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Oregon Lawmakers Get 1st Look At Corporate Tax Measure

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The 111-page document leaves out some of the details — including how much corporations would actually be taxed under the plan. “I would just advise everybody to understand that this is just a shell, and that a lot of the language will be updated, replaced … or not,” said Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, who co-chairs the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tax Reform.


Lawmakers ‘close’ to compromise proposal for new gross-receipts tax on businesses

Register Guard

The biggest and most influential group, the Ore­gon Business Plan Coalition, continues to oppose any gross receipts tax this session. Instead, it is calling for state government cost reductions along with a “bridge” funding package: small, short-term tax increases to patch up the state’s 2017-19 budget. Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the coalition, said the time isn’t right for a major gross receipts tax, with not enough time left in the session to work out policy details.A gross receipts tax “and other options for restructuring Oregon’s tax system are worthy of thoughtful consideration,” he said. But “major revisions to Oregon’s tax system should be studied this interim, with a joint committee convened for that purpose as soon as practical after the current session adjourns.”




Oregon Department of Human Services faces $595 million in budget cuts

Statesman Journal

DHS Director Clyde Saiki and top officials from the agency’s branches outlined the potential impact of proposed budget reductions unveiled by lawmakers earlier this session. That impact would create a crater touching much of the agency. Under the proposed cuts, DHS would reduce costs by $285 million in general fund money from its current service level, which means a loss of an additional $310 million in federal funds, Saiki said during the public meeting at DHS headquarters in Salem.




UO again will seek 10.6-percent tuition hike approval Thursday

Register Guard

The University of Oregon again will ask a state commission to approve a double-digit tuition increase for in-state UO students. On May 11, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission rejected the UO’s proposal to raise its 2017-18 tuition by 10.6 percent for Oregon residents. “This action has thrown UO’s budget into tremendous uncertainty that must be resolved in as swift a manner as possible,” the UO wrote Monday in a letter to the commission, requesting reconsideration of the same tuition increase proposal. UO President Michael Schill and Charles Lillis, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, signed the letter.




Most Medicaid Recipients In Oregon Are Likely To Be Found Eligible

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“We’re about 90 percent of the way through working on the cleanup of data following the CoverOregon failure,” Cowie said. “We have this remaining group to complete and we will finish by Aug. 31.”  The health authority’s review has thus far found about 72 percent of Oregon Medicaid recipients are eligible.


Health Authority estimates 32,000 Medicaid recipients could be ineligible

The Oregonian

If historical trends hold true, as the state processes a backlog of 115,000 Medicaid renewals, 28 percent of them could be deemed ineligible because they make too much money. But Lynne Saxton, director of the health authority, flatly rejected the idea that the lingering questions about the state’s Medicaid rolls pose a financial risk for the state.


Audit: Oregon’s Medicaid computer systems work well, but human errors remain

The Oregonian

Oregon’s two computer systems that determine Medicaid eligibility and send payments to health care providers are functioning correctly, according to an audit released by the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday morning.  But human error, through employee overrides of the computer systems and manual data entry, could result in people inappropriately being issued or denied coverage, the auditors wrote. “If they do not function correctly, Medicaid clients may be inappropriately approved or denied for Medicaid benefits, and payments to providers may be in error,” auditors wrote.


Brown announces new Medicaid accountability measures after audit

Portland Business Journal

“Elected officials should be focused on protecting the health care of Oregonians, not playing politics with it,” Brown said in a written statement. “We’ve heard a lot about Medicaid eligibility over the last week, but we haven’t heard much about the lives that depend on it. These are Oregonians who cannot afford the health care they need in order to pursue healthy and productive lives. Some are seeking preventive care, while others are battling life-threatening conditions.”


Greenlick Pushes Ballot Measure to Cap Campaign Spending of Public Players

The Lund Report

House Joint Resolution 32 would send voters voters a measure limiting donations from publicly financed companies to political candidates to $500 per politician. The measure was put forward the same day that Rep. Nancy Nathanson, a leading recipient of campaign money from Medicaid providers, pulled Greenlick’s HB 2122 from the floor.




