Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Growing the Economy

All too often, small business owners find government red tape standing in the way of growing their business, creating jobs, and providing affordable services in our communities. That’s why I’ve helped lead efforts to reduce harmful regulations that are unnecessary and cost us jobs.

With my support, Congress passed 15 pieces of legislation to rollback costly and burdensome rules and regulations, saving the American economy an estimated $36 billion.

After hearing from Oregonians across our district about their concerns with this Washington-mandated Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, I was proud to support its repeal. This harmful rule gave the federal government jurisdiction over everything from stock ponds and irrigation canals to puddles in your driveway, and is the kind of government overreach I’ve worked hard to correct.

I’m also continuing my work to enhance hydropower in Oregon. Under my leadership, the House passed legislation to boost hydropower production in our state by finally clarifying that hydropower is renewable energy under federal law. Hydropower accounts for 43% of the electricity generated in our state, and this bill will ensure we have greater access to this clean energy source.

More on Growing the Economy

July 17, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden examines solutions to expand broadband in rural Oregon

Invites eastern Oregon medical provider to testify about improving healthcare options for patients in rural communities through broadband 

April 25, 2018 Press Release

Bill to Protect Columbia and Snake River Dams Passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, a bipartisan bill to protect the Columbia and Snake River Dams passed the House by a vote of 225 to 189. This effort, introduced by Reps. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), will protect the dams by codifying the 2014 Biological Opinion, a collaborative agreement on how to manage the river system to protect fish and support clean, renewable energy.

April 12, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden secures commitment from DOE Secretary to not privatize BPA

Raises concerns over Administration’s proposal, asks Secretary Perry to “leave Bonneville alone” without explicit Congressional authorization

March 23, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden secures key priorities for Oregon 

Supports House passage of government funding measure 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the House passed a government funding measure that included key priorities for Oregon: 

March 7, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden examines fast-changing world of retail operations and logistics

March 6, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden leads House passage of broadband growth and FCC modernization agreement

RAY BAUM’S Act, named after La Grande native, reauthorizes FCC for first time in 28 years

March 5, 2018 In The News

Hermiston Herald: Walden visits Ordnance, talks brewing tax cuts

By Jayati Ramakrishnan

Cold beer and conservation of funds — that’s what Congressman Greg Walden hopes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will accomplish for small breweries in Oregon. Walden stopped by Ordnance Brewing Company in Boardman last week to tour the facility and discuss the federal excise tax cut, passed in 2017, which contains a provision that he said will benefit craft brewers.

February 5, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden leads hearing on connecting rural America with broadband

Stresses importance of bridging the “digital divide” and improving broadband connectivity in Oregon

January 30, 2018 Op-Eds

CONNECTION TO CONGRESS: Precisely the change Oregon needed out of Washington

Whether it was in meetings with teachers, farmers or foresters, for the last several years the constant refrain centered on too many rules and regulations coming out of Washington, D.C. In short, Washington had gotten too big and cost too much. From how and when to test students in the classroom to unattainable stubble height on the range, people were fed up with the Washington-knows-best attitude.

January 16, 2018 In The News

The Dalles Chronicle: TD pub owner talks taxes with Walden

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., recently visited two businesses in the Gorge to learn more about how they will benefit from a rewrite of federal tax laws.

One of his stops Jan. 5 was at Freebridge Brewing Company, which is located in the historic Mint building in downtown The Dalles. He sipped hot coffee while discussing how tax reforms will help small businesses.

“How’s it going?” asked Walden upon entering the pub and brewery at 710 E. Second Street.