December 21, 2017 Op-Eds

Pro-growth tax reform is on its way to hardworking, middle-class Americans. And it’s about time.

September 27, 2017 Op-Eds

Another fire season, and another summer in Central Oregon choked with smoke, and homes threatened by wildfires on federal land. A similar situation has played out across our great state this summer. Dense fuel loads from a lack of management leave a tinderbox in our forests waiting to ignite, which happened yet again this year and filled Central Oregon’s air with smoke.

September 10, 2017 Op-Eds

Driving along Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge, it's hard not to notice the ongoing construction and cooling towers on the riverside property as you enter the west side of The Dalles. The cooling towers belong to Google's growing data center facilities built in part on former industrial lands at the Port of The Dalles.

September 7, 2017 Op-Eds

The President’s nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is welcome news for rural Oregon. Born and raised in Hermiston, Ryan has never lost touch with his roots and understands well the way of life in our communities. He knows firsthand the dominant role federal decisions can make in our region where a majority of land is managed by the federal government.

August 13, 2017 Op-Eds

Veterans in Oregon and across the country deserve quality care in a timely manner when they go to the VA. Unfortunately, long wait times at many facilities have resulted in delayed access to essential health services, especially in rural and underserved areas in Oregon. We can and must solve this problem, and I’ve sponsored legislation to help.

August 1, 2017 Op-Eds

All of us in Oregon and across the country deserve access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s why the Energy and Commerce Committee — where I serve as Chairman — just passed bipartisan legislation to modernize the nation’s drinking water infrastructure.

June 27, 2017 Op-Eds

Nuclear energy has played an integral role in generating electricity in the United States for decades. This reliable energy source is responsible for generating 20 percent of electricity across the country, providing low-cost power for consumers throughout the United States.

August 15, 2016 Op-Eds
Across Oregon, I’ve talked with many families who are struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. These touch every segment of our communities, no matter where you live or what you look like. Tragically, they often carry with them a major stigma in society, and help is hard to find. Fortunately, Congress is working in a bipartisan way to help solve these problems and offer relief to those who need help.
August 3, 2016 Op-Eds
As I listen to people during meetings throughout our state (I recently held my 51st town hall since the beginning of last year), Oregonians too often voice the same concerns: an overreaching federal government that ignores our pleas, overregulates our lives and depresses job growth in our communities. That’s why I put forward legislation that positively addresses the problems we face.
June 10, 2016 Op-Eds
As a lifelong Gorge resident, I’ve seen my share of train derailments, fires and highway accidents over the years. Last week we dodged a bullet when on a hot, calm day an oil train derailed just west of Mosier. Suddenly, the hypothetical accident which our first responders had only recently gotten trained for, became reality.