Medical Marijuana Sales In Oregon Plummeting As Recreational Sales Increase

Oregon Public Broadcasting

State officials say that since recreational marijuana became legal, the number of people with medical cards dropped from 77,000 to 67,000 — that’s equivalent to the population of Cottage Grove. And it’s not just customers who are moving to the recreational market. Of the 300 plus dispensaries in the state, more than 80 percent have applied to sell recreational cannabis.




Bill to expand self-service gas in rural counties heads to governor’s desk

Portland Tribune

“In many of these smaller communities, people would get stuck without a full tank of gas” because no gas stations were open, said Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, who carried the bill to the floor. In Eastern Oregon, some locally owned gas stations have been at risk of closure due to the expense of hiring fueling attendants to pump customers’ gas, said chief sponsor Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario. “We are trying to preserve these stations out in the middle of nowhere so that we have fuel available,” Bentz said during a hearing on the bill in March.The proposed change affects 15 counties in Eastern Oregon: Malhuer, Union, Wasco, Hood River, Jefferson, Crook, Baker, Morrow, Lake, Grant, Harney, Wallowa, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler.




Women in Oregon Have a Long Way to Go to Get to Pay Equity

Willamette Week

“Pay equity doesn’t have to be a partisan issue, we’ve proven that here today,” said Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem), said in a statement. “I am very pleased that so many lawmakers and stakeholders came together and continued to work to develop a set of amendments that addressed some of the concerns of our small businesses, while still offering one of the most comprehensive wage equity laws in the country.”




Port Commission chooses deputy executive director to replace Bill Wyatt

Portland Tribune

Curtis Robinhold, the port’s current deputy executive director, was chosen by the seven-member commission that oversees port operations on Tuesday. He will succeed Bill Wyatt, who has directed the port since 2001 and is retiring at the end of the month. “Curtis has the leadership skills and business accumen we need going forward,” says Commission President Jim Carter.




Multnomah County inks $10 million tentative deal to sell vacant Wapato jail

Portland Tribune

The deal isn’t final and the company will have 90 days to research the site and negotiate a final deal for approval by the board of county commissioners. While the county had earlier demanded to know how the property would be used, the local broker for the firm, Philip Zimmermann, told the Portland Tribune that information remains a secret.




Super PAC Seeks “Trackers” to Snag Unflattering Footage of Kate Brown’s Opponents

Willamette Week

Last week, American Bridge, a Washington, D.C.-based super PAC, posted a list of job opportunities online, saying the group is “hiring tracker/field-researchers in Oregon to hold Republican gubernatorial candidates accountable for their public statements and actions.”




Lawmakers must focus on stabilizing Oregon’s future: Editorial agenda 2017

The Oregonian

The time has come. For some, it’s past time. School districts are waiting for solid numbers out of Salem to craft their own budgets, which typically must be released to their communities at the end of May. The end of the school year is just weeks away and like us all, we are waiting on lawmakers to do the right thing and get the work done.


Editorial: Put popular vote on ballot

Register Guard

Courtney is now willing to allow Oregon to join the movement to conduct such an experiment, but only with the consent of the state’s voters. He’s right — such a decision belongs in the hands of the people. A change in the operations of a small-r republican institution such as the Electoral College should be made through a small-d democratic process.


Editorial: Equal pay for equal work

Register Guard

Oregon isn’t going to wipe out this gap single-handedly, but HB 2005 helps balance the scales for women, people of color and other minorities. May it serve as an example for others.


The Big Idea: Join us tonight for a discussion of Oregon’s broken budget with Gov. Kate Brown, top lawmakers

The Oregonian

The Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial Board will host Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and other top lawmakers and policy analysts to answer these and other questions at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Bearcat room at Willamette University’s Putnam University Center, 900 State Street in Salem.




Wyden, Merkley, Walden question FEMA denial

Bend Bulletin

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, wrote FEMA Friday with “great concern” and asked for further information about the decision. Oregon plans to appeal the denial, said Andrew Jacobs, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “We have 30 days to restate our case,” Jacobs said Monday.




