ron" Wyden (born May 3, 1949) is the senior United States Senator for Oregon, serving since 1996, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1996.

Contents

  • Early life, education, and early career 1
  • U.S. House of Representatives 2
  • U.S. Senate 3
    • Elections 3.1
    • Tenure 3.2
    • Committee assignments 3.3
    • Caucus memberships 3.4
  • Political positions 4
    • Defense and foreign policy 4.1
    • Healthcare 4.2
    • Trade and business 4.3
    • Science and environment 4.4
    • Civil liberties 4.5
    • Tax policy 4.6
    • Technology 4.7
  • Electoral history 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Early life, education, and early career

Wyden was born Ronald Lee Wyden in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Edith (née Rosenow) and Peter H. Wyden (originally Weidenreich, 1923–1998),[1] both of whom were Jewish and had fled Nazi Germany.[2] Wyden grew up in Palo Alto, California, where he played basketball for Palo Alto High School.[3] He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara on a basketball scholarship,[4] and later transferred to Stanford University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1971. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974.[5]

While teaching gerontology at several Oregon universities, Wyden founded the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers, which he led from 1974 to 1980. Wyden also served as the director of the Oregon Legal Services Center for Elderly, a nonprofit law service.

U.S. House of Representatives

Wyden ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1980. During the Democratic primary, Wyden, who was just 31 years old at the time, upset incumbent Representative Bob Duncan in Oregon's 3rd congressional district, which includes most of Portland.[6] Later that fall, Wyden easily defeated his Republican opponent, Darrell Conger, with 71 percent of the vote. The 3rd has long been the most Democratic district in Oregon, and Wyden was reelected seven times from this district, never dropping below 70 percent of the vote.

U.S. Senate

Elections

In January 1996, Wyden narrowly defeated Oregon State Senate President Gordon Smith in a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Bob Packwood. Wyden holds the Senate seat once held by the late Wayne Morse, a man whom Wyden worked for in the summer of 1968 when he served as Morse's driver,[7] and whom Wyden calls his mentor.[8]

Wyden was elected to a full term in 1998 with 61 percent of the vote, and in 2004, was re-elected to another full term, receiving 64% of the vote compared to 31% for his main opponent, Republican Al King. In 2010 he was re-elected with 57% of the vote, over his main opponent, Jim Huffman, who garnered 39%.[1]

Tenure

Wyden characterizes himself as an "independent voice for Oregonians and the nation" and emphasizes his positions on health care reform, national security, consumer protection, and government transparency.[8] On the Issues characterizes him as a "Hard-Core Liberal."[9]

On March 6, 2013 Wyden crossed party lines to join Republican Senator Rand Paul who was engaged in a talking filibuster to block voting on the nomination of John O. Brennan as the Director of the CIA. Wyden joined in, questioning the use of drones.[10]

During the filibuster, Wyden, addressing the presiding officer, said "Mr. President, what it comes down to is every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them."[11]

Politico reported that Wyden's ascent to Chair of the Senate Finance Committee would vault him into the ranks of the Chamber's most influential.[12]

He was praised for his ability to defuse partisan tensions and encourage bipartisan cooperation.[13]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Defense and foreign policy

On November 10, 2005, Wyden was one of five Senate Democrats who joined 44 Republicans in voting "yes" on Amendment no. 2516, brought to the floor by Republican senator Lindsey Graham, which ruled that enemy combatants did not have the right to Habeas Corpus.

Iraq

Wyden was one of 23 Senators to vote against the authorization of military force in Iraq in 2002. In 2003, Wyden voted to bar excessive overseas deployments of members of the National Guard and Reserves. In 2006, Wyden was one of 13 Senators to vote to require the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq by July 2007, and was one of 39 Senators to vote to call on the President to begin withdrawing forces from Iraq and establish a timeline for withdrawal. Wyden also voted many other times for withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq, against funding for the war without binding timelines, and against the establishment of permanent military bases in Iraq. Wyden also opposed President Obama's plan for a "troop surge" in Afghanistan in 2009.[14][15]

Iran

In 2007 Wyden sponsored (with Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the House), the Stop Arming Iran Act, which would have barred the Defense Department from selling surplus F-14 parts and prohibit buyers who have already acquired surplus Tomcat parts from exporting them in order to prevent Iran from acquiring the parts.[16]

