Jobs & Economy
Supporting Oregon Families
Too many middle-class families in Oregon are hurting. In urban areas, the cost of living is skyrocketing, while rural areas struggle to create and retain jobs. Ron is focused squarely on promoting policies that create jobs, grow paychecks, and improve the economic security of Oregon families. That means overhauling the tax code to promote growth and investment, making trade more fair and opening markets for goods made in Oregon, investing in clean energy produced in Oregon, and promoting innovation in every sector from tech to agriculture.
Ron is fighting against special interest tax loopholes and for a tax system where big corporations have to play by the same rules as everyday Americans.
Ron is working to bring down the cost of college, relieve the crushing load of student debt. As a first step he passed a permanent extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit last December, offering families a helping hand with college costs. He believes in making sure every child has access to a quality K-12 education, and is working with Oregon leaders to attack Oregon’s low graduation rates. Ron worked hard to replace No Child Left Behind with a better approach that empowers teachers and parents, and supports schools.
Digital Economy & Internet Freedom
Few members of Congress have been as involved in protecting the internet from over-regulation, over-taxation and monopolization as Ron Wyden.
Two decades ago, Ron authored a critical provision of the Communications Decency Act that has allowed websites that rely on user-generated content, like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to develop without fear of lawsuits. He wrote the Internet Tax Freedom Act that protects internet access and services from multiple, burdensome taxes at every level of government. Recently, Ron has been on the front lines of the fight to enshrine net neutrality and defend a free and open internet. He stands up to big cable companies to ensure that the internet remains affordable and accessible to everyone, both consumers and providers of new and innovative services.
Ron believes in an open internet that allows all Americans the freedom to speak, learn and innovate online.
Fighting Climate Change & Protecting Clean Air, Water, and Land
Climate change poses a grave danger to all of us, whether we live in urban or rural places. Ron is known for forging consensus among Oregonians, including conservationists, farmers and ranchers, large and small business, and all those who enjoy our special places and the great outdoors. Together, we can combat climate change and protect Oregon’s unique, beautiful environmental treasures for generations to come.