Walden talks border crisis, healthcare at town hall


Wednesday's meeting marked Rep. Walden's 13th town hall in a week

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Greg Walden — Oregon’s only Republican representative in Congress — held a town hall meeting Wednesday in Cascade Locks.

The meeting marks the final meeting in a series of 13 town halls that Walden has hosted in the past week.

Walden is making stops in all of his districts throughout the Second Congressional District. He said these meetings provide an opportunity to not only hear from Oregonians but to update them on his work in Washington, D.C.

Walden addressed the border crisis and said he wants border security and updated facilities in place.

“These places are old — they are overwhelmed,” Walden remarked. “We have never seen this crossing at the border at one time — especially with kids and families — that’s all new. It’s not that we haven’t had some but the level is unprecedented.”

He also covered issues like the high cost of healthcare, putting a stop to scammers and robocalls and strategies to fight wildfires more effectively — including his Resilient Federal Forests Act that would expedite clean up of burned trees to help in prevention.

“If you are the county or the state or tribal lands — they go right in after a fire, remove the burned, dead trees where appropriate and replant,” said Walden. “Federal ground — it just doesn’t happen, that’s the reality. Our bill would change that and provide an expedited approach to that topic.”

The Congressman plans to hold more town halls in the future.

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