Libya

In 2011, Wyden supported the no-fly zone and military intervention in Libya in order to protect civilians, stating that "The violence of Colonel Gaddafi against his own people is a humanitarian crisis. I support the international effort to protect the civilians of Libya." However, Wyden also stressed that his support was not unlimited and that he expected that the military action would be completed quickly.[17] Wyden, along with fellow Senator Merkley and President Obama, agreed that U.S. forces should not be on the ground in Libya.[18]

Healthcare

Senator Ron Wyden

In 2009 Wyden sponsored the Healthy Americans Act, an act that would institute a national system of market-based private insurance. Wyden was attacked by union interests for advocating replacement of the employer tax exclusion with a tax deduction that would apply to all Americans.[19][20]

Wyden supported increasing Medicare funding, enrolling more of the uninsured in federal programs (although his Healthy Americans Act would eliminate many of these programs including Medicaid and SCHIP and replace them with private insurance), importing lower priced prescriptions from Canada, and negotiating bulk drug purchases for Medicare in order to lower costs.[21]

In 2003 Wyden joined with Senators Bush Administration's Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act.[22] The Bush Administration is alleged to have forced officials to hide its true cost, which later was triple its original claim.[23] The bill has been criticized as favoring pharmaceutical companies, as it prohibits the federal government from negotiating prescription drug rates.[24]

Not long after Tom Daschle's withdrawal as President Barack Obama's nominee as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services due to a scandal over his failure to pay taxes, The Oregonian reported that Senator Wyden was being touted by many healthcare experts as a likely candidate to succeed Daschle as secretary-designate.[25] Although Wyden was ultimately passed over in favor of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, he took advantage of the interim to reintroduce his Healthy Americans Act, with additional co-sponsorship from Republican Senators led by Tennessee's Lamar Alexander and Utah's Bob Bennett as well as from fellow Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.[26][27]

In late 2011 and early 2012, Wyden attracted attention for working with GOP House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan to develop a Medicare reform plan that would result in the semi-privatization of the system, provoking a negative response from Wyden's Democratic allies, including President Obama.[28] The proposal would keep traditional Medicare as an option, though it would also introduce private health insurance companies into an exchange in which they would offer competing plans to be paid for with government vouchers.[29]

Trade and business

Free trade

Wyden supports free trade; while in the House, he voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement and has subsequently supported many trade deals in the Senate being one of the very few Democrats to vote in favor of the Central America Free Trade Agreement. He has, however, voted against free trade agreements with Chile, Singapore, and Oman.

Cuba

Wyden is a supporter of lifting the jams and the Cuban people can't see." calling it a "complete and total waste of taxpayers' dollars" and noting that the transmissions would cost $21.1 million in the next year, but would "reach virtually no one in Cuba." The amendment was not adopted.[30][31]

Bankruptcy

Wyden voted against the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, a Republican effort to restrict the number of class actions suits against businesses and the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, a bipartisan change in bankruptcy law designed to make it more difficult to file for bankruptcy and to make those in bankruptcy pay more of their debts. However, he voted for the previous Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2001 (S-420, substituted by amendment into H.R. 433)[32] which contained many of the same provisions.

Bailouts

During the global Bush administration.[33] He did not vote on the automobile industry bailout,[34] though he said he would have voted for cloture if he had been present. Wyden added, "While I continue to have concerns about ensuring that taxpayers are protected if this loan is to occur, I believe that if the President can unwisely provide $750 billion of taxpayer money for the investment banks who took horribly unacceptable risks and helped trigger an economic collapse, we certainly have a duty to attempt to preserve a cornerstone domestic industry and the jobs of hundreds of thousands of working people whose personal actions are in no way responsible for the current economic crisis."[35]

Wyden was among several moderate Democratic senators who in early January 2009 criticized President-elect Barack Obama's stimulus plan, calling for a greater emphasis on "tangible infrastructure investments" and warning that an effort had to be made to differentiate it from the Bush bailouts Wyden had opposed.[36] However, Wyden ultimately voted for the bill and voted mostly with his party on various amendments to the bill.[37]

Science and environment

Wyden voted for the [38] In 2007, Wyden, with fellow Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, again supported the bill.[39]

Wyden is a supporter of environmental protection measures, and was among the minority of senators to vote against confirming the appointment of Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior. In May 2007, Wyden also opposed the appointment of Lyle Laverty as assistant interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks (this time on ethical grounds).[40]

Civil liberties

Abortion

Wyden is a supporter of legal abortion. In almost every year, Wyden has maintained a 100 percent rating or close to it with pro-choice groups: NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, and National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and a 0 percent rating or close to it from pro-life group: the National Right to Life Committee.[41] Wyden voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Guns

Wyden has been an advocate of gun control. He voted against limiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers and has voted in favor of increasing background checks. Wyden also voted to renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

LGBT

Wyden has also publicly announced support for same-sex marriage and was one of 14 Senators to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.[42] He has voted against the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have proposed an amendment to the Constitution to bar recognition of same-sex marriages. Despite undergoing tests in advance of prostate surgery scheduled two days later, Wyden appeared up in the Senate chamber in December 2010 to vote for the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.

