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LAW and ORDER President

Pathological liar, Susan Rice is back: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/04/05

 

Common Sense in California: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/30

 

A disgrace of a Senator is representing US: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/04/05/slumber-party-oregon-democrat-occupied-senate-floor-to-protest-gorsuch-says-the-n2308987

 

Meanwhile…back at the TRUMP Administration and all across America…Law and Order is being restored.

 

Sessions accelerates the deportation of imprisoned illegal aliens: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/31/ag-jeff-sessions-unveils-program-to-accelerate-deportation-of-imprisoned-illegals/

 

Numerous illegal alien sex offenders are caught trying to sneak back across the border: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/01/100-sex-offenders-caught-single-border-sector-fiscal-year/

 

Porn-watching federal employees can now be fired: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/04/03/veterans-group-hopeful-accountability-act-will-finally-allow-va-to-fire-pornwatching-employees-n2307625

 

ICE catches numerous criminal aliens in the “sanctuary” Pacific Northwest: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/04/ice-snatches-84-criminal-aliens-pacific-northwest/

 

TRUMP defunds UN agency complicit in mass abortion: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/04/04/trump-ends-funding-for-united-nations-population-fund-n2308506

 

The illegal immigration rate is dropping here:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/04/march-illegal-immigration-lowest-17-years-dhs-chief/ AND here: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/04/illegal-immigration-fell-67-percent-trump-says-fmr-border-chief/

 

BUILD THE WALL! http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/05/wall-cut-illegal-crossings-94-says-fmr-border-chief/

 

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Gorsuch, Democrat Hypocrisy on Display

This really grates. No principles whatever, just take advantage in whatever way presents.

Trend in Right-to-Carry laws

Don’t miss the fine print

GREAT AGAIN!

Just repeal it…you can’t fix this thing: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/07

 

The Democrat response to Trump’s incredible speech: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/05

 

He’s not our President (because we’re form Mexico!) http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/04

 

Trump and his people are keeping promises…on these issues:

 

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – Trump is relocating judges to speed deportations: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/03/10/report-trump-relocating-immigration-judges-speed-deportations/

 

DRAIN THE SWAMP – AG Sessions seeks resignations of holdover U.S. Obama attorneys: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/10/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-seeks-resignations-46-us-attorneys/

 

IMPROVE EDUCATION – Return control of education to parents and local school boards: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/10/texas-rep-roger-williams-co-sponsors-bill-end-u-s-education-department/

 

DREGULATION – Trump is deconstructing the administrative state: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/06/trump-unravelling-regulatory-state/

 

VOTER FRAUD – Thousands of dead “voters” are removed from the rolls in West Virginia: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/06/departed-voters-trimmed-west-virginia-rolls/

 

GUN RIGHTS – Lead ammunition is making a comeback: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/03/interior-secretary-zinke-day-one-repeals-obama-era-lead-ammunition-ban/

 

JOBS – Exxon plans to create 45,000 jobs: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/07/president-trump-praises-exxon-mobil-for-plan-to-create-45000-jobs/

 

JOBS – Home Depot plans to add 80,000 employees: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/08/more-trump-jobs-boom-home-depot-to-add-80000-employees/

 

JOBS – The construction and manufacturing sectors see major job gains in February: http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2017/03/10/february-jobs-gains-rocket-unemployment-steady/

 

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RyanCare Bill Questioned

Many are not happy about the new Republican health care proposals. The “RyanCare” bill is receiving significant opposition from many sources who think this is just an amendment bill for politicians and not their constituents — for the purpose of keeping the Obamacare taxes rolling in.

Representative Mark Sanford (R., S.C.)

Repealing Obamacare is easy. Republicans already did it. Every GOP senator except Illinois’s Mark Kirk voted for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This full-repeal bill passed the Senate 52–47 that December. The House approved the measure the next month, 240–­181, with 239 Republican yeas and only three GOP nays. Obama rejected this measure, alas, and then Congress failed to override his veto. “As Republicans, we decried the fact that Obama would veto it… Why would we now water down this same bill and send a new and weaker bill to President Trump?”

