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Great discussion during yesterday’s telephone town hall on reducing costly regulations, improving our nation’s immigration laws, reforming the way we manage our forests and public lands, and much more. Thank you to the over 4,285 Oregonians who took the time to join the call and weigh in on the important issues facing our state and country.

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Happy birthday to the great state of Oregon! On February 14, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state in the Union, 14 years after my ancestors arrived by wagon train in 1845. As a lifelong Oregonian, I am proud to call the Beaver State my home and join all Oregonians today in celebrating our state’s 159th birthday.

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Thank you to everyone who joined my telephone town hall this afternoon. Great discussion on improving the care our veterans receive at the VA, balancing the budget and reducing the federal deficit, reforming the way we manage our forests and public lands to prevent catastrophic wildfire, combating the opioid crisis in Oregon, and much more. There were over 4,500 participants on the call, and I appreciated your input and the chance to update you on my work as your Representative in Congress.

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Thank you to the Oregon Wheat Growers League for taking the time to meet with me last week, and for honoring me with the ‘Above and Beyond’ award. The Oregon Wheat Growers League does tremendous work advocating on behalf of this vital industry to Oregon’s ag economy. I look forward to working together on the upcoming Farm Bill, as well as other federal initiatives important to wheat growers in Oregon. Thank you again for your hard work, and for awarding me with this tremendous honor.

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Today, Mylene and I mourn the passing of our beloved friend and La Grande native, Ray Baum. People from Oregon to our nation’s capital are better off because of Ray’s selfless commitment to public service. Ray will be deeply missed, but he will never be forgotten. His legacy of decency, kindness, graciousness, and honor will live on in the hearts and memories of those who were blessed to know him:

Greg Walden on the Passing of Ray Baum WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the below statement following the passing of his longtime friend, La Grande native, and Energy and Commerce Committee Staff Director Ray Baum:
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Today's agreement marks an important step forward on key priorities for Oregon. Read my statement on the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act here:

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:
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Good luck to Olympians Ben Ferguson, Tommy Ford, and Laurenne Ross – all of Bend – at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. You are making central Oregon and our entire country proud as members of Team USA. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement – all of Oregon is rooting for you!:

In the lead-up to this month’s Winter Games, television viewers have been inundated with NBC commercials touting Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in men’s halfpipe snowboarding.But the best American snowboarder in the halfpipe this season — based on results — is Ben Ferguson, ...
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Thank you to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) representatives from Josephine, Klamath, Hood River, and Crook counties for taking the time to meet with me today. CADCA does great work across the country in the battle against drug addiction, including their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic that is plaguing communities in Oregon. I applaud their commitment to ending this scourge in our state and join them in this fight. To learn more about our efforts at the Energy and Commerce Committee to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon and throughout America, please click here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/opioids/

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Live Now: Chairman Greg Walden and bipartisan committee leaders’ press conference on our ongoing opioids investigation. Tune in to find out more about the DEA’s continued stonewalling of our investigation into alleged pill dumping in West Virginia

More good news for hardworking employees in Oregon: Thermo Fisher Scientific, which has a facility located in Bend, will be giving all non-executive employees a $500 bonus because of tax reform. The company also announced it will be investing $16 million back into the U.S. economy for research and development, sustainability, and philanthropic activities in support of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: http://ir.thermofisher.com/…/Thermo-Fisher-Sci…/default.aspx

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO), the world leader in serving science, will make additional investments totaling $50 million as a result of the benefit of recently enacted Federal tax reform legislation in the U.S. This investment includes: $34 million for a one-time bonus of $500 to be pai...
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My statement on the release of the House Intelligence Committee's memo regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:

Greg Walden Statement on Intelligence Committee’s FISA Memo WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today issued the following statement on the release of the House Intelligence Committee's memo regarding abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:
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GOOD NEWS: U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in January and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years. ‘Raises stemming from Republican tax cuts’ likely boosted pay last month, via Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years. The pay gains suggest employers
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In Case You Missed It - Check out my latest op-ed in the La Grande Observer on our work in Congress over the past year to reduce regulations, cut taxes, and boost paychecks for hardworking families in Oregon and across the country.

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
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We're fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck.

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My reaction to President Trump's State of the Union:

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Thank you to the Vets Ice Cream Patrol in La Grande for taking the time to meet with me last week.Their simple but powerful idea to reach out to their fellow veterans is truly inspiring. It was a great privilege to present them with American flags flown over the Capitol in honor of their service to our country, and their continued service to our local community.

The Vets Ice Cream Patrol, which has been reaching out to veterans for five years, is no longer working in the shadows. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, was in La Grande Wednesday, and he honored the patrol by presenting the members with American flags that were flown in from Washington,
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