Patriot Act

In 2006, Wyden was one of 10 senators to vote against re-authorization of the Patriot Act.[43] In 2011, with the expiration of the Patriot Act approaching and with efforts to reauthorize the Act once more intensifying, Wyden and fellow Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley sharply criticized the rush to pass the bill. Wyden stated on the Senate floor that "The Patriot Act was passed a decade ago during a period of understandable fear. Now is the time to revisit this, revisit it and ensure that a better job is done of striking that balance between fighting terror and protecting individual liberty." Wyden and Merkley expressed particular concern with a provision of current law allowing law enforcement authorities to collect "a vast array of business records, emails, phone numbers, [and] even DNA from anyone deemed 'relevant' to an investigation."[44] Wyden offered an amendment to reform the "business-records provision" of the Patriot Act, which he views as being used in an abusive and secret way.[45] In a May 2011 speech in the Senate, Wyden sharply criticized the use of Patriot Act, stating: "The fact is that anyone can read the plain text of the Patriot Act, and yet many members of Congress have no idea how the law is being secretly interpreted by the executive branch, because that interpretation is classified. It's almost as if there were two Patriot Acts, and many members of Congress have not read the one that matters. Our constituents, of course, are totally in the dark. Members of the public have no access to the secret legal interpretations, so they have no idea what their government believes the law actually means."[46] In an interview for the documentary Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield Wyden was asked about legal reviews and the scope of potential assassinations (or "targeted killings") of American citizens by their government, and responded that "the American people would be extraordinarily surprised if they could see the difference between what they believe a law says and how it has actually been interpreted in secret," but that he "is not permitted" to disclose the difference publicly.[47]

Boundless Informant

After The Guardian reported the existence of a NSA data-mining program called Boundless Informant in June 2013, Wyden said "Since government officials have repeatedly told the public and Congress that Patriot Act authorities are simply analogous to a grand jury subpoena, and that intelligence agencies do not collect information or dossiers on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans, I think the executive branch has an obligation to explain whether or not these statements are actually true," according to The Guardian.[48]

National language

In June 2007, Wyden was among the minority of Democrats to vote in favor of declaring English the official language of the United States.[49]

Suicide

Wyden personally opposes

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Duncan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 3rd congressional district

1981–1996
Succeeded by
Earl Blumenauer
Party political offices
Preceded by
Les AuCoin
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Oregon
(Class 3)

1996, 1998, 2004, 2010
Most recent
United States Senate
Preceded by
Bob Packwood
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Oregon
1996–present
Served alongside: Mark Hatfield, Gordon Smith, Jeff Merkley
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jeff Bingaman
Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Mary Landrieu
Preceded by
Max Baucus
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Orrin Hatch
Preceded by
Dave Camp
Chairman of the Joint Taxation Committee
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Paul Ryan
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jim Inhofe
United States Senators by seniority
14th
Succeeded by
Pat Roberts
  • Senator Ron Wyden official U.S. Senate site
  • Ron Wyden for Senate
  • Ron Wyden at DMOZ
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

External links

Further reading

  • World Internet News: "Big Oil Looking for a Government Handout"
  • Sen. Ron Wyden on Soaring Oil Prices and Company Profits and the Senate Investigation into Prewar Intelligence

