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.
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Representative Greg Walden released a statement following yesterday's House passage of two bills Walden co-sponsored that would help improve and expand access to rural broadband in Oregon.
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awarding $6 million to help expand rural broadband in Grant and Wheeler counties. The money comes from USDA’s ReConnect Pilot program, which Walden helped secure in government funding legislation last March, and is a continued part of Walden’s longstanding efforts to expand rural broadband in Oregon.