Oklahoma Crisis Offers Opportunity for Hapless Democrats

The Associated Press

Beyond the cuts, the situation has also produced a political role reversal. Republicans want to ease the pain with increases in cigarette and fuel taxes. Dunnington and fellow Democrats are attacking those bills, hoping opposition offers their party a path back to relevance after many years in the wilderness. “I would rather lose fighting for what’s just than win fighting for the wrong thing,” Dunnington said.


Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

National Public Radio

The proposed budget unveiled Tuesday by the Trump administration doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, fighting infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS. It restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates.






House Republican Clips







Democrats: Medicaid concerns haven’t derailed provider tax talks

Portland Tribune

Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, who is a co-chair of the legislative subcommittee that handles OHA’s budget, said Monday that the issues raised last week have not affected negotiations on the provider tax.”I don’t think the audit alert has affected anything,” Steiner Hayward said. She argued that while some providers could lose money, that depends on how the tax is structured; and maintained “there’s no downside” for the state when it comes to a provider tax, as it would help pay for the cost of expanding Medicaid coverage to more people, which she contends is good policy. “I really think the entire state benefits when as many Oregonians as possible have access to insurance,” Steiner Hayward said. Kotek said Monday that the Oregon Health Authority was reassessing its caseload, so the budget lawmakers pass by the end of session would not be based on old eligibility numbers.


FamilyCare wins legal round against state health agency

Portland Tribune

The court ruling came at a poor time for the Oregon Health Authority, the state agency being sued, shortly after news coverage of a failure to check the Medicaid eligibility of as many as 115,000 members of the Oregon Health Plan, potentially costing the state tens of millions of dollars. The nonprofit FamilyCare Inc. is one of the organizations serving Medicaid patients, and for years has been a vocal critic of OHA officials. In February the group sued the state saying that the Medicaid payments set by the state for the organization do not cover the costs of providing care.


Quick Look: Oregon Health Authority Policy Keeps Medicaid Members from CCOs

The Lund Report

Only 15 percent of Oregon Health Plan income-based members have seamless coverage at renewal time. Rep. Cedric Hayden wants to pull enrollment from OHA and give it to DHS, and require that lapsed members be put immediately back into the CCO that was serving them.




Legislature sends marijuana bill to governor

Bend Bulletin

SB 1057 is a reaction to the softening of the medical marijuana market, said Donald Morse, director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council. The Oregon Health Authority lists 46 marijuana dispensaries in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, with two in Deschutes County and one each in Jefferson and Crook counties. By contrast, the OLCC lists 20 recreational retailers in Bend. “At the end of the day, we’ve reacted to there being no medical dispensaries any more and making it so recreational dispensaries can meet not only the needs of recreational customers but the needs of medical patients, as well,” Morse said Monday.


House approves tighter tracking for medical marijuana

Portland Tribune

“The core purpose of this bill is to make sure that we eliminate the illegal market by enhancing tracking and other associated things that will prevent diversion from Oregon’s legal marijuana sector to the illegal market,” said Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, co-chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation.




Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT director

Portland Tribune

“If you are going to have entity with fiduciary responsibility, they need the ability to appoint the CEO,” said Committee Co-Chairman Lee Beyer, D-Eugene. Under the proposal, the five-member commission would appoint the director “in consultation with the governor.” The proposal is one part of a transportation package that would raise about $8 billion over the next 10 years to pay for projects to relieve congestion and maintain roads and bridges.


Central Oregon bus tax would need local OK

Bend Bulletin

House Bill 2745 would give a green light to the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council to seek permanent or local option levies to pay for bus service. Voters in each municipality COIC serves would decide whether to opt in or out of the plan. COIC provides bus service in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. “We support the amendment,” said Erik Kancler, lobbyist for COIC and the city of Bend.




Tech lobbies for $42 million engineering center

Herald and News

Rep. Reschke, speaking to the potential for the college’s growth, said that “OIT is a sleeping giant.” “Phase II (for the engineering center) is at the top of my list,” he said. However, he cautioned that the Legislature’s charge is to produce a balanced budget by the July 9 adjournment, and the politics of getting funding from the session — dominated by Democrats — is “a delicate balance,” he said. Both Reschke and Linthicum are Republicans.




