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Greg Walden OP-ED: “Making progress together for our region and state”

By Rep. Greg Walden  The biggest disagreements and loudest voices got most of the attention during this last session of Congress, from filibusters to failed websites, immigration to ISIL.  However, while the pundits blared, many of us worked hard to achieve important legislative wins for Oregon and America in 2014—like boosting American energy and jobs and rooting out waste to save taxpayer dollars. Make no mistake, we still have work to do, but we have a strong foundation to build on next year with the new Republican majority in the Senate on efforts to grow and strengthen Oregon’s rural...

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Ranchers gain ‘big wins’ in fed budget

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said ranchers and livestock owners gained $1 million for wolf depredation with passage of a $1.1 trillion budget that funds most of the government through next September. “There are a lot of big wins in here for Central and Eastern Oregon,” said Walden, whose Second Congressional District encompasses Wasco and Hood River counties. He was the only member of Oregon’s delegation in the House to vote for the $1.1 trillion merged in a Continuing Resolution and Omnibus bill, dubbed the “CROmnibus” by media outlets. The 1,603-page funding package containing 11 separate bills was adopted...

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Walden supports plan to keep spending in check, rein in unnecessary federal red tape to grow jobs

Key wins for southern, central, eastern Oregon included in spending agreement [embedplusvideo height=”400″ width=”600″ editlink=”” standard=”″ vars=”ytid=jm9hcSCaoFU&width=600&height=400&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep7154″ /] WASHINGTON— The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan bill that funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year and implements key policy changes that benefit southern, central and eastern Oregon by reining in burdensome federal red tape. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) supported this plan, and released a video message explaining his support. A transcript is below: “While this measure is not perfect, certainly, it does reduce funding for federal agencies to a level on the...

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Representative-Elect Greg Barreto Appointed to 2015 Legislative Committees

SALEM, Ore – Representative-Elect Greg Barreto (R-Cove) was selected by House Speaker Tina Kotek to serve as a member of the following committees during the 78th Legislative Assembly: • Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee • Business and Labor Committee • Education Committee Rep.-Elect Barreto, who has owned and operated his own business for more than thirty years, will bring a wealth of private sector experience to the Business and Labor Committee and provide a crucial voice for Oregon’s rural workforce. As a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Rep.-Elect Barreto will work with local governments to provide...

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Greg Walden announces plan to reform federal forest policy, extend county timber payments

Speaker Boehner pledges support for forestry reform, timber payments extension WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today announced that House and Senate leaders have agreed to a plan that fully funds the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT), providing much needed funding for essential local services to Oregon counties. Walden also announced that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Republican Leaders have pledged to make a federal forest policy reform bill a priority in the next Congress and that the House will consider an  extension of the Secure Rural Schools  program in the first quarter of...

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