November 9, 2005
Press Release

Congressional appropriations bill includes funding toward technology for the new West County Government and Justice Center

November 9, 2005 - Washington, D.C. -
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation providing a $150,000 investment toward high-tech equipment for Umatilla County’s new West County Government and Justice Center.  The Conference Report funding Science, State, Commerce and Justice for fiscal year 2006 included the investment, which has been supported throughout the process by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR).
In April and again in November, Walden wrote to Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over this funding bill, in support of funds to help with the purchase of a data-sharing system and a video-conference system for the new facility.  Citing Umatilla County’s growing epidemic with illicit drug production, manufacturing and use, Walden told Wolf that the rural county will need additional technological infrastructure to help meet the growing needs in law enforcement and court services.
“I am grateful that my colleagues in the House have recognized the importance of investing in the infrastructure and development of Umatilla County.  Rural counties face unique challenges when it comes to law enforcement and other critical services given the greater distances covered by talented, but limited, personnel.  With a strong technological infrastructure, the new facility on the west end of the County will help serve residents in that region,” said Walden, who sits on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and is a member of the Congressional Rural Caucus.
The Conference Report passed by the House is currently awaiting approval in the Senate.  If the Senate approves the bill as is expected, it will then advance to the President for his approval.