Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act

February 9, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act:

“Today’s agreement marks an important step forward on key priorities for Oregon. After months of needless delay, Community Health Centers will finally receive the full two-year extension passed out of the House under my legislation last fall. Community Health Centers care for over 240,000 Oregonians across 63 delivery sites throughout our district, and this funding will provide them with the certainty they need to continue serving Oregonians. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will receive 10 years of full funding, adding four years to the historic six-year extension I was proud to secure in January. Additionally, the increase in funding to fight the opioid crisis provides much-needed tools to combat this scourge that is plaguing communities in  Oregon and across the country. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I’ve made combatting the opioid crisis a priority of our committee, and we plan to move forward with additional important reforms and continue to ramp up our efforts in this fight.

“Top scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will have more resources to continue the ground-breaking research that will yield the next great breakthrough on the diseases and disorders we battle every day. Likewise, I am pleased to see the agreement commits resources to much-needed infrastructure priorities, including broadband for rural communities, clean and safe drinking water, and several energy initiatives -- all of which are critical for our state.

“Most importantly, we give our military the tools and training they need to keep us safe. After too many years of asking our military to do more with less, we are providing our men and women in uniform with the necessary funding to complete their missions.

“While no bill is perfect, I believe this agreement advances important initiatives for Oregonians. I will continue to work alongside my colleagues on these critical priorities for our state and country.”

Rep. Walden was the only member of the Oregon delegation to vote for the Bipartisan Budget Act.