 

Greg Walden and Repeal of Obamacare

Chairman Walden said:

“After years of Obamacare’s broken promises, House Republicans today took an important step. We’ve spent the last eight years listening to folks across this country, and today we’re proud to put forth a plan that reflects eight years’ worth of those conversations with families, patients, and doctors. Simply put, we have a Better Way to deliver solutions that put patients – not bureaucrats – first, and we are moving forward united in our efforts to rescue the American people from the mess Obamacare has created.

“With today’s legislation, we return power back to the states – strengthening Medicaid and prioritizing our nation’s most vulnerable. We provide the American people with what they’ve asked for: greater choice, lower cost, and flexibility to choose the plan that best suits their needs. Today is just the first step in helping families across this country obtain truly affordable health care, and we’re eager to get this rescue mission started.

The Affordable Care Act turned out to be anything but affordable, both for families in Oregon and the federal government. Health insurance markets are in a death spiral. For families, average premiums this year increased by 27% in Oregon, following a 23% increase the previous year. And annual federal spending on Medicaid and Medicare will increase by nearly $1 trillion in by 2027 unless we right the ship — not to mention Medicaid’s estimated $36.3 billion in improper payments.

That’s why I’m proud to be leading the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient-centered solution that fixes our broken health care system. Our bill, which you can read at www.readthebill.gop, makes real conservative reforms to make health care affordable for families.

Entitlement reform — This bill represents the largest entitlement reform the federal government has undertaken in the last 20 years. Medicaid is a vital program for families across Oregon, but Obamacare put Medicaid on an unsustainable path. We need to make sure this critical lifeline is available not just for patients tomorrow, but also for patients 10 years from now. That’s why our bill bends the federal cost curve and refocuses Medicaid’s limited resources to the patients most in need. By responsibly winding down the Medicaid expansion, we are significantly decreasing the federal footprint in health care and giving patients who have benefited from the expansion a tax credit to spend on their health care the way they see fit — not as dictated by bureaucrats in Washington.

$1 trillion tax cut — Obamacare’s regulations alone have already cost the American economy more than $53 billion to date. The ACA also empowered the IRS to become the police of health care coverage through the individual mandate. The only problem being that the American people did not bow down to this federal government decree: just this past year, 19.2 million people either paid the individual mandate penalty or claimed an exemption, far more than the 10.3 million individuals who are signed up for plans on Obamacare exchanges. With taxes and penalties, Obamacare tried to coerce people into signing up for federal health care, when in reality what they need is more choice and freedom to find a plan that works for them. That’s why our plan repeals $1 trillion on Obamacare taxes, and returns control over health care back to patients and their doctors.

Defunding Planned Parenthood — In addition to the other reforms we’ve put into place, our bill will defund Planned Parenthood and get the federal government out of the abortion business once and for all. This is not about denying access to women’s health services — on the contrary, we are doubling funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which provide many of the same women’s health services as Planned Parenthood, but also preserve the First Amendment rights of employers and employees alike by not having their tax dollars subsidize abortions.

Returning control of health care to states — Oregon has always been a leading state in health care innovation. The Coordinated Care Organizations have done some great work in reducing the state’s cost curve while improving access to care, but those successes have not come without difficulties. Insurers have continued to flee Oregon’s individual market, and premiums have continued to rise, leaving patients with fewer choices and higher costs. That’s why our bill returns control over health care to states, which have long been the laboratories for successful delivery of care at a sustainable cost to the government. Your doctors are in Oregon, not Washington, D.C. — shouldn’t your health care decisions be made in Oregon, too?

Our work to empower patients and put them back in control of their health care is not done, but this bill is a good first step — again you can read it at www.readthebill.gop. Please know that I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and with the Administration to save our nation’s health care and repair the damage Obamacare has done.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


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Update from Rep. Greg Walden

News from Representative Walden

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Dear Jay:

My seventh in-person town hall of the year took me to Malheur County, a region that has felt the destruction of an extremely harsh winter. Unprecedented snowfall has collapsed hundreds of structures, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and great hardship for the people who live there. During my visit to Ontario, I saw first-hand the devastating impact this year’s snowfall has had on businesses, the area’s economy, and especially the local agriculture industry. I’ve called on the President to swiftly make a disaster declaration so the local communities can get the immediate assistance they desperately need, and I am hopeful he will act soon.

