March 2, 2004 Tuesday
HEADLINE: REP. WALDEN RECEIVES 'CHAMPION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS' AWARD FROM LEAGUE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY VOTERS
BYLINE: States News Service
The office of Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., issued the following press release:
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) has been honored as a "Champion of Private Property Rights" by the League of Private Property Voters (LPPV) for his votes in the U.S. House of Representatives during the first session of the 108th Congress. Lawmakers with an 80 percent or higher rating received the award of the LPPV, which evaluated 12 key votes related to the property rights of American citizens. Walden, who scored 100%, has received the award each year he has served in Congress.
Votes scored by the League of Private Property Voters included supporting the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HR 1904), which Walden co-authored, and opposing an amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill that would have limited farming on wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and northern California. For two years Walden has led the opposition to this amendment, which has been soundly defeated each time.
"I'm always honored to be recognized by the League of Private Property Voters as a defender of the private property rights of the American people," said Walden. "Safeguarding property rights is a responsibility that I take extremely seriously. Private property ownership is one of the most fundamental rights we enjoy as citizens, and private property owners are some of the most responsible and conscientious stewards of our land. Several of the votes used as the basis of this award - such as the Healthy Forests bill and the assault on farming in the Klamath Basin - were critical to the livelihood and safety of so many rural Oregonians, so this is a special honor."
LPPV is a coalition of more than 600 grassroots organizations that advocate the rights of property owners, including farmers, ranchers, woodlot owners, residents of rural communities, owners of recreational property, and inholders of private property within and adjacent to federal lands.
To view the complete 2003 Private Property Congressional Vote Index, click on the following link: <