Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon


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.
May 5, 2016 Op-Eds
The Kelsey Smith Act and Kari's Law are two proposals in Congress that would give law enforcement the tools they need to help victims in an emergency.
January 12, 2016 Op-Eds
It’s important to understand what is driving this anger and what steps we can take to improve the situation.
November 3, 2015 Op-Eds
We don’t need a presidential declaration locking up more of our public lands and choking our local ranch economy.