WALDEN RECEIVES KEY APPOINTMENT
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., continues to demonstrate to his peers in the U.S. House of Representatives that he has the wherewithal to handle leadership positions, and his latest accomplishment bodes well for the 2nd District as well as for all of Oregon.
Walden, who is serving his third term in Congress, was recently appointed chairman of the 19-member House Resources Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health. He replaces Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., who will be retiring from Congress in January.
Walden, who also serves as a deputy whip for the House Republicans, earned the subcommittee chairmanship because of the leadership he has demonstrated on Capitol Hill and the fact he co-authored the Healthy Forests Restoration Act.
"While Mr. McInnis will be sorely missed, I can think of no better replacement than the co-author of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, Congressman Greg Walden,'' said Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif. "His work ethic and expertise in national forests management policy are second to none, as he so clearly demonstrated during the Healthy Forests negotiations. In fact, I do not believe that critical legislation would be law today if I didn't have Greg's help every step of the way.''
The Healthy Forests Act, adopted last year, is aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires by speeding up the process for removing small and diseased trees and brush from forests. The act was the result of months of debate and Walden's efforts to work closely with interests from both sides of the political aisle. Walden shepherded the bill's progress through the halls of Congress in order to make sure it would become law. He helped bridge the divide that exists in Congress over natural resources legislation.
Walden understands his district and his state's needs. Forest issues are of extreme importance to the 2nd District, which covers nearly two-thirds of Oregon's land areas.
"As the representative of a district that includes 11 national forests, few issues are as important to me as ensuring the sound management of America's forest lands,'' Walden said. "I was proud to have helped lead the effort to pass the Healthy Forests Restoration Act last year, but much work remains to be done before we can eliminate the combined threats of catastrophic wildfire, insect infestation and disease that face our forests.''
Through his chairmanship of the forests subcommittee and his involvement in subcommittees on water and power, energy, air quality and telecommunications, Walden has put himself in a position to benefit the state. The 2nd District should be proud.
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