Click here or on the image above to view KTVB’s coverage of my recent town hall in Ontario, and my tour through the city to see first-hand the damage from this year’s winter.

At the town hall meeting in Ontario, I provided an update on my work in Congress to grow jobs in rural communities like Malheur County, cut unnecessary federal red tape, and fix our nation’s health care system. We also discussed reining in government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality, which have both burdened rural economies in Oregon with overregulation. I will continue my work in Congress to provide relief to our farming and ranching communities, who’ve felt the brunt of an overreaching federal government.

 Thanks to all who participated in the Malheur Country town hall where we engaged in a thoughtful and substantive discussion on improving the economy in rural communities, reducing burdensome regulations, and improving our nation’s health care system.

I encourage you to continue reading for more about my recent work as your representative in Congress, as well as Oregonians I met with in the past few weeks.

Meeting with Oregonians in the nation’s capital

Members of the Oregon Potato Commission updated me on federal issues affecting the agriculture industry in Oregon.

Paula Fong and Lee Juillerat of the Crater Lake Natural History Association discussed the importance of taking care of Oregon’s only National Park. I share Paula and Lee’s deep commitment to preserving and promoting the national treasure that is Crater Lake National Park.

Representatives who work hard to take care of our veterans who live in our Oregon Veterans’ Homes gave me important input regarding health care policy and funding issues they face.

Continuing the process of rebuilding our nation’s health care system

Click here or on the image above to hear my remarks on health care at a recent House Republican News Conference

The House Energy and Commerce Committee — which I chair — continues to be hard at work rebuilding our nation’s health care system. Recently, I provided a brief update on the committee’s health care work at a news conference with my fellow House Republicans. I spoke of providing Oregonians with access to affordable health insurance, and providing states like Oregon with flexibility to innovate when it comes to their individual health care systems.

I’ve heard from farmers, ranchers, and small business owners who are experiencing skyrocketing premiums, and who’ve not been able to keep their plan or doctor. After meeting with states and governors across the country, it is clear that this is not sustainable, and the federal government must allow states to innovate to solve this problem. Our state of Oregon has had quite a bit of innovation over the years, such as the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that have brought better health care outcomes to Oregonians at lower costs. These are the great ideas that are out there in our states, but right now they have to beg permission from federal bureaucrats to be able to do anything innovative.

We want to give states flexibility and provide all Americans with better health care. We will accomplish both goals in legislation we’ll be considering in the near future.

Protecting patients with pre-existing conditions

While we work to repair our nation’s failing health care system, patients remain the focal point of our efforts. At town hall meetings around Oregon, I’ve heard a clear message: we need to guarantee our health care system works better for all Oregonians. I am committed to protecting patients living with pre-existing conditions — period. By focusing on patient centered reforms, we will increase access to quality, affordable care and guarantee that all Oregonians are protected from unfair, higher premium costs simply due to how healthy or sick they may be.

That’s why I’ve introduced the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act. This legislation aims to reaffirm guaranteed health care access, ensure that enrollees cannot have benefits excluded from a plan due to a pre-existing condition, and that patients will not pay more based on their health care status.

This legislation is just another step toward keeping our commitment to fix the problems with our health care system and protect vulnerable patients from being treated unfairly. As I continue to work hard to rebuild our nation’s health care system, I will always aim to put what’s best for patients first.

I also appreciate the input I’ve received from people who have benefited from Oregon’s approach to providing care to those most in need. We need to give other state’s the flexibility we’ve had to innovate and work toward achieving better health outcomes.

To read more about this bill, please click here.

Modernizing Oregon’s energy infrastructure

Click here or on the image above to view my remarks at a recent hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding updating our nation’s energy infrastructure

At a recent hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I spoke of the importance of updating America’s energy infrastructure. As technology continues to change the way we go about our daily lives, we also have to rethink how we deliver and consume electricity. This is especially true in central Oregon, where an outdated power grid is preventing economic growth.

Last month, I convened a meeting with city of Prineville officials, the local power utility and representatives of the Bonneville Power Administration to discuss the lack of access to enough electricity to meet the demand of a potential, major new employer.  Most of us were surprised and disappointed to learn that the electrical grid in Prineville is not sufficient to support that proposed project, and it could take three years or more before the city could get the electricity  this community needs. That is not acceptable.

