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Wyden Firsts: Defending and Expanding Our Civil Rights

Ron was the first to win Senate floor fights that changed policy on end of life care. As a result more people, not government, are empowered to make end of life care decisions. Ron conducted two successful filibusters, protecting Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. These filibusters blocked then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist who sought to establish a precedent for government taking control of these difficult family decisions. Ron successfully championed the principle of citizen self determination.

Ron was first to author a Federal law guaranteeing that Americans—such as soldiers—who were working and living outside the borders of our country could not be targeted for surveillance without a warrant. Ron’s argument for the bill: If you are an American, your rights do not stop at the border. Ron was the first to win the fight to ensure that the annual amount of Federal funds spent on government intelligence is publicly disclosed.

Ron was the first member of the Senate Intelligence Committee to call out how grossly unqualified Rep. John Ratcliffe was to serve as Director of National Intelligence, stating that Ratcliffe was the “least qualified individual ever nominated to serve as Director of National Intelligence.” Ron’s alarm sparked others to speak out against Donald Trump’s nominee, and in less than a week, the Ratcliffe nomination was withdrawn.

Ron is now leading the fight for another Oregon first: Taking Oregon’s Vote by Mail national. He introduced the first bill to give all Americans the opportunity to vote by mail with hand marked paper ballots. While the voting machine lobby has battled Ron’s ideas every step of the way, he’s made it clear he will never give up the fight to take this key Oregon story triumph nationwide.

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Meet Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden & Jeff Merkley at a health care rallyRon Wyden is a champion for our progressive values -- standing up for consumers and the middle class, fighting for digital privacy and an open internet, protecting our planet and Oregon's special places, and always insisting on human rights and equality for all.

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