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

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 

May 4, 2018 In The News

Herald & News: $10.3 million in drought relief OK'd

By Holly Dillemuth

The federal Office of Management and Budget has signed off on about $10.3 million in emergency drought relief for on-Project irrigators in the Klamath Basin.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) returned to Klamath Falls Thursday afternoon from a visit to Lakeview to make the announcement to a roomful of irrigators and irrigation representatives at the Klamath Water Users Association office.

May 3, 2018 In The News

Herald and News: Walden to speed up relief for on-Project irrigators

By Holly Dillemuth

A federal spending plan outlining emergency drought relief could be expedited for on-Project irrigators in the Klamath Basin via the Omnibus bill by Monday or earlier, according to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR).

The Hood River Congressman offered continuing support for Klamath Basin irrigators Wednesday afternoon during a joint press conference with Bureau of Reclamation officials at the South Portal Building in Klamath Falls.

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