Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

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

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

September 10, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden secures drought relief for Klamath Basin in upcoming legislation

Bill authorizes $10 million annually for four years to support drought relief activities in the Klamath Basin

September 6, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden secures relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has secured relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers who suffered severe losses after wildfires in Wasco and Sherman counties. In a letter to Representative Walden today, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the agency was authorizing Walden’s request to grant emergency grazing to local ranchers and flexibility for wheat producers whose crop was impacted by the wildfires.

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 25, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden discusses rural broadband expansion with FCC Chairman

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 

June 27, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds $36.9 million in PILT funding for rural Oregon

Announcement comes as Walden recently secured important forest management reforms into law

June 7, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden on livestock grazing in eastern Oregon: “this is a life-and-death matter for the ranchers out there”

Presses NOAA official for more local input and science-based grazing management policies

May 15, 2018 Op-Eds

A safe place for Hanford’s waste

May 11, 2018

By Greg Walden (R-Hood River)

May 7, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds $14 million in Secure Rural Schools payments for Oregon

  Program provides important resources for county services in rural Oregon