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  2. ^ Entry on Rootsweb.com, created by Robert Battle (battle@u.washington.edu)
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  5. ^ Ron Wyden (Dem) from The Washington Times
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  7. ^ One Senator's Solution for Health Care Expansion from an April 2007 story on Morning Edition
  8. ^ a b Meet Ron Wyden from his official Senate website
  9. ^ Ron Wyden from On the Issues
  10. ^ Rand Paul's filibuster — with a little help from his friends
  11. ^ A Devastating 26-Word Challenge to President Obama's Leadership
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  14. ^ "Iraq." Office of Senator Ron Wyden.
  15. ^ "Sen. Ron Wyden (D)." National Journal Almanac.
  16. ^ Sharon Theimer, "House OKs 'Stop Arming Iran Act'" (June 11, 2007). Associated Press.
  17. ^ Ailen Darling, "Wyden Supports Obama's Efforts in Libya's "Humanitarian Crisis'" (April 1, 2011). Willamette Week.
  18. ^ John Sowell, "Merkley, Wyden agree with Obama that U.S. troops should stay out of Libya" (March 21, 2011), The News-Review.
  19. ^ Will Unions Kill Health Care Reform? Washington Post blogs, May 28, 2009.
  20. ^ Soak the rich, The Economist, July 16, 2009
  21. ^ Ron Wyden from On the Issues
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  25. ^ Wyden gains traction as possible health secretary
  26. ^ Wyden, with new allies, reintroduces ambitious health care bill
  27. ^ Senators Identify Key Components of a Successful Health Care Reform Plan
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  30. ^ "Dorgan and Wyden Ask Senate to Stop $21 Million Boondoggle" (press release). Majority Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  31. ^ Katie Harr, "Radio and TV Martí: Washington Guns after Castro at Any Cost" (March 29, 2006). Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
  32. ^ " Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2001"
  33. ^ Wyden Issues Statement on Administration Proposal to Address Financial Crisis
  34. ^ A look at the Senate auto bailout vote
  35. ^ Congressional Record: Wyden Statement on Auto Bailout Vote
  36. ^ Doubts arise over Obama stimulus plan
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  38. ^ "Smith, Wyden to Bush: Sign bill" (July 19, 2006). Statesman Journal.
  39. ^ Keith Chu, "Bible in hand, Smith pushes stem cell bill" (April 12. 2007). The Bulletin.
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  43. ^ David Stout, "Senate Approves Renewal of Antiterrorism Bill" (March 2, 2006). New York Times.
  44. ^ Charles Pope, "Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley raise concerns about fast U.S. Senate passage of Patriot Act" (August 10, 2011). The Oregonian.
  45. ^ Spencer Ackerman, "There's a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says" (May 25, 2011). Wired.
  46. ^ "Sunday editorial: Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden vs. USA Patriot Act" (May 27, 2011). Statesman-Journal.
  47. ^ Inside the U.S. Dirty War in Yemen with Jeremy Scahill, Nasser al-Awlaki, Sheikh Fareed
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  50. ^ Dee Lane. "Wyden defends assisted suicide law" (May 25, 2006). The Oregonian.
  51. ^ "State of Oregon v. Gonzales" (March 2006). Oregon ACLU.
  52. ^ a b "Assisted suicide debate not over?" (January 18, 2006). CBS News/Associated Press.
  53. ^ Katherine Pfleger, "Threat to Ore. assisted-suicide law?" (October 31, 2001). Associated Press.
  54. ^ "Wyden Urges Bush to Uphold Oregon Assisted Suicide Law" (November 6, 2001). California Healthline.
  55. ^ "Wyden Praises Supreme Court Decision Upholding Oregon's Physician Aid in Dying Law" (January 17, 2006) (press release). Office of Senator Ron Wyden.
  56. ^ "Wyden Informs Senate Leadership He Will Block Legislation Overturning 'Death with Dignity'" (January 18, 2006) (press release). Office of Senator Ron Wyden.
  57. ^ Wyden Statement on White House Fiscal Commission’s Draft Report Ron Wyden official website November 10, 2010
  58. ^ Len Burman, Why the Tax Code is a Mess, Graphically Tax Policy Center September 12, 2011
  59. ^ Senator: Web Censorship Bill A ‘Bunker-Busting Cluster Bomb’
  60. ^ Wyden Press Release for GPS Act
  61. ^ http://current.com/shows/countdown/videos/markos-moulitsas-on-sopa-pipa-and-the-battle-for-control-of-the-internet
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  63. ^ Nate Anderson, "Sen. Ron Wyden: 'You can't come up with sensible Internet policy on the fly'" (January 20, 2012). Ars Technica.
  64. ^ Scott M. Fulton, III, "SOPA Opponents Sign On to Wyden-Issa Alternative Piracy Bill" (December 13, 2011). ReadWriteWeb.
  65. ^ Ezra Klein, "Interview: Sen. Ron Wyden's fight to stop SOPA and save the Internet" (January 17, 2012). Washington Post.
  66. ^ a b Greg Sargent, "Wyden: SOPA win was a 'grassroots victory for the history books'" (January 20, 2012). Washington Post.
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  70. ^ Miles Weiss, "Hedge Fund Born in Senator's Basement After Son Has D.E. Shaw Internship" (February 24, 2011). Bloomberg.
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  73. ^ Charles Pope, "Sen. Ron Wyden diagnosed with prostate cancer" (December 16, 2010). The Oregonian.
  74. ^ "Sen. Ron Wyden recovering from cancer surgery" (December 20, 2010). Associated Press.
  75. ^ "Wyden's prostate-cancer surgery successful" (December 20, 2010). Associated Press.

