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.
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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.