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Americans for Tax Reform recognizes Walden for his strong voting record, protection of taxpayers

June 8, 2006 - Washington, D.C. - Congressman Greg Walden, R-Ore., today was honored as a “Hero of the Taxpayer” by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. In addition to having a 92% voting record with ATR on key votes tracked by the group during the first session of the 109th Congress, Walden has signed their Taxpayer Protection Pledge opposing tax increases on individuals and businesses.
“These key votes were the most critical for taxpayers in the first session of the 109th Congress,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.  “Looking at these votes, taxpayers back home can tell if they have a friend or enemy in Washington.  As far as Greg Walden is concerned, they have a friend.”
“It is an honor to be recognized as a friend to taxpayers, and I am proud of my voting record on issues important to hard working men and women in America,” said Walden.  “There is a fundamental principle at hand: no one knows better what to do with your money than you.  Allowing families to control more of the money they earn helps to stimulate our economy, boosting much need job creation throughout the Second District and the nation as a whole.”
ATR considers votes on legislation relating to tax relief, free trade, spending control and property rights among others.  ATR is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose federal, state and local tax increases.  Walden has had an average rating of 93% with ATR during the last six sessions of Congress.
“My wife and I have been small business owners in Oregon for 20 years, and we understand that excessive taxation is a significant obstacle to creating new, good-paying jobs, jobs that are critical to reducing Oregon’s unemployment rate,” continued Walden.  “In recent years, tax relief relating to capital gains, dividends, the alternative minimum tax and the estate tax have help our economy strengthen and grow, leaving us with record receipts into the U.S. Treasury and an unemployment rate lower than the average of the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties combined.”
If you have trouble opening the attached photograph of Walden with ATR President Grover Norquist at today’s ceremony, please contact Angela Wilhelms at (202) 226-7338 or via email at angela.wilhelms@mail.house.gov.
Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.