DEQ fines Oregon City’s Clackamette Cove development $118,000

Portland Tribune

DEQ has set a May 25 deadline to appeal or pay the fines for allowing toxic stormwater to run off the construction site and into Clackamette Cove and the Clackamas and Willamette rivers. Construction contractors have begun to capture runoff in tanks and transport it to a wastewater-treatment facility.




SolarWorld files notice of potential mass layoff or closure in Hillsboro

The Oregonian

The U.S. arm of the financially insolvent SolarWorld AG sent certified letters over the weekend warning all 800 employees in Hillsboro that there could be a mass layoff or plant closure within 60 days.



Anti-dredging bill heads toward House vote

Mail Tribune

The bill would ban suction dredging within wild salmon and steelhead spawning habitat in creeks and rivers deemed “essential salmon habitat.” That would effectively ban suction dredges in the Illinois River, the Rogue River and its tributaries below Lost Creek Lake, and the Applegate River and its tributaries below Applegate Lake. The bill also bans dredging in habitat of Pacific lamprey, which are also present in the Rogue Basin.




More Fallout from the Aborted Sale of the Elliott State Forest: Jilted Buyer Will Sue State

Willamette Week

Last week, the Roseburg News-Review reported that Roseburg-based Lone Rock has filed a tort claim notice with the state, seeking to recoup $1.3 million in expenses and $2 million in damages for the increase in value since the board, composed of Gov. Kate Brown, state Treasurer Tobias Read, and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, agreed to the sale. “Our unique coalition operated in good faith and met every criteria identified in the state’s transparent, multi-year process to sell the forest,” Toby Luther, CEO of Lone Rock, said in a statement to the News-Review. “It’s clear now, however, that the governor had no intention of accepting a proposal under the established protocol. You cannot simultaneously encourage bidders and commit to bidders publicly while privately planning a shift in policy.”




Oregon Equal Pay Bill Likely To Become Law Next Week

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Rep. Jodi Hack, R-Salem, said the bill was long past due. “I, as well as many other people, have experienced pay inequity,” she said. “But it’s not just about the pay. It’s about recognizing people for their hard work and for their efforts, and for what they bring to the table.” Hack added the bill would give employers “the opportunity to step forward and to do what is right.”


Oregon equal pay legislation heads to Gov. Brown

Statesman Journal

Gov. Brown plans to hold a ceremonial bill signing on the legislation next week. “I applaud the Legislature’s bipartisan efforts to pass the Pay Equity Bill and I look forward to signing House Bill 2005 into law,” Brown said in a statement. “While workforce discrimination has long been illegal, pay inequity persists. House Bill 2005 makes great strides towards a more equitable and prosperous Oregon.”




Oregon State Parks planning to auction off 38 acres of woodland between Eugene and Corvallis

Register Guard

Once a wayside, or rest stop, along Highway 99 West near Monroe, the woodland will go up for sale this summer, according to State Parks spokesman Chris Havel. The agency more often trades land and rarely sells it outright. “Right now, the market is such that we could really get some good out of it for the rest of the park system by putting it out for sale,” he said.




Editorial: Oregon should not join popular vote movement

Bend Bulletin

The effect of the change would go beyond Oregon. Smaller states and rural states can make a difference now because of their Electoral College votes. That’s because a state gets votes in the Electoral College according to the number of members it has in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. So a state with a small population gets three. That would disappear under the popular-vote system, which would favor states with big cities dominated by a single political party. This year, Courtney has softened his position a bit. He’s willing to let the bill go if it’s amended to allow Oregonians to vote on whether to approve it or not. That’s unfortunate. Forcing Oregon’s votes should not be cast based on what happens in California, New York or Pennsylvania. The Legislature should let the bill die.