We need action to modernize America’s energy infrastructure, so that communities in Oregon — like Prineville — can reach their full economic potential. We can’t keep losing out on new jobs.  The Energy and Commerce Committee will be at the forefront of tackling this challenge head on.

Boosting Oregon’s transportation priorities

Recently, I called to congratulate Elaine Chao on becoming Secretary of Transportation.  I also took the opportunity to discuss our nation’s infrastructure needs and Oregon’s transportation priorities. During our conversation, she confirmed to me that — contrary to some reports — there is no list of the Transportation Department’s priorities that excludes Oregon. Period.

Having known Elaine for years, I am confident that she will work closely with me on our district’s needs, and that Oregon’s initiatives will have the support of the Department of Transportation. I look forward to working alongside Secretary Chao as we seek to achieve Oregon’s long-term transportation goals and upgrade America’s vast infrastructure.

That’s all for this update. Remember, you can always keep in touch with me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


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A Message from Bill Courier, ORP

Good evening,

Wow, we are getting national attention with our GOTV effort and seem to have really struck a nerve with the Democrat Party.  I wanted to update each of you on the ongoing media hype regarding our GOTV calls and inactive voter surge.  On Friday and throughout the weekend a series of automated calls were made to thousands of Republicans who were already registered but have been placed on the inactive list by the Secretary of State.

The voice message was simple and direct: ““Voter registration records have been reviewed in your county and there is a possibility that you or someone in your household may have had their voter registration marked inactive. If you have not received your ballot yet, this may be the reason. The Oregon Republican Party wants you to be able to vote in next Tuesday’s election. In the 2010 election, Republican Chris Dudley lost his race for governor by just over 1 percent. Last May, another Republican race ended in a tie vote, and was literally decided by a dice roll. Don’t let our state’s future be determined by a roll of the dice. You may be the deciding vote. Contact your county elections office immediately. By going directly to the elections office, you can reactivate your registration, pick up your ballot, and vote on the spot.”  (Some early calls used a slightly different script)

Incredibly, Secretary of State Jean Atkins has tried to spin this as voter suppression, with the liberal media echoing her false narrative.  But Oregon voters know better!  They are thanking the ORP for alerting them of their status and providing information on how to get their ballots to vote!

Our plan is working and people are engaging.  County elections clerks are reporting a burst in phone calls and increase in ballot pickups as a result of being notified that they were on the inactive voters list.  These calls never told callers their vote wouldn’t count or that they were not registered.  This was a complete fabrication on the part of the Secretary of State and the Democrat Party. 

We need your help.  If any of you recorded the KOIN 6 news broadcast where the Secretary of State asked people to “just ignore the calls” please let me know.  That IS voter suppression and it needs to be addressed.  Kevin Hoar and I were watching when the video was pulled down and the narrative was changed.   It really is important to get a copy of the original video if anyone has it recorded.

Today is a very exciting day for Oregon Republicans!  We have great candidates for our statewide offices, our federal offices, House seats, Senate seats, county commissioners, mayors, city councilor, and on down the ballot.   Many have worked very hard on the Defeat97 campaign.  The ORP has sent out over 200,000 mail pieces for candidates, thus saving them thousands of dollars.

Each and every one of you has had a part in our successes and we can’t thank you enough.  The time has come to start turning this state around and we couldn’t do it without your support. 

If you want to read the articles regarding the overreaching and inflammatory rhetoric about our GOTV automated call, please click on these links:

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/11/06/is-oregons-democrat-secretary-of-state-trying-to-suppress-the-republican-vote/?singlepage=true

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/06/oregon-democrats-media-spread-false-story-that-state-gop-robocall-told-voters-their-votes-wont-count/

https://oregon.gop/orp-chair-statement-reactivating-inactive-republicans-2016-11-04

https://oregon.gop/orp-chair-reacts-to-sec-of-state-discouraging-republican-voters-2016-11-04

We’re on our way!

Winning Oregon Together,

Bill Currier, Chairman

Oregon Republican Party

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Here are the three big ones in this video:

  1. Republicans basically agree with Democrats on Obamacare (not a single Republican voted for it).
  2. Competition in the insurance industry does not work (that is the only approach that will work).
  3. Under Obamacare, premiums will drop 3000% (it has fallen by neither 3000% or $3000. Premiums and deductibles are way up).

