Growing the Economy

All too often, small business owners find government red tape standing in the way of growing their business, creating jobs, and providing affordable services in our communities. That’s why I’ve helped lead efforts to reduce harmful regulations that are unnecessary and cost us jobs.

With my support, Congress passed 15 pieces of legislation to rollback costly and burdensome rules and regulations, saving the American economy an estimated $36 billion.

After hearing from Oregonians across our district about their concerns with this Washington-mandated Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, I was proud to support its repeal. This harmful rule gave the federal government jurisdiction over everything from stock ponds and irrigation canals to puddles in your driveway, and is the kind of government overreach I’ve worked hard to correct.

I’m also continuing my work to enhance hydropower in Oregon. Under my leadership, the House passed legislation to boost hydropower production in our state by finally clarifying that hydropower is renewable energy under federal law. Hydropower accounts for 43% of the electricity generated in our state, and this bill will ensure we have greater access to this clean energy source.

More on Growing the Economy

July 23, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced a series of CARES Act grants for Oregon’s Second District including in Bend, Pendleton, Enterprise, The Dalles, Medford, and Klamath Falls. This funding is a result of the CARES Act, which Walden helped usher into law in March.
June 16, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) sent a letter to the Oregon Employment Department (OED) Interim Director David Gerstenfeld, urging action and answers on the growing number of unemployment cases in Oregon.
April 24, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law.
April 23, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after he voted in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, H.R. 266.
April 23, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act on the House Floor.
April 21, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the House and Senate reached an agreement on a supplemental funding package that would refill the Paycheck Protect Program (PPP), which ran out of funding last week.
April 17, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) joined 102 other Members of Congress in writing to the Small Businesses Administration (SBA) about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).
April 16, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following video statement after the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ran out of money, which Walden had warned against.
April 16, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after President Trump appointed him to the White House Economic Task Force.
September 26, 2019 Press Release

Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a discretionary grant totaling $950,000  to the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day. 

The funding will help pay for the reconstruction of the airport’s apron, which is where an aircraft parks, unloads, loads, refuels, and boards. This grant is a part of the FAA’s FY2019 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) - something Walden has long supported.