Walden: This place is dysfunctional'
Senate leadership strips county payments from energy bill
After hearing reports that the Senate leadership today stripped funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (county payments) from the energy bill passed last week by the House, Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) issued the following statement.
"Having the Senate leadership gut county payments from the Energy Bill is but one more in a long list of failures by the Leadership of this Congress to get its work done and solve the problems real people are facing every day in our country. No budget. No funding for our veterans. No county payments. No fix for the looming tax hike on the middle class. It's been all politics all year with no real accomplishment. Nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. This place is dysfunctional.
"There's one week left in this year's session. If there's a big enough outcry, perhaps there's still a chance that we can secure an extension. As I have said in the past, I will continue to do everything I can for Oregon's forested communities."
Congressman Greg Walden represents the Oregon's Second Congressional District, which is comprised of 20 counties in eastern, southern, and central Oregon. He is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and a member of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.