Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

In Case You Missed It: Greg Walden holds eight town hall meetings across southern, central, and eastern Oregon

January 25, 2019
Press Release

In Case You Missed It: Greg Walden holds eight town hall meetings across southern, central, and eastern Oregon

Greg Walden speaks during a town hall meeting in Prineville on Sunday, January 20, one of eight town halls Walden held throughout southern, central, and eastern Oregon.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) recently concluded a series of eight town hall meetings across as many counties in southern, central, and eastern Oregon. Walden held town halls in Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Harney, and Malheur counties over four days, drawing approximately 1,700 Oregonians to the meetings and bringing Walden’s town hall total to 156 since 2012.

“I heard a lot of good feedback from everyone who attended. We had robust discussions on wildfires and smoke, border security and immigration, the partial government shutdown and many other topics including opioids, renewable energy, climate change, the economy and certainly about our veterans,” said Walden in a video statement following a town hall meeting in Ontario on Monday. “We look forward to resuming town halls when Congress gets its act together on scheduling and we can get back out.”

Walden announced last week that he is rescheduling additional town hall meetings that were originally scheduled for this week. Democratic leaders in the House made last-minute scheduling changes that required Walden to be present in Washington, D.C. for legislative business rather than continuing his town hall schedule as planned.

Details for Walden’s rescheduled town hall meetings in Oregon’s Second District will be announced soon.

Please see below for relevant press coverage of Walden’s eight town hall meetings that he held from Friday, January 18 to Monday, January 21.

Grants Pass Town Hall – Friday, January 18

Walden's opposition to shutdown cheered at today's town hall meeting

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden got his loudest reaction at a town hall meeting in Grants Pass this morning when he said he broke ranks with fellow Republicans and voted to end the partial government shutdown on Jan. 3…. He said the forests in the West are a major casualty of the shutdown. Thinning projects aren't getting done, and preparations for wildfire season are already behind schedule. "A project in the Ashland Watershed is being held up," Walden said. "We have to be able to manage our forests."

Medford Town Hall – Friday, January 18

Walden frustrated by feds' response

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden on Friday blasted the federal response to wildfires that have devastated the Southern Oregon economy, jeopardized local health and prompted an outcry from residents over what they believe is a “let-it-burn” philosophy…. Federal officials also spend more effort putting out fires and less effort thinning forests, which would reduce the wildfire danger in the summer, Walden said.

“More than half the Forest Service budget goes to fighting fires,” he said. “It’s very frustrating.”

Walden heard firsthand the impact wildfires are having on the local economy.

“What are you doing to help this?” said Therese MacGregor, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Pro West in Medford. She said people are selling houses and moving to other areas, and when the smoke hits during the summer, people don’t buy houses.

Klamath Falls Town Hall – Friday, January 18

Walden catches up with Klamath Falls in town hall

Congressman Greg Walden wasn’t shy about his thoughts on border security and the wall on the border between the United States and Mexico during a town hall in Klamath Falls on Friday, where he discussed recently casting a vote outside Republican Party lines to end the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Hood River Republican specifically took issue, though, with the furlough of employees of the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“I’ve cited the Klamath Basin and the Biological Opinion as one of the things that got delayed (in the) course of these discussions,” Walden said.

Bend Town Hall – Saturday, January 19

Walden returns to Bend for town hall

A big issue hanging over the town hall was Walden’s thoughts on the federal government shutdown and President Donald Trump’s offer Saturday to exchange three years of deportation protection for some immigrants for border wall funding…..

“We have a humanitarian crisis on the border, and we have a broken immigration system in the interior, and we need to fix both,” Walden said.

Madras Town Hall – Sunday, January 20

Walden speaks to Jefferson County residents at his town hall meeting in Madras on January 20.

Walden posted the above picture to social media, saying, “Starting the day with a town hall meeting in Madras. Looking forward to a great discussion before heading to Prineville for another town hall this afternoon.”

Prineville Town Hall – Sunday, January 20

Walden talks shutdown, border security, more at town hall

In the midst of a federal government shutdown driven by disagreements over border security, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden held a town hall in Prineville where that topic and others were discussed at length. Walden kicked off the session, which drew about 150 people to the Crook County High School gym on Sunday afternoon, by addressing his views and voting regarding the shutdown.

"I broke with my party to reopen some of these agencies like the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and others that have nothing to do with debate over border security," the Republican congressman said. "I voted to fund those agencies, and I will continue to do so."

Burns Town Hall – Monday, January 21

Walden holds town hall in Harney County

U.S. Congressman Greg Walden held a town hall meeting in Burns on Monday, Jan. 21, in which he recapped the issues he’s

working on in Washington, D.C., and listened to concerns from residents. Walden began by saying he broke with many other Republicans by voting to fund the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and other agencies during the government shutdown.

Walden stated he is a strong supporter of security at the border, and noted it was a bi-partisan issue back in 2006. That’s when

Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush. He then listed a number of politicians who voted for the legislation at that time.

Ontario Town Hall – Monday, January 21

Walden tells Ontario crowd he wants federal government to be fully open

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, touched on an array of subjects at a town hall meeting Monday afternoon at Four Rivers Cultural Center.  From border security to wolves, Walden delivered an update to about 60 people in the latest of a string of public sessions he has held in Oregon in recent days….

… Walden also lauded congressional work on wildfire legislation, including solving what he called the “fire borrowing issue.” Because of a funding gap, for years the Forest Service raided its own budget to cover the cost of huge wildfires across the West. That meant the Forest Service ended up with less money for other programs such as forest management and restoration designed to cut down on forest fires.