Guest: Oregon lawmakers shouldn’t allow nuclear power until there’s a safe solution for its waste

Barbara Roberts was Secretary of State from 1985-91 and Governor of Oregon from 1991-95; John Savage was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy from 1993-2001 and an Oregon Public Utility Commissioner from 2003-17

The NuScale/Fluor reactor system being researched in Corvallis has promising safety features, but has not yet been built anywhere in the world. Its design was submitted for review to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in January of this year and it is not expected that this review will be completed until 2020. The NuScale/Fluor reactor system is proposed for a site in Idaho, with construction to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2026.  There are currently no plans or prospects for such a plant to be financed or built in Oregon. In summary, SB 990 is premature, removes safeguards, and limits citizen approval by Oregonians. We urge a ‘no’ vote.


Guest: How Oregon can cut carbon — and boost its economy

Jack Harris is the co-owner of Fort George Brewery

We need look no farther than this district, which is home to more than 160 clean energy jobs, to see how local action on climate is already creating opportunity. A new E2 fact sheet for our state Senate district notes that EV charging stations and alternative fuels are growing, while Tillamook County’s Misty Meadow dairy digester is generating revenue and power while keeping at least 7,000 tons of greenhouse gases out of the air every year. Let’s expand this type of growth by putting a price on emissions and reinvesting the proceeds so we can reward businesses for innovating, clear the air and keep the clean energy jobs coming.




U.K. blast called suicide bombing

The Washington Post

The bombing appeared intended to inflict the maximum possible damage on young concertgoers — many of them in their early teens. Police said the blast occurred about 10:30 p.m., minutes after pop star Ariana Grande had finished her set at Manchester Arena. “This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement. British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement in the early hours of Tuesday saying authorities were “working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

Dennis Richardson

Kate Brown Tries To Rewrite History

Wilsonville, OR – After years of highly public struggles with Obamacare, failed Oregon governor Kate Brown is trying to rewrite history regarding the state’s problems with the failed healthcare law as it heads for potential repeal in Congress.

In an interview on MSNBC, Brown praised the failed law, calling it “cost-effective.” But it appears Kate Brown hasn’t paid much attention to the headlines on Obamacare in Oregon for the last few years. Last July, Oregon’s Health Exchange Co-Op, known as Cover Oregon, was forced to close due to poor finances following catastrophic technical and service failures, producing embarrassing national headlines:

The Washington Examiner reported:

“Oregon’s insurance regulator closed the co-op late Friday due to poor finances, meaning that 15 of the original 23 co-ops have collapsed. The closures have cost taxpayers more than $1.5 billion in startup and solvency loans.

Oregon’s Health CO-OP was put in receivership on Friday and regulators gave its 20,600 policyholders until the end of the month to find a new plan…

The co-op lost $18.4 million last year, mostly because of high claims from policyholders.

What also didn’t help was Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program, which transfers funds from insurers with healthy enrollees to insurers with the sickest claims.”

Oregon’s Obamacare implosion was even the subject of an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which released a report detailing the systemic issues with Oregon’s Obamacare system:

“In letters to Attorneys General Lynch and Rosenblum, Chairman Chaffetz wrote, ‘The documents and testimony show Oregon State officials misused $305 million of federal funds and improperly coordinated with former Governor John Kitzhaber’s campaign advisers. Official decisions were made primarily for political purposes. Cover Oregon was established as an independent organization by the legislature, and was not intended to be a wholly controlled subsidiary of the Governor’s political apparatus. Evidence obtained by the Committee shows, however, close coordination between Governor Kitzhaber, his official staff, his campaign advisers, and the supposedly independent Cover Oregon. The evidence we have uncovered implicates violations of state laws that restrict political activity by public employees.’”

U.S. News reported:

“Here, in brief, is what the committee found:

State law clearly established Cover Oregon as an independent entity. The governor and his political advisers’ involvement in Cover Oregon was inconsistent with Oregon law.
Campaign funds were used to assist the governor in his official capacity while handling Cover Oregon.
Cover Oregon became closely tied with all campaign activities, from polling to meetings.
The governor’s political operatives – none had technological experience – micromanaged many of the decisions that needed to be made regarding Cover Oregon.
Junking Cover Oregon and moving to was viewed as a way to “let the steam out of so much of the attacks.
“The Cover Oregon board was told the cost of moving to was $4-6 million. A slide showing moving the Medicaid system would cost $36 million was deleted.
After the governor complained about the “free independent expenditure campaign” his political opponent was receiving because of Cover Oregon, his political advisers drafted letters asking the attorney general to sue. The letter was sent days later.
In sum, the committee says, “Cover Oregon failed for two main reasons: The state acted as their own system integrator (like, and the state tried to revamp its entire healthcare system, not just build an exchange.”