Trump: “Contract with the American Voter”

  1. Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress
  2. Institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)
  3. Require for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
  4. Institute a five year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service
  5. Create a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
  6. Institute a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
  7. Announce intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.
  8. Announce withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  9. Direct Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.
  10. Direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.
  11. Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
  12. Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
  13. Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
  14. Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
  15. Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
  16. Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.
  17. Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.
  18. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
  19. Work with Congress on a Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act.An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
  20. Work with Congress on a End The Offshoring ActEstablishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
  21. Work with Congress on a American Energy & Infrastructure ActLeverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
  22. Work with Congress on a School Choice And Education Opportunity ActRedirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
  23. Work with Congress on a Repeal and Replace Obamacare ActFully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
  24. Work with Congress on a Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act.Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
  25. Work with Congress on an End Illegal Immigration ActFully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
  26. Work with Congress on a Restoring Community Safety Act.Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
  27. Work with Congress on a Restoring National Security Act.Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values
  28. Work with Congress on a Clean up Corruption in Washington Act.Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

House Select Committee on Benghazi releases final report

News from Representative Walden
On September 11, 2012, four brave Americans—including Ambassador Chris Stevens and Oregonian Tyrone Woods—lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Their sacrifice in service to our country, and the selfless actions of many others on the ground that night, should be honored and remembered by all Americans. We owe it to them to learn the truth about what really happened so we can prevent it from ever happening again.Over two years ago, I voted to create the House Select Committee on Benghazi so that we can learn the facts and make sure that those responsible are held accountable. Chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the committee has interviewed over 80 witnesses and obtained more than 75,000 new documents. Today, it released its investigative report in full—800 pages detailing the events leading up to, during, and after the attack in Benghazi. Please click here to read the report in its entirety.

The American people deserve the facts, and the House will continue its work to get to the truth and to prevent a future attack from happening. Again, please click here to read the Select Committee’s final report.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


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NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET

About Executive Amnesty

Dear Friend,
The House has taken an unprecedented step to stop President Obama’s executive overreach. We have voted to authorize Speaker Ryan to officially weigh in with the Supreme Court in a case that tests the legitimacy of the President’s executive amnesty.Filling this brief in the case U.S. v. Texas is a first-of-its-kind action. But the President’s drastic overreach calls for a tough response on behalf of the House. As Speaker Ryan said, “The president is not permitted to write law, only Congress is.” I couldn’t agree more.

 

It has been just over a year since President Obama announced his plans to use his executive authority to make sweeping changes to our immigration laws. The President took this step despite saying many times that he didn’t even have the legal authority to do so. Yet he moved forward anyway.

 

In response to the President’s actions, Texas has led nearly two dozen states in suing the Administration to stop it. Texas and the other states have won every round of court. The case is expected to be argued before the Supreme Court in April.

 

Our vote in the House allows Speaker Ryan to file a brief with the Supreme Court that officially states our opposition to the President’s blanket amnesty program in defense of Congress’s powers under the Constitution.

 

I have always believed that a nation that does not have control of its borders does not have control of its security. That’s why I have consistently worked to strengthen border security and enforce the law of the land.  I’ve also worked hard to defend our Constitution and speak out against the President’s executive overreach. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will do the same.

 

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

 

Best regards,

 

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


Obama’s extreme tax on oil: bad for Oregon

A Message From Representative Walden
Dear Jay:

President Obama recently outlined a proposal to levy a $10 tax on every barrel of oil that is produced here in this country or imported from other countries. I believe that this prioritizes a radical environmental proposal over the health of our economy. Please know that I, and my fellow Republicans in Congress, strongly oppose this proposal and will not allow it to pass the House.

According to a recent USA Today article about the President’s proposal, it is consumers, not energy companies, who will ultimately foot the bill for this tax:

“Energy companies will simply pass along the cost to consumers, Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, which tracks gas prices nationwide, said in an interview with USA TODAY… ‘Something like this would trickle down and be a $10 per barrel tax on motorists,’ DeHaan said. ‘This is not something oil companies are going to absorb.’”

