U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., defeated Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner Tuesday night but credited his opponent for mounting a “relentless” campaign that earned more votes than any of his previous opponents. “No one’s run a more aggressive campaign against me than Ms. McLeod-Skinner — she worked hard and gave voters a choice,” he said.November 9, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been granted his request to have Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son, Steven, pardoned by President Donald Trump. “Today is a win for justice and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West,” said Walden on Tuesday morning when news broke that President Donald Trump had granted full pardons to the Hammonds.July 10, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Millions of Americans got health insurance through the expansion of Medicaid programs in 31 states under the Affordable Care Act. Though efforts in Congress to overhaul the law collapsed, many remain nervous as some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, say they haven't given up on repealing the law. People who work at hundreds of rural hospitals are also watching closely.July 21, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said having a rifle-wielding gunman open fire during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandra, Va., brought home the potential danger of serving in a political office. “This is evil, it’s horrible, it’s unacceptable,” he said.June 14, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama's health care law, a package that would scale back the government's role in helping people afford coverage and likely leave more Americans uninsured.March 7, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..
The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration's internal efforts to enact its promised crackdown on illegal immigration.February 18, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.February 18, 2017 12:02 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — An Oregon man has asked for a different federal judge to handle his non-jury trial on misdemeanor charges stemming from last winter's armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Duane Ehmer and his attorney said in a court filing late Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Anna Brown might not be impartial and should recuse herself.February 3, 2017 4:48 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.January 20, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was one of the first speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that began Monday, and has been present each night since. “I think it’s a political convention with a lot of players but I think it’s all coming together,” he said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle Thursday morning prior to an appearance on C-Span.July 22, 2016 5:22 a.m. read more..
BILLINGS, Mont.— Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation officials and railroad representatives have touted the rules as a key piece of their efforts to stave off future disasters, following a string of fiery derailments and major spills that raised concerns about the crude-by-rail industry.July 13, 2016 4:45 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment on the Oregon-Washington border, but the pledge failed to ease concerns in the tiny town where the wreck sparked a massive fire that burned for 14 hours. Federal investigators in a preliminary report released Thursday blamed the derailment on Union Pacific for failing to properly maintain its track.June 25, 2016 12:35 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues. Sen. Ron Wyden says he is “even more concerned” about these apparent conflicts of interest after receiving a response from the National Institutes of Health, which vetted and selected the panel members. In a letter sent Thursday to the Obama administration’s top health official, Wyden requests a series of documents related to the pain panel, including financial disclosure forms filled out by its members.June 25, 2016 12:31 p.m. read more..
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