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On December 16, 2010, Wyden announced that the previous month he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in its very early stage from a routine screening. He underwent surgery on December 20 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The surgery was successful and Wyden quickly recovered and returned to Congress in January 2011.[73][74][75]

Wyden married his current wife, Nancy Wyden (née Bass), co-owner of New York's Strand Bookstore, on September 24, 2005. The couple have three children: twins born in 2007,[71] and a daughter born in 2012.[72]

Wyden's home is in Portland, and he has an apartment in Washington, D.C.. He has two grown children, Adam and Lilly, by his first wife, Laurie. His son Adam Wyden is an entrepreneur and owner of a start-up hedge fund, ADW Capital Partners LP.[70]

Ron Wyden and wife Nancy

Personal life

Electoral history

When Senate leadership announced it was indefinitely postponing the bill following "massive protests" in January 2012, Wyden called it a "grassroots victory for the history books."[66] For his role in fighting against SOPA and PIPA, Wyden was named one of the top ten most influential activists of 2012 by The Daily Dot.[67]

Ezra Klein wrote: "Perhaps no single member of Congress deserves as much credit for slowing the advance" of the bills than Wyden, who for much of 2010 "fought a one-man battle to keep the Senate version of the legislation from moving through on a unanimous vote."[65] Wyden was described as the "primary driver of opposition to the bill within the Senate."[66]

Wyden was the first politician in Congress to stand against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (in the House) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) (in the Senate)[61] on the grounds that it would "step towards an Internet in which those with money and lawyers and access to power have a greater voice than those who don’t."[62] Wyden delayed the PIPA in the Senate by placing a hold on the legislation in 2010, which prevented the bill from being considered by the full Senate even after it was unanimously voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Wyden's hold was credited with "[g]iving time for the Internet to rally against" SOPA and PIPA.[63] With Representative Darrell Issa in the House, Wyden also introduced the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act as an alternative to SOPA and PIPA.[64]

In June 2011, Wyden announced his "Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act" in partnership with Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). The bill, which is still under House consideration, would establish a legal frame-work for the sharing and access of private tracking data by corporations, individuals, and federal agencies.[60]

"It seems to me that online copyright infringement is a legitimate problem, but it seems to me that COICA as written is the wrong medicine. Deploying this statute to combat online copyright infringement seems almost like using a bunker-busting cluster bomb when what you really need is a precision-guided missile. The collateral damage of this statute could be American innovation, American jobs, and a secure Internet."[59]

On November 19, 2010, Wyden announced he would take the steps necessary to put a hold on The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) so it is not enacted into law that year. If it were enacted, it would allow the Attorney General the authority to order internet providers in the US to block access to websites that were deemed to contain copyright infringement. This effectively requires the law to be resubmitted next year rather than be rushed through the system at the end of the congress. He stated:

Senator Wyden's Acceptance Speech for the Electronic Frontier Foundation pioneer award 2011.

Technology

Wyden has been praised by Len Burman of the Tax Policy Center as a legislator who "has worked tirelessly to try to advance the cause of tax reform, [despite having] few allies in this quest."[58]

Wyden supports lower corporate taxes and was generally supportive of the draft proposal for deficit reduction that was released by the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in November 2010.[57]

Wyden is critical of the estate tax, which he feels is inefficient, and has voted repeatedly to abolish it. He co-authored the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, which bans internet taxes in the United States. He has also voted with Republicans to lower the capital gains tax, to encourage the study of the flat tax, and to require a 3/5 majority to raise taxes. However, Wyden voted against the Bush tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003. He has also voted against the balanced budget amendment.

Ron Wyden

Tax policy

[52] Wyden said in 2009 that he will continue to "fight tooth and nail" to block new federal attempts to block the law.[56] In 2006, Wyden informed Senate leadership that he would block legislation overturning the Death with Dignity Act.[55] in support of the State of Oregon, and praised the eventual decision to uphold the law.Gonzales v. Oregon case of Supreme Court in the amicus brief In 2005, he and four other Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation filed an [54][53]

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