Not only would this proposal increase costs at the pump by at least $2.76 per fill-up, or 25 cents per gallon, it would stifle growth in America’s booming energy sector and kill good-paying jobs. We should be improving our position in the global economy by supporting our energy sector, not diminishing it with excessive taxes and regulation. Unfortunately, that has become par for the course with this Administration.

Speaker Ryan recently laid out his opposition to the President’s proposal. You can find his statement here. Whether it’s the Waters of the United States rule that Congress recently voted to scrap, or more policies that hamper economic growth in the West and across the country, please know that I will continue to stand up for rural Americans against costly tax increases and oppressive new regulations from federal agencies. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

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The “One Subject at a Time Bill”

Wow, we need this in Washington. Here is more information.

H.R. 4335, would do the following:

  • Require that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject;
  • End the practice of attaching controversial legislation to unrelated, must-pass bills;
  • Require the subject of a bill to be clearly state in its title;
  • Make void in appropriations bills, general legislation that does not pertain to the underlying (appropriations) bill;
  • Make the legislative process more transparent to the public

Greg Walden on Armed Standoff in Oregon

The Gun Control Song

Update — Obamacare in 2016

A Message From Representative Walden
 

Since Obamacare’s rollout almost six years ago, I have continued to look for ways to clean up the mess that’s impacted our nation’s healthcare system. We need to get back to a system that’s centered on patients, without putting big government in the middle.

 

Recently, a new bill was signed into law that funds the government through September but does not contain any new spending on Obamacare.

 

Moreover, the new plan cuts $15 million from the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), one of Obamacare’s most controversial features. That’s $5 million more than was cut from the IPAB in last year’s budget. The IPAB is an unelected board of bureaucrats that can ration Medicare spending with little oversight from Congress. That’s not right. Medicare is a promise to our seniors that must not be broken. This funding cut is an important step towards stopping this rationing board.

 

In addition, the House has taken steps to delay taxes on health insurance plans and medical devices that so many rely on. The delay of three cost-heavy, onerous Obamacare taxes is a win for patients, consumers, workers, and businesses. When combined, the delay of these taxes puts $35 billion back in the pockets of the American people this year.

 

Our budget for 2016 puts us on track to combat the worst abuses of Obamacare. Moving forward, you can be sure that I will continue to oppose this flawed law and advocate for solutions that return Oregonians to a patient-focused health system.

 

It’s an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

 

Best regards,

 

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon’s Second District

 

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Forest Service Meetings

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December public meetings scheduled to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision

The Forest Service has scheduled new public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. Please see the schedule below for upcoming meetings:

DATE and TIME TOPIC and HOST LOCATION
Thur., Dec. 10, 2015
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Pace and Scale of Restoration
Malheur National Forest
Harney Co. Community Center
484 North Broadway
Burns, OR 97720
Fri., Dec. 11, 2015
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Pace and Scale of Restoration
Malheur National Forest
Grant Co. Regional Airport
72000 Airport Rd.
John Day, OR 97845
Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Livestock Grazing and
Pace / Scale of Restoration
Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests
Clarkston Campus of
Walla Walla Comm. College
1470 Bridge St., Rm. 187
Clarkston, WA 99403
Tues., Dec. 15, 2015
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Livestock Grazing
Wallowa-Whitman
National Forest
N. Powder Elementary
NW corner of G and 4th Streets
North Powder, OR 97867

A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others, and propose solutions. The Forest Service is working with partners to schedule additional meetings, which will be announced in the near future via email and news updates.

In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan related to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision and received over a thousand comment letters. Based in part on that feedback, the three Blue Mountains National Forests have worked with stakeholders to identify topics for further discussion – including the Pace and Scale of Restoration, Livestock Grazing, Access, and Wilderness.

A Forest Plan describes the social, economic, and ecological goals of a National Forest and provides a framework for future management decisions. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires each National Forest to prepare a Forest Plan and revise it every 15 years to address changing needs and conditions. The current Forest Plans for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla, and Malheur National Forests are from 1990, and the Blue Mountains region has changed significantly since that time.

Meeting notes from previous Forest Plan Revision meetings are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevision, and the notes from new meetings will be posted to this website as well.

For more information, please contact Peter Fargo, Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, at 541-523-1231.