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

April 3, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden released a statement applauding President Trump after he approved the disaster declaration for Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to help the community recover and rebuild from February flooding.
April 3, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement on increased unemployment in America.
March 31, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) praised recent action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lower barriers for providing care to rural communities during COVID-19.
March 31, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement announcing that as a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Oregon would receive an additional $80 million for the state’s K-Plan, which is a Medicaid plan that provides home and community care for seniors and disabled citizens.
March 30, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after President Trump signed into law The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is the third relief package for the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.
March 24, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act.
March 23, 2020 Press Release

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March 16, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Walden released a statement applauding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) pledge to ensure that rural America has access to broadband during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 10, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote to President Trump urging for an expedited review of the “presidential major disaster declaration” that Oregon Governor Kate Brown requested for three Oregon counties and a tribal nation that suffered severe damage from historic flooding in February.
March 9, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) visited Umatilla County to discuss with local officials both the region’s recent flooding and the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.