“Now, Kate Brown has her staff engaging in political activity while no one is working to get to the bottom of what happened to the $305 million Cover Oregon funds that were lost,” stated Chair Currier. “These funds would come in very handy right now as Brown claims to be doing everything she can to close the sizable $1.8 billion deficit.”

“As Kate Brown continues to bury her head in the sand with regards to Oregon’s disastrous results with its Obamacare experiment, Oregonians learned firsthand just how calamitous it proved for their healthcare,” noted Currier. “If Kate Brown is unwilling to accept the reality that millions of Oregonians face with the disastrous Democrat healthcare law, she has no business serving another term as governor in 2018.”

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Community Town Hall Meetings

News from Representative Walden
Dear Friend:

I wanted to remind you of the community town hall meetings I am holding near you next week. I need your input on the biggest issues facing our communities and our country, and hope you’ll join me at these town halls so that I can hear from you directly. The meeting locations and details are listed below, and I look forward to seeing you there.

In the U.S. House, I’m working hard — along with President Trump and his team — to roll back costly regulations created under the previous administration, relieve burdens created by government agencies in our rural communities, and create jobs in Oregon. Improving federal land management, protecting our Constitutional rights, and putting an end to mismanagement and mistreatment at the VA are also top priorities for me.

At these meetings, I’ll give an update on these issues and take your questions and comments. I regularly visit and hold meetings in each of the 20 counties in our nearly 70,000 square mile district. In fact, I held 27 town halls in 2016 alone (at least one in each county), and I’ve held 137 since 2012. While these town halls require a lot of “windshield time” in the car, I rely on the visits as one way to help me stay in close touch with local communities in Oregon.

Monday, May 8, 2017

What: Baker County Town Hall Meeting
When: 9:30am – 10:30am PDT
Where: Baker High School Main Gymnasium, 2500 E Street, Baker City

What: Union County Town Hall Meeting
When: 12:15pm – 1:15pm PDT
Where: Stella Mayfield Elementary School Auditorium, 1111 Division Street, Elgin

What: Wallowa County Town Hall Meeting
When: 2:30pm – 3:30pm PDT
Where: Wallowa Elementary School Cafeteria, 315 W 1st Street, Wallowa

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank you for considering attendance at these town hall meetings near you. You can reach my office in Oregon toll-free at (800) 533-3303 if you have any questions. I hope to see you next week. 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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If you would like to contact me with a follow-up question or comment, you can do so by clicking here.

LAW and ORDER President

Pathological liar, Susan Rice is back:


Common Sense in California:


A disgrace of a Senator is representing US:


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


Sessions accelerates the deportation of imprisoned illegal aliens:


Numerous illegal alien sex offenders are caught trying to sneak back across the border:


Porn-watching federal employees can now be fired:


ICE catches numerous criminal aliens in the “sanctuary” Pacific Northwest:


TRUMP defunds UN agency complicit in mass abortion:


The illegal immigration rate is dropping here: AND here:




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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


Just repeal it…you can’t fix this thing:


The Democrat response to Trump’s incredible speech:


He’s not our President (because we’re form Mexico!)


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


ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – Trump is relocating judges to speed deportations:


DRAIN THE SWAMP – AG Sessions seeks resignations of holdover U.S. Obama attorneys:


IMPROVE EDUCATION – Return control of education to parents and local school boards:


DREGULATION – Trump is deconstructing the administrative state:


VOTER FRAUD – Thousands of dead “voters” are removed from the rolls in West Virginia:


GUN RIGHTS – Lead ammunition is making a comeback:


JOBS – Exxon plans to create 45,000 jobs:


JOBS – Home Depot plans to add 80,000 employees:


JOBS – The construction and manufacturing sectors see major job gains in February:


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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, 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 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:

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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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, 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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