Speaking Up for Our Rural Communities

Our rural communities face high levels of poverty, unemployment, and lack of basic services, and too often burdensome red tape stands in the way of growing good jobs in our part of the state. That’s why I’ve strongly supported efforts to support our forested communities and push back against overregulation from the federal government.

I worked hard to secure two years of full Secure Rural Schools funding to help provide resources for essential local services like schools, roads, and law enforcement in Oregon that have suffered from a lack of timber receipts.  I’ve heard from local officials across Oregon about the importance of this program for their communities, and will continue to work to boost timber sales to provide for these services in the long term.

I’ve also supported historic rollbacks of burdensome rules and regulations like the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), which gave the federal government unnecessary overreach into our everyday lives.

More on Speaking Up for Our Rural Communities

June 30, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the Department of Interior (DOI) awarded $23,321,995 to Oregon under the 2020 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to support essential services in rural Oregon.
June 18, 2020 Press Release
Greg Walden (R-OR), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), and former Oregon State Senator Cliff Bentz published an op-ed in The Washington Examiner ahead of the Supreme Court of the United States’ upcoming decision on whether or not to grant review of Baley v. United States (Baley), a case that involves bedrock principles of Western law, federalism, and the Fifth Amendment.
June 12, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that Oregon will receive over $2.7 million to help expand rural broadband over the next 10 years.
June 9, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) commended the Trump Administration on today’s announcement by the Department of Interior that made good on an April commitment to deliver 140,000 acre feet of water for farmers in the Klamath Basin.
June 8, 2020 Press Release

Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the Department of Interior (DOI) announced Barry Bushue to serve as the next Bureau of Land Management (BLM) State Director for Oregon and Washington:

May 6, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.7 million in Brownfields grants to Oregon’s Second District.
May 5, 2020 Press Release
Congressman Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today called on Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Legislative Leaders to share a portion of the funds Congress sent to states with local governments to help them deal with unexpected COVID-19-related costs.
April 20, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) raised questions about ongoing efforts to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the country.
April 17, 2020 Press Release
Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the Department of Interior (DOI) announced $28.4 million in payments to rural schools in Oregon.
April 14, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program.