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Greg Walden Champions House Passage of Legislation to Stop Illegal Robocalls


I am pleased to report that the House passed the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. I am constantly receiving annoying robocalls and I know I’m not alone. Last year, 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide. In June alone, Oregonians in the 541-area code received an estimated 11.5 million robocalls. The passage of this legislation means we are one step closer to stopping pesky robocalls.

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Click here or on the picture above to watch Rep. Walden deliver floor remarks on the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.

The bill would also ensure that you don’t accidentally miss calls that you want to receive, like a call from your doctor. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to get this bill to the President’s desk and stop these annoying calls once and for all.

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Walden Cheers House OK of bill targeting robocalls

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Wednesday applauded House passage of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.

Last year alone, 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide. Already this year, there have been 25 billion robocalls – that is 76 per person affected.

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act would require phone carriers to implement call authentication technology so that consumers can trust the calls they receive at no cost of their own.  The bill would also provide safeguards that would prevent consumers from having important calls, such as from their doctor, blocked.

“Robocalls are a menace, and today Congress took steps to put an end to these pesky, illegal calls,” Walden said in a news release. “When you receive a call, you should be able to trust that there is a legitimate reason for that call – especially when it is from a familiar area code like 541. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act would ensure that consumers are no longer pestered by these calls.”

Click here to read more from KTVZ.

Greg Walden Meets with Leaders from the Umatilla Tribes

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Meeting with Kat Brigham and Doris Wheeler in Washington, D.C.

Much progress is being made toward a water settlement agreement in the Umatilla Basin. I recently received an update on the proposal and ways I can assist from Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustee members Secretary Kat Brigham and Treasurer Doris Wheeler. It was great to hear about the progress being made by all parties in negotiations towards a water rights settlement in the Umatilla Basin.

Greg Walden Announces Department of Transportation Grants for Oregon Infrastructure Projects

The Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded two substantial grants for Oregon at the end of July. The first grant was to Oregon DOT to help reroute Highway 97 on the north end of Bend. As many of you know, the portion of the highway that runs through the north end Bend has become increasingly congested. Securing DOT funding for the highway rerouting project has been a priority of mine for a while now, and I have met with both Bend and Deschutes County leaders as well as Secretary Chao to discuss this issue. I was pleased to see our efforts pay off when Secretary Chao called me to say that the U.S. Department of Transportation had awarded Oregon a $60 million grant for the project. This project will not only significantly improve freight mobility, but also will help reduce traffic congestion and improve safety conditions in the area. 

 

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Sec. Elaine Chao invited Rep. Walden to talk about the transportation needs of Central Oregon at an event at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. 

Currently about 30,000 people in Bend drive to Redmond and vice versa, every day; and then, another 20,000 visitors come through daily in the summer. Highway 97’s current infrastructure just doesn’t have the capacity anymore. Data show that the problem area of the highway is congested over 45 percent of the time, and if we don’t do anything about the current situation of the highway the average travel speed could be reduced to less than five miles per hour during the most congested times. This grant, coupled with local and state funds, will greatly improve this transportation corridor and the quality of life for those of us who spend time in Central Oregon.

In addition to the $60 million highway funding grant, we were successful in helping to secure a $6 million grant for the City of Pendleton to improve the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. The airport plays an important role in the region in many ways, which makes it especially important that we keep the facility in good shape going forward. 

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North Hwy 97 Gets Big Funding Boost

A Plan to reroute Highway 97 on the north end of Bend is getting a big funding boost from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday it will provide a $60.4 million INFRA Grant to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Henderson says this is one of the last pieces of funding needed for the project, "So we can do some major improvements on the north end of Bend, realign the parkway and make things better at the Cooley Road interchange. So, this is really an exciting funding approval for all of us in Central Oregon and Deschutes County." He believes it will improve traffic flows and safety for everyone in the region. "Moving the Parkway from Empire over to the east, a little bit, and going behind the buildings there, that you now see when you go by the shopping area," he tells KBND News, "It moves the whole Parkway over there; and then Cooley Road becomes - is an underpass."

Click here to read more from KBND.

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Airport gets big federal grant

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announces that the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding the city of Pendleton a $6 million grant to improve the infrastructure at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. The funds provided will help to reconstruct the main runway for multiple uses.

“The Department of Transportation’s grant to help improve the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport is a huge win for Eastern Oregon,” Walden said in a prepared statement. “The airport plays a critical role in the region, especially for Pendleton."

Click here to read more from The Columbia Basin.

Greg Walden Helps Advance Policies to Improve Health Care 

One in five Americans gets stuck with a “surprise” medical bill for healthcare treatment--care that it turns out was not covered by their insurance, even though the patient thought they’d followed all the rules of their policy. In Congress, I’m leading the effort to stop this from harming consumers.

The No Surprises Act, would ensure that patients don’t get stuck with bills they don’t deserve--it isn’t fair, and it isn’t right.  

The Committee also advanced the REACH Act, which would reauthorize Community Health Centers (CHCs) for the next four years. CHCs serve more than 240,000 Oregonians in the Second District of Oregon and ensuring they have funding is imperative. Our CHCs play a critical role in providing patients access to health care in their community, both in Oregon and all around the country. We also advanced funding for other lifesaving health care programs, such as the Special Diabetes Program. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to get these bills passed by the House, the Senate, and to the President’s desk.

Ways My Office Can Help

We recently had a constituent who, while traveling abroad, had a bad bicycle accident and had to have surgery on his hand. The hospital abroad wanted him to remain in their country for the second surgery, but he wanted to come home for it. Our office helped the constituent’s wife communicate with the U.S. Embassy in the country and provided him an interpreter, ensured his bills were paid, and helped him travel home safely for his second surgery.

If you need help with any federal agency, please reach out to my office at 800-533-3303. My staff is available and ready to assist you with problems you are having with federal agencies, and my office will do everything in our power to get results for you.

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

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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