Tune in live as the Energy and Commerce Committee begins our two-day hearing to examine 25 pieces of legislation to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon and across the country:
Honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today. Because of tax reform, hardworking people in Oregon and across the country are receiving bonuses and pay raises, and businesses are reinvesting billions into America’s economy. As a small business owner in Oregon for over 20 years, I was proud to vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to help main street job creators thrive and provide real relief for middle class families in our state. I will continue to work on concrete solutions to foster job growth and economic productivity in Oregon.
The 2018 Congressional Art Competition is now open for submissions! I encourage all high school students from Oregon’s Second District to share their artwork in this year’s competition. One talented winner will have the opportunity to showcase their art in the U.S. Capitol. Plus, the winner will be flown to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork on display. My office is accepting submissions until April 26, and you can learn more about the competition and how to enter here: https://walden.house.gov/artcompetition
Willow Creek area in Morrow County where Oregon Trail pioneers like my father's side of the family would have camped, let the livestock feed and load up on water before heading to The Dalles. Cold but fun day in Heppner as we celebrated St. Patrick's Day. I've enjoyed coming to these events nearly every year since 1995. This year was no different. Enjoyed sharing stories with Fr. Condon and Tom Melton.
Proud to receive the Distinguished Community Health Champion Award from the Oregon Primary Care Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers! We have 12 federally qualified health centers serving over 240,000 Oregonians across 63 delivery sites in our district that offer vital health care services in our communities. That’s why I fought to pass legislation that’s now law to increase funding for community health centers for two years. Thanks for this award and for all the work you do to improve health care for people in our state.
Meet Ted, the newest member of Team Walden in Washington, D.C., who is particularly excited about a hearing at the Energy and Commerce Committee today. Today the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of Animal Drug User Fee Agreements (ADUFA). Every day, animals like Ted rely on the Food and Drug Administration to ensure the availability of safe and effective medical products to keep them strong and healthy. The reauthorization of ADUFA is a key part of getting new drugs and treatments to animals sooner, which is very important for Ted and his four legged friends. Learn more about our hearing here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/…/reauthorization-animal-…/
Thank you to the mayors and city councilors who visited with me today about the issues impacting cities across Oregon. The League of Oregon Cities does excellent work advocating for important priorities for communities on the ground in our state, like ensuring safe drinking water, expanding rural broadband development and strengthening the brownfields program. I look forward to our continued work together on these and other issues.
This weekend, I gathered local leaders and members of the business community in Medford to discuss the need for better management of our forests to prevent catastrophic wildfires and smoke-filled skies. In southern Oregon and all throughout our district, I hear one message loud and clear. Enough smoke. Enough fires. I’m working hard across the aisle in Congress to change the way our forests are managed so we don’t repeat the kind of wildfire season we had in Oregon this year, where over 710,000 acres burned. Learn more about our meeting this weekend here:
Great to meet with home builders in Jackson County today to discuss ways to improve affordable housing in southern Oregon. Thank you to everyone who joined today's meeting for the productive conversation.
Thanks to the Humm Kombucha team in Bend for taking the time to meet with me and show me around their taproom today. Despite having more in common with yogurt than wine or beer, Kombucha is subject to federal excise tax as if it were beer. I’m a proud cosponsor of the KOMBUCHA Act, which would rectify that. This bill will help small businesses like Humm Kombucha keep more of their hard earned money to reinvest in their business and our communities.
Always great to meet with Carol Fulkerson (to my right), of the National MS society. A native of Bend, Carol is a tremendous advocate who has committed herself to fighting for those living with MS, including helping pass the 21st Century Cures Act. This landmark legislation will help accelerate the discovery and delivery of new cures and treatments for rare diseases like MS. Keep up the great work, Carol, and thanks to you and your team for taking the time to meet with me yesterday.
It’s not every day a two-time Olympic gold medalist – and central Oregon native – stops by my office! Great to see you today, Ashton, and thanks for taking the time to meet with me while you were in the nation’s capital for National Health Through Fitness Day.
Great to meet with the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council today to discuss improving fire fighter health and making sure all first responders have the tools they need to keep our communities safe. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me and for all you and your fellow fire fighters do to serve Oregon.