Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

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

December 7, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden announces $19 million grant for Port of Morrow

$19,414,875 grant provided by the Department of Transportation for Port of Morrow Columbia River Barge Terminal Rail Access Project

October 23, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds signing of water bill that includes drought relief for Klamath farmers

America’s Water Infrastructure Act also includes measures to boost hydropower development and improve safe drinking water

September 26, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden highlights historic revival of U.S. manufacturing sector

Cites tax cuts and regulatory relief as driving force for record setting economic growth and job creation

September 13, 2018 Press Release

House passes water infrastructure package that includes drought relief for Klamath farmers

America’s Water Infrastructure Act includes Walden provision to authorize drought relief measures for irrigators in the Klamath Basin

August 29, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds support for broadband expansion in rural Oregon

Oregon to receive $13.7 million through Federal Communications Commission auction to facilitate rural broadband distribution

July 17, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden examines solutions to expand broadband in rural Oregon

Invites eastern Oregon medical provider to testify about improving healthcare options for patients in rural communities through broadband 

April 25, 2018 Press Release

Bill to Protect Columbia and Snake River Dams Passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, a bipartisan bill to protect the Columbia and Snake River Dams passed the House by a vote of 225 to 189. This effort, introduced by Reps. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), will protect the dams by codifying the 2014 Biological Opinion, a collaborative agreement on how to manage the river system to protect fish and support clean, renewable energy.

April 12, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden secures commitment from DOE Secretary to not privatize BPA

Raises concerns over Administration’s proposal, asks Secretary Perry to “leave Bonneville alone” without explicit Congressional authorization

March 23, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden secures key priorities for Oregon 

Supports House passage of government funding measure 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the House passed a government funding measure that included key priorities for Oregon: 

March 7, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden examines fast-